During the June 10 episode of SmackDown, Michael Cole revealed that Cody Rhodes is expected to be out of action for nine months following surgery to repair a torn chest tendon.
“After a vicious attack by Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, Rhodes was successfully assaulted by Dr. Jeffrey Dugas and has surgery to reattach his pectoral tendon. Rhodes will face a long recovery and will be out of action for nine months,” WWE declared.
Rhodes last appeared on WWE programming on last week’s episode of Monday Night RAW, just 24 hours after appearing at the eponymous live premium event at Hell In A Cell made an impressive showing in Match of The Year Contenders against Seth Rollins.
Rumors of Rhodes’ injury status began circulating after he was pulled from a WWE live event in Champaign, Illinois on June 4, just a day before the aforementioned Hell In A Cell event. Many fans were then left to speculate as to what had happened to Rhodes and whether he would be able to compete in the live premium event.
Just hours before Hell In A Cell, WWE confirmed that Rhodes suffered a chest tear while training for the match against Rollins, but the company also confirmed that Rhodes was confident he would continue to face Rollins in the brutal match. Not only did Rhodes face off against Rollins in a 20+ minute Hell In A Cell match, but he also managed to claim the win. After the show, Rhodes addressed the fans in attendance to let them know that it was his choice to wrestle that night.