Report: WWE Star Lars Sullivan out 6-9 Months with Knee Injury

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2019

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WWE Superstar Lars Sullivan reportedly is expected to miss six to nine months with a knee injury. 

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Sean Rueter of Ringside News), an MRI revealed that Sullivan's injury was more severe than initially believed.

Sullivan was seemingly in line for a big push, but he has not appeared on WWE programming since beating Lucha House Party in a handicap elimination match on the June 10 episode of Raw.

After a strong run in NXT, the 30-year-old Sullivan made his main roster debut on Raw the night after WrestleMania 35 when he attacked Kurt Angle, who had lost his farewell match to Baron Corbin one night earlier.

Sullivan then proceeded to attack several veteran members of the roster before entering into a feud with Lucha House Party. Sullivan beat Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik by disqualification at WWE Super ShowDown in Saudi Arabia and then beat them decisively three days later on Raw.

The past several months have been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for Sullivan, as he was reportedly supposed to make his main roster debut in January. Per Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Sullivan had an anxiety attack on the night he was supposed to debut, which led to his arrival being delayed.

Sullivan was reportedly supposed to face John Cena at WrestleMania 35 originally, but that match did not happen.

Shortly after he did make his main roster debut, some misogynistic, racist and anti-gay posts made by Sullivan years ago on a bodybuilding website surfaced on Reddit (warning: contains profanity). As a result, WWE fined Sullivan $100,000 and required him to participate in sensitivity training.

WWE still moved forward with a push that seemed design to make Sullivan a top monster heel capable of facing the likes of Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns.

That may still be WWE's ultimate plan for Sullivan, but it looks as though it will be put on hold. If the timeline for Sullivan's recovery is accurate, he could be a candidate to make a massive impact as a surprise Royal Rumble entrant in January.

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