NJPW sent out the following press release, announcing that Tetsuya Naito has been forced to withdraw from the G1 Climax due to a knee injury:
Tetsuya Naito suffers knee injury; to withdraw from G1 Climax 31
Naito forfeits remainder of matches
During his G1 Climax 31 opening match on September 18 in Osaka, Tetsuya Naito suffered an injury to his left knee.
Damage was incurred to his left meniscus and MCL. Naito is unable to compete on the remainder of the G1 Climax tour, and does not currently have a timetable for return. All his remaining tournament matches will be counted as losses via forfeit, with opponents gaining an automatic two points.
Naito’s remaining opponents will instead be competing in special singles matches.
We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Naito wrestle. We appreciate your understanding and support, and wish Naito the best in his recovery.