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Moxley, Sabre off NJPW KOPW due to travel issues, US title now vacant


UPDATE: New Japan has also confirmed that Zack Sabre Jr. is off the card, also due to travel issues. SHO & YOH will now face Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado in the opener while the third match will feature Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya Naito taking on Taichi & DOUKI.

Original story:

Jon Moxley is off this morning’s King of Pro Wrestling card.

NJPW tonight on their website confirmed that Moxley would be unable to compete tonight as a result of travel delays due to Typhoon Hagibis, which is still active as of this writing.

As a result, the title has been declared vacant and a match between Juice Robinson and Lance Archer will take place on tonight’s card. The winner of that match will become the seventh IWGP United States champion.

The typhoon has caused a number of pro wrestling events to be delayed. Stardom and Ice Ribbon both cancelled shows that were due to take place this weekend. NJPW released a statement this weekend confirming that King of Pro Wrestling is taking place as scheduled Monday morning. 

Typhoon Hagibis is considered to be one of the biggest typhoons to hit the Kanto region of Japan since 1958. It has caused 37 deaths thus far.