Kota Ibushi Injury Update


Kota Ibushi plans to still wrestle on his badly battered ankle.

Yesterday, Kota Ibushi Tweeted photos of a badly bruised ankle he sustained in his G1 match with KENTA over the weekend. Ibushi did not report the injury to NJPW originally as he did not think the injury was too bad. After Tweeting out photos