WWE and injuries seemingly go hand in hand these days, and Erick Rowan is the latest casualty following surgery on a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.
Several big-name superstars were sidelined for large periods of time last year, with Seth Rollins, John Cena, and Randy Orton all missing the majority of the year.
However, 2016 hasn't been much better either, with Finn Balor, Luke Harper, and now Rowan all suffering long-term injuries.
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Luckily for WWE, Harper has recently returned from his knee problem, but just as he returns, his former tag team partner has been sidelined.
Rowan underwent shoulder surgery on Tuesday afternoon and is likely to miss around six months of action, meaning he could be absent until April.
The SmackDown LIVE superstar has undergone the same surgery that Shelton Benjamin had earlier this year, which kept him from making his long-awaited return to WWE.
Rowan will now begin his long road to recovery, but when he returns, he might not be the same as when he left.
In an eerie video posted on his official Twitter account, Rowan seemingly hinted at a possible change to his character. He did so by burying his sheep mask.
You can see the video below.
Of course, this could just be him keeping it in a safe place until he does return, but it could also signal a change coming to his gimmick and his character, potentially ending his days as the weird, silent Wyatt Family member.
Rowan has previously had a brief gimmick change which came when the Wyatt Family split up for the first time. He had a rather unsuccessful stint as a face, before returning to Bray Wyatt's side months later.
It will be interesting to see what WWE have planned for Rowan on his return, and whether or not he does actually undergo a gimmick change.
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