It was rumored that Sami Zayn had been dealing with some nagging injuries recently. Sadly, those rumors were confirmed today, as Sami Zayn revealed on WWE.com that he underwent surgery this week to repair one of his two torn rotator cuffs.
Zayn told WWE.com and the WWE Universe that he had been working with a bad right shoulder since August 2017 where he faced Jinder Mahal at a Live event.
I just underwent surgery for my right shoulder, a.k.a. my good shoulder. So, I’m out for a little while with that. I guess people don’t know about this injury; I’ve been working with it for some time. I don’t know exactly when I tore it. I think I tore it, or initially injured it, on a Montreal Live Event. Which is ironic because I injured my left shoulder — now somewhat famously — in Montreal in my [Raw] debut against John Cena. And at a Live Event this past August wrestling Jinder Mahal, I think I injured it then.
But then my left shoulder, a.k.a my bad shoulder, started to act up again as well. That shoulder hasn’t quite been the same since surgery anyway, so I had just kind of gotten used to the fact that that shoulder was the bad one. But it started to get progressively worse, so basically, long story short, it turns out I have two torn rotator cuffs. The left one and the right one are both torn. I just underwent surgery on the right one, and then in about six or seven weeks, I’ll be undergoing surgery on the left one, and hopefully I can come back healthy and happy.
Zayn went on to say that his left shoulder never quite felt right after he returned from injury three years ago, so it’s quite possible he’s been wrestling with a bad shoulder since then. He also said that, as far as returning to the ring, his goal is WrestleMania season, which means we won’t be seeing the former NXT Champion until next year.
I’d love to be in the mix for WrestleMania season; that’s the most exciting time of the year for all of us. I think timeline wise, I should be ready in time for WrestleMania, so fingers crossed.
There’s never a good time to get hurt or get surgeries, but I do feel like I was starting to hit my stride and find my voice and find myself as a performer. Which is funny, because 16 years in, it’s like I’m rediscovering the art of it in a sense, because I’m doing something I’ve never really done before. So, how I come back, when I come back, that all remains to be seen. But I have a pretty good track record, I’d say overall, and I plan on carrying that forward when I come back. I want to come back just as good, if not better, than I’ve ever been.
Hopefully, in ten months, the Underdog from the Underground will be moving around the ring better than ever. And by then, maybe we’ll have forgotten about this Bobby Lashley feud. Fingers crossed.
Zayn was also asked if he would consider another role in the company during his time away from the ring, considering his mic skills had improved quite a bit over the past year. Maybe we’ll see him take over on commentary for a while? It wouldn’t be a terrible idea. It’s definitely something that’s worked before for guys like CM Punk and Austin Aries.