We now have a better timeline for Kevin Owens’ return from double knee surgery, as Dave Meltzer is reporting that he should be back around February or March. That could put him in line for a WrestleMania return, which would be awesome.
So this stuff doesn’t really fall under my “BREAKING NEWS” category but I think some of it is important enough to share, plus I’m bored, and it’s my blog and I’ll share what I want. Y’all don’t know me.
In my original post regarding Kevin Owens’ knee surgery, I noted John Pollock’s report that while the hope was that the surgery would be minor and that Owens would only miss a month or two, it’s now being reported that the injury might be a bit more serious. Reports say that those within WWE are fearing that there’s more damage to the knee than they had believed. While there’s still no official diagnosis for the Kevin Owens injury, it’s said that he’ll be out from four to eight months depending on how rehab goes. That timetable means that he might wind up missing WrestleMania, and could be suffering from an ACL tear. I’ll be keeping my ears open on this so stay tuned for more information.
John Pollock at Post Wrestling is reporting that Bobby Lashley’s attack on Kevin Owens this week on Raw was to give Owens time off for minor knee surgery. In regards to how much time Owens will miss, Pollock first reported that Owens is not expected to miss too much time, but later posted this update:
We were informed later in the day that while the hope is Owens’ knee surgery is minor, they won’t know the full extent of the injury until the knee is assessed. There is a possibility of the injury being more serious and could require a longer recovery time.
IN-RING PROMO: TRIPLE H & SHAWN MICHAELS
One of the best promos I can remember from two of the best in the business. This gave me chills.
Promo Rating: Ten DX’s
SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: THE BAR VS. THE NEW DAY (c)
Big E will sit this one out, a curious decision, but they must feel like Sheamus and Cesaro can both neutralize his power, so they want to double down on a speed advantage. Unfortunately for them, power is winning out in the early going. Impressive spot when Sheamus launched Woods in the air and Cesaro hit him with an uppercut.
CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: BUDDY MURPHY VS. CEDRIC ALEXADER (c)
Alexander has been undefeated for over a year. He’s been running the cruiserweight division, and deservedly so, he’s terrific. You know what else would be terrific? Giving Buddy Murphy a championship win in his hometown. I love Cedric, and Murphy is a heel, but that would be a tremendous way to start the show. I think he’d have a great run as champion, but even if you only have him win it just to do it in front of the home crowd, you could always have Alexander win it back in Saudi Arabia
IN-RING INTERVIEW: DEAN AMBROSE
Ambrose teases that he’s done with The Shield. He’s so good on the mic. Sure, he emphasizes that The Shield is a brotherhood, but he also runs down all the reasons why he would leave and why he could go out on his, continuing to leave some doubt. I love the options that Corbin offers Ambrose. It’s such a great way to get in his head. Ambrose doesn’t break, and ends up facing Strowman.
Stephanie takes Baron Corbin to the woodshed. Those segments are really annoying to me. Renee Young is very shiny tonight.
TEAM MONSTER ECLIPSE (BRAUN STROWMAN & EMBER MOON) VS. TEAM PAWZ (KEVIN OWENS & NATALYA)
Let’s not pretend we’re here to see anything other than Braun Strowman smashing Kevin Owens. However, I do love watching Ember Moon wrestle. I love Owens pleading with Natalya, “Don’t let her tag!” Owens’ insults are entertaining. “Congratulations, you’re eight years old.”