It was reported earlier this week that Erick Rowan had suffered an arm injury in his Tag Team Championship match against The New Day at SummerSlam and then missed Monday’s SmackDown live event since he was being assessed to find out if the injury required surgery.
Ahead of SmackDown Live, WWE revealed that Erick Rowan had suffered a torn bicep and would be out of action for around 4-6 months since he required surgery.
This is why General Manager Paige decided to allow The New Day to have another shot at the Tag Team Championships on SmackDown in a no-disqualification match.
The New Day then won the Tag Team Championships for a fifth time on SmackDown Live, but according to PWinsider’s Mike Johnson, this wasn’t the original plan for The Bludgeon Brothers.
“They were not supposed to switch the tag belts this week, he said via WrestlingNews. I was told that there was a larger role planned for The Bludgeon Brothers coming out of the pay-per-view. I don’t know what it was but the injury is why they did the tag title switch.”
Rowan is set to undergo surgery in Birmingham, Alabama later this week and it will then be known how long his rehab will take. Whilst Rowan is on the sidelines, The Bludgeon Brothers won’t be given a rematch for the Tag Team Championships since Harper doesn’t seem to have any future plans as a singles competitor.
Rowan’s injury is similar to the one that sidelined Drew McIntyre during his time in NXT and The Irish star has been able to come back bigger and stronger and hopefully, Rowan will be able to do the same.