Tetsuya Naito Out Of NJPW G1 Climax 31 Due To Knee Injury

Tetsuya Naito is withdrawing from the NJPW G1 Climax.

NJPW announced that Naito suffered a knee injury in his first G1 match against Zack Sabre Jr and is withdrawing from the tournament. Damage was incurred to his left meniscus and MCL. There is no timetable for his return.

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All of his remaining matches will result in a forfeit and his opponents will gain two points in the standings.

From NJPW:

During his G1 Climax 31 opening match on September 18 in Osaka, Tetsuya Naito suffered an injury to his left knee.

Damage was incurred to his left meniscus and MCL. Naito is unable to compete on the remainder of the G1 Climax tour, and does not currently have a timetable for return. All his remaining tournament matches will be counted as losses via forfeit, with opponents gaining an automatic two points.

Naito’s remaining opponents will instead be competing in special singles matches, with card changes outlined below.

We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Naito wrestle. We appreciate your understanding and support, and wish Naito the best in his recovery.

September 23: G1 Climax 31 Night 3, Ota-ku

3rd Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Tanga Loa

1st Match: Yuji Nagata vs Tanga Loa

September 26: G1 Climax 31 Night 5, Kobe

6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Shingo Takagi

2nd Match: Yuji Nagata vs Shingo Takagi

September 30: G1 Climax 31 Night 7, Korakuen Hall

4th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Yujiro Takahashi

1st Match: BUSHI vs Yujiro Takahashi

October 3: G1 Climax 31 Night 9, Nagoya

4th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Toru Yano

2nd Match: BUSHI vs Toru Yano

October 7: G1 Climax 31 Night 11, Hiroshima

6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs KENTA

2nd Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs KENTA

October 9: G1 Climax 31 Night 13, Osaka

6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Tomohiro Ishii

2nd Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs Tomohiro Ishii

October 13: G1 Climax 31 Night 15, Sendai

6th Match: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi

2nd Match: Satoshi Kojima vs Kota Ibushi

October 18: G1 Climax Night 17, Yokohama

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