Right now Kevin Owens is the big talking point of NXT.
He hit John Cena with a pop-up powerbomb and has himself a match at Elimination Chamber against the veteran because of it. He went face to face with the debuting Samoa Joe and he even retained his NXT Championship at TakeOver: Unstoppable.
But whilst Kevin Owens has the world of his feet, his long-time friend and foe Sami Zayn is set to undergo shoulder surgery which means he is set to miss around three to six months of in-ring action.
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It has been reported that Sami Zayn was spotted in Birmingham, Alabama on May 26 for the planning stages of the surgery or the surgery itself as he has issues with his left rotator cuff.
The WWE haven’t issued a statement just yet regarding his surgery, but PWInsider have claimed that Zayn being in Alabama is in fact for his surgery, and the WWE may announce it once the surgery has been completed and it could play well into a storyline revolving Kevin Owens’ dominance.
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It’s being said that this injury is something Sami Zayn has been dealing with for quite a while, and that Sami hasn’t been at 100% for years. His injury became worse when he answered John Cena’s United States Championship open challenge in Montreal - whilst pumping up the crowd in typical fashion he aggravated his shoulder injury further.
He still went on to face John Cena and it was clear that he continued to receive more damage on the shoulder as the two of them put on a great show for the crowd.
Triple H then announced the following week in a conference call with media outlets that Sami Zayn had been cleared to compete at TakeOver: Unstoppable against Kevin Owens. Zayn was quite dominant in that match before being dismantled by Owens towards the end, so it was clear that his shoulder was receiving more damage as there was no way his shoulder will have been protected 100%.
MAIN ROSTER OR NXT?
PWInsider have also reported that Sami Zayn was dealing with shoulder issues before signing with the WWE in 2012 and he had already taken two months off earlier this year when he was healing his shoulder injury.
With that in mind, perhaps surgery and rehabilitation is the best course of action for Sami Zayn and his health.
The issue is that his return could take even longer than six months if the injury doesn't heal properly and he’s also missed a number of live events, including WrestleMania weekend. In 2015 as a whole Zayn has only competed in five live events which is a very small number and it all comes down to his injury.
Kevin Owens retained his title after leaving Sami Zayn in no state to continue before Samoa Joe interrupted. He’s now been written off television and wasn’t at the tapings last week either.
Now the question remains will Sami Zayn return later on in the year to NXT and get revenge on Kevin Owens? Or will Sami Zayn move straight to the main roster when he is healthy once again?
This isn’t good news at all for NXT and the fans. Sami Zayn is the second superstar to miss a lot of in-ring time as Hideo Itami also recently had surgery on a shoulder injury, so it’s up to the remainder of the NXT superstars and divas to fill that void.