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WWE News: WWE releases graphic photos of Tommaso Ciampa's surgery

Gary Cassidy
SENIOR ANALYST
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5.23K   //    08 Mar 2019, 21:49 IST

The NXT champ went under the knife
The NXT champ went under the knife

What's the story?

Following the news that Tommaso Ciampa was set to undergo severe surgery to correct a neck issue, WWE has now released photos of the NXT Champion in the hospital and some pretty graphic photos of the surgery.

In case you didn't know...

Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano had one of the hottest rivalries in wrestling history over the past year and change that saw the pair rip each other apart before reuniting as DIY.

The pair have been appearing on the main roster as well as NXT and progressed past the Undisputed ERA in the Dusty Rhodes Classic.

WWE this week confirmed that NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa would undergo neck surgery tomorrow.

Following a medical evaluation today, Ciampa has been scheduled for an anterior cervical fusion.

The heart of the matter

WWE today confirmed that Tommaso Ciampa went under the knife to repair his neck injury and, while they delivered no update on the injury, they did release some pretty graphic injuries.

Below the WWE NXT tweet are a few of the images. Beware - they're not for the squeamish.

The Champ shows off his un-scarred neck before the procedure
The Champ shows off his un-scarred neck before the procedure
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A relaxed Champion prepares for surgery
A relaxed Champion prepares for surgery
The doctors get to work
The doctors get to work
The surgery is very invasive
The surgery is very invasive

You can see the rest of the photos here.

What's next?

Well, with some footage already in the can, WWE has some wiggle room and could write Ciampa off of television pretty easily, but the surgery still throws a spanner in the works when it comes to their TakeOver main event and even main roster plans.

A full recovery should take at least three months for Ciampa, effectively ruling him out of TakeOver and, you'd have to assume, forcing him to drop the title.

We'll keep you updated with more as and when we get it.


We, here at Sportskeeda, wish Tommaso Ciampa all the best with his surgery and subsequent recovery!

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Gary Cassidy
SENIOR ANALYST
Gary Cassidy is a freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in professional wrestling with Sportskeeda. Gary has ten years' writing experience and a 2:1 Honours degree, and is also a subtitler working on both live and prerecorded broadcast for television channels across the UK, USA and Australia.
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