Hiromu Takahashi Returns from 16-Month Neck Injury, Challenges Will Ospreay to Wrestle Kingdom 14 Title Match

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The Time Bomb explodes at Wrestle Kingdom 14!

Hiromu Takahashi made his highly anticipated return to New Japan Pro-Wrestling this Sunday at the company’s annual Power Struggle event in Osaka, Japan. He wasted zero time getting himself back into the spotlight, challenging Will Ospreay to a match for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship at the Tokyo Dome!

Takahashi, 29, was in the midst of an incredible, all-time great run of performances in 2018 when suffering an injury that put him on the shelf for the last 16 months.

After winning the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors tournament by defeating Taiji Ishimori in the finals, Hiromu then beat long-time rival Ospreay at last summer’s Dominion event to win the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship.

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In his first defense, Hiromu defeated Dragon Lee but took a nasty Phoenix-Plex near the end of the match that actually broke his neck. He finished and won the bout, but underwent surgery and was forced to vacate the title. At the time there was some question as to whether he would ever wrestle again, and if he was able to return, to what extent he would be able to work.