Tetsuya Naito returns for the World Tag League, avoids surgery

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Two months after sustaining a knee injury, Tetsuya Naito will return to action this Sunday as part of NJPW’s World Tag League tournament.

The former IWGP champion sustained the injury on the first night of the G1 Climax on September 18th during a match with Zack Sabre Jr. The injury removed Naito from the tournament and forfeited the remainder of the matches in the G1.

During a press conference he explained how he was able to return for the upcoming tour where he will team with SANADA:

As you all know, on September 18 in Osaka, on the first night of the G1 Climax, I injured my knee and have been off since. My G1 Climax ended with a 0-9, zero point score, a truly terrible record.

I’ve torn ligaments in my knee twice before, and I know that with severe ligament damage, you tend to need surgery that can put you on the shelf for a year. That’s what I was preparing myself mentally for as I went to the hospital, but thankfully there was no ligament damage, and no need for surgery. It was a painful injury, and I needed time to heal, but on November 14, in Korakuen Hall on the first night of World Tag League, I will be back. My partner? Of course, SANADA. I messaged SANADA yesterday, and all I got in response was a thumbs up emoji. That’s pretty on brand, right?

There’s one thing I want to say to everyone, and one thing I want to make sure we’re all clear on. I am not rushing back to the ring. Please be assured on that front. Now the guys who have a match at Wrestle Kingdom all lined up, they won’t be in World Tag League, right? Even if they want to, NJPW won’t let ’em. I don’t get it, I never will, but me and SANADA will be more than adequate substitutes.

So, to recap- I am back on November 14 at the World Tag League kickoff in Korakuen. See you then.

The World Tag League begins this Sunday in conjunction with the Best of the Super Juniors tournament.