NJPW star KENTA has suffered a horrific injury during his IWGP US Championship defence at Wrestle Kingdom 16.
At Wrestle Kingdom 16, KENTA lost the IWGP United States Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi in a No Disqualification match.
KENTA won the title from Tanahashi back in November at Power Struggle, during which he tried to drive NJPW’s Ace through a table. However, Tanahashi turned things around and landed a High Fly Flow to put a prone KENTA through it instead. This wasn’t enough, though, and KENTA was eventually able to end things with a Go2Sleep for a pinfall victory.
Unhappy with the loss, Tanahashi challenged the champion to a rematch with KENTA being able to pick the stipulation, leading to the No DQ match at Wrestle Kingdom.
The bout lived up to its billing with the two men going to war in the ring. KENTA was able to avoid a High Fly Flow on a pile of chairs and then use the furniture to his advantage, piling it on top of the challenger in the corner and landing a dropkick. Instead of getting the victory at that stage, he instead pulled out a massive ladder from under the ring and set it up, intending to drive Tanahashi through a table below.
It was not to be, though, as after KENTA climbed to the top, Tanahashi moved out of the way and grabbed the ladder sending KENTA crashing face-first into a trashcan, leaving him a bloody mess.
Tanahashi then set KENTA up on the table, climbed the ladder and landed the highest High Fly Flow ever witnessed, sending KENTA through the blood-smeared table and claiming the victory to capture the US Championship once more.
Since the show aired, KENTA has provided an image showing another injury he sustained during the match, a long gash on his back, but also let fans know that he is fine.
— KENTA aka Lil’K (@KENTAG2S) January 5, 2022
Other pictures circulating on social media show that the bleeding on KENTA’s face was caused by a cut above his eye.
KENTA suffered a cut above his left eye and a pretty nasty cut on his back which caused him to bleed profusely towards the end of his match with The Ace Hiroshi Tanahashi. What a warrior! #njwk16Day2#WK16pic.twitter.com/mU1rpdy9To
— Sonny The Jobber (@SonnyTheJobber) January 5, 2022