Last night at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Special in San Francisco, IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion Hiromu Takahashi took an extremely scary looking bump from a botched Phoenix Plex that saw him land badly on the top of his head.
CMLL star Dragon Lee, who delivered the move, is a long-time rival of Takahashi’s and the two are well known for putting on absolutely insane, fast-paced matches full of high risk moves that require an incredible amount of precision and ability to execute.
Unfortunately, it looks like their style may have finally caught up with at least one of the two performers, as Dave Meltzer reported on Sunday morning’s Wrestling Observer Radio that the “preliminary word” from New Japan sources is that Hiromu may have suffered a broken neck from the spot, and was taken to a local hospital after collapsing backstage prior to his match. They did finish the match as planned, including several more high-flying maneuvers including a Destroyer, but it was the botched Phoenix Plex that did the initial damage to the champion’s neck.
We are currently waiting to hear back from multiple sources about Hiromu’s current condition, and hopefully the examinations he underwent at the hospital will yield better results than what was originally expected.