FORMER WWE CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPION BRIAN KENDRICK WILL BE OUT OF ACTION FOR TWO MONTHS, FOLLOWING AN INJURY IN HIS MATCH WITH HIDEO ITAMI.
On 205 Live last night, it was revealed that Kendrick will miss the start of 2018 after suffering a fractured orbital bone and nasal bridge. The injury occured following a stiff GTS from Itami on the Christmas Day episode of Monday Night Raw.
WWE Ringside Phyisican Chris Amann spoke to WWE.com about the injury:
“During a match between The Brian Kendrick and Hideo Itami, Itami performed the GTS and during that maneuver, Kendrick was struck in the left eye and the inner aspect of the nose. A fracture was suspected, and he was taken to a local emergency care facility in Chicago where a CT scan confirmed a diagnosis of an orbital wall fracture and a minimally displaced nasal bridge fracture.”
Some good news for the veteran is that Kendrick will likely not require surgery.
Brian Kendrick rejoined the WWE in 2014, originally as a trainer for NXT. He wrestled a few matches for that brand, before being announced as a part of the Cruiserweight Classic in 2016 and then joined the full 205 Live roster. He won the WWE Cruiserweight Title from TJ Perkins at the Hell In A Cell event, also of that year.