Otani’s first public appearance since his injury.
For the first time since his cervical spinal cord injury in April 2022, Shinjiro Otani will be making a public appearance and it’ll be at Pro Wrestling ZERO1’s March 26th show in Tokyo, Japan at the Yasukuni Shrine.
Otani sent out the following via Twitter about his appearance:
About a year has passed since then.
I would like to thank all of you who have continued to send me ‘Go for it!’
I would like you to see Shinjiro Otani moving forward, even if it is only by small steps.
On March 26th at Yasukuni Shrine
I will return to the world of wrestling!
— 大谷 晋二郎『』 (@otani_shinjiro) March 5, 2023
【3/26押忍PREMIUM靖国大会、開始時間変更のお知らせ】 #押忍PREMIUM #pwzero1
— プロレスリングZERO1 (@ZERO1_Wrestling) March 6, 2023
Otani is paralyzed from the neck down and is still in rehabilitation. This year, New Japan Pro-Wrestling donated 3 million yen to Otani’s medical fund and earlier this month, a portion of the proceeds from the All Star Junior Festival were donated to Otani.