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They didn’t tell us. Injuries are one of the few constants in wrestling and you never know when you are going to see one take place. The difference in wrestling is that a wrestler could continue to appear without actually having a match and the audience might not know something is wrong. It seems that was the case in a high profile WWE case, which led to a surprise moment.

Earlier this weekend, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley was scheduled to defend his title inside the Elimination Chamber at the event of the same name. However, he never made it into the match, reportedly due to a shoulder injury, which may keep him out of action for several months. According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE likely knew about the injury for several weeks, meaning they knew Lashley would not be in the Elimination Chamber match. There is no word on when Lashley was injured or when he will be able to return to the ring.

Opinion: This isn’t exactly something new from WWE, though it is rather annoying that they knew Lashley would not be able to go in the match and then put him in the spot anyway. I’m not sure when Lashley got hurt, but I would hope it was before he won the title at the Royal Rumble. Otherwise, it made for one of the most pointless title changes in recent memory.

What do you think of Lashley? Should he have been in the Elimination Chamber in the first place? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books

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