WWE's NXT roster continues to take hits with Hideo Itami being the latest star sidelined with an injury. The rising star is going to miss significant time recovering from a shoulder ailment.
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Itami Reportedly Out 6-8 Months
Wednesday, May 20
While the specifics of Itami's injury were not disclosed on tonight's NXT show, they officially wrote him off after getting attacked in a parking lot, per WWE:
On May 7, it was revealed Itami will be out for six to eight months with "a bad shoulder injury" PWInsider.com (via Chris Walder of WrestlingRumors.com).
Itami's injury comes days after WWE announced that Sami Zayn would undergo an MRI on his left shoulder following a match with John Cena on Raw.
Itami was slated to wrestle Finn Balor and Tyler Breeze at the NXT Takeover event on May 20 for the right to challenge Kevin Owens for the NXT Championship. The 34-year-old has been part of the WWE roster for nearly a year and made his first NXT appearance in September 2014.
Earlier this year, Itami had the biggest moment of his career by winning the WrestleMania Axxess NXT tournament for the right to compete on the card at WrestleMania in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
WWE has been doing well with its new development center and NXT shows on the network, but losing Itami this close to a major event is a huge blow. He was really coming into his own as a performer and will hopefully be able to pick up where he left off upon returning.