Only mere hours ago, WWE.com posted an article solidifying rumors that Christian will not be able to compete in this Sunday's five-on-five elimination tag team match at Survivor Series due to an ankle injury suffered over the weekend. Here's an except from the report:
WWE.com has learned from WWE medical personnel that Christian suffered a severe high ankle sprain while competing on WWE's recent overseas tour throughout Europe. The severity of the sprain has made it impossible for him to compete as a member of Team Barrett against Team Orton at Survivor Series this Sunday.
Coincidently, the report goes on to state that Christian's legitimate injury was in addition to an apparent "neck injury" he suffered a few weeks back at the hands of the Big Show. Of course, that was written in storyline, but Christian's realistic injured ankle may have him sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Over the weekend, a video was posted by a European fan in attendance at the show exhibiting Christian's ankle injury while in a match with Sheamus. WrestlingInc.com went on to state in an additional report that the former World Heavyweight Champion was later sent home from the tour, leaving Christian's status for Survivor Series unclear.
As of now, no replacement has been made by Christian in the upcoming traditional Survivor Series tag team match, but it surely will not play a major factor in current angles given how much damage Christian's character has taken since June.
Personally, I was highly anticipating Christian's involvement in the bout given the chemistry he has with most of the Superstars on the opposing team. With Jim Ross stating on his Twitter page in the past few days that he does not believe the ankle is broken, the return of the bleached blonde Superstar to the ring appears to be imminent.
Given Brodus Clay's heavily-hyped debut tonight on Monday Night Raw, look for the NXT Season Four alumni to replace Christian at the pending pay-per-view in MSG.
Ironically, Christian returned from a major surgery earlier this year that had him sidelined for six months, so hopefully we don't see another extended absence this time around. Stay tuned as more details regarding the situation are revealed.
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