Bad news out of Japan, as Middle Easy reports that Yoshihiro Takayama is paralyzed following a wrestling accident.
The 50-year old Takayama was hurt this past May when a DDT went awry and Takayama was sent to the hospital. He underwent surgery a couple of days later, but his representation seem to indicate that the Japanese star is paralyzed from the neck down.
Samoa Joe and William Regal both commented on the matter.
Takayama found great success in pro wrestling, capturing the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, GHC Heavyweight Championship, and AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, in addition to tag team title reigns in NJPW, DDT Pro, AJPW, Zero1, WAR, and NOAH.
Takayama may be best known to American fans for his fight with Don Frye at PRIDE 21 in 2002, which saw the two men clinch and trade punches at a frenetic pace.
Fightful.com would like to wish Takayama the best in recovery.