It has just been announced by New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) that Will Ospreay will be vacating the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship after suffering a neck injury.
The statement from NJPW reads:
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.
Ospreay won the belt from Kota Ibushi on April 4, so he has been champion for less than two months at this stage.
As the statement above outlines, the future of the belt is as yet unknown, but it is likely that a new champion will be decided soon.
We will keep you up to date with any further updates regarding Will Ospreay and the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
Everyone at WrestleTalk wishes Will a speedy and safe return.