New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) has announced that Tetsuya Naito is injured and has been pulled from the G1 Climax.
The company took to its official website, writing:
During his G1 Climax 31 opening match on September 18 in Osaka, Tetsuya Naito suffered an injury to his left knee.
Damage was incurred to his left meniscus and MCL. Naito is unable to compete on the remainder of the G1 Climax tour, and does not currently have a timetable for return. All his remaining tournament matches will be counted as losses via forfeit, with opponents gaining an automatic two points.
Naito’s remaining opponents will instead be competing in special singles matches, with card changes outlined below.
We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Naito wrestle. We appreciate your understanding and support, and wish Naito the best in his recovery.
September 23: G1 Climax 31 Night 3, Ota-ku
3rd Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Tanga Loa
1st Match: Yuji Nagata vs Tanga Loa
September 26: G1 Climax 31 Night 5, Kobe
6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Shingo Takagi
2nd Match: Yuji Nagata vs Shingo Takagi
September 30: G1 Climax 31 Night 7, Korakuen Hall
4th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Yujiro Takahashi
1st Match: BUSHI vs Yujiro Takahashi
October 3: G1 Climax 31 Night 9, Nagoya
4th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Toru Yano
2nd Match: BUSHI vs Toru Yano
October 7: G1 Climax 31 Night 11, Hiroshima
6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs KENTA
2nd Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs KENTA
October 9: G1 Climax 31 Night 13, Osaka
6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii
2nd Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs Tomohiro Ishii
October 13: G1 Climax 31 Night 15, Sendai
6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi
2nd Match: Satoshi Kojima vs Kota Ibushi
October 18: G1 Climax Night 17, Yokohama
Tetsuya Naito vs Great-O-Khan
Satoshi Kojima vs Great-O-Khan
We wish Naito a safe and healthy recovery.