New Japan’s IWGP Jr. Heavyweight champion, Hiromu Takahashi, has been forced to vacate his title following an injury sustained at a previous show. Takahashi broke the news personally as part of this morning’s Road to Castle Attack show.
How long is Hiromu Takahashi out for?
‘The Ticking Time Bomb’ is set to miss six months of action following a tear to his pectoral muscle. I’m sure everyone will agree that this is the best course of action, considering the potential Hiromu has to become one of the biggest NJPW stars of his time.
Takahashi’s injury came from a tag match on the 19th February show, although news of his condition was kept under wraps to avoid jumping the gun. This of course means that Takahashi will unfortunately miss out on the annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament and also NJPW’s second biggest show of the year, Dominion.
What happens now?
Takahashi was set to defend his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title this Sunday against bitter rival and Bullet Club member, El Phantasmo. The championship match will still go ahead as planned, but with LIJ stablemate BUSHI taking Hiromu’s place.
There’s certainly a lot of new intrigue surrounding this title fight, it’s just a shame that Takahashi will have to once again miss out on the career-defining run he’s been owed for years.
We wish ‘The Ticking Time Bomb’ all the best with his recovery.
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