As noted, Dave Meltzer reported on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio that WWE NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa will be out of action for the near future as he’s scheduled to undergo neck surgery. Meltzer speculated that Ciampa could be out anywhere from 6 to 14 months.
WWE confirmed the news when they issued the following statement:
NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa to undergo neck surgery
NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa will undergo neck surgery tomorrow, WWE.com has confirmed. Following a medical evaluation today, Ciampa has been scheduled for an anterior cervical fusion.
Stick with WWE.com for more details as they become available.