Well, this might just end up being one that we have to toss in the next installment of “most poorly-timed WWE injuries.” Just two days before NXT TakeOver: Chicago, one of the participants in the NXT Tag Team Championship ladder match might have gotten seriously injured.
During Thursday night’s NXT Live Event in Highland Heights, Kentucky, former NXT Tag Team champs Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano were taking on the SAnitY team of Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe. Early on in the match, Young and Wolfe were on the outside of the ring and went for his signature flying knee off the apron. Ciampa immediately started yelling and the referee and trainers ran over to check on him.
The referee waved off the match and put up the “X” arm gesture to indicate an injury. The match was declared a no contest. Ciampa reportedly yelled “Get me the f*ck out of here,” and hopped to the back, mostly using one leg.
Eric Young got on the microphone and said that’s what happens when you mess with the world’s most dangerous team. Killian Dain came to the ring to join SAnitY and Young challenged anyone in the back to come fight him. That brought out Kassius Ohno, who was beat down by all of SAnitY before Dain won a singles match against him.
With regards to Ciampa, we have no further updates or indications as to the severity of his injury. If it’s a significant injury, this obviously puts #DIY’s tag title ladder match against the Authors of Pain on Saturday in jeopardy, but it’s not a completely lost cause if Ciampa is unable (or mostly unable) to compete, as it will make #DIY even greater underdogs and will make them even easier to root for.
Having said that, obviously we hope that Ciampa’s knee injury is nothing serious, and that he is able to return and make a speedy recovery.