Shane McMahon Hospitalized with Diverticulitis and a Hernia, Will Need Surgery

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21:  John Cena (L) and Shane McMahon (R) attend Game Two of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on May 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
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Shane McMahon's availability for WrestleMania 34 on April 8 could be up in the air after WWE announced Monday the SmackDown Live commissioner is recovering from acute diverticulitis.

According to the WWE press release, McMahon was hospitalized while on vacation in Antigua and has returned to the United States to receive treatment in New York City. He will also undergo surgery on an umbilical hernia once he recovers from diverticulitis.

Of course, some will wonder whether McMahon's diagnosis is part of his ongoing storyline feud with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. The pair attacked the commissioner on the March 13 edition of SmackDown Live.

WWE added to the ambiguity by mentioning the angle and noting McMahon vacationed with his family "to rest and recuperate" after the "vicious assault."

But it's hard to see how McMahon's diverticulitis diagnosis would be related to a physical attack. Not to mention, he would not only need to recover from diverticulitis but also his hernia surgery in time for WrestleMania, which is a little less than two weeks away.

Should McMahon miss WrestleMania, it will alter what's shaping up to be one of the most anticipated matches on the card. WWE hadn't announced it yet, but all signs were pointing to McMahon teaming up with SmackDown Live general manager Daniel Bryan, who received medical clearance to wrestle again last week to possibly take on Owens and Zayn.

Considering a Triple Threat match between Owens, Zayn and Bryan wouldn't make much sense with the current dynamic, WWE may need to scramble in order to find a new tag team partner for Bryan.

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