On the latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discusses Shane McMahon being diagnosed with diverticulitis and says that plans for WrestleMania 34 will likely change.
According Meltzer, Shane has been in pretty rough shape that Daniel Bryan will most likely need a new tag team partner in the planned tag team match against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at WrestleMania 34.
“Shane McMahon was diagnosed with diverticulitis. So that match at WrestleMania is going to have to be changed; Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan vs. Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens match which is likely going to be announced tomorrow [today’s SmackDown]. I guess that he went to the Caribbean. While there he developed a massive infection due to diverticulitis. He was hospitalized in Antigua, flown back to New York and he’s currently hospitalized with a heavy dose of antibiotics. He also suffered an umbilical hernia, which they are crediting to the attack by Owens & Zayn, but he suffered a hernia as well. He has surgery on that after the infection goes away. So, he’s in really rough shape. That hernia surgery is a pretty bad one. It’s not unusual, but it’s a very painful surgery. The diverticulitis is a pretty bad deal as well, so he’s probably not going to be around for awhile. I asked around about what’s going to happen, and it all kind of broke in the last couple of days. Tomorrow [Tuesday] we will have a lot better idea, but they are probably going to have to switch courses – go in another direction. Probably Daniel Bryan in a tag team. Getting another tag team partner would be the most likely situation.”
Meltzer did not elaborate as to who might be replacing Shane McMahon in the match. Co-host Bryan Alvarez suggested that Chris Jericho would be perfect for that role. However, Jericho would have to cancel his band FOZZY’s concert that day in order to make WrestleMania, which is very unlikely to happen.
(H/T our friends at Ringside.com for the transcriptions.)