Back in April, R-Truth was sent to SmackDown LIVE in the Superstar Shake-up, though you might not have realized it before this week. The former United States Champion hadn’t had a match on the blue brand until his loss to Samoa Joe this past Tuesday.
His absence actually extended even farther back: Minus a brief appearance in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, he hadn’t competed at all since a house show match against Elias on October 14, 2017, when he was still on Raw. His absence from television extends even further as it was his first match on either Raw or SmackDown LIVE since a 15-Man Battle Royal on Raw on August 28. His last singles match on television took place on August 21 on Raw in a loss to Elias.
Truth’s whereabouts were a persistent question among fans, and now, the popular WWE Superstar has finally let fans know what’s up.
As it turns out, a grisly shoulder injury led to two surgeries that put Truth on the shelf for almost a year. He revealed the evidence in a graphic Instagram post following his return.