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KENTA Pulled From Wrestle Kingdom 16 Night 3 After Suffering Multiple Injuries

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The full extent of the injuries suffered by KENTA on night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom 16 has now been revealed, as a result he will be missing from night 3.

At Wrestle Kingdom 16 night 2, KENTA lost the IWGP United States Championship to Hiroshi Tanahashi in a No Disqualification match.

The former NXT star had 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 his prone foe through it instead. This wasn’t enough, though, and KENTA was eventually able to end things with a Go2Sleep for a pin-fall victory.

Unhappy with the loss, Tanahashi challenged the champion to a rematch with his opponent being able to pick the stipulation, leading to the No DQ match at Wrestle Kingdom.

After a chaotic bout Tanahashi eventually picked up the win after sending his bloody rival through a table.

While the star later showed off a huge gash down his back, it has now been revealed that he sustained a number of other injuries. In fact, the injuries are so bad, he has been pulled from night 3 of the event on January 8th, which would have seen him team with Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba.

After his match on January 5 in the Tokyo Dome, KENTA has sustained a dislocated left hip, a broken nose, tendon damage to his finger, and severe lacerations to his back.

As a result, he will not be cleared to participate at Wrestle Kingdom 16 in Yokohama Arena Saturday January 8. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing KENTA wrestle, and appreciate your understanding.

KENTA was scheduled to team with Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba on the card. There will now be a mystery partner for Sugiura-Gun.

We join fans in wishing the best to KENTA for a speedy recovery.

Night 3 of New Japan’s showpiece event is set to be headlined by Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahasi taking on Keji Mutoh and Kaito Kiyomiya.