WWE Superstar Erick Rowan is expected to miss four to six months after undergoing surgery on a torn rotator cuff Tuesday.
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Rowan Out At Least 4 Months After Surgery
Tuesday, Oct. 4
ProWrestling.Net reported the news, which has yet to be confirmed by WWE.
Rowan is currently part of the SmackDown Live brand and associated with Bray Wyatt, though he's not in any feuds of his own. He appeared on last week's episode as part of multiple segments with Randy Orton, but the pair did not make physical contact.
It's unclear when Rowan suffered the injury.
Long a member of the Wyatt Family stable, Rowan's injury is just the latest for the seemingly snakebitten group. Luke Harper hasn't made a television appearance since March due to a knee injury. Harper has been promoted for upcoming house shows for the Raw brand, but it's possible Rowan's injury changes WWE's plans. Wyatt already lost former stable member Braun Strowman to Raw earlier this year.
With Harper's impending return looming, WWE could simply plug-and-play him as a Rowan replacement and continue the Orton feud. Rowan and Harper struggled to find their way when split from Wyatt for a handful of months in 2014 and 2015. Harper was briefly the Intercontinental champion, but neither guy's individual storylines got much heat.
But with the SmackDown pay-per-view No Mercy upcoming this Sunday, Wyatt could go it alone against Orton and moving forward. The Wyatts have desperately needed a reconfiguration—or at least a feud victory—for some time. Perhaps Rowan's injury will be a change to repackage them or disband them altogether.
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