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Police issue statement about bomb-sniffing dog that bit Shinsuke Nakamura

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Well... I... look... here’s... okay... so... let’s just stick to the facts.

Shinsuke Nakamura was supposed to wrestle on the June 26 SmackDown, but he was pulled due to an undescribed injury. Reports came out from Wrestling Observer and PWInsider that the injury was a dog bite, and the dog in question was a member of a Bakersfield, CA police canine unit.

The extent of Nakamura’s injuries still aren’t known, so in addition to missing his planned United States Title match against Jeff Hardy in Ontario, CA last night, his availability to headline two house shows in his native Japan this weekend is up in the air.

What is known is a little bit more about the incident, via a statement from the Bakersfield Police Department (via Pro Wrestling Sheet). It doesn’t mention Shinsuke by name, and if it is referring to him, it gets his employment status wrong. But since no one’s saying it’s not about Nakamura, we can take it as shedding some more light on what happened:

“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.”

Really hope Nak is okay, especially so he doesn’t have to miss performing in Tokyo on June 29 - 30.

Other than that, I have no idea how to respond to this news item.