Hiroshi Tanahashi to miss New Japan Cup dates & Sakura Genesis due to ankle injury

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Tanahashi is going to be out from March through early April. 

At NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo, Hiroshi Tanahashi dropped the World Television Championship to Matt Riddle. He suffered an ankle injury during the bout. 

That ankle injury is now causing Tanahashi to miss the upcoming New Japan Cup series which begins March 6th and Tanahashi is also off Sakura Genesis on April 6th. 

At Sakura Genesis, he was going to be challenging Nic Nemeth for the IWGP Global Championship. Here’s NJPW’s full write-up about Tanahashi being pulled from the events: 

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Following further examination on an ankle injury sustained at New Beginning in Sapporo, Hiroshi Tanahashi will be absent from the New Japan Cup series, as well as Sakura Genesis on April 6 to allow for a full recovery. 

His previously announced IWGP Global Championship match will be delayed until a later date to be determined.

We apologize to fans looking forward to seeing Tanahashi wrestle and appreciate your understanding. 

The following changes have been made to forthcoming cards:

March 6 Ota

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii & El Desperado vs. Shingo Takagi, Yota Tsuji, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI >>> Hirooki Goto, Tomohiro Ishii, El Desperado & Boltin Oleg vs. Shingo Takagi, Yota Tsuji, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI

March 10 Hyogo

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shota Umino, YOH & El Desperado vs EVIL, SHO, Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru >>> Shota Umino, YOH, El Desperado & Boltin Oleg vs EVIL, SHO, Yujiro Takahashi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Tanahashi is the President of NJPW and has been in that role for several months. He spoke about his in-ring future and to read his comments, head over to this link.

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