Cain Velasquez only debuted on SmackDown last week, but it looks like any plans for a lengthy run with WWE are already in jeopardy.
One thing many watching will have noticed (other than the fact that no-one in the audience knew who he was) was that he was wearing a pretty hefty leg brace and seemed to be limping slightly.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that Velasquez needs to undergo surgery and will be out for several months.
“They could do Cain [at WrestleMania vs Brock Lesnar] you know do a one and one, Cain gets the surgery and comes back, but if Cain gets the surgery I’m not sure he’s back — if he gets full reconstructive surgery on that knee… let’s say he gets it in November, he’s missing Mania for sure, not even a chance. Maybe he can get minor surgery and be back… maybe.”
There is still speculation that Velasquez will be making his in-ring debut at the upcoming Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia, but this will likely be confirmed one way or another on SmackDown in the coming weeks.
If he is able to do that match, he will likely undergo surgery in November, but there is no timetable for a potential return.