It had been reported earlier that Shinsuke Nakamura had been sidelined because of a dog bite. This injury was more serious than previously expected and ended up sidelining Nakamura for the tour of his home country of Japan. Nakamura ended up appearing at the live events but on crutches. He addressed the crowd before being attacked by Samoa Joe.
In an update, Bakersfield Police issued a statement about Nakamura’s unfortunate injury and the incident overall.
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.