WWE News: Zack Ryder Out Four To Nine Months With Injury

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Dec. 19 2016, Updated 5:16 a.m. ET

Last week, the tag team of Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley won a match to earn the number one contender role for the SmackDown Live tag team titles. However, in that match, Zack Ryder suffered a serious knee injury. While the extent of the injury was not disclosed at the time, Zack Ryder has since taken to Twitter and announced that he will be out of action anywhere from four to nine months.

Zack Ryder underwent surgery in Birmingham, Alabama, last week, and he said that he was told both four to six months and six to nine months. Zack Ryder responded that only “time will tell” when it comes to the recovery and rehabilitation of his knee.

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With Zack Ryder out of action, SmackDown Live will have to figure out who will feud with the Wyatt Family for the tag team titles next. American Alpha will eventually be that team, but the WWE seems to want a lower-level face team to feed to the Wyatt Family for now.

Sadly, on SmackDown Live, there isn’t much to choose from in face tag teams outside of Zack Ryder and Mojo Rawley. Besides American Alpha, the rest of the division are heel tag teams. The only other face tag team was Rhyno and Heath Slater, and they appeared to be on the verge of a split in recent weeks.

The SmackDown Live tag team division consists of the Ascension, Vaudevillains, Usos, and Breezango as heels. There is a chance that Breezango could turn into a face team because they have gotten over with some fans in recent months. The Usos are another possibility, but they seem better suited as heels at this time.

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