Hiromu Takahashi has been stripped of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship … but he made the announcement in about the way you’d expect.
Takahashi directed a 3-minute video on YouTube which begins with a letter he wrote saying he doesn’t want to be seen until he can return to the ring, so Mr. Belt will speak on his behalf (Mr. Belt being the Junior Heavyweight Championship).
Mr. Belt (clearly voiced by Hiromu) is then interviewed by a reporter before New Japan Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi enters the room to let him know they’re stripping Takahashi of the title.
It was later revealed that a four-man tournament will take place to determine a new champ. KUSHIDA will take on BUSHI at NJPW Destruction in Kobe on September 23 and Marty Scurll will face-off against Will Ospreay at NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed on September 30.
The winners will wrestle against each other at a later date.
Watch the Mr. Belt video below.