WWE.com is reporting that the Canadian wrestler suffered a fairly serious concussion during his bout with Orton, hence his absence from television. WWE doctor Chris Amann notes that the star has yet to be cleared to return:
WWE Superstar Christian suffered a concussion during a match with WWE champion Randy Orton on the Aug. 26 edition of Raw, according to WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann.
"We've pulled him out of all activity," said Amann. "His imPACT scores are normal, but he’s still having some symptoms of fogginess and cloudiness."
He continued, "We are waiting for symptoms to get better until we perform an in-ring exertional challenge later this week at the Performance Centre in Orlando. At that point, if he’s able to get in the ring and exert himself, and work without symptoms, we'll go ahead and clear him [to compete]."
This new concussion is the latest in a long line of setbacks for the former World Heavyweight champion. The star has spent much of the last two years struggling with various injuries and ailments.
He was out for months after suffering a severely sprained ankle in a house show match against Sheamus in November 2011, then missed the latter half of 2012 and the first few months of 2013 due to a shoulder injury.
Is it time for Christian, who turns 40 in November, to possibly consider retirement?
Of course, he still has a lot to offer as a wrestler (his recent matches with Orton and Alberto Del Rio have been terrific). But clearly years and years of hard-hitting matches have taken their toll on the star.
There's also the fact that WWE bookers still seem a loss for what do with him. While he gets the odd main event spot once in a while, Christian will never be the guy in the company. And with the Del Rio program finished he seems to be stuck in the midcard for the foreseeable future.
At some point, will he decide the physical struggles simply aren't worth it and call it a day?