This past week on the Christmas episode of Monday Night RAW, former Cruiserweight Champion The Brian Kendrick sustained a devastating nose injury during his encounter with Hideo Itami.
This injury occurred when Itami, the newest addition to the Cruiserweight Division struck Kendrick with his trademark finisher GTS (Go To Sleep).
In case you didn’t notice, after the impact on RAW, Kendrick spent the remainder of the closing moments rolling on the canvas in agony as Itami stood tall.
Medical update from WWE
According to WWE.com, the medical examiner Dr. Chris Amman revealed that Itami’s knee struck Kendrick’s left eye down to the inner side of his nose which lead to a severe fracture.
Medical diagnosis and CT scans have thence been carried out indicating that Kendrick sustained an orbital wall fracture indicating a nonsurgical injury. Which means, surgery may not be carried out as a repair process.
Amman explained further that the injury would be under close supervision and there is no timetable to when Kendrick would be returning back to action.
According to facts gathered from Wrestling industry experts, WWE plans to ban the “Go To Sleep” finisher for good as a result of recurrent injuries it gathered in the past. They say Itami would be exchanging the move for Neville’s Ring of Saturn submission manoeuver. However, facts regarding this report are still unconfirmed.
Furthermore, Itami sent a “Get well soon” message to Kendrick via Social Media; reiterating his respects for the WWE veteran.
The GTS has been one of the most fierce and dangerous maneuvers in Professional Wrestling for years. However, during the time of CM Punk’s reign in the WWE, he barely caused frequent injuries while executing the same maneuver, unlike how Itami does. So, I see why WWE may be considering a ban.
Additionally, the replay shows Itami executed the finisher with his knee pad slid below his knee. Indicating the injury was caused by total exposure of his knee.
We from the stables of Wrestling Index, wish The Brian Kendrick a quick recovery.