Holy crap, what is in the water in Brooklyn? WWE has been camped out at the Barclays Center all weekend for SummerSlam and the surrounding events, and there must’ve been a curse on the building as a slew of WWE Superstars were injured over the past 48 hours. To whit: Randy Orton’s head was split open by Brock Lesnar; Samoa Joe had his jaw dislocated by Shinsuke Nakamura; Sasha Banks’ back injury flared up during her match with Charlotte. But here’s the worst news of them all.
Finn Bálor — yes, the same guy who just debuted in WWE only a few short weeks ago and has already been crowned WWE’s first-ever Universal Champion — has a potentially serious injury, WWE.com reports. The Irishman dislocated his right shoulder during his match with Seth Rollins, specifically when Rollins powerbombed Bálor into the ringside barricade mid-match. Bálor popped his shoulder back into place and continued the match, a portion of which is below.
WWE physician Dr. Chris Robinson confirms the injury and says an MRI revealed a possible labrum tear, which could need surgery depending on its severity. Torn labrums are an especially frequent injury in the NBA; it’s what took Kevin Love out of the 2015 NBA playoffs and set him on a six-month road to recovery. Given Bálor’s coronation at SummerSlam last night, we sincerely hope he does not require surgery and can continue to defend the Universal Championship as needed.