Earlier this year, New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar Hiromu Takahashi had a horrific accident during a wrestling match with his long-time rival Dragon Lee, suffering a broken neck that landed him in the hospital for several weeks.
The most optimistic opinions have Hiromu out of action for at least a year, with six to nine months away from any physical activity before he can begin rehab. Others say he was lucky to have narrowly avoided nerve damage and partial paralysis, and caution an even longer course of action.
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Last week, New Japan posted a new video to their YouTube channel featuring the rest of Takahashi’s faction, Los Ingobernables de Japon, seated around a casino table in full club regalia. The group leader Tetsuya Naito talked about remaining “tranquilo” in the face of this injury, but stating that it was time for them to move forward as a unit. A new addition to the team was teased for “10-6”, or today’s NJPW King of Pro-Wrestling event at Sumo Hall in Tokyo.
During the event it was revealed that LIJ’s brand new member is none other than Shingo Takagi, the 35-year-old ace from Dragon Gate who just last month announced that he would be leaving his home promotion after fourteen dedicated years there.
Shingo is a four-time Open the Dream Gate Champion (their top title), a five time Open the Twin Dragon Champion, the former tag team partner of 205 Live Superstar Akira Tozawa, and a six-time Open the Triangle Gate Champion. He has also made appearances for Ring of Honor, and during a 2007 tour became one-half of the ROH World Tag Team Champions.
It is expected that he will team with fellow LIJ member Bushi to compete in the upcoming Super Jr. Tag Team Tournament, which this year will be attached to the NJPW Power Struggle tour kicking off on Oct. 16th.