Dave Meltzer has reported on Twitter that IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi will be out of action for six months.
New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced that Hiromu was injured and would be missing the Road to Castle Attack Show on February 22 in Korakuen Hall, with two matches changed as a result, but had not commented on the severity of the injury.
Hiromu suffered a shoulder injury in a tag match on the February 19 Road to Castle Attack event and has not wrestled since, and if Meltzer’s report is accurate then it must be fairly severe.
This unfortunately isn’t the first time in recent memory that Hiromu has faced a long spell on the sidelines, missing 16 months of action in 2018/2019 due to a broken neck.
Hiromu is also the second high profile NJPW talent to suffer an injury on the Road to Castle Attack tour, with Los Ingobernables de Japon stablemate Tetsuya Naito also missing the February 22 show.
It is not known yet if Hiromu will be forced to vacate the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.