NJPW Announced Francesco Akira Suffered Knee Injury & Pulled from May 21st Best of the Super Juniors 2024 Event

New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Francesco Akira recently suffered a knee injury and has been pulled from Tuesday’s Best of the Super Juniors 2024 event in Himeji, Japan.

It was also announced that Akira’s status for the remainder of this year’s Best of the Super Juniors 2024 tournament and tour will be determined following the results of his medical evaluation.

Official press release:

Francesco Akira injured; to miss May 21 Himeji action

Thank you for supporting New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

Francesco Akira, who was scheduled to wrestle on May 21 in Himeji, has sustained an injury to his left knee and will not compete in his scheduled tag team match.

We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Akira wrestle, and appreciate your understanding.

The following change has been made to the night’s card:

3rd Match: Yota Tsuji & Hiromu Takahashi vs Francesco Akira & Callum Newman-> 1st Match: Yota Tsuji & Hiromu Takahashi vs Shoma Kato & Katsuya Murashima

New Japan Pro-Wrestling joins fans in wishing Francesco Akira a full, fast recovery. Akira’s status for May 22’s group match, and subsequent dates on the Best of the Super Jr. 31 tour will be determined after medical evaluation.