New Japan Pro Wrestling has announced that Tomohiro Ishii has suffered a left knee injury and will not be able to compete at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door on June 26. He was to participate in an AEW All-Atlantic Championship match with three other opponents: Malakai Black, PAC and Miro.
Replacing him, according to reports from the Japanese federation, will be Clark Connors, whom Ishii defeated in the qualifying round finals in the NJPW portion of the tournament for the AEW All-Atlantic Title. Here is the statement from the NJPW: "Thank you for supporting New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Tomohiro Ishii, who was scheduled to compete on June 26 at AEWxNJPW Presents Forbidden Door, suffered a left knee injury and is not allowed to compete."
Tomohiro Ishii will stay out
We apologize to the fans who have been looking forward to seeing Ishii fight and appreciate your understanding.
After a tough qualifier match at Korakuen Hall on June 21, Clark Connors will take over from Ishii in the All-Atlantic Championship at Forbidden Door. The change of the card is as follows: AEW All-Atlantic Championship Four-Way PAC vs Miro vs Malakai Black vs Tomohiro Ishii-> PAC versus Miro versus Malakai Black versus Clark Connors."
The current Forbidden Door card Buy-In: Gunn Club & Max Caster vs. The DKC, Kevin Knight, Alex Coughlin, & Yuya Uemura Interim AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs.
Hangman Page vs. Adam Cole vs. Kazuchika Okada AEW All-Atlantic Championship: PAC vs. Miro vs. Clark Connors vs. Malakai Black AEW Women's World Championship: Pink Thunder (c) vs. Storm tones Orange Cassidy vs. Will Ospreay The Young Bucks, Hikuleo, & El Phantasmo vs.
Sting, Darby Allin, Shingo Takagi, & Hiromu Takahashi Trios Match: Chris Jericho, Sammy Guevara, & Minoru Suzuki vs. Eddie Kingston, Wheeler Yuta, & Shota Umino Winner Takes All IWGP & ROH World Tag Team Title Match: FTR vs.
Roppongi Vice vs. Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan. Zack Saber Jr. vs. opponent chosen by Bryan Danielson who is out due to injury. Jon Moxley is likely to stay with AEW for the foreseeable future if reports from Wrestling Observer Radio are implying anything.
Dave Meltzer recently discussed the contract status of several original AEW members from the roster, who initially inked a three-year deal with the company. Meltzer noted that while stars like Kenny Omega, Chris Jericho, and The Young Bucks signed a contract extension upon their contract expiry earlier this year, Moxley's deal has likely come up.