Following Bobby Lashley’s early exit from the Elimination Chamber, it has been reported that the former WWE Champion will undergo shoulder surgery that could leave him out of action for four months.
Bobby Lashley was set to defend the WWE Championship in the confines of the Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia. However, while he was waiting to come out of his pod, Seth Rollins sent Austin Theory crashing through the plexiglass and straight into ‘The All Mighty’.
Lashley was then escorted out of the chamber and taken to the back. Michael Cole later reported he had entered concussion protocol and would not return to the match.
The bout was eventually won by Brock Lesnar, who entered last and quickly eliminated Seth Freakin’ Rollins, Riddle and then AJ Styles. Austin Theory lasted a little longer than the others as he used a low blow to get some breathing space.
However, as he tried to escape through the top of the chamber, Lesnar grabbed and dragged him back to the top of one of the pods before delivering a huge F5 that sent Theory to the floor. All that was left was for ‘The Conqueror’ to roll Theory’s lifeless body back into the ring for the pinfall.
Following the event, WWE released a statement claiming Lashley had entered concussion protocol and would be flying back to the US for further evaluation.
— WWE (@WWE) February 19, 2022
However, a new report from former WWE writer Kazeem Famuyide on The Ringer Wrestling Show, Bobby Lashley actually has a legitimate shoulder injury which he has been dealing with since the Royal Rumble.
“I have it under good authority that Bobby Lashley is shoot hurt and has been hurt since the Rumble match. If you noticed he hasn’t worked any RAWs. He hasn’t really defended his title. He was shoot hurt at the [Brock] Lesnar at the Rumble. Again, I was wondering how they were going to work him in there while being hurt. I’m assuming this concussion protocol thing is the way to get him out there.
Famuyide went on to say that Lashley is expected to be out of action for at least four months for surgery.
“From what I’m told, it’s for a least four months. Shoulder surgery. I’m hearing that he might not even make it to Mania. From what I’m told he is shoot hurt and should be out for some time.”
H/T to Wrestling Inc. for the above transcription.