Taiji Ishimori Pulled From NJPW Best Of Super Jr. 30 Due To Injury

Taiji Ishimori sustains an injury

One of New Japan Pro-Wrestling's top junior heavyweights is out of action with an injury.

New Japan announced today that Taiji Ishimori sustained an injury to his cervical vertebrae during his Best of Super Jr. 30 match against Hiromu Takahashi on Sunday, May 21. Ishimori has since been discharged from hospital and he is able to recover at home. 

There is no timetable on when he can return from injury, though, and Ishimori has been pulled from the remainder of BOSJ 30 as a result. Ishimori will lose his final A Block match to TJP by forfeit on May 23, which means he ends his tournament on 10 points. 

Ishimori sustained the injury in the closing stages of his match with Hiromu Takahashi, crumbling to the mat following a clothesline from the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion. Referee Red Shoes Uno then waved off the match and Ishimori had to be helped to the back. 

Since returning to NJPW in 2018, Ishimori has become a three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion with El Phantasmo. He has also held the NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles with Guerrillas of Destiny. 

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