ROH World Champion “The American Nightmare” Cody announced via Twitter that a MRI related to a shoulder injury sustained during the main event of Best in the World revealed no structural damage and will not require surgery or time off.
Good news: the delayed MRI on my shoulder was essentially "negative"
-grade A separation
-no time off❗️
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) July 6, 2017
The ROH World Champion competed at the New Japan Pro-Wrestling G1 in USA Special with a Grade A separation against IWGP Heavyweight Champion “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. Cody is believed to have aggravated the injury further early in the match but finished the match, nearly capturing the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
Despite the injury, Cody will maintain his independent schedule, taking the ROH World Championship with him this weekend, threatening to defend the championship against three stars not only not contracted to Ring of Honor but competitors that may be contracted to other organizations.
ROHWrestling.com is prepared to report on these matches should Cody decide to defend the World Championship but the ROH Board of Directors have declined to comment if a potential title change would stand should it happen. The Board of Directors has sent a letter to Cody advising against defending the championship against other non-contracted performers, particularly in light of his shoulder injury.