WWE Superstar “The Artist” Shinsuke Nakamura suffered an injury this week outside the ring.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, Nakamura was working on the Live Event on Monday in Bakersfield, CA when he was bitten by a police dog in the arena, presumably after the show was over.
The injury is legitimate and it’s unclear how long The Artist will stay out of action. The timing seems to be unfortunate for WWE as Nakamura is advertised as one of the headliners for the shows taking place in Japan this weekend.
SmackDown Live General manager Paige had earlier announced WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy defending his title against Shinsuke Nakamura on this week’s episode of the blue brand. The match was eventually cancelled, instead Hardy teamed up with The Usos to defeat SAnitY in a 6-Man Tag Team action.