News regarding the injury angle with Sami Zayn from the August 7th 2023 edition of WWE RAW

As seen during the August 7th 2023 edition of WWE RAW, Sami Zayn was attacked by JD McDonagh and Zayn ended up being replaced in the six-man tag team main event. Shinsuke Nakamura took Zayn’s spot in the match but ended up turning heel against Seth Rollins after it was over.

During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer of discussed the situation with Zayn…

“That [attack from McDonagh] was a cover for a bursa sac injury. It’s so swollen. He had a golf ball size swell.

I wonder what they’re gonna do with the tag team titles. Kevin [Owens] can work, the whole idea was that since they decided not to book him for Summerslam – if they booked him for Summerslam, he would have kept working and done Summerslam. But when the decision was made not to put a tag team title match on Summerslam, they decided to shoot an angle to get him off and get him a little bit of rest. But it was only supposed to be a short period of rest, that’s why they didn’t take the belts off (them) or anything like that.” (quotes courtesy of

The bursa sac injury is what John Cena suffered from around the 2013 Summerslam PLE. AEW commentator Taz noted that “it’s very common for wrestlers to get them on elbow.”