Hideo Itami’s return to NXT may be short lived after it appears he recently suffered an injury during a NXT live event in Largo, Florida.
The Japanese Superstar was seen wrestling a match alongside Shinsuke Nakamura on Oct. 1, as the two were taking on Riddick Moss and Tino Sabatelli. Itami takes a particularly troubling bump during the match, unable to properly tuck his neck when receiving a powerslam.
A video was first posted on social media Oct. 2 by Pro Wrestling Unlimited:
Hideo Itami Takes Nasty Looking Bump Saturday Night At An NXT Live Event. No Word On His Condition pic.twitter.com/xK0YnPZZ9J
— Pro Wrestling Ultd (@pwunlimited) October 2, 2016
There is currently no word on what the specific injury may be, but Pro Wrestling Sheet states it was informed by sources that it’s related to his neck. The injury could keep from getting back into the squared circle for months, Pro Wrestling Sheet reports.
Itami was most recently announced to be teaming up with fellow Japanese sensation and Cruiserweight Classic standout Kota Ibushi for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, though it appears he’s all but expected to pull out of the annual tournament now.
Born Kenta Kobayashi, the 35-year-old wrestler first made his return to NXT programming June 30. He spent more than a year on the shelf after suffering a shoulder injury just before a triple threat match to determine the No. 1 contender for the NXT Championship. He was originally expected to be out for about six months, but was forced into an extended stay on the sidelines after suffering complications following his surgery.
Be sure to check back with Today’s Powerbomb as more information pertaining to Itami and his apparent injury becomes available.