Speculation regarding the health of Dolph Ziggler began to run rampant on social media after his match against Ryback was taped for this week's episode of WWE Superstars prior to the "Old School" Raw taping on Monday night in Baltimore, Maryland. Ziggler laid in the ring for quite some time as the referee threw up the X signal and medical personnel came out to check on him.
While it was believed at the time Ziggler was simply selling Ryback's Shellshock finisher, it became clear once he was still down while they were changing the ring apron for Raw that a legitimate injury had occurred. I'm being told Ziggler suffered a concussion on a clothesline from Ryback and will have more details in this week's Backstage Raw notes.
The injury is a devastating blow to one of WWE's brightest up and coming talents. Ziggler suffered a severe concussion last May that caused three weeks of 24-hour headaches and he even wondered if his wrestling career was over.
— Richard Gray (@wnwdotcom) January 7, 2014