Hiromu Takahashi recently relinquished the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship after suffering a torn pectoral muscle. This meant he was forced to withdraw from his scheduled title defence at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Castle Attack event.
Now, we know what the future will hold for the title. It was announced recently that a match will take place at Castle Attack for the vacant title. However, it will be a rarely contested three-way match.
OFFICIAL FOR CASTLE ATTACK!
Sunday February 28, El Phantasmo, El Desperado and BUSHI will compete in a three way match for the vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship!https://t.co/zJG6mU0oWu#njpw #njcattack pic.twitter.com/gFqZW4E5ni
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) February 26, 2021
New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that El Phantasmo, BUSHI, and El Desperado will all compete for the title on February 28. Here is the full statement from njpw1972.com:
“Sunday night, night two of Castle Attack was scheduled to see Hiromu Takahashi defend the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against El Phantasmo. A torn pectoral muscle put paid to the matchup however, and with Hiromu set to be inactive for around six months, he vacated his championship last night in Korakuen Hall.
As Hiromu vacated, he requested that BUSHI take his place in the singles match on Sunday. El Desperado, however, had other plans. Defeating El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori in Korakuen, Desperado reclaimed tag gold for he and partner Yoshinobu Kanemaru, but also scored an indirect victory over the title’s number one contender.
Insisting he is the rightful next in line for the title, Desperado suggested a three way, and the IWGP commission has agreed. Sunday will now see BUSHI, El Phantasmo and El Desperado do battle in the first three way for the title since April 2019 in Madison Square Garden. Who emerges the new champion? Find out Sunday!”