Starting this week, NJPW's Togi Makabe will be out of action due to a film project.
NJPW has announced that Makabe will be "shooting a major movie" in the coming weeks and will miss forthcoming events:
Togi Makabe will be shooting a major movie in the coming weeks, and as a result will be absent from forthcoming events starting with Tuesday August 11’s live event in Osaka.
We apologize to fans who were looking forward to seeing Makabe wrestle and appreciate your understanding and support.
Stay tuned for more news about this project when it becomes available!
"I’ll be taking some time out to battle in the outside world for a while, all to benefit New Japan Pro Wrestling! I’ll see you all again soon," Makabe said.
When Makabe will be returning to action wasn't revealed.
Makabe teamed with Tomoaki Honma & Ryusuke Taguchi in NJPW's NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team title tournament and lost to Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI in the first round. Ishii, Goto & YOSHI-HASHI went on to win the tournament, defeating Kazuchika Okada, Toru Yano & SHO in the finals.