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New Japan Pro Wrestling has been riddled with yet another unfortunate situation as the IWGP World Heavyweight Title is now vacated.
NJPW announced that Will Ospreay suffered a neck injury at NJPW Wrestling Dontaku and must vacate the IWGP World Heavyweight Title as a result.
Will Ospreay made 1 Successful Defense of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against Shingo Takagi at Wrestling Dontaku, and was set to defend the gold against Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Grand Slam had it not been postponed.
As of this writing, there is no timetable for Ospreay’s return. NJPW will make an announcement of the status of the IWGP World Heavyweight Title at a later date.
NJPW issued the following statement:
On May 4’s night two of Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka, Will Ospreay sustained a neck injury. As a result, Ospreay will not be participating in the next series of events and will instead return to the UK for treatment and rehabilitation.
There is no timetable for Ospreay’s return to action at this time, and as a result, his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be vacated.
Further announcements on the status of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be made at a later date.