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Shinjiro Otani Hospitalised With Possible Severe Spine Injury

Shinjiro Otani leaning on ropes

Following Pro Wrestling ZERO1’s Premium show on April 10th, Shinjiro Otani was taken to hospital with a possible cervical spine injury.

Shinjiro Otani was taken to hospital following the latest Pro Wrestling ZERO1 event in Tokyo Japan. The veteran star was competing in the main event against World Heavyweight Champion Takashi Sugiura when he took a German Suplex into the turnbuckle. Following the Suplex, Otani was unable to move and the referee Katsumi Sasazaki called off the match.

Sazaki told Tokyo Sports that Otani was unable to move and couldn’t feel his hands.

“He was conscious. He could hear [his own] voice and he could clearly see where he was. However, he complained that he couldn’t move his hands and that he couldn’t move, and he said, ‘I can’t feel my hands.'”

In a follow up report, Hochi News spoke to the ringside Doctor, who said there was concern that Otani could have a cervical spine injury.

Shinjiro Otani made his pro wrestling debut in 1992 for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Over the next nine years, Otani won multiple titles and became the fifth and final winner of the J-Crown which consisted of eight Cruiserweight Championships including the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.

After leaving NJPW in 2001, Otani formed Pro Wrestling ZERO1 alongside Shinya Hashimoto. Otani became one of the top stars in the company and has held all of their major titles including the World heavyweight Championship.

Everyone at Inside The Ropes would like to wish Shinjiro Otoshi a speedy and full recovery.

H/T to Fightful for the above transcription.