KUSHIDA To Replace YOH As Part Of The NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 31 Tournament

As PWMania.com previously reported, NJPW star YOH has sustained a dislocated left shoulder and will not be able to compete in the upcoming Best of the Super Jr. tournament set to begin on Saturday, May 11th in Chiba, Japan.

NJPW issued a press release, where it was announced that TNA star KUSHIDA would be the person replacing YOH after he released a video message on social media, declaring his intentions to join the prestigious tournament.

You can check out the full press release below:

KUSHIDA joins Best of the Super Jr. 31!

Time Splitter added to the lineup

After medical appraisals following an injury sustained at Sakura Genesis revealed a dislocated left shoulder and damaged labrum for YOH, an empty position was open for Best of the Super Jr. 31. In a video message released to social media, KUSHIDA declared his intention to join the lineup, something now officially confirmed.

KUSHIDA makes his 11th entry to the BOSJ field and his second consecutive appearance. The 2015 and 2017 tournament winner and six time former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion carries an incredible track record into this tournament, as well as a chip on his shoulder, shaky results in 2023 precluding his initial entry into the running. KUSHIDA will be out to prove a point in the tournament starting May 11, and to get right back into the singles title hunt.