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.

This news comes after NJPW had a number of talents out of action due to COVID-19 and cancelled their events at the Tokyo Dome and Yokohama Stadium due to an extended State of Emergency in Japan limiting attendance numbers for their shows. There is no timetable given for when Will Ospreay is set to return from his injury. There is currently no announced plan for crowning a new IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.

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