NJPW News: Honma Update & New Japan Cup Finals Set

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As we saw earlier today, the finals are set for tomorrow’s New Japan Cup tournament. Bad Luck Fale defeated EVIL, and Katsuyori Shibata battled Tomohiro Ishii to a hard fought victory. Fale and Shibata will face off when the finals air tomorrow at 2:00 am EDT on New Japan World.

In other NJPW news, we have a current update on the injury status of Tomoaki Honma. Honma was seriously injured after receiving a hanging DDT from Jado during a multi-man tag match earlier this month, and he was initially paralyzed from the neck down. Although he is able to move his hands and feet, he’s still too unstable to move from the hospital and still suffering from significant paralysis.

Honma himself gave a statement to NJPW’s English site which was posted today.

Hi everyone, it’s Kokeshi.
First of all, I want to apologize for causing everyone so much worry after what happened at the match in Okinawa.

Jado’s DDT that match was definitely the hardest one I’ve ever felt. After it hit, I noticed I couldn’t feel anything below my neck. I could hear everyone rush to my side, but I couldn’t hear my own voice. I tried to speak, but nothing…Then little by little, things went black. “Ahhh, guess this is what it’s like, crossing the river Styx,” I thought. That’s when I heard a voice calling me. It was an enlightening experience to say the least.

I’ve been able move my feet and hands quite a bit since then, but currently I’m still paralyzed from the neck down. So the staff is kindly typing this journal entry for me. While my body may be what it is now, I’m getting better day by day. I’ll focus on my rehabilitation and be back in the NJPW ring for sure. Nothing can quell this burning desire I have to get back in there.
Pro wrestling is not broken or at fault here. This was simply an accident between two professionals.

To Jado,
I don’t know if you read these journals, and I don’t know if I should say this or not… but I’ll say it anyway: I’m coming back stronger than before, tanner than before, more oiled up than before! You’ll see me standing before you Jado, so just you wait!

I won’t lose, ever! I’ll be back in the ring to tell you all, “Kokeshi is happy! All together now, let’s be happy!”

Tomoaki Honma