The injury bug has struck again on the Road to WrestleMania, as Tamina Snuka has been sidelined following surgery. She revealed the news on Instagram yesterday:
According to WWE.com, Tamina completed successful surgery on January 31st for a torn rotator cuff in her right shoulder. For those keeping track, Jeff Hardy has been out of action with the same injury, with an estimated 6-to-8 months recovery time.
Prior to the Women’s Royal Rumble Match, the injury had led to her involvement being in question in the days leading up to the history making match. She ultimately competed in the match, entering at #7 before being the second women eliminated in the match by WWE Hall of Famer Lita.
Tommy’s Thoughts: I’d like to say that I enjoy Tamina more than a lot of the current fans, but is beginning to feel like a Groundhog Day scenario when it comes to her getting injured. It was only less than a year ago she had returned from knee surgery for torn ligaments to Smackdown, and not even two years before that saw her making a comeback from a torn ACL. Every time I get used to her being back on my TV again, POOF! Gone for a year.
Even after the healthy response from the crowd to teases of the idea of Tamina being used in the right situations like her Survivor Series tease with Nia Jax, with the influx of talent coming from the Women’s Revolution: there might not be a place for a 40-year-old, second-generation veteran who is prone to major injuries to return to.
Then again, now with Ronda Rousey in the company, they can never have enough intimidating figures to put her over. Especially if it keeps Rousey away from Nia Jax and Asuka longer before she gets to plow through them.
Plus, you can’t forget about those “Superfly” genes: when your daddy can work a WrestleMania match when he’s 65, a torn rotator at 40 is just a hiccup.