By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
New Japan Pro Wrestling officials announced at a Sunday press conference that Hiromu Takahashi relinquished the IWPG Jr. Hvt. Championship while recovering from a severe neck injury. NJPW will be holding a four-man tournament to determine the new champion. The participants will be Kushida, Bushi, Will Ospreay, and Marty Scurll.
Kushida vs. Bushi will be held at the September 23 event in Kobe, Japan, and Scurll vs. Ospreay will meet at the September 30 event in Long Beach, California. The winners will meet in the finals on October 8 at Sumo Hall. Read the official announcement at NJPW1972.com.
Powell’s POV: Takahashi suffered a neck injury at the August 20 event in San Francisco. As such, the announcement of him relinquishing the title was not a surprise. All four men in the tournament have held the IWPG Jr. Hvt. Championship previously. Scurll and Ospreay have had classic matches in the past and that’s a great addition to the Long Beach event.
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