Posts Tagged ‘Torn Pectoral’

Cody Rhodes recently had his pectoral muscle repaired after a graphic injury left it torn and hanging off the bone. Rhodes infamously decided to wrestle a Hell In A Cell match with the injury, and it seems his intestinal fortitude has made an impression on fans, as well as WWE.

In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer says that Cody is currently scheduled to be away from WWE programming for 9 months, but that many expect it to be much less. Meltzer notes that January’s Royal Rumble is being eyed as a potential return date, with the popular 2nd generation star’s return thought to be a selling point of the show. The Newsletter also states that WWE filmed Cody’s surgery, and will likely use it in future promotional packages, as they’ve done for numerous injured WWE superstars.

If the idea of a triumphant return from injury at the Royal Rumble sounds familiar, that is apparently intentional. Meltzer says that current thoughts are to give Rhodes the same promotion that the company gave Triple H in 2002. Triple H suffered a torn quadricep in a tag title match, which saw the “Cerebral Assassin” fight through the injury alongside Steve Austin against Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit.

Triple H’s return from that injury was met with great ceremony. The former-WWE Champion was hyped up with numerous vignettes of his rehabilitation, set to U2’s “Beautiful Day,” leading to a January 2002 return at Madison Square Garden that is still lauded as one of the louder celebrations in WWE history. Triple H went on to win the Royal Rumble and then defeat Chris Jericho for the then-WWF Undisputed Championship at WrestleMania X8.

If Meltzer is echoing WWE’s own sentiments with the comment about Rhodes getting the same treatment as Triple H, it would further cement claims that WWE sees the former AEW Executive Vice President as a marquee talent.

Cody Rhodes will undergo surgery on his torn pectoral muscle on Thursday, having wrestled through the injury at WWE Hell In A Cell 2022 last night.

This latest update on Rhodes’ status comes from Fightful Select. Following on from his defeat of Seth Rollins at HIAC, the 36-year-old was scheduled for tonight’s episode of Raw in Green Bay, Wisconsin at the time of writing.

News that Cody was carrying an injury heading into WWE’s latest premium live event broke prior to Hell In A Cell. Cody worked regardless, reportedly insisting on doing the match with Rollins, with the duo structuring the majority of the bout around it.

Rhodes’ reveal of the gigantic bruise covering his torso’s right-hand side drew gasps from the HIAC live crowd. For as well-received as the work was, Rhodes and WWE have both come in for criticism regarding the bout being allowed to go ahead, despite Cody’s determination to do it.

Cody cut an impassioned promo after Hell In A Cell had gone off the air, stating that he would probably talk about his injury on tonight’s Raw. This will likely be the case now.

New Japan Pro Wrestling star Hiromu Takahashi has claimed, possibly in character, that he is around 2% of his way along the road to recovery as he rehabilitates a torn pectoral muscle suffered in February.

Speaking with NJPW’s official English-language website, the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion offered the following comment on his recovery:

“We-ell, if 100 percent means what I feel it should, then honestly it would be 2% right now. To me being 100 percent means being able to do what I set out to do, win championships, make dreams happen. It’s not enough just to get back in there. So with that in mind, yeah, two percent.”

When asked about the publicity work he has been doing while unable to compete, Hiromu said that this is set to continue:

“I’m just getting started. I’ve only been out a month, and I’m only just out of this sling now. I want to be everywhere! I want people to be really surprised at the places I show up over the next few months.”

Takahashi’s torn pectoral should take around six months to recover from. Hurt while working a tag match on 19 February, he relinquished the Junior Heavyweight Title six days later, allowing El Desperado to take the vacant strap in a three-way match with BUSHI and El Phantasmo.

All the best to the Ticking Time Bomb in his recovery.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Hiromu Takahashi has vacated the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship through injury.

Takahashi broke the news himself, kicking off today’s Road to Castle Attack show by hitting the ring to announce he was letting go of the strap as it was in the junior heavyweight division’s best interests. This comes following Monday’s news that the 31-year-old is set to miss the next six months after tearing his left pectoral muscle.

Hiromu was set to defend the title against rival El Phantasmo at this Sunday’s Castle Attack show. Today saw him ask his Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate, BUSHI, to fight for the strap in his place, meaning the card will still feature an LIJ vs. Bullet Club fight for the gold.

Takahashi was hurt while competing in a tag match on 19 February, though NJPW didn’t officially announce his injury until earlier this week.

