Japan Pro-Wrestling’s new star Jay White has been riding high so far at the 32nd G1 Climax. The IWGP world heavyweight champion is undefeated for four matches, which puts him top of Group B with eight points and a likely birth in the semi-finals. But White’s run could now be in jeopardy due to a potentially serious health risk.
In a report published on their site On Tuesday morning, New Japan made a shocking announcement regarding White’s status for two upcoming G1 events.
“Jay White, who was scheduled to wrestle tonight at Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall, has been affected by heat stroke type symptoms and as a result will be removed from the August 9 and 10 cards due to high caution. As an added precaution, White undertook a COVID antigen test, which came back negative. We apologize to the fans who have been looking forward to seeing White wrestle and appreciate your understanding.
The promotion also announced changes to upcoming games featuring White. A planned eight-man tag with White teaming with Bullet Club members Bad Luck Fale, Gedo, and Juice Robinson against Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, and Toru Yano for August 9 has been reduced to a six-man tag, with Yano axed, while Gedo will replace White in another six-man tag tomorrow August 10.
It’s unclear exactly when White became ill or how he contracted “heatstroke-like symptoms.” White did not comment on his condition, his last tweet on Monday indicating that everything was fine. The Bullet Club frontman was struggling until two days ago, taking part in six-man tag team action on August 7. His last match in G1 had taken place the day before, on August 6, when he beat The Great O’Khan.
As of this writing, White is still listed on the cards for upcoming G1 events at Tokyo August 13, Nagano on August 14and again Tokyo August 16. White’s final two Block B games are scheduled for the 13th and 16th, against Taichi and Tama Tonga respectively.
Given the G1’s precedent for injury or illness, if White is unable to make either show, he will be forced to forfeit both games and put his status in half. -final in danger. The G1 Climax semi-final and final will take place on August 17 and 18, both from the historic Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo.
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