The WWE has been through the ringer with injuries in the past few months and things don't look like they are getting any better.
The promotion only recently got back John Cena, Seth Rollins, Cesaro and co after long term injury and are still currently without both Randy Orton and Neville who could both still be out for a while. Then there is the case of Roman Reigns, who is out for 30 days following a violation of the Wellness Policy.
Now there is another name to add to the unavailable list. Ryback.
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Big Guy on the Big Table
The Big Guy, who hasn't actually been seen on television for a while following a contract dispute with the WWE, is going to be out for even longer after he revealed that he underwent surgery today.
Taking to his official Twitter account, Ryback confirmed that he was going under the knife to have an ear, nose and throat operation.
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"Ear, nose and throat surgery today. I have put off some serious stuff the last 11 years and it will be nice hearing and breathing normal," he wrote from @Ryback22.
Despite not being on TV, Ryback's fans were still out in force to wish him well and a quick recovery from the operation, saying that they hope to see him back inside the squared circle after he gets back to full fitness.
Fall Out with WWE
This will almost certainly have no impact on Ryback's future in the WWE. The Big Guy is not exactly in Vince McMahon's good books after taking to Tumblr of all places to share his grievances about the way that pay works in the WWE right now, especially with regards to superstars lower down in the pecking order.
"It blows my mind how in a sport which is predetermined from a company standpoint winners are paid so much more than the losers," he wrote. "Every single person who works for WWE from top to bottom is absolutely just as valuable as the next."
Ryback was also seemingly dissatisfied with his booking, as was evident in an interview after WrestleMania 32, where he hinted that he might soon take his talents to a place where they are better appreciated.
"I've heard in this business hard work doesn't always pay off. So maybe The Big Guy has to go find another world where that does pay off. But you work really, really hard at something and you dedicate yourself, and you sometimes have to be told you're somewhere else."
We'll have to wait and see what happens with Ryback, but it is possible that we have seen the last of him in WWE. At least his hearing and breathing will be alright.