Former Raw Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan has been wrestling with a neck injury and has taken the first step back to recovery.
“He had an injury to a disc in his neck which resulted in significant pain that was refractory to all conservative measures,” WWE Medical Director Dr. Joseph Maroon said. “It was decided to do a minimally invasive operation to decompress the nerve, to allow it to heal.”
The procedure Jordan underwent is called a minimally invasive posterior cervical microdiscectomy. It is not known just how long Jordan will be out of action.
Many have speculated Jordan’s injury was the reason he had limited participation in the Raw Tag Team title match with him and Seth Rollins against Sheamus and Cesaro at the Royal Rumble.
Jordan was sent home after his backstage segment with General Manager Kurt Angle during the Feb. 5 episode of Raw. Jordan’s wife issued a statement, confirming his injury and said he would be back in no time.
WWE removed Jordan from their live event schedule until he is cleared to return to the ring.
There are a couple of different ways fans can look at this. First, it’s unfortunate Jordan had to go down with a neck injury at this point. Although some fans have soured on him being revealed as Angle’s son (kayfabe), Jordan fine tuned his wrestling skills and improved his character work that is inching its way to a heel turn.
There are no confirmed plans as to what Jordan’s role for Wrestlemania 34 will be, but some speculate he will face Rollins at the Show of Shows. A match between Rollins and Jordan could be a mat classic for the fans and elevate the former American Alpha’s career to the next level.
On the other hand, Jordan taking care of this injury and undergoing surgery was one of the best things he could do in this situation. He will be out of action for a short amount of time, but it is better for him to return to the ring healthy, rather than just work through it and risk further injury to his health.
It also allows him a chance to sit back and heal from the rest of the wear and tear to his body, as well as work on his character from home. Being off a WWE tour because of injury can give him something for his in-ring persona to chew on.
For example, Jordan could take any resentment and bitter feelings he has of being away from the ring and channel them to his, for lack of better term, Son of Raw GM character. Jordan could act out those feelings on screen toward Angle for keeping him from making his father proud.
He could travel to Raw and participate in backstage segments with Angle and Rollins.
There is no solid timetable for Jordan to return to the thing, but it’s likely fans will see him at around Wrestlemania time.