The great and the good of the WWE Universe were in attendance yesterday as the world said goodbye to Dusty Rhodes.
With wrestlers past and present gathering to say their goodbyes at Rhodes' funeral in Tampa Bay, the world's media were inevitably in attendance too.
While covering the event one such publication, the Daytona Beach News-Journal, snapped a picture of one top WWE Superstar wearing a neck brace. An image that is sure to increase concern from the fans.
This image of Tyson Kidd, accompanied by his parter Natalya, seems to confirm speculation that claiming he had suffered a serious neck injury, a hypothesis that had snowballed over the past month.
Reports in the media had eluded to the situation but, until now, all we had from the WWE themselves was a small article confirming that the wrestler had "sustained an injury while competing in a non-televised match against Samoa Joe."
Doesn't look good
Since that match took place on June 1st Tyson Kidd has not been seen at any WWE events. With the WWE remaining coy on exactly what had happened WWE fans were left to speculate as to how long the star would be out of action.
The photo evidence that has emerged in the past 24 hours might well have put pay to hopes of a speedy recovery, although, at this stage, no one knows if the brace was worn as a precautionary measure or as a necessity.
Tyson Kidd's absence from in-ring action obviously puts pay to his tag-team partnership with Cesaro for the time being at least but he is not the only wrestler currently facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Since the turn of the year WWE fans have already to deal with the disappointment of big names such as Sami Zayn, Daniel Bryan, Goldust and Rusev go down with injuries.
With Kidd's name now seemingly officially added to the "long-term" category the WWE has to be thankful that NXT continues to provide exciting stars to take the place of the veteran names on the treatment table.
WWE fans: Are there more injuries in modern wrestling than there were a few years ago? Have your say in the comments below...
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