Even though WWE NXT Takeover: Unstoppable was a resounding success, WWE NXT has experienced a stretch of bad luck in recent weeks. First, Hideo Itami suffered a torn rotator cuff and is expected to be out six to eight weeks. Originally, Itami was supposed to fight for the no. 1 contendership for the WWE NXT Heavyweight championship.
After Itami got injured, it was announced that Sami Zayn sustained an injury with his shoulder before a match with John Cena at WWE Raw a few weeks ago. During NXT Takeover: Unstoppable, WWE sold Zayn’s injury with a beatdown by Kevin Owens. For those that didn’t notice, the match between Zayn and Owens only lasted around 10 minutes.
They are capable of having a 40-minute spectacle that no WWE fan will ever forget. For those that don’t believe the reality of that happening, Zayn and John Cena received huge praise for their match on WWE Raw. Now, the true talk of the town is when Zayn will return to the WWE main roster. Due to the injury, it won’t be for some time.
According to WrestleZone.com, a backstage update was revealed about Sami Zayn’s status and if surgery was going to occur.
“WWE NXT star Sami Zayn is in Birmingham, Alabama, likely to schedule shoulder surgery.”
“Zayn has dealt with this injury before, and while not timeline for his return was given, Hideo Itami recently had similar surgery which will keep him out of the ring for a few months.”
As the WWE NXT crowd looked upon Zayn, he was written off WWE television completely. The shoulder Zayn hurt must have been severe enough to cause a surgery. It’s a shame that the WWE is losing two of their best WWE NXT superstars in the same week.
If Sami Zayn were out until the end of 2015, a Royal Rumble return would benefit both parties very highly. The reception he’d receive would blow the roof off of any arena. There’s a problem though that the WWE must realize. Where does Zayn go from here creatively? Since the Kevin Owens feud is over, Zayn will need a foil upon his first WWE feud.
Sheamus is obviously a good choice. Bad News Barrett did great work with Neville and now Neville is on the verge of owning his feud with Bo Dallas. WWE programming is beginning to focus on the younger talent, while John Cena is leading that charge. By the Royal Rumble of 2016, Sami Zayn will be a permanent fixture of the WWE’s main roster.
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