That’s never good. Injuries can be one of the worst things that can happen to a wrestler, as they can derail a lot of things that have been set up over a long period of time. Sometimes they can take away something that has been set up for years, which unfortunately seems to be the case again. This time around, it is going to have quite the impact on a promotion as well as just a wrestler.
New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that Will Ospreay has suffered a neck injury, which will force him to vacate the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. The injury took place during night two of Wrestling Dontaku on May 4 in a successful title defense against Shingo Takagi. There is currently no word on how long Ospreay will be out of action or how the new champion will be decided.

Ospreay won the title on April 4 at Sakura Genesis with a reign lasting 46 days. This was the longest in the history of the title, which was introduced on March 4 when the IWGP Heavyweight Title and IWGP Intercontinental Title were unified by Kota Ibushi. It is not clear when New Japan will be holding its next major event, as several of its shows have been postponed due to Coronavirus issues.

Ospreay is rather talented. Check out what he can do when he is healthy:

Will Ospreay vs. Ricochet - Semi Final Match (Pro Wrestling World Cup Finals)


Opinion: This is never good to hear as something like this can shake up an entire promotion. I’m not sure what New Japan is going to do now, as they are already missing shows and now this is going to make it even worse. That being said, Ospreay’s health is the most important thing here as a neck injury can be very serious. Throw in that Ospreay has had neck troubles before and it is even worse.

What is next for the title? What should Ospreay do when he returns? Let us know in the comments below.

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