CAUTION: MILD NXT SPOILERS BELOW.
One of the biggest complaints people have with WWE as a whole is that there is no off-season in which competitors can have time to rest and recuperate from the beating their bodies take literally hundreds of days a year.
The latest crop of WWE talent to be on the shelf includes legit main eventers like Dean Ambrose and Samoa Joe, midcarders such as Paige and Jason Jordan, and even NXT talent Drew McIntyre and Bobby Fish.
Now, it looks like someone stuck another pin into the NXT voodoo doll, as current NXT superstar and inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate is currently out of action with a knee injury. Dave Meltzer is reporting that Bate’s injury is “minor,” but it is apparently serious enough to pull Mustache Mountain — Bate’s tag team with fellow Brit Trent Seven — from the ongoing Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Mustache Mountain were scheduled to face the team of Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch in the first round of the tournament on NXT TV next week, but due to Bate’s injury, the team was replaced by the pairing of current UK Champion Pete Dunne and his odd-couple partner Roderick Strong, who rescued Dunne from a beatdown at the hands of the Undisputed Era on the most recent episode of NXT.
Whatever Bate’s knee injury is, it’s enough to take him out of this tournament but apparently not serious enough to pull him from PROGRESS’ WrestleMania weekend card, as Bate is still scheduled to compete at that independent event as of now:
Bate has remained mum otherwise regarding his injury, but if any more information comes out, we’ll be sure to bring it to you.