Last week on Raw, Jason Jordan won the six-pack challenge for the right to face The Miz at No Mercy for the Intercontinental Championship. During the match, Jeff Hardy looked to be favoring his shoulder for a good portion of it.
Now, he could have been exaggerating it in the moment, but as it turns out he actually did injure himself during the match.
The WWE confirmed that Hardy suffered a torn rotator cuff during the six-pack challenge and will be undergoing surgery next Tuesday.
According to the WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Stephan Daquino, Hardy has a torn rotator cuff. It is a “full thickness tear of his supraspinatus tendon and a couple other areas in the shoulder.” But this could actually have been a lingering injury.
Wrestling Oberver Radio’s Dave Meltzer has reported that the injury actually happened back at the Great Balls Of Fire pay-per-view in July during Hardy’s 30-minute Iron Man match. And he has just been dealing with it and working with it since then.
Also, besides the rotator cuff, Wrestling Inc reports that Hardy said he feels that he may have dislocated his shoulder (which would make the favoring of his shoulder not an act), and also torn his labrum during the match. And that once the doctors get in there, they will have a better view of what all needs to be fixed:
“Once they get in there, they'll figure out more about what they have to repair… But for sure, the rotator cuff has to be repaired, and then they'll look at the labrum when they get in there.”
So, how long will Hardy be out of action?
Well, as a couple of recent examples, both Erick Rowan and Shelton Benjamin both had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and they were out for seven months.
If that timetable holds true for Jeff Hardy as well that would put him back in the ring sometime in early May of next year. Yes, that is after WrestleMania 34 which will be taking place on April 8, 2018!