NJPW is currently in the midst of the Road to Castle Attack tour, but injuries have resulted in changes to the matches this week.
One injury to the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi is particularly grave as he’s going to be out of action for about six months.
Takahashi was injured in a tag team match during the February 19 Road to Castle Attack in Morioka. He had been pulled from the February 20 event due to the injury.
It is now being reported that Takahashi’s injury is a torn left pectoral which will take about six months to heal.
Takahashi was supposed to defend his title against El Phantasmo during the February 28 Castle Attack event, but that is now off. There is no word as to what is to be done with the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship while Takahashi will not be able to defend it.
The other announced injury was to Los Ingobernables de Japon’s Tetsuya Naito. Naito injured his knee on February 16 and had not been cleared to compete, resulting in his missing the February 22 Road to Castle Attack event.
Naito was supposed to be in a tag match with SANADA against Kota Ibushi and Tomoaki Honma. The match was instead changed to a singles match between SANADA and Honma.
Naito is expected to be cleared to compete by February 25. He is still listed on the card for the February 28 Castle Attack event at the Osaka-Jo Hall.
Naito is supposed to face Ibushi for the laters IWGP Intercontinental Championship during the event.