Shinjiro Otani hospitalized with possible serious spinal injury

After Pro Wrestling ZERO1’s Premium Show on April 10, Shinjiro Otani was taken to the hospital with a possible cervical spine injury.

Shinjiro Otani was taken to hospital after the last Pro Wrestling ZERO1 event in Tokyo, Japan. The veteran star was in the main event against world heavyweight champion Takashi Sugiura when he took a German Suplex into the turnbuckle. Following the Suplex, Otani couldn’t move and referee Katsumi Sasazaki called off the match.

Sazaki told Tokyo Sports that Otani was unable to move and couldn’t feel his hands.

“He was conscious. He could hear [his own] voice and he could clearly see where he was. However, he complained that he couldn’t move his hands and he couldn’t move, and he said, ‘I can’t feel my hands.’

In a follow-up report, Hochi News spoke to the ringside doctor, who said he was concerned Otani could sustain a cervical spine injury.

Shinjiro Otani made his professional wrestling debut in 1992 for New Japan Pro Wrestling. Over the next nine years, Otani won multiple titles and became the fifth and final winner of the J-Crown which consisted of eight Cruiserweight Championships including the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship and the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship.

After leaving NJPW in 2001, Otani formed Pro Wrestling ZERO1 alongside Shinya Hashimoto. Otani became one of the top stars in the business and held all of their major titles including the world heavyweight championship.

Everyone at Inside The Ropes wishes Shinjiro Otoshi a speedy and full recovery.

H/T to Fightful for the above transcript.

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