As if Hideo Itami hadn’t already had enough bad look in NXT, he has once again confirmed that he has to take time off to recover from an injury. Itami has previously been on the shelf for over a year to recover from a shoulder injury, but this time won’t be for that long.

At a non-televised event, Hideo teamed with Shinsuke Nakamura to take on Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss. During the match, Moss botched a powerslam and this caused Itami to leave the match and let Nakamura finish on his own. The injury is to Hideo’s neck, and since then he has released a video regarding his future.

Itami has confirmed the injury isn’t too serious, but he definitely can’t continue teaming with Kota Ibushi in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Itami also stated that he won’t be back in time for NXT TakeOver: Toronto, but will certainly be available for NXT show in Japan, which is happening in December.

It’s a shame that we can’t see Itami and Ibushi progress in the Tag Team Classic, but Ibushi has found a decent replacement. He will team with WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins, as they hope to progress and win the Dusty Rhodes memorial tournament.

Even though it sucks that Hideo will be off our screens again for a while, it’s good to know that it won’t be for as long as his last hiatus.

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