Tetsuya Naito out of NJPW G1 Climax due to knee injury

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One of NJPW’s top stars is out of this year’s G1 Climax.

NJPW has announced that Tetsuya Naito will miss the remainder of G1 Climax 31 due to suffering an injury to his left knee. The injury happened in Naito’s match against Zack Sabre Jr. during the opening night of the G1 on September 18. Naito suffered damage to his left meniscus and MCL.

With Naito unable to compete, he’ll forfeit his remaining tournament matches. The opponents that he was supposed to face will automatically gain two points.

NJPW noted that Naito currently doesn’t have a timetable to return.

Naito’s scheduled opponents will instead wrestle in special singles matches on the nights that they were supposed to face him. The matches will be against wrestlers who aren’t in the tournament. Here’s the schedule of those matches:

September 23 (G1 Climax 31 night three): Tanga Loa vs. Yuji Nagata
September 26: G1 Climax 31 night five): Shingo Takagi vs. Yuji Nagata
September 30: G1 Climax 31 night seven): Yujiro Takahashi vs. BUSHI
October 3: G1 Climax 31 night nine): Toru Yano vs. BUSHI
October 7: G1 Climax 31 night 11): KENTA vs. Hiromu Takahashi
October 9: G1 Climax 31 night 13): Tomohiro Ishii vs. Hiromu Takahashi
October 13: G1 Climax 31 night 15): Kota Ibushi vs. Satoshi Kojima
October 18: G1 Climax 31 night 17): The Great-O-Khan vs. Satoshi Kojima

Naito was part of the A Block in the G1. He lost to Sabre in their tournament match.

Night three of the G1 will take place at Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo this Thursday. The tournament runs through October 21, when the finals will be held at Budokan Hall.

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