World Wrestling Entertainment announced Wednesday that former WWE and World Heavyweight champion Sheamus has suffered an injury that will keep him out of action for up to six weeks. The sports-entertainment company released a statement on its official website.
MRI results indicate that Sheamus has suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will require surgery, scheduled for next week. As a result, The Celtic Warrior is expected to be sidelined for four to six months, WWE.com has learned.
The statement also features a statement from company physician Dr. Chris Amann.
We performed a specialized MRI with a dye inserted to highlight the structures within the shoulder joint...
Doctor Samson and I both reviewed the film, and it appears that Sheamus has a cartilage [SLAP] tear.
The loss of Sheamus is a major one for WWE, which already has a thin roster of main event talent. The Irish-born Superstar has been a workhorse for the company over the last two years, often appearing on both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, as well as Wednesday night program Main Event. The televised appearances are on top of house-show appearances, on which Sheamus is, more times than not, one of the top-billed performers.
Speaking to WWE.com in the same article, he discusses his injury history.
"I’ve never in my whole life had to have surgery... I’ve always worked through pain. For the first time in four years, I’m going to be out of action."
Luckily for the entertainment empire, several young stars have made impacts on WWE programming and are in positions to try and fill the role of the "Celtic Warrior" as he rehabs from surgery. Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Damien Sandow and, most importantly, Daniel Bryan all figure to play into creative plans throughout the rest of the year.
Debuting on the main roster in 2009, Sheamus has built a strong career for himself over the last four years. A two-time WWE champion, one-time World Heavyweight champion, United States champion and 2011 King of the Ring, he has been one of the visible stars for the promotion.
Now, he will have to sit at home and watch for the next few months, missing SummerSlam and the final few months of the year.
The silver lining, if there is one, is that he should return in time for the build to WrestleMania XXX, which is the biggest show of the year and will take place in New Orleans, La.
Here's wishing Sheamus a speedy and healthy recovery.