Kyle O'Reilly, part of WWE NXT's Undisputed Era stable, is set to miss more shows due to a back injury he suffered in a ladder match at TakeOver XXV. Prior to his WWE signing in 2017, O'Reilly had made a name for himself in the professional wrestling world, primarily in the Ring of Honor promotion. During his ROH tenure, O'Reilly captured their world championship once, and their tag team championship three times, alongside future Undisputed Era teammate Bobby Fish as reDRagon. The team also won tag team titles in New Japan Pro Wrestling. O'Reilly also went to war alongside (and against) Undisputed Era leader Adam Cole many times prior to WWE.
Since their WWE debut, Undisputed Era has dominated NXT often, and remained in the picture for championships during their entire run. Undisputed Era is in many ways a throwback to old school heel stables like the Four Horsemen, and never lets up in their pursuit of gold. The group has also competed in both of NXT's WarGames matches, winning in 2017 and losing in 2018. Various combos of Undisputed Era have held and defended the NXT Tag Team Championship twice under the Freebird Rule, while leader Cole has now held both the North American Championship and NXT Championship.
Unfortunately, at TakeOver XXV on June 1 in Bridgeport, CT, O'Reilly was one of many NXT wrestlers to end up on the wrong side of a ladder during the four-team ladder match for the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship that was ultimately won by the Street Profits. O'Reilly recently took to Twitter to let fans know that, sadly, he now won't be able to appear at NXT's block of shows during the U.K.'s Download Festival, which began Friday and runs through Sunday. Check out his post below.
The medical man told me my back is still hurt so unfortunately I won’t be able to attend @DownloadFest this year. Im sorry to all the great UK fans, believe me I’m gutted to be missing @Tool but at least now @rikbugez has an actual chance of winning the air guitar contest.— Kyle O'Reilly (@KORcombat) June 14, 2019
For those who missed TakeOver XXV, or may have understandably forgotten after seeing all the chaos in the aforementioned ladder match, O'Reilly took several nasty spills involving ladders, including one where he landed back-first on the side of a tipped over ladder. O'Reilly hasn't wrestled a match since TakeOver XXV, and as noted above, is now off the Download Festival shows, which have become a big annual tradition for NXT.
While it's unknown exactly when O'Reilly will be medically cleared to return to the ring, WWE seems to think he'll be good to go by NXT TakeOver: Toronto in August. The event, which will be held the day before the main roster's SummerSlam pay-per-view, had several matches made official at the NXT TV tapings that took place earlier this week, one of which involved O'Reilly. We won't spoil the details, as the episode has yet to air. O'Reilly didn't wrestle at the tapings though, and he'll presumably be kept out of action until Toronto.
Source: Kyle O'Reilly