Cody Rhodes gave a career-defining performance at Hell in a Cell as he wrestled Seth Rollins with his pectoral muscle torn off the bone. He fought through tremendous pain with a purple chest and beat Rollins for the third time, but now the American Nightmare is taking a much-needed break.

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The expected recovery time for an injury such as Cody’s is six months. More specifically, the typical recovery time for a torn pectoral muscle is six to nine months for athletes. Go Midwest Sports noted in their resources that many doctors discourage full physical activity before that time.

Over the course of 6 weeks the patient will regain full range of motion and strength training will begin at that time. Typically return to full strength and activity is in the 4-6 months range. However bench pressing is usually discouraged for 6-9 months

Cody Rhodes will return as soon as possible. In fact, there’s no doubt he will push to return from the get-go. Only time will tell if WWE figures out a way to use Cody Rhodes on television where he isn’t wrestling, but he obviously needs time right now to heal.

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