The torn pectoral means NJPW’s junior heavyweight ace may not miss this year’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament, though the promotion is yet to confirm the dates for that. The competition typically goes down in spring. At the moment, it looks like Hiromu won’t be back until late summer.

New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Hiromu Takahashi is set to miss the next six months after tearing his left pectoral muscle.

The promotion posted the following to Twitter earlier today:

The reigning IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion was hurt while teaming with Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate Shingo Takagi to face Kota Ibushi and Tomoaki Honma on the 19 February Road to Castle Attack show. He hasn’t wrestled since, but was scheduled to put the belt on the line against El Phantasmo at this Sunday’s Castle Attack event. This must now be off the card.

There’s currently no word on what, exactly, NJPW will do with the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight strap, though the promotion still has one Road To show (25 February) to get through before Castle Attack. Perhaps something will be announced there.

Takahashi is currently in his fourth reign as Junior Heavyweight Champion, having taken the belt from Taiji Ishimori at Wrestle Kingdom 15 on 5 January. Considered the division’s ace, Hiromu’s loss will be severe, particularly as he could now miss the Best of the Super Juniors tournament traditionally held in Spring.

All the best to Takahashi for a speedy recovery.


Arizona Cardinals cornerback Robert Alford suffered a torn pectoral that will knock him out for the 2020 season, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports, citing a source.

Alford suffered the injury Sunday at practice.

It’s the second straight season Alford will miss due to injury since signing with the Cardinals in early 2019. The eight-year pro fractured his tibia last year during the preseason and missed the entire regular season.

Alford signed a three-year, $22.5-million deal with Arizona last February.

NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy announced Monday that linebacker Roquan Smith was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle and will be moved to injured reserve, ending his season.

Smith will undergo surgery, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The 22-year-old suffered the injury during Thursday’s win over the Dallas Cowboys. Nagy feared a season-ending diagnosis for the second-year defender and a recent MRI confirmed it.

The Bears selected Smith No. 8 overall in the 2018 draft to be the centerpiece of a strong defensive unit. The linebacker leads Chicago with 100 tackles this season.

Smith’s injury is yet another hit to Chuck Pagano’s linebacking corps. Veteran Danny Trevathan missed the last four games with an elbow injury.

Nick Kwiatkoski and Kevin Pierre-Louis will help fill the void in the middle of Chicago’s stop unit.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans
The Houston Texans and J.J. Watt share optimism that the five-time All-Pro defensive end could return from a torn pectoral muscle in time for the playoffs, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

There’s reportedly even a glimmer of hope that Watt could play in Week 17.

Watt suffered the injury in October and was expected to miss the rest of the season, but the Texans are reserving their final IR-return spot for Watt, Rapoport adds.

The three-time Defensive Player of the Year has progressed in his recovery and will undergo an MRI in a few weeks.

Watt was never officially ruled out for the year, but he tweeted after picking up the injury in Week 8 that he was “absolutely gutted” that he wouldn’t “be able to finish the season with my guys.”

The Texans currently lead the AFC South with a 7-4 record and face the 10-1 New England Patriots in an important AFC matchup Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah will undergo season-ending surgery after suffering a torn pectoral in Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ogbah currently leads the Chiefs with 5.5 sacks this year despite only starting four games. 

The former Cleveland Browns’ second-round pick was acquired by Kansas City this past April in a trade for safety Eric Murray. Ogbah is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career in 2020.

The Chiefs will rely on Chris Jones, Frank Clark, Alex Okafor, and Tanoh Kpassagnon to lead their pass rush moving forward.

The San Francisco 49ers announced that linebacker Kwon Alexander suffered a torn pectoral Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

An MRI confirmed the injury Friday and Alexander will miss the remainder of the 2019 season as a result.

The 25-year-old signed a four-year, $54-million contract with San Francisco this offseason, making him the NFL’s fifth-highest paid linebacker in terms of average annual value. 

Alexander thrived in the middle of the stout defensive unit in 2019, helping the 49ers reach the midway point of the campaign undefeated. He accumulated 34 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble across eight starts.

The torn pectoral marks the second straight season ended by injury for the young defender. In 2018, his final year with the Tamp Bay Buccaneers, Alexander tore his ACL in Week 7. 

San Francisco will move forward with Fred Warner, Azeez Al-Shaair, and rookie Dre Greenlaw at linebacker.