This entire year has been extremely difficult for the WWE as they have lost more people to the injured list this year then any other year in recent memory. At first it hit the tag team division the hardest in the early part of the year when Jey Uso, Erick Rowan, and Tyson Kidd all got injured within months of each other. As the year progressed and those members of the tag team division returned more guys went down, but this time it hit the Main Event scene. Now everyone knows that since a few weeks after Mania Daniel Bryan has been on the shelf. But within the last month or so two more top talents will be injured for an extended period of time.
To start we will go after the talent who could be injured for the next 12 months possibly. As of this writing their the latest on Randy Orton is that he will be on the shelf indefinitely. After having shoulder surgery last month the news came out recently that he may need another surgery and may also need neck fusion surgery. Now another surgery alone would take Orton until the summer at least, but adding in the neck surgery it would be possible Randy could miss over 12 months. The neck fusion surgery is the same surgery that ended Edge and Austin's careers early and I would probably guess that Randy at this point is around the same age Austin was when he had the surgery. This will absolutely be an interesting development to keep track of.
The other talent that has actually just recently had a shoulder surgery was Cesaro. The recovery time for Cesaro is at least four to six months which couldn't have come at a worse for Cesaro or WWE. With so many other top stars on the shelf many believe that Cesaro could have finally got his big push or at least a run with a title. As of this writing it seems like Cesaro was in line for somewhat of a push before the injury so this could have been worse timing for the "Swiss Superman." Now everyone knows that the reaction has never been the problem for Cesaro and it has always been about winning Vince McMahon over and he had recently done exactly that with his in-ring work recently. Though impressing Vince is a step in the right direction his injury couldn't come at a worse time.