With her much-anticipated return to the ring drawing near, Tamina posted this photo of herself in a bikini.
The last time we saw Tamina compete inside a WWE ring was during the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match on January 28. She entered the match at No. 7 and lasted 1:34 before being eliminated by WWE Hall of Famer Lita.
Thirteen days after the Royal Rumble, Tamina revealed in an Instagram post that she underwent surgery.
According to WWE.com, Tamina underwent successful surgery for a right shoulder supraspinatus tear on Jan. 31. There’s still no official word on her recovery timetable, but she was expected to face six to eight months of rehab following the procedure. If that’s the case, she probably won’t return until at least this fall.
News of Tamina’s injury was first revealed on Edge and Christian’s podcast, E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness. The day before Tamina revealed on Instagram that she had undergone surgery, Edge said that Tamina worked the Women’s Royal Rumble Match with a torn rotator cuff (the tear occurs in the supraspinatus tendon). Her participation in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match was apparently in doubt on the day of the show as she was removed from WWE’s graphic hyping the match during the Royal Rumble Kickoff.
Tamina apparently had been dealing with the injury for a while as she stopped working regularly in early December.
Tamina, who turned 40 years old on January 10, has been plagued by injuries since 2014. In June of that year, 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. Her most recent procedure was her third major surgery in less than four years.
The question now is where does Tamina fit on the WWE roster when she’s cleared to return to action. At 40 years old and being injury plagued, it doesn’t look like she has much left wrestling in her.