NXT champion Tommaso Ciampa undergoes neck surgery, out indefinitely

first_imgNXT champion Tommaso Ciampa underwent neck surgery Thursday, placing the championship in limbo.The company announced that WWE’s medical staff recommended Ciampa undergo a procedure known as an anterior cervical fusion. WWE has not given an update on Ciampa’s status, but he is expected to be out of action for at least three to six months. #NXTChampion @ProjectCiampa underwent anterior cervical fusion surgery to repair his injured neck.WARNING: Graphic images ahead. https://t.co/4H8ymx0J7K— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) March 8, 2019Ciampa, 33, defeated Aleister Black last July during the NXT television tapings to win the NXT championship. Over the past two years, he has been embroiled in a bitter feud with his former DIY partner Johnny Gargano, which is widely considered one of the best wrestling rivalries in recent memory.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year WWE recently called up Ciampa and Gargano — along with fellow NXT stars Black and Ricochet — to the main roster, where they teamed together despite their differences in NXT storylines. The two were expected to face off at NXT TakeOver: New York at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 5.The question now is, what will happen with the NXT championship? The brand will hold its next set of TV tapings next week at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., where it will likely be announced that the title has been vacated because of Ciampa’s injury.As for NXT TakeOver: New York, it would make sense for Gargano to be one of the participants for the title, but the brand could go in a variety of directions. It could hold a singles bout or a multi-man match that may include such wrestlers as Adam Cole, Matt Riddle and North American champion Velveteen Dream.last_img

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