WWE Superstar, “The Artist” Shinsuke Nakamura suffered an injury this week while working on the Live Event on Monday in Bakersfield, CA. Nakamura was bitten by a police dog in the arena, before the show kicked off.
The police department issued the following statement:
“On Monday, June 25, 2018, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team were conducting a protective sweep of the Rabobank Arena in preparation for the WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour.
During the sweep, the EOD Team, which consisted of an explosive detection trained canine team and bomb technicians entered an area of the arena where an employee of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was present. The canine entered the room to sweep for the presence of any explosive material. As the sweep took place the WWE employee was accidentally bit by the canine. The employee sustained an injury to his lower left leg. Medical aid was immediately summoned to the scene and the employee was transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment.”
Nakamura’s leg was sore on Tuesday night when he was backstage during SmackDown Live. His match against WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy was cancelled owing to the injury. It’s still unclear how long The Artist will have to sit on the sidelines given he is still not cleared (as of this writing) for this weekend’s live events in Japan.