Is Tanahashi's dominance at risk?



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Is Tanahashi's dominance at risk?

New Japan Pro Wrestling never ceases to amaze and does so with another series of announcements regarding one of its upcoming shows on American soil, Capital Collision. The event, which will take place in Washington Dc on May 14th, will have a match up for grabs with the IWGP United States Championship currently held by Hiroshi Tanahashi, but let's go step by step.

After the events of Wrestling Dontaku in which, after an exceptional defense against Tomohiro Ishii, "The Ace" was attacked by a masked member of the Bullet Club who turned out to be Juice Robinson. The former member of FinJuice who has long fought against the Club joined the famous stable, attacked the champion and raised his belt to the sky as a sign of a challenge.

This meant that Juice Robinson was also launched in the contest titled with initially another name within it, that of Will Ospreay, earning on the square the opportunity to challenge Tanahashi.

Backstage news on Tanahashi

New Japan Pro Wrestling legend and former seven-time IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi is all set to miss out on the ongoing NJPW: New Beginning tour due to the knee issues that have been bothering Tanahashi for a while now.

But the surprises do not end there as, due to the pandemic, Jon Moxley has often had to cancel his commitments with the NJPW and now wants a shot for his old belt. On May 14th, therefore, it will be the definitive clash between the reigning champion and legend, Hiroshi Tanahashi, against the former US champion and former AEW World Champion, Jon Moxley against the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and current RevPro British World Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay versus former Impact World Tag Team Champion and Bullet Club member Juice Robinson.

Capital Collision tickets are already on sale and available through the tweet below. Prior to this year’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 event, Hiroshi Tanahashi was sidelined due to a knee injury that almost caused him to miss this year’s Tokyo Dome show.

However, “The Ace” somehow managed to make his return on time from the knee injury and competed in a gruelling Intercontinental Title match against Jay White at WK 12. Following the turn of events, NJPW has evidently confirmed the news that Hiroshi Tanahashi has been diagnosed with acute osteoarthritis in his right knee, as a result of which the NJPW management has decided to remove Tanahashi from the current New Beginning tour.