WWE Star To Miss Significant Time After Surgery Needed

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A WWE superstar has commented on a significant injury that will require surgery and a long layoff.

Javier Bernal will be missing most of the rest of 2024 after suffering a serious foot injury. The NXT star Bernal signed with WWE in 2021.

During a recent NXT Level Up match that aired on Friday after Smackdown, Bernal teamed with Drake Morreaux in a match where they lost to Duke Hudson & Riley Osborne. In the match, Bernal suffered a foot injury that ended up being very serious.

While speaking on his Twitch channel, Bernal revealed that he will need to have surgery on his foot and will likely miss at least six months, which means a December return to the ring at best.

“I found out the other day that I broke my foot in a few places, so, you know, that sucks. Yeah, it’s kind of hard to say out loud….let’s get through this. So, excuse me. A lot of you guys know me as Big Body Javi on television but, this is all I ever wanted to do man… That’s tough, man, that’s tough.

“You guys probably saw a clip and I’m sure I’ll post a clip in the next few days. I broke my foot in a few places. It stinks. It is what it is.”

“I found out — what is it? Two days ago, I broke it in a few places, and initially, I was told that I probably wasn’t going to need surgery, but then, the next day, the M.R.I. was a little cloudy, and they looked at it, and it looks like I probably will have surgery on my foot.”

“I was looking at six weeks with no surgery, and from what I understand, it’s looking like six months.”

Bernal was known at times as “Big Body Javi” during his NXT career. There were times when he received mild pushes, but he has yet to receive a significant push from WWE management. Bernal is engaged to fellow NXT wrestler Tatum Paxley.

WWE NXT Presents Battleground From Las Vegas

While Javier Bernal won’t be able to compete at the event, the WWE NXT brand presents the Battleground PLE from Las Vegas this Sunday, June 9th. Here’s the lineup for the show.

* NXT Championship: Trick Williams (c) vs. Ethan Page

* NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi (c) vs. Joe Coffey vs. Wes Lee

* NXT Women’s Championship: Roxanne Perez (c) vs. Jordynne Grace

* NXT Tag Team Championships: Nathan Frazer & Axiom (c) vs. The OC – Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

* Ladder Match for the Inaugural NXT Women’s North American Championship: Sol Ruca vs. Lash Legend vs. Jaida Parker vs. Fallon Henley vs. Kelani Jordan vs. Michin

* NXT Underground Match: Shayna Baszler vs. Lola Vice

* Sexyy Red will be the host.

You can watch NXT Battleground at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 9th, streaming live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Peacock in the U.S. and WWE Network everywhere else.

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