Former IWGP US Champion KENTA has been pulled from the Wrestle Kingdom 16 Night Three card after suffering multiple injuries.
NJPW issued a statement, announcing that KENTA will not be in action on January 8, after sustaining a dislocated hip, broken nose, severe lacerations and tendon damage to his finger.
These injuries came as a result of his No DQ US Championship match against Hiroshi Tanahashi during the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 16. Tanahashi pinned KENTA for the title, after throwing him off a ladder face-first into a metal trash can, and hitting him with a High Fly Flow splash through a table.
KENTA was originally set to team with Pro Wrestling NOAH stars Takashi Sugiura & Kazushi Sakuraba to do battle with Taichi, Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku. KENTA’s replacement is being advertised as a mystery partner.
After his match on January 5 in the Tokyo Dome, KENTA has sustained a dislocated left hip, a broken nose, tendon damage to his finger, and severe lacerations to his back.
As a result, he will not be cleared to participate at Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama Arena Saturday January 8. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing KENTA wrestle, and appreciate your understanding.
KENTA was scheduled to team with Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba on the card. There will now be a mystery partner for Sugiura-Gun.
We wish KENTA a safe and healthy recovery.
After his Wrestle Kingdom match, KENTA sustained a dislocated left hip, broken nose, tendon damage in his finger and severe lacerations.
As a result, he can not compete January 8.
— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) January 7, 2022
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