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After multiple injuries sustained during Wednesday’s Wrestle Kingdom Night 2, KENTA will not be wrestling at tomorrow’s Wrestle Kingdom Night 3.
New Japan Pro Wrestling’s official press release on the matter revealed that KENTA is now suffering from a dislocated left hip, a broken nose, tendon damage to his finger, as well as severe lacerations to his back. Obviously, due to this KENTA will have to be replaced in his tag team match. The card has been updated to a mystery opponent with Takashi Sugiura, and Kazushi Sakuraba against Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, and Taka Michinoku.
Full official press release:
“After his match on January 5 in the Tokyo Dome, KENTA has sustained a dislocated left hip, a broken nose, tendon damage to his finger, and severe lacerations to his back.As a result, he will not be cleared to participate at Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama Arena Saturday January 8. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing KENTA wrestle, and appreciate your understanding. KENTA was scheduled to team with Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba on the card. There will now be a mystery partner for Sugiura-Gun.We join fans in wishing the best to KENTA for a speedy recovery.”
KENTA’s injuries occurred at the end of his match for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship against Hiroshi Tanahashi. KENTA fell from the top of a ladder, falling onto a trash can in the ring. He was then placed on a table and Tanahashi did a High Fly Flow from the ladder onto KENTA, winning the match for Tanahashi.
Here is the updated card for Wrestle Kingdom Night 3:
Mystery opponent, Takashi Sugiura, & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Minoru Suzuki, Taichi, & Taka Michinoku.
Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, BUSHI & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima, Kenoh, Manabu Soya, Tadasuke & ALEJA
Kazuchika Okada & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Keiji Mutoh & Kaito Kiyomiya
EVIL & Dick Togo vs. Go Shiozaki & Masa Kitamiya
Zack Sabre Jr. & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Naomichi Marufuji & Yoshinari Ogawa
Tomohiro Ishii, YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs. Daisuke Harada, Hajime Okara, Daiki Inaba, Yoshiki Inamura & Kinya Okada
El Desperado & DOUKI vs. YO-HEY & NOSAWA Rongai
Taiji Ishimori & Gedo vs. HAYATA & Seiki Yoshioka
SHO vs. Atsushi Kotoge
Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Yuji Nagata vs. Muhammad Yone, King Tany & Akitoshi Saito
Kosei Fujita vs. Yatasuka Yano
To watch Wrestle Kingdom Night 3 click here. It will be live January 8th at 6:30 am UK time, 12:30 am Central, 1:30 am Eastern, and 3:30 pm Japan time.