From the Observer: As good as the Ric Flair news has been this week, the news on Yoshihiro Takayama has been equally bad. As reported here several weeks back Takayama went public this week that he is now a quadriplegic and the belief is that will not change. It was a fluke sunset flip where he landed on his head, but one has to think this was similar to what happened earlier this year with Tomoaki Honma and with the death of Mitsuharu Misawa, where it was the accumulation of decades that was the key. We were told at the time the story first broke that at some point soon, he would release a statement and that would also lead to fund raising efforts, which happened this past week. He wrote: “I, Yoshihiro Takayama, am deeply grateful for this support, and grateful to everyone gathered to hear this announcement. On May 4, after suffering a cervical spinal injury in my match, I was unable to move beneath the neck, nor breathe on my own. During surgery, my heart stopped and I had other post-operative trouble. My condition and disappointing progress left me unable to offer updates. Under these circumstances, that everyone gathered together and offered me their support is something I can only be deeply grateful for. Thank you so much to everyone. I want to contribute my own ideas and will be doing my very best to recover.” Minoru Suzuki, who was a long-time tag team partner of Takayama, was in tears at a press conference this week talking about the situation. Shinsuke Nakamura commented on it saying that Takayama was a key in him becoming who he turned out to be and both have spoken about trying to raise money for which will obviously be a lifetime of personal care.
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