Will Ospreay has been forced to vacate the IWGP World Heavyweight Title because of a neck injury.
NJPW announced the news in a statement posted on their website. Ospreay suffered the injury during the second night of Wrestling Dontaku. NJPW stated he will return to the United Kingdom for rehabilitation, but no timetable is set for his return.
NJPW will make an announcement regarding what’s next for the title at a later date. Ospreay held the belt for just 46 days as he won it from Kota Ibushi at Sakura Genesis on April 4th.
His last match saw him beat Shingo Takagi on May 4th to retain the title and was slated to defend it against Kazuchika Okada at May 29th’s Wrestle Grand Slam at the Tokyo Dome before it was delayed due to Japan extending their COVID-19 state of emergency through the end of the month.