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SANADA Out With Fractured Orbital Bone

SANADA out of action

The New Japan Cup continued yesterday and SANADA and former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay went one-on-one in the main event in a third-round clash. 

Ospreay would win the match by referee stoppage and SANADA suffered an injury during the contest, New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced today.

Cold Skull was evaluated at a local hospital following the Ospreay match and it was determined he had sustained a fractured left orbital bone. 

SANADA was pulled from Friday's six-man tag team match that would have seen him team with BUSHI and Tetsuya Naito against Ospreay, Jeff Cobb, and Great-O-Khan as a result of the injury. That match was changed to a straight tag team match with Great-O-Khan being removed on the United Empire side. 

SANADA will also miss the remainder of the New Japan Cup tour and his eventual return date is unclear. 

The 34-year-old has been with NJPW since 2016 and he is the reigning IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion, having defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi for the gold on February 19. He is also a three-time IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champion and three-time NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Champion. 

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