Vince McMahon Will Reportedly Undergo Surgery Following Brock Lesnar Attack
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon was brutally attacked in the ring by former UFC and WWE champion Brock Lesnar Monday night on Raw, and WWE.com is reporting the injury the CEO suffered from the assault is serious.
According to WWE.com, the chairman of the board will be out indefinitely and will need surgery:
WWE.com sources now indicate that Mr. McMahon suffered a broken left hip as the result of Brock Lesnar's surprise attack at the conclusion of Monday night's Raw and will have to undergo surgery as a result...It has been reported that the WWE Chairman has been scheduled for surgery, although no date is confirmed at this time.
As great as the return of Lesnar will be for the WWE's TV ratings and pay-per-view buys, the loss of an on-screen performer like McMahon will hurt the company as they prepare for the road to WrestleMania 29.
What It Means
WWE has blurred the line between reality and storytelling over the years, so it remains to be seen just how much of this is part of the storyline and how badly McMahon is actually injured. The fact that fans will endlessly question WWE.com's report is just what McMahon and WWE wants.
McMahon is a vital part of the Road to WrestleMania, the most important time in the company’s history—each year, the WWE blows out WrestleMania bigger than the last—and having one of the key pieces off television for an extended period of time will have some impact on the build to WrestleMania 29.
Still, it is clear that WWE is using McMahon's injury to lead to something even bigger than McMahon himself.
The fact that McMahon was targeted by Lesnar won't sit well with Brock's most recent adversary, Triple H.
With Lesnar attacking his father-in-law on Monday, his best friend Shawn Michaels before SummerSlam and Triple H losing to Lesnar in the SummerSlam main event, it’s high time for Triple H to take action.
McMahon may be off television, but this assault was clearly done to fuel the continuation of a storied feud between Lesnar and Triple H.
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