Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that Braun Strowman is scheduled to be out of action following last night’s Raw taping to undergo a minor procedure to fix some issues with his elbow.
The Report says Strowman Will be gone four to eight weeks due to the undisclosed injury/surgery, causing creative to re-tool plans for Extreme Rules and Great Balls of Fire pay-per-views.
Strowman’s character on TV is supposedly suffering from a torn rotator cuff — even though he’s been wrestling Roman Reigns in street fights on the UK/European tour — and his injury angle was furthered at the TV taping tonight to officially give him time to get fixed up.
Strowman came out in a sling to wrestle Kalisto, but Reigns quickly interrupted. The segment ended with Roman hitting Braun’s arm with a steel chair on the steps.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that while Braun’s operation is not considered to be major, the problem is they don’t know how long he will be out of action until he has the surgery.
Braun and Roman Reigns have been working the current European tour but last night’s RAW angle was done to write Braun off TV for a few weeks. Braun’s absence will force creative changes to the June 4th Extreme Rules pay-per-view and the July 2nd Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view. Meltzer noted that Reigns vs. Strowman was the planned Extreme Rules main event while Braun vs. WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar was scheduled for Great Balls of Fire.
No word yet on what the new main events will be but plans for Lesnar appear to be up in the air.