Rey Mysterio, Johnny Gargano Injury Updates; Dean Malenko to AEW in WWE Roundup

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 24, 2019

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 12:   Rey Mysterio Jr. appears on the ring prior to the the 6-man tag match during the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 Climax 28 at Nippon Budokan on August 12, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by New Japan Pro-Wrestling/Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report catches you up on the latest news from the WWE Universe. 

   

Update on Mysterio's Shoulder Injury

Rey Mysterio took to Instagram on Thursday and revealed that he suffered a separated AC joint in his left shoulder.

Mysterio said the injury occurred at Money in the Bank on Sunday when he beat Samoa Joe in a quick match to win the United States Championship.

The bout was marred by controversy, as Joe had his shoulder up during the decisive pinfall. Even so, Mysterio was awarded the win and the title.

After the match, Joe decimated Mysterio while Mysterio's son, Dominic, watched in horror from ringside.

Mysterio did not appear on Monday's Raw, but Joe cut a backstage promo in which he called for Mysterio to do the right thing by handing the U.S. title back to him.

In the Instagram video, the 44-year-old Mysterio said he has been struggling to lift his left arm since suffering the injury. Mysterio also underwent some treatment in the video.

Given Mysterio's status, it is unclear if he will be forced to miss some time. If he does, it is possible Mysterio will either relinquish the championship back to Joe and vacate it all together.

The U.S. title scene will likely become clearer Monday since Mysterio is scheduled to address Joe's demands.

   

Gargano Reportedly Dealing with Knee Injury

NXT champion Johnny Gargano is reportedly working through a knee injury, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Daniel Yanofsky of WrestlingInc.com).

Meltzer speculated that Gargano may have suffered the injury in March since he has not worked an NXT live event since March 8.

Gargano has worked NXT television tapings since that time, however, and he beat Adam Cole in a 2-out-of-3 Falls match at NXT TakeOver: New York on April 5 to win the NXT Championship.

Meltzer noted that Gargano is expected to be healthy enough to face Cole in a rematch at NXT TakeOver: XXV on June 1.

While Gargano's matches have been few and far between as of late, they have been high-level performances. In addition to the win over Cole, Johnny Wrestling beat Roderick Strong in a singles match and he teamed with Matt Riddle in a match against Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish of Undisputed Era.

There are no signs that the TakeOver: XXV match between Gargano and Cole is in danger of being changed or canceled, which suggests that Gargano's injury is mild enough that he will be able to continue working through it.

   

AEW Signs Malenko as Producer and Coach

All Elite Wrestling announced Friday it has signed wrestling veteran Dean Malenko to a multiyear deal as a senior producer and coach.

AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes said the following about Malenko's hiring:

"Dean Malenko has been a massive force behind some of today's biggest wrestling stars. He's never stopped being a major talent who was part of the ECW revolution as well as a fixture in the cruiserweight movement on Nitro. He's kept an open mind to our world from Lucha Libre to Japanese pro-wrestling. He's the perfect fit for our sports-centric mentality, and his experience will be invaluable for our team. Welcome Coach!"

Malenko also commented on making the move to AEW:

"It's not often you get an opportunity late in your career to be a part of building something from the ground floor. The freedom to be able to contribute uninhibited will only lend itself to foster creativity and produce an outstanding product. I'm excited about what the future holds for AEW, and I can't wait to be a part of the journey."

On Wednesday, Cody tweeted a photo of himself, Malenko and AEW President Tony Khan boarding a plane bound for Las Vegas:

On Saturday, AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view, which can be viewed on B/R Live, will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas:

Malenko is perhaps best known for his time as a wrestler in WCW from 1995-2000 during which time he was a four-time Cruiserweight champion, one-time United States champion and one-time Tag Team champion.

He made the leap from WCW to WWE in 2000 and won the Light Heavyweight Championship twice before transitioning into a backstage role in 2001.

Malenko worked as a road agent with WWE for 18 years before leaving the company last month. Malenko wasn't out of a job for long, and he will join fellow former wrestlers Billy Gunn and Jerry Lynn as a coach in AEW.

   

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