NXT's Tommaso Ciampa Reportedly out Until March After Surgery for ACL Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2017

Credit: WWE.com

Johnny Gargano may not be able to get revenge against his former tag team partner anytime soon. Pro Wrestling Sheet's Ryan Satin reported Monday that Tommaso Ciampa may be out of action until March of 2018.  

PWInsider (h/t Wrestling Inc's Marc Middleton) reported in May that Ciampa suffered a torn ACL at a live event before NXT TakeOver: Chicago on May 20.

At TakeOver, Ciampa teamed with Gargano in a ladder match against the Authors of Pain. Ciampa and Gargano lost, and after the match, Ciampa attacked his tag partner.

On the May 31 edition of NXT, Ciampa alluded to his knee injury during his explanation for turning his back on Gargano.

The fact Ciampa and Gargano may not be able to renew their rivalry for almost an entire year is less than ideal, especially when WWE has created an atmosphere where it rarely alludes to anything that happened more than a few months ago.

However, Ciampa's betrayal will remain fresh in fans' minds when he steps back in a WWE/NXT ring again, whenever it happens.

Should Ciampa come back in March, the timing would work out somewhat well since NXT will almost certainly plan for a TakeOver event in conjunction with WrestleMania 34, which is scheduled for April 8, 2018. A March return would allow for Ciampa to feud with Gargano in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania weekend.

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