On the heels of the WWE revealing that up-and-comer Fandango had suffered a concussion during Tuesday night's SmackDown taping, the company has announced via WWE.com that he will no longer be competing at Sunday's Payback pay-per-view.
The announcement came at 8:42 Monday night stating "Because of Fandango’s injury, it will now be Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett vs. The Miz this Sunday at WWE Payback."
Personally, I feel this is a smart move by the WWE as fans have been witnessing a terrible string of superstar injuries for about a year now. Sadly, since WrestleMania alone the company has sidelined at least six top-named wrestlers.
Which is pretty significant considering "The Granddaddy of Them All" was only two months ago.
At this point, one has to wonder if the WWE should reconsider its antiquated touring schedule. At the very least it would give its ailing stars some more time to heal, while making their live events seem more significant because they aren't coming to town every couple of months.
I also feel a scaled back pay-per-view schedule would help, as it would release some pressure from the wrestlers and creative department. Not to mention, the wonders it would do for the planning of these events and amount of time it would allow for a storyline to build.
In the end, this is a tough blow for both Fandango and the WWE. However, if this is handled properly the budding star could come back to WWE TV with a hero's welcome and get back on the WWE train in no time.