New NXT on-air talent Kat Marino took to Twitter today and announced that Tino will be returning at Friday's NXT live event in Tampa, Florida. Marino posted a video with the former NFL player and asked if he's excited to return in Tampa. Tino said he's got something to get off his chest this Friday night.
"You know what, it's kind of ironic that Tampa is the place that changed my life 13 years ago, but I don't think excited is the word I would use. I'm gonna say eager. Eager to get something off my chest. Let's go work," Tino said as he walked off.
Tino has been out of action since May 2018 when it was announced that he had suffered a torn pectoral muscle during a live event match with The Velveteen Dream. Tino was originally expected to be out of action for around 9 months, but it was later reported in January 2019 that they believed he wouldn't be back any time soon as Tino was having post-surgery issues. His situation was described then as being similar to the situation that has kept Jason Jordan out of action with a neck injury. There was also talk in January 2019 of trying Tino out as a TV announcer.
Tino, who signed with WWE in 2014, spent most of his NXT run with Riddick Moss, who is currently the WWE 24/7 Champion on the main roster. They had split shortly before the injury.
Below are some of Tino's recent teaser tweets, along with the video wit Marino:
Ya I think it's time ???? pic.twitter.com/hKdNJYsGss— Tino Sabbatelli (@TinoSabbatelli) February 7, 2020
I've seen enough, IT'S TIME. I guess Tampa is the lucky location .. 2/14 ??— Tino Sabbatelli (@TinoSabbatelli) February 12, 2020