Three-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Tetsuya Naito has been pulled from a New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) show due to injury.
At the start of the February 17 Road to Castle Attack show, Naito announced he’d suffered a knee injury and was unable to compete.
He was scheduled to team with SANADA against current IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kota Ibushi and Yuji Nagata. Instead, SANADA faced Nagata in a singles match.
Naito did work yesterday’s February 16 show and is still scheduled to challenge for Ibushi’s IWGP Intercontinental Championship on February 28.
NJPW has also announced that the February 21 show has been cancelled, writing:
Sunday February 21 was set to see night seven of the Road to Castle Attack tour in Fukushima’s Toyota Crown Arena. After an earthquake near Fukushima struck on Saturday February 13, the venue has incurred some damage, and in the interests of safety, New japan Pro-Wrestling has arrived at the difficult decision to cancel the event.
Ticket holders will be refunded, with a refund procedure to be made available soon. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to the event, and appreciate your understanding.