Former IWGP Champion A.J. Styles missed another New Japan World Tag League tournament match today in Fukuoka, Japan. His team with Yujiro Takahashi forfeited their second match, this time to Michael Bennett & Matt Taven.
Styles has been out of action since last working on Nov. 24 due to a bulging disc in his lower back.
According to those in Japan, his injury appears to be very serious with the description that he seems to be in great pain with any movement. Styles went into the tour injured, and missed ROH bookings to rest up for the tour. The 38-year-old has not returned home, but he has major matches over the next several weeks. After the tournament concludes on 12/9, he has an ROH title match with Jay Lethal at Final Battle in Philadelphia, as well as his IC title match with Shinsuke Nakamura that is second from the top at the NJPW Wrestle Kingdom Tokyo Dome show on 1/4.
According to what we've been told, Styles is resting and rehabbing as best he can at the present time, and New Japan is being patient and not pressuring him to come back early.
WWE has announced one of the main matches for the Smackdown tapings tonight will be Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Bray Wyatt in a singles match with both Devon and Tommy Dreamer in Bubba's corner.
Smackdown will be taped tonight in Hershey, PA. All of the major names that were on Raw last night, including Roman Reigns, Sheamus, Dean Ambrose and The New Day are being advertised as appearing tonight.
Following Raw, the Wyatt family came back to the ring, and Bray said that he had a sour taste in his mouth, and wasn't ready to leave town just yet. He called out the Dudleys and Tommy Dreamer. They entered, followed by Kane. Everyone brawled in the ring for a couple of minutes before Bray left the ring. Braun Strowman was kicked out of the ring. Harper ended up eating a DDT from Dreamer, and a 3D from the Dudleys, and Rowan took a chokeslam from Kane to send the handful of people left in the crowd happy. No actual match took place. (Thanks to Joe Kazmer)