Will Ospreay Suffers Neck Injury – Vacates IWGP World Title

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Will Ospreay has vacated the IWGP World Heavyweight Title due to a neck injury.

NJPW announced today that Ospreay suffered a neck injury back on May 4, and will be returning to the UK for treatment and rehab of the injury.

There is no timetable for Ospreay’s return, so the title has been vacated. NJPW noted that further announcements on the status of the IWGP World Heavyweight Title will be made at a later date.

Ospreay suffered the injury during his win over Shingo Takagi at NJPW’s Wrestling Dontaku Day 2 event on May 4 in Fukuoka, Japan. He won the title from Kota Ibushi back on April 4 at the Sakura Genesis 2021 event, making him the second person to hold the IWGP World Heavyweight Title.

On May 4’s night two of Wrestling Dontaku in Fukuoka, Will Ospreay sustained a neck injury. As a result, Ospreay will not be participating in the next series of events and will instead return to the UK for treatment and rehabilitation.

There is no timetable for Ospreay’s return to action at this time, and as a result, his IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be vacated.

Further announcements on the status of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be made at a later date. 

Stay tuned for updates.


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