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You could remove that white single gang outlet box (cut power, disconnect outlet, pry box away from stud with screwdriver, let fall inside wall), and maybe see why there is some metal there. Replace j-box with an old work box. You may be able to see if the mount can be positioned higher or lower, within the nook. Could be a nail plate, covering a small pipe, or something larger.
You could also cut a few more holes, to explore. Use single gang low-voltage rings and blank plates to fill the holes, nobody will see them.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. -Buddha
Give a monkey a brain and he'll swear he's the center of the universe. -Fishbone