During mid-November IWGP United States Champion Cody Rhodes suffered a knee injury during a Ring Of Honor show. Rhodes heard a pop in his right knee while teasing a t-shirt toss in the crowd. He missed several scheduled bookings after it was determined his meniscus is fairly damaged.
The good news of the entire situation was that his MCL, PCL, and ACL were all structurally sound. He will undergo surgery after Wrestle Kingdom 13 on January 4th. Rhodes is currently rehabbing his meniscus, but will still compete against Jay Lethal for the ROH World Title at the “Final Battle” pay-per-view, and he will also defend his IWGP United States Championship against Juice Robinson at Wrestle Kingdom 13.
During a recent interview with mirror.co.uk, Cody Rhodes provided the following update on his injury:
“It’s okay. The bad news was that— so a meniscus tear is commonly known as a severe sprain. So I thought, ‘Oh, I will be okay.’ Then I got the MRI and there was good news in that I don’t have to get reconstructive surgery because all my ligaments are intact, but that meniscus had a second tear.
“That second tear is why I heard a ‘pop’ in the ring and why I knew something was wrong. But I’m doing everything I can. I’ve got a brace for it, like one of those big Steve Austin braces, I don’t know if I’m going to be comfortable in it or not, but I’m trying to kind of wear it around the house and get used to it.
“It’s coming along, I’m trying to be very careful with it, just because, I don’t want to be that wrestler … The guy who trained me told me ‘you’ll always work hurt, but never work injured.’ And that’s very good advice. This I could tell was a little bit more severe.”