Shinsuke Nakamura was pulled from his scheduled US Title match on Tuesday night, and WWE announced that he was pulled from the match due to injury.
At this point it’s unclear how long Shinsuke will be out of action, but after news of his injury started making the rounds it was reported that he was bit by a police dog at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA the night before.
The Bakersfield Police Department has now confirmed that Shinsuke was indeed bit by one of their dogs, and the dog bit him in the lower left leg.
The Bakersfield Police Department issued the following statement (via Pro Wrestling Sheet).
“On Monday, June 25, 2018, officers of the Bakersfield Police Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Team were conducting a protective sweep of the Rabobank Arena in preparation for the WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour.
During the sweep, the EOD Team, which consisted of an explosive detection trained canine team and bomb technicians entered an area of the arena where an employee of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) was present. The canine entered the room to sweep for the presence of any explosive material. As the sweep took place the WWE employee was accidentally bit by the canine. The employee sustained an injury to his lower left leg. Medical aid was immediately summoned to the scene and the employee was transported to a local area hospital for medical treatment.”
Nakamura was originally set to compete at the WWE live events in Japan this weekend, but at this point his status for the events are unknown.