When The New Day and Kevin Owens teamed up against Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev & Cesaro on SmackDown Live on Tuesday night, it seemed strange to see half of The Bar in a match with two other tag team partners. Naturally, many wondered where Sheamus was and why Cesaro was in the match at all.
According to the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it would appear that Sheamus suffered a concussion a week ago when The New Day took on The Bar and Drew McIntyre on SmackDown Live. Interestingly enough, that match was the same one that saw Big E suffer his torn meniscus that required surgery.
It’s unclear how long Sheamus will be out with this injury, but SmackDown Live’s tag team ranks got significantly thinner as a result of these two injuries, Kofi Kingston winning the WWE Championship and The Usos moving to Monday Night Raw, Ricochet and Aleister Black becoming Raw-exclusive talent and SAnitY effectively ending. Still, they did get Heavy Machinery which could bode well for the young tag team.
Without Sheamus, the status for Cesaro on SmackDown Live moving forward may also be in question as is often the situation when a member of a tag team gets injured. If Sheamus is off of television for any prolonged period of time, Cesaro could find himself in limbo, floating between random six-man or multi-man tag matches like we saw on SmackDown Live this week, or off of television altogether.
If Sheamus’ injury timeline isn’t very long, it may behoove WWE to keep Cesaro off of television while acting as if nothing happened. At the same time, he could still come out for the odd promo here or there just to keep The Bar relevant, especially given the barren wasteland that is the current SmackDown Live tag-team division as mentioned.