Injury update on Kota Ibushi

Kota Ibushi Wants Out Of New Japan Pro Wrestling

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As we reported yesterday here on eWn, there are some ongoing issues between Kota Ibushi and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

On Thursday, several text messages surfaced online showing Ibushi accusing New Japan Pro Wrestling officials of sexual harassment and his issues with Kikuchi, who is part of NJPW’s talent relations department.

According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Ibushi could be finished with the company. The report notes that he wants his release from the company and he doesn’t feel he can go back following his recent comments. Ibushi says the company is taking advantage of him and he wants out as soon as possible.

With that being said, NJPW head booker Gedo has been trying to resolve things privately. Ibushi doesn’t believe that’s possible at this point.


Finally, one person ‘with years in the industry’ said that if Ibushi was simply criticizing New Japan Pro Wrestling management, they could fix things. But it goes beyond that as he “broke trust and kayfaybe” and put things out there that are considered “firing offenses.”


As of this writing, Ibushi is still with the company.

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