WWE superstar Bray Wyatt suffered an ankle injury during this week’s SmackDown.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestler Observer Radio has confirmed that Wyatt sprained his ankle during a match with Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown. Wyatt decided to continue the match even after being injured and even WWE officials told him to stop. You can see the moment the sprain occurs in the following GIF:
When it initially happened on SmackDown, the majority of fans assumed this was a work, but on Thursday it was confirmed this injury was indeed legitimate.
It’s unclear how serious the injury is at this time. As of Wednesday, Wyatt still planned to perform in live shows scheduled for this weekend. We’ll find out more about the severity of the sprain soon, but ankle sprains can often take athletes out of action for several weeks if they’re bad enough.
This comes just a few months after Wyatt sustained a calf injury at a live event in April. This interrupted a feud between the Wyatt Family and the League of Nations, but Bray returned on the June 20th episode of Monday Night Raw. Luckily, this most recent injury doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to as significant as that one.
And luckily for the WWE, even if Wyatt has to take a few weeks off due to this incident, it shouldn’t interrupt much story wise. He doesn’t currently have anything scheduled for the SummerSlam pay-per-view on August 21st, and so giving him a bit of a break to recuperate wouldn’t create any major problems. The match he was injured in was to determine if he would become the #1 contender for the WWE World Championship, but Dolph Ziggler ended up emerging victorious and retaining his #1 contender status. He will go up against Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam.
SummerSlam will be broadcast on August 21st on the WWE Network. The matches that have been announced are Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton, Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler, Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte, The Miz vs. Apollo Crews, and John Cena vs A.J. Styles.