Bad News Barrett Injury: Updates on WWE Star's Shoulder and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2014

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Updates from Monday, July 14

WWE has announced when Bad News Barrett will return per WrestlingNewsSource:

WWE announced on Monday night's edition of RAW that injured former Intercontinental Champion "Bad News" Barrett will be in attendance at Sunday's Battleground event.

Barrett will be on hand to present the Intercontinenal Championship to the winner of the Battleground Battle Royal.

Updates from Wednesday, July 2

WWE confirmed that Bad News Barrett underwent shoulder surgery yesterday to repair his injured shoulder via a release on the company's website:

“Bad News Barrett underwent a ligament reconstruction in his shoulder, as well as a distal clavicle resection, where the end of the collar bone is shaved off,” WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann said. “The operation went very well, he’s resting comfortably.”

Updates from Monday, June 30

Bad News Barrett fans received some crushing news during Monday Night Raw via WrestlingNews.Net:

Updates from Sunday, June 29

WWE never officially declared Bad News Barrett out for Sunday's Money in the Bank PPV after he injured his shoulder earlier in the week. That changed during the preshow according to Ringside Xcess:

Updates from Wednesday, June 25

Bad News Barrett spoke to his Twitter followers about his injury and what's next:

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It's bad news for Wade Barrett, but good news for fans of irony. The WWE Superstar injured his shoulder during Tuesday night's SmackDown taping.

Dr. Chris Amann, a physician for WWE, told that "Bad News" Barrett "sustained an injury to his right shoulder when he was thrown into the barricade by Jack Swagger."

"After Barrett felt an immediate pain and a pop, we brought him back to the training room and the exam showed a separated shoulder," Amann added. "We’re going to do some additional testing this week and then sit down with him and talk about options for treatment for this injury."

Matt Presto posted a photo on Twitter of Barrett slumped against the barricade after getting injured:

The timing of the injury couldn't be much worse.

Barrett was scheduled to take part in the ladder match this Sunday at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. WWE has made no official decision regarding his status in the match, but it would be a surprise if he is healthy enough to compete.

Since being repackaged as Bad News Barrett, he's grown in popularity and gained a fairly significant amount of fan supportat least for a midcarder. This is the best he's looked since his days in the Nexus.

However, his momentum has now been curtailed somewhat.

It's tough to speculate too much into the future without any sort of timetable for Barrett's injury. More than likely, though, he won't participate in the MITB match. His Intercontinental Championship reign may also be coming to a premature end.

There's no question about it: Bad News needs some good news, and fast.