If Jinder Mahal is to get his hands on the WWE or United States Championship, he's going to have to do it without one-half of his alliance. Samir Singh revealed that he suffered a torn ACL on last week's episode of SmackDown Live.
Last week I tore my ACL and it goes without saying that this past week has been very emotional. The more I think about it, the less it makes sense. All I know is that God is the sovereign of my life and that everything that comes to pass is his blessing. I thank you all for the continued love and support. I can’t wait to be back.
According to Ryan Clark of eWrestlingNews.com, the injury happened while he and brother Sunil tried interfering in Mahal's United States Championship match against Bobby Roode - in which the later prevailed.
A torn ACL is among the most severe and career-threatening injuries an athlete can suffer. Big Cass tore his ACL during an episode of Monday Night Raw in August, and is optimistic he'll return by WrestleMania 34. If that's the case, he'll have been out of action for eight months.
In November of 2015, Seth Rollins tore his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus in a match against Kane. Rollins had to relinquish his WWE Championship, and didn't return until the Extreme Rules pay-per-view in May - six months after the injury.
Singh's tornACL could need six-to-12 months to recover, though some athletes like NFL linebacker NaVorro Bowman missed he entire 2014 season after suffering an injury in the 2013 NFC Championship. Sometimes, more than a year to recover is necessary.
But Singh is used as a manager and sidekick for Mahal, and has been used sparingly in matches and physical confrontations. Singh may not be at 100 percent when he returns to the WWE.
After working in multiple promotions across the world, the Singh Brothers joined the NXT brand in 2016. They made their main roster debuts on the Apr. 18, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live, interfering on Mahal's behalf.
The Burnaby, B.C. natives have done an excellent job in selling Mahal as a top-notch heel, interfering in his matches and expressing devout loyalty to him. The brothers have since stood by Mahal for close to a year, helping him enjoy a run as the WWE Champion.
We'll see how the creative team works with Mahal and just one other Singh brother.