New Japan Pro Wrestling continues to struggle to keep talent healthy. After a wave of COVID-19 exposures and infections forced the promotion to shut down for part of January, it didn’t seem like things could get any worse. The company now must make even more changes to upcoming cards due to an injury to a key star.

Jeff Cobb is a former NEVER Openweight Champion. The bruiser fits the Japanese style perfectly. Cobb has been compared to a modern-day Scott Norton. Unfortunately, he will have to miss some time as he recovers from an injury.

According to the NJPW English website, Cobb was hurt in a match against Tetsuya Naito on January 5th. Cobb tore his left patellar tendon and strained a muscle in the same leg. Cobb will be out for the remainder of the NJPW New Year’s Golden Series tour.

“In addition, Jeff Cobb is currently recovering from injuries sustained in his match with Tetsuya Naito on January 5. During the bout, Cobb sustained a left patellar tendon tear and a muscle strain in his left leg. As a result, he will not be cleared to compete for the rest of the New Year’s Golden Series tour. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Cobb wrestle, and appreciate your understanding. The following changes have been made to cards as a result:


February 11 Sendai

4th Match

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan ->

Satoshi Kojima vs Great-O-Khan

February 13 Osaka

Kickoff match

Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Kosei Fujita, Ryohei Oiwa & Yuto Nakashima ->

Ryohei Oiwa, Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Kosei Fujita, Tomoaki Honma & Yuji Nagata

2nd Match

Tomoaki Honma & Togi Makabe vs Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan->

Togi Makabe vs Great-O-Khan”

Jeff Cobb had a cup of coffee with AEW in the past. Cobb also said he has rejected overtures from WWE. His loyalties lie with New Japan. Hopefully, Jeff has a complete recovery and can get back in the ring soon!

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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