Earlier today, it was announced by WWE that tonight’s scheduled United States Championship match that would have seen Shinsuke Nakamura challenge Jeff Hardy has been cancelled as ‘The Artist’ is not medically cleared to compete. It was revealed that Nakamura had suffered an unspecified injury last night while the blue brand was in Bakersfield, California for a Live Event, but it appeared that it could be part of an angle.
More details about the situation have now been revealed as PWInsider is reporting that Shinsuke is in fact injured to a degree. According to the report, while backstage at last night’s Live Event Shinsuke was bitten by a police dog. A police presence is felt at all WWE events to do a pre-show security check. Reportedly while doing a sweep backstage, the dog came across Nakamura and bit him on the leg without being provoked, leading to him being pulled from the show in addition to tonight’s SmackDown Live. It’s also being said that the injury isn’t too serious, however Shinsuke is sore from the incident.
EA’s Take: This is exactly why I prefer to wait on these sorts of things until we get all of the information. Unfortunately, this time I did not wait and was very much incorrect in my assessment. So for that, I must apologize and for anyone that wants to dump on me for it, you may do so on Twitter @E_Ames323. Swing away friends!
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