Currently, IWGP United States Champion Cody Rhodes is rehabbing his injured meniscus. Last month, Rhodes heard a pop in his knee while teasing a t-shirt toss in the crowd of a Ring Of Honor (ROH) show. Rhodes sought medical attention for his knee, and it was determined that his MCL, PCL, and ACL were all structurally sound.
However, it was determined his meniscus was fairly damaged. The injury will require surgery down the road, but Rhodes will get that done after two big matches he currently has booked. He will challenge Jay Lethal for the ROH World Title at Final Battle later this month. Rhodes will then defend his IWGP United States Title against Juice Robinson in January at Wrestle Kingdom 13. After that, Rhodes will require surgery on his meniscus.
Speaking to mirror.co.uk recently, Rhodes offered 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.”