Shinsuke Nakamura got hammered with a knee injury on January 28th at NXT Takeover in San Antonia. During a match with Bobby Roode where he ultimately lost the NXT Championship, he hurt his knee and has not been in the ring since.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Japanese wrestler, who is most certainly eager to get back to work.
After doing some X-rays, the WWE Performance Center staff has concluded that there is no tear in the knee. As such, Nakamura will be able to avoid having to have surgery.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 7, 2017
Good news indeed. However, with any form of injury, there will still be rehabilitation and check-ups to confirm that he is the right shape to return before he will be cleared. There has yet to be timeline put on his return to the ring, but typically in these cases, he would likely to be out for a month at least.
That is, of course, assuming this isn’t all part of the storyline. Which it very well could be.
Nakamura is a former IWGP champion in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and has traded the NXT Championship back and forth with Samoa Joe since July before losing it to Roode in San Antonio. With his main event status in NXT, you shouldn’t expect him to remain in NXT for long before joining the main roster on either brand after his recovery.