It was announced by NJPW on social media this morning that the Will Ospreay suffered a neck injury on night two of Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka on Tuesday May 4th and as a result he will vacate the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
Ospreay became the first British wrestler to hold NJPW’s top championship when he defeated Kota Ibushi on April 4th at Sakura Genesis in Tokyo.
No timeframe has been given for Ospreay’s absence but NJPW have confirmed he has returned to the UK for treatment and recovery.
Whilst NJPW have not confirmed the extent of the injury, the expectation must be for a lengthy absence if they have seen fit to vacate the title.
In a strange twist of fate, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship has had a significant moment on the 4th day of every month since it came into existence. Ibushi became the first champion on 4th March before losing it to Ospreay on the 4th April. Ospreay in turn suffered his reign-ending injury on May 4th.