As noted on Tuesday, the Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy match for the United States Championship was pulled from Smackdown Live because Nakamura was injured after being bit by a police dog.
We were told that the incident happened before the live event in Bakersfield, CA on Sunday. Basically, what happened was that a police dog was brought around to do a security check. For whatever reason, the dog decided to bite after sniffing Nakamura.
The police department issued the following statement to Pro Wrestling Sheet:
On Monday, June 25, 2018, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team were conducting a protective sweep of the Rabobank Arena in preparation for the WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour.
During the sweep, the EOD Team, which consisted of an explosive detection trained canine team and bomb technicians entered an area of the arena where an employee of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was present. The canine entered the room to sweep for the presence of any explosive material. As the sweep took place the WWE employee was accidentally bit by the canine. The employee sustained an injury to his lower left leg. Medical aid was immediately summoned to the scene and the employee was transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment.
Nakamura’s leg was sore on Tuesday night when he was seen backstage at Smackdown Live. He is not cleared and his status is unknown for this weekend’s live events in Japan.
The original story was first reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer.