Tetsuya Naito suffers knee injury

Tetsuya Naito suffers knee injury and will withdraw from G1 31

Tetsuya Naito suffers knee injury
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News has just come in that Tetsuya Naito has suffered a knee injury, and will unfortunately have to withdraw from the G1 Climax 31 competition. The news broke on the New Japan Pro Wrestling Website with the following statement;

"During his G1 Climax 31 opening match on September 18 in Osaka, Tetsuya Naito suffered an injury to his left knee. 

Damage was incurred to his left meniscus and MCL. Naito is unable to compete on the remainder of the G1 Climax tour, and does not currently have a timetable for return. All his remaining tournament matches will be counted as losses via forfeit, with opponents gaining an automatic two points. 

Naito’s remaining opponents will instead be competing in special singles matches, with card changes outlined below.

We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Naito wrestle. We appreciate your understanding and support, and wish Naito the best in his recovery"

Tetsuya is a former NEVER Openweight Champion, a former IWGP Tag Team and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with former No Limit partner Yujiro Takahashi, as well as a former IWGP Intercontinental and Heavyweight Champion.

He is the leader of the Los Ingobernables de Japon faction in NJPW

This news is really unfortunate, and all of us here at Real Rasslin wish him a speedy recovery.