Following his early exit from the Elimination Chamber, it has been reported that Bobby Lashley will undergo shoulder surgery that will keep him out of the ring for at least four months.
Bobby Lashley was set to defend his WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia on February 19th. However, as he waited for his turn to enter the match, Seth Rollins threw Austin Theory through his pod’s plexiglass wall and right on top of ‘The All Mighty’.
Lashley was escorted out of the chamber and taken through the curtain. It was later reported on commentary that he had entered concussion protocol and would not be returning to the match.
The bout was eventually won by Brock Lesnar, who quickly dispatched Seth Rollins, Riddle and then AJ Styles. Austin Theory played a smarter game and used a low blow to get some breathing space.
However, as he tried to escape ‘The Beast Incarnate’ by squeezing through the top of the chamber, Lesnar grabbed him and pulled him on to the roof of a pod before sending him to the floor with a huge F5. ‘The Conqueror’ then rolled Theory back into the ring for the pinfall.
After the show, WWE released a statement saying Lashley had entered concussion protocol and would be heading back to the US for further evaluation.
— WWE (@WWE) February 19, 2022
Now, former WWE writer Kazeem Famuyide on The Ringer Wrestling Show has reported that Bobby Lashley actually has a legitimate shoulder injury which he has been working through since the Royal Rumble.
“I have it under good authority that Bobby Lashley is shoot hurt and has been hurt since the Rumble match. If you noticed he hasn’t worked any RAWs. He hasn’t really defended his title. He was shoot hurt at the [Brock] Lesnar at the Rumble. Again, I was wondering how they were going to work him in there while being hurt. I’m assuming this concussion protocol thing is the way to get him out there.
Famuyide added that Lashley is expected to be out of action for at least four months for surgery.
“From what I’m told, it’s for a least four months. Shoulder surgery. I’m hearing that he might not even make it to Mania. From what I’m told he is shoot hurt and should be out for some time.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.