WWE star Zack Ryder suffers knee injury during SmackDown

WWE star Zack Ryder suffers knee injury during SmackDown

Published Dec. 14, 2016 11:59 a.m. ET

The Hype Bros became the new No. 1 contenders for the Wyatt Family's SmackDown tag team titles Tuesday night as Zack Ryder won a Battle Royale - but Ryder suffered what sounds like a nasty knee injury during the course of the match. Ryder appeared to be in serious pain after flipping The Ascension's Konnor over the top rope, and his partner Mojo Rawley didn't initially know Ryder was injured as he rushed over to celebrate.


WWE announced the details of Ryder's injury on its website.

"The injury took place when Long Island Iced-Z attempted a Rough Ryder in the same contest in which The Hype Bros won a Tag Team No. 1 Contenders’ Battle Royal. This victory gave them the right to challenge SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Wyatt Family.

After the match, Ryder was carried to the trainer’s room and is currently on crutches.

"We think he injured his kneecap or his patella. We think it popped out and then popped back in, so we're just going to do an MRI to make sure that there is not cartilage damage or some tendon tearing, stuff like that,” according to WWE's Dr. Chris Robinson. “Hopefully there's not and it'll be a shorter rehab period. If there is, there's a different road we might have to go down that may take longer to get him to recover."