Injuries in pro wrestling can be career-threatening, and even life threatening which we have seen this from time to time in the business. As noted earlier, Shinjiro Otani suffered significant damage at Tokyo Sumo Hall, which caused him to be unable to move his extremities.

Sunday’s ZERO1 show saw Otani face the promotion’s World Heavyweight champion Takashi Sugiura in the main event. He took a German suplex into the turnbuckles during the match, which injured his cervical spine. The 49-year-old was soon stretchered out of the building.

As of earlier today Otani is still unable to move his arms or legs. ZERO1 President Takahito Kami provided an update on the situation.

“It hasn’t changed. He’s conscious, but can’t move his limbs. Currently, he’s being treated by a doctor. As for the official diagnosis, we are waiting for a reply from the hospital.”


Otani started his career in NJPW as a junior heavyweight in 1992 and left the promotion in 201o to found ZERO1 with Shinya Hashimoto. He is a real veteran in the Japanese wrestling scene. Ringside News is with his family and friends in these dark times and wishes him a very fast recovery.

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Bhupen Dange

Bhupen is a freelance writer for Ringside News and Thirsty For News; he is pursuing further studies in Computer Science. Since high school, he has actively participated in athletic activities, and when he is not playing video games, he spends his time in the gym training, watching movies, and walking his dog outside.

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