With Lio Rush egging him on, Bobby Lashley not only defeated Kevin Owens this past Monday night on Raw but injured the former Universal Champion’s knees in a jaw-dropping post-match assault.
Following Raw, WWE.com said Owens sustained injuries to both knees when Lashley viciously wrapped Owens’ legs around a turnbuckle after their match.
WWE.com added, “Owens will undergo further evaluation tomorrow to determine the full extent of the damage. Stay with WWE.com as new details surrounding Owens’ condition become available.”
This angle was done to turn Lashley heel and write Owens’ character off storylines. WWE sources told the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer and POST Wrestling’s John Pollock on Tuesday that Owens is taking time off from wrestling to undergo knee surgery.
Pollock wrote, “It was conveyed to us that Owens is not expected to miss too much time, so it doesn’t appear to be a major injury.”
Meltzer, however, reported, “While reports are out that it will be minor surgery and he will be back shortly, in actuality they won’t know the severity of the knee problems until he goes into surgery and that will determine the seriousness of the surgery. There is no estimated time back because it is based on the severity of the injury and nature of the surgery.”
Pollock then wrote, “We were informed later in the day that while the hope is Owens’ knee surgery is minor, they won’t know the full extent of the injury until the knee is assessed. There is a possibility of the injury being more serious and could require a longer recovery time.”
In an update on the situation, Meltzer reported Thursday in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Owens could be out action for four to eight months. Surgeons won’t know the extent of the damage until his knee is opened up next week. While it’s hopeful that Owens will just need his knee to be cleaned out, it’s quite possible that he will need major surgery.
“It’s been reported he will be undergoing arthroscopic surgery and several company sources have said that but that isn’t entirely accurate. They don’t know the full damage to the knee and won’t know until it’s opened up. The minor surgery is what is hoped for with the idea he just needs cleaning out,” Meltzer wrote.
“Obviously, he’s able to walk and has been working on the bad knee for a while, but wrestlers at that level are awfully tough about injuries and very often these injuries get a lot more serious. It is also possible he will need major surgery and the determination won’t be made until his surgery date next week. The expected timetable right now is about four months off if it’s minor surgery and eight months if it’s major surgery.”