It has been announced by New Japan Pro Wrestling that Rey Mysterio Jr. will no longer be appearing at their Strong Style Evolved show on March 25 due to a bicep injury.
The injury was suffered during a tag team match on March 4 in Waterbury, Connecticut. Mysterio was teaming with Flip Gordon to take on the team of Joey Mercury and Caleb Koney when his left bicep was partially torn.
Mysterio battled on to finish the match after sustaining the injury and had considerable swelling in his arm afterward. Mysterio was told he would not be medically cleared in time for the event and as a result, was pulled from the card.
Mysterio was scheduled to wrestle Japanese legend Jushin Thunder Liger at the event and now will be unable to appear after seeking the medical advice of Dr. James Andrews on March 21. Liger will now be wrestling IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay in a non-title match at the event.
Mysterio recently signed a contract with Aro Lucha as a performer and co-owner while also continuing negotiations with WWE. Whether this announcement means the injury is more severe than previously anticipated remains to be seen. If surgery is needed, however, it would definitely put a halt to any further match plans Mysterio has in the near future.
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