According to WWE.com, Bad News Barrett underwent shoulder surgery this week to repair the injury he sustained on last week’s Smackdown taping.
Dr. Jeff Dugas performed the surgery, and WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann provided the following update on Barrett:
“Bad News Barrett underwent a ligament reconstruction in his shoulder, as well as a distal clavicle resection, where the end of the collar bone is shaved off. The operation went very well, he’s resting comfortably.”
Barrett was injured at the Smackdown tapings prior to the WWE Money in the Bank show, which caused him to be pulled from that show and to also be stripped of the WWE Intercontinental title. The new champion will now be determined by a battle royal, which will be held at the upcoming Battleground pay-per-view.
This is an obviously unfortunate situation for Barrett, who was arguably on the hottest run of his career, at the very least the best since the Nexus run. Just over two years ago, Barrett was slated for a major run in the WWE, before he dislocated his elbow just prior to WrestleMania. The injury kept Barrett out for several months, before he returned under a bare knuckle brawler gimmick, which eventually gave way to another hiatus, and the Bad News Barrett gimmick. In all, Barrett has already missed over 15 months of action in just over 4 years on the main WWE roster.