Bobby Fish Suffers Knee Injury at Live Show; NXT TakeOver Match in Jeopardy

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2018

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Bobby Fish is likely to miss NXT TakeOver: New Orleans on Saturday after suffering a knee injury at an NXT Live event, WWE announced Sunday.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer first reported March 5 that Fish injured his knee during a match between The Undisputed Era and Heavy Machinery in Indianapolis. According to the Internet Wrestling Database, Fish hasn't wrestled since that March 4 event.

Meltzer reported March 8 that Fish had surgery to repair minor ACL and MCL tears (warning: post contains spoilers for the April 4 airing of NXT).

WWE likely waited to make this announcement because the final NXT tapings leading up to NXT: TakeOver New Orleans were completed weeks ago. That includes the edition set to hit WWE Network on Wednesday.

According to Wrestling Inc's Marc Middleton, Adam Cole replaces Fish for the tag title match Sunday. Cole and Fish will take on The Authors of Pain and the team of Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne.

The question now becomes how long Fish's injury keeps him on the shelf and whether it means a new member will be joining The Undisputed Era.

Sawyer Fulton was initially a member of Sanity before going down injured, and Killian Dain subsequently replaced him as a member of the stable, so WWE has gone down that route before.

The fact Fish and Kyle O'Reilly were an established tag team well before arriving in NXT will likely preclude WWE from writing Fish out of The Undisputed Era altogether. But adding a fourth star to the group will likely be required in order to ensure it remains a viable threat in NXT.

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