The NXT roster, especially the main event scene, has been riddled with big-time injuries in the past month alone. With Kevin Owens likely on his way to the WWE main roster soon, one has to think how NXT will keep the star power going. At the NXT tapings on Thursday night, updates were given on the injury status for both Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami, with one looking much better than the other.
Four weeks of shows were taped on Thursday night at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, and the first segment was huge.
As WrestleZone reported, Hideo Itami came out to start the first taping, and he cut a promo saying it was “good to be back.” He also said that he’s going to be at the big Tokyo show for WWE on July 4, and he’s looking to face the winner of the NXT Title match between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor.
That brought Kevin Owens out to cut a promo and say he would still be champion after the Tokyo show, and that he wants an apology from Itami since he didn’t attack him. Itami says no and Owens goes after him, but Balor arrives to save his friend and fight Owens.
Rhyno shows up out of nowhere and attacks Balor. It should be noted that Itami didn’t actually get physical during this segment or any of the show tapings tonight. Looks like his injury isn’t fully healed up yet, but he should be back soon.
As for Sami Zayn, things aren’t looking nearly as good for his shoulder injury.
In the fourth set of NXT tapings on Thursday, Zayn came out to cut a promo and said that he “probably won’t be back in the ring by the end of the year.” The fans were completely upset by this, but he let them know that he would be back.
Upon saying that, Zayn said that when he came back, he would be going after NXT champion Kevin Owens. Chances are that Owens will not still be NXT champion in 2016 as he will probably have been on the WWE main roster for months by that time.
NXT is dealing with some injuries, but strong signings such as Rhyno and especially Samoa Joe are going to make up for that. Sami Zayn’s return is a long way off, but these tapings should take NXT into mid-July, and Hideo Itami may be back at the next set.
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