With NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable scheduled for May 20, the main event is in jeopardy due to Sami Zayn’s injury.
And, now it seems another match might need to be changed as another top NXT superstar is facing a lengthy lay off.
Hideo Itami is set to miss around six to eight months after suffering a major shoulder injury according to PWInsider.com.
Itami was originally scheduled to compete at TakeOver: Unstoppable where he was set to take on Tyler Breeze and Finn Balor in a triple threat match with the winner being crowned the number one contender for the NXT Championship, which looks to be Kevin Owens.
This is because Sami Zayn suffered a shoulder injury on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw when he answered John Cena’s open challenge for the United States Championship, putting on an impressive performance in a losing effort.
Hideo Itami is now the third name to be injured - Sami Zayn, Alex Riley is also out of action after undergoing knee surgery.
This will now show the depth on the NXT roster as Itami and Zayn are huge names on NXT and are easily main event names. Kevin Owens will definitely need to defend his NXT Championship one way or another.
Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami will also be frustrated with the timings of their injuries. Sami Zayn is coming off a great performance against the number one star in the company and people were, and will, continue to talk about him. Itami meanwhile had the chance to potentially compete for the NXT Championship, but now someone else will need to step up into the spotlight.
NXT might decide to cut one match out completely. We might see Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze take on the champion Kevin Owens in a triple threat match and the likelihood is Owens is guaranteed to retain.
Another option they have is to have one man pull double duty at TakeOver. Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze might continue with their number one contender match, making it a singles match and the winner of that could go on to face Kevin Owens.
I don’t believe that there is a ready-made superstar on the NXT roster who could genuinely challenge Kevin Owens for the championship. Some of them are already occupied elsewhere such as Baron Corbin and Rhyno who go up against one another.
If Kevin Owens will be defending his NXT Championship and his opponent won’t be either Finn Balor or Tyler Breeze, then the likelihood is that it will be a main roster star who could appear on NXT for one night and put Kevin Owens over, more than he already is.
There is also the possibility that Solomon Crowe will be thrown into the deep end as he is without a match yet, and if we’re really taking a wild stab in the dark then even someone like Uhaa Nation can’t be ruled out.
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