Tamina recently underwent successful surgery to repair a right shoulder supraspinatus tear, according to WWE.com.
This news was first revealed on Friday on Edge and Christian’s podcast, E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, as they talked about Tamina working the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match with a torn rotator cuff (the tear occurs in the supraspinatus tendon). According to WWE.com, Tamina underwent surgery on Jan. 31, which was three days after the match.
In a post on Instagram on Saturday, Tamina addressed the surgery. She thanked her doctors for their excellent work and promised to be back to the ring soon.
There’s no official word on her recovery timetable, but she will likely face six to eight months of rehab after this type of surgery.
She’s probably been dealing with this injury for a while as her in-ring participation has been very limited the past two months. Before the Royal Rumble, she last wrestled on Jan. 2 on SmackDown LIVE, where she teamed with Carmella and Natalya in a Six-Woman Tag Team Match in a losing effort to Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, and Sarah Logan. That was her first appearance in four weeks, as she lost to Charlotte Flair on Dec. 5 on SmackDown LIVE.
Tamina’s participation in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match was apparently questionable. During the Royal Rumble Kickoff show, she was removed from the graphic hyping the match. She entered the Rumble at No. 7 and lasted less than two minutes before being eliminated by Lita.
Tamina, who turned 40 years old on Jan. 10, has been plagued by injuries in recent years as this is her third major surgery in less than four years. In June 2014, she underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in her knee and would not return to the ring for 11 months, until May 2015. Then in May 2016, she underwent knee surgery to repair torn ligaments. This sidelined her for nine months, until February 2017.