During Tuesday's SmackDown taping, WWE star Fandango suffered a concussion and will reportedly have to pass testing before he can return to action.
The site reports that Fandango passed the initial impact test, but that more testing is still needed.
Fandango appeared to have sustained the injury during his match against Zack Ryder at this week's SamckDown from Long Island, New York.
The timing of the injury is not ideal for Fandango or the company.
The wrestler was scheduled to compete in the Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match at WWE Payback this coming Sunday against The Miz and reigning titleholder Wade Barrett. However, WWE announced on Raw on Monday, June 10, that Fandango is out of the triple threat and will be replaced by Paul Heyman's newest client, Curtis Axel.
This doesn't mean that Fandango won't get clearance before Sunday's match to interfere, but he won't be able to win the championship. Recovery times from concussions vary greatly from case to case.
This is just the latest concussion to sideline a WWE star. The company's World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler was out for weeks as he awaited clearance from a concussion. It wasn't until Raw on Monday, June 10, that he was finally cleared to defend his championship against Alberto del Rio at Payback this Sunday.
With increased awareness on the damage caused by head trauma, it would seem likely that the WWE will have to make some kind of adjustment to limit wrestler's exposure to head injuries. Of course, as we see with Fandango awaiting medical clearance, that process has already begun.
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