In a recent house show in Fresno, California, Austin Aries suffered an injury, after getting kicked in the eye by NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. Austin Aries underwent surgery yesterday, and he posted an update on it on Twitter
Here is the video that shows Aries getting injured:
The injury Austin Aries suffered from was an orbital fracture. It was reported that he is expected back in early 2017. If NXT has a Takeover special, a day before the Royal Rumble, then it is highly possible that he will be present for the show.
He was supposed to face TM-61 with Roderick Strong, in the second round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. However, due to his injury, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that any member of TM-61 would face Roderick Strong in a singles match.
This bout would secure the winning member’s team a place in the semi-finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Shane Thorne of TM-61 beat Roderick Strong after a roll-up pin, and now TM-61 have to face SAniTY in the semi-finals. Austin Aries began a feud with Hideo Itami at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn. Itami got injured at a house show as well and had to pull out of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, but he will be back in early December for the NXT tour of Japan.
It looks like the injury bug bit both competitors, so it will be interesting to see if NXT decide to pick up the feud they have after they recover as both competitors could use the rub from each other.
Hideo Itami unleashed the GTS for the first time on NXT television to Austin Aries at Brooklyn: