Last week we were told about the shoulder injuries received by NXT competitors Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami that will have them both out for some time.
We know for certain that Itami will be out for six to eight months, whereas Sami Zayn we are still uncertain about the time he will be out of action.
You will remember that Sami Zayn’s injury was rumored to have taken place during the match versus John Cena. It may have happened before then of course, but that's the speculation at this point.
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We now know, however that this injury is a torn rotator cuff. This is an injury that can heal itself if Zayn takes the time to heal it. It is uncertain exactly how this happened.
Hideo Itami’s we know is serious.
How will this affect both of their matches at NXT’s Take Over: Unstoppable event?
It is obvious that NXT’s matches are prerecorded and it is noted that Itami was set to win the number one contender's match against Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze. We will know more after this week's tapings are aired. However, if Itami and Zayn are unable to compete at Unstoppable, what will WWE’s plan be for both matches?
One rumour is they will replace each competitor or they will have Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze square off and the winner will face Kevin Owens that night for the NXT Championship. The latter being what WWE is thinking is the more probable scenario.
While it is only speculative that the rotator cuff is an ongoing issue with Sami Zayn, and we are not sure of the validity of that, Zayn still cannot just immediately go into that match.
If he does need surgery, he will miss a lot of time. Even if he is feeling good to go, he will still need to be given a medical clearance. If it doesn’t heal properly, it can potentially cause a more serious injury further down the line.
How will the landscape of NXT Take Over: Unstoppable be changed with this news?
Honestly, no one will know until May 20th.