Top NJPW Star Suffers Injury, Pulled From Tour

One of New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s top stars will miss the remainder of the World Tag League tour. Hiroshi Tanahashi has suffered a right knee injury and has been pulled from the remaining shows.

The company released the following statement:

“Due to an injury suffered to his right knee, New Japan Pro Wrestling has come to the decision to remove Hiroshi Tanahashi from December 7’s Yamaguchi card. Further, Tanahashi will be out of action for the remainder of the World Tag League tour, which ends December 11 in Fukuoka.
New Japan Pro Wrestling apologizes to fans who were looking forward to seeing Tanahashi perform.”

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Switchblade Jay White

At WrestleKingdom 12, Tanahashi is scheduled to face “Switchblade” Jay White.

Over the summer, several vignettes laid the groundwork for White’s return. White attacked Tanahashi last month after Tanahashi defended his IC title against Kota Ibushi, setting up the match between the two on January 4th.

White had been scheduled for the final show of the World Tag League tour on Monday in Fukuoka.