Ricochet has been dealing with an injury of sorts for the past two months, according to Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
The injury occurred on June 11 during an NXT live event in Paris, France where he dove out of the ring, completely overshot his opponent (Velveteen Dream), and just sort of landed on the ramp with a thud.
— rollinsbestof2k (@Quentin10_6) June 11, 2018
The following day, Ricochet missed a live event he’d been scheduled for in Antwerp, Belgium, leading to speculation that he might be injured and could miss his highly-anticipated match against Dream a few days later at NXT TakeOver: Chicago II. During a conference call, Triple H did his best to put fans’ worries to rest, stating that Ricochet is not injured.
“He tweaked himself a little bit in Paris. He’s not injured, we just didn’t want to take a chance with it, and with TakeOver being just down the road a bit here. And you know, the one thing with athletes, and you know this, across the board from any sport, and for us especially, these guys are thoroughbreds and the girls. Somebody has to pull the reigns on them and tell them ‘let’s back off today,’ ‘let’s step up here.’ It is a physical business. And yeah, he just tweaked his shoulders a little bit, but he’s fine.”
While Ricochet worked NXT TakeOver: Chicago II just a few days later and two more matches the following week, he hasn’t wrestled since June 21. He appeared on last week’s episode of NXT but engaged in no actual physicality. WWE did an angle where he was portrayed as having been attacked backstage by Undisputed ERA. Then as his music played for his scheduled match, the nefarious faction dragged Ricochet’s limp body onto the stage.
According to Meltzer, Ricochet’s injury isn’t that serious, but WWE officials wanted him to heal up before NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4. At the event this Saturday at the Barclays Center, he is scheduled to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT North American Championship.