Video: Hideo Itami suffers serious neck injury after botched powerslam

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WWE NXT star Hideo Itami could face an uncertain future with the company after suffering yet another serious injury that is likely to keep him out of action for 'months'.

The Japanese wrestler only returned to the ring in June after being out for over a year following shoulder surgery, but initial signs suggest he could be out for yet another lengthy spell due to a neck injury.

During an NXT live event, Itami was in a tag team match alongside Shinsuke Nakamura, facing off against Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss.


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With the match in full swing, Itami was sharing the ring with Moss before he botched a powerslam, resulting in him landing on his neck.

This happened during an October 2 house show, and Itami hasn't wrestled since, but it's now reported that it's a significant neck injury and he's likely to be sidelined for an extended period.

The exact injury hasn't been revealed as of writing this article, but looking at the video, it looks like a serious one for the 35-year-old.

You can see the botched powerslam below.

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, the neck injury is a significant one, and although no exact details have been revealed, Itami is likely to be out for the foreseeable future with no return date set.

The injury means Itami won't be competing in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, which he was entered in alongside his partner Kota Ibush, but it could also be damaging for his future.

Itami has only been with WWE since 2014, and in that time he's already missed a year because of a shoulder injury. Add a serious neck injury to the list, and it's not looking good for the Japanese star.

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