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Originally Posted by wwe.com
BREAKING NEWS: LASHLEY INJURED IN POST-SMACKDOWN ASSAULT
After Friday Night SmackDown! went off the air, the United States Champion Bobby Lashley was the victim of an assault inside of his locker room. The former army drill sergeant has stated that he doesn’t know who the assailant was, but what we do know, is that Lashley suffered, what WWE doctors believe to be, a completely torn right pectoral muscle due to the attack. Subsequently, he will not be able to make his scheduled title defense in the Fatal Four Way Match at the Great American Bash. He will appear, however … to RELINQUISH the United States Championship at the behest of SmackDown General Manager Stephanie McMahon… A new United States Champion will be crowned as the remaining three competitors, ‘The Fallen Angel’ Christopher Daniels, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy compete in a Triple Threat Match for the soon-to-be vacated title. One would hate to think that one of the competitors in the match are responsible for the injury to the Real Deal…
Originally Posted by Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Bobby Lashley did indeed suffer an injured right pectoral on SmackDown, though it wasn’t in an assault. Lashley was injured during his match with Christopher Daniels, which was the reason for the hurried DQ finish, and right now, it's looking as if he'll be out for around six months. The injury to the United States Champion has sent the WWE into a scramble. Lashley was scheduled to retain the title at the GAB, and then move into a SummerSlam program with John Cena, believe it or not, while Cena waits for Rocky to free up and/or The Undertaker to return. As of right now, no word has been spoken of who the belt may be put on. Matt and Jeff Hardy are seen as more “U.S. Title-ready,” considering their popularity, but McMahon is said to be pretty high on Daniels despite his previous concerns over his size.
Mr. Kennedy, The Rock, and Batista are all in the running to pick up the win in the big tag match at the GAB, with Cena the odd man out at the moment, though “The Boss” is still the highest regarded in the eyes of management.
Right now, the feeling is that SummerSlam is going to be the true test of Ken Kennedy’s drawing power, and will have a huge effect on his immediate and future main event status within the company. At the event, expect him to be given a big-time opponent, either Batista, The Rock or even Triple H, and he’ll also have a VERY strong undercard with the Edge/Orton TLC Match to share the spotlight with.