Many observers joked that Jason Jordan's neck injury arrived at a perfect time, saving his career from the execrable 'Kurt Angle's illegitimate son' storyline and giving the promising youngster a shot at a fresh start upon his return.
Unfortunately, it's now looking like anything but a blessing in disguise, with latest reports sadly suggesting Jordan may never wrestle again.
According to Mike Johnson, writing for PWInsider Elite, there's "no timeframe on when Jordan will be returning to the ring, if at all." Johnson extrapolated: "It's bad. Apparently, it was a lot worse than they thought it was gonna be. You can't mess with the neck."
Fans rejected the daft pantomime that Jordan was Angle's bastard son, though higher-ups remained big on the former American Alpha ace, and he was lined up for a big push post WrestleMania. A neck injury scuppered those plans; Jordan was "sent home" by his fictional father in February, as he underwent surgery. Things didn't look quite so drastic at the time. Jordan's wife downplayed the injury, vowing her husband would soon be back.
Just over six months later, we've heard nothing about Jordan's potential return. Since being sidelined, he's been working backstage as a producer - as sure a sign as any that he's preparing for life outside the squared-circle.
If the reports turn out to be true, Jordan's retirement represents a real blow to the industry - but it'll be the right decision. It takes a brave man to continue competing with a serious injury - and an even braver one to admit when it's time to step away for good.