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WWE News: Update on Samoa Joe's Injury

Simon Cotton
6.68K   //    10 Jan 2018, 00:19 IST

Will he be cleared for the Royal Rumble match?
Will he be cleared for the Royal Rumble match?

What’s the Story?

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle announced via Twitter that Samoa Joe suffered an injury and the WWE have released the details on his injury.

In Case You Didn’t Know

Following Joe's match last night, the former NXT Champion declared his entry into the Royal Rumble match and vowed to make John Cena the first superstar he eliminates.

The Heart of the Matter

The report from WWE revealed that the Samoan Submission Machine suffered an injury to his right foot during his match with Rhyno on Monday Night Raw.

The following was released by WWE on the extent of the injury Joe suffered yesterday:

“During his match, [Samoa Joe] felt a pop at the bottom of his [right] foot,” explained WWE Senior Ringside Physician Dr. Chris Amann. “We took a look and believe he has a plantar fascia rupture, which is a thick tissue rupture under the foot. We will get an MRI to confirm. Treatment includes a period of immobilization in a boot with crutches and platelet rich plasma injections.”
WWE planned to hold a vote to determine Bayley’s tag team partner in the Mixed Match Challenge between Joe, Elias, and Raw Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan, but Joe’s prevented him from participating and Elias ended up being announced as Bayley’s teammate.

This marks Joe’s third injury since joining WWE with the first occurring against Shinsuke Nakamura at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn II when he dislocated his jaw. His second injury occurred on the main roster when the former ROH and TNA World Champion required surgery to fix a knee issue.

What’s Next?

The recovery time for a usual plantar fascia rupture would be about two weeks with therapy, so Joe is still likely to compete at the Royal Rumble on Jan. 28 unless the MRI reveals more extensive damage.

Author’s Take

It’s always unfortunate to hear about a wrestler suffering an injury, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to be anything too serious.

Hopefully, the Samoan Submission Machine is ready to go for his Royal Rumble debut.

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Simon Cotton
Freelance Journalist and Photographer, Columbia College Chicago Graduate Student, Jackson State University Alumnus Occasional guest on the Social Suplex Podcast Network. Catch me on Anchor for some interesting thoughts.
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