Jason Jordan was among WWE's top Tag Team performers early in his career, and he looked poised for a big push after entering a storyline as Kurt Angle's son.
Unfortunately, Jordan's career was put on hold in Jan. 2018 when he went on hiatus to undergo neck surgery. Jordan hasn't returned to action since, and it sounds like he might be done as an in-ring performer.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Ringside News), Jordan "is less likely to return." The Observer said to "never say never," the belief is "that his career could be over."
Jordan needed surgery to repair a disc in his neck, which WWE Dr. Joseph Maroon said was significant pain that was refractory to all conservative measures," in a statement shared on WWE.com.
This isn't how anybody wanted it to play out, but Jordan is obviously going to put his long-term health first if he does indeed have to retire. The good news is that Jordan found a nice backstage gig last year, working as a producer for WWE. It was reported by WrestleVotes in March that Jordan's input with the company have been "viewed in high regard."
Jordan and Chad Gable formed the popular American Alpha tag team - winning the NXT Tag Team Championships in one occasion. The duo later held the SmackDown Tag Team Championships for 84 days.
The American Alpha later split up, and Jordan came over to Raw in 2017 as the storyline son of Angle, who was serving as GM at the time. Jordan would later join The Shield, replacing the injured Dean Ambrose - who was recovering from a torn triceps. Jordan and Seth Rollins held the Raw Tag Team Championships for a brief period as well.
What Happens Now?
It may only be a matter of time until Jordan formally announces his retirement, assuming doctors are unable to clear him. Jordan has been an influential voice for WWE backstage, so he'll surely continue to do that if he can't wrestle again. Perhaps WWE will even give him an on-screen role, such as that of a GM or manager.