More on The Undertaker's injury, current status, & what the plans were
Reported by Adam Martin
On Tuesday, May 1, 2007 at 6:58 PM EST
As reported earlier
, The Undertaker's expected long-term reign as World Heavyweight Champion could be in jeopardy after he suffered a torn bicep before Sunday's Backlash PPV where he competed against Batista in a Last Man Standing Match.
According to The Wrestling Observer
, Undertaker met with Dr. James Andrews today in Birmingham, Alabama (which also happens to be the site of tonight's Smackdown & ECW TV tapings) and is scheduled to take part in tonight's tapings. He was said to have been in a tremendous about of pain on Monday morning after his PPV match with Batista.
Because the muscle has completely rolled up, the belief is that he suffered a complete muscle tear off the bone that will require surgery. Although Dr. James Andrews has yet to issue a formal conclusion, the general feeling within the company is that he will be out six to eight months. As a result, the planned Undertaker vs. Batista match for Judgment Day appears to be off. It should be noted that Undertaker was scheduled to have a long title reign this year and was going to work more House Show events than he has in many years in his career. This is one of the reasons why he trained himself into getting lean, allowing him to have lots of stamina and quickness in the ring. Based on all indications, Undertaker would like to drop the title in the ring instead of the company simply stripping him of it. However, that decision won't be made until Andrews provides a formal conclusion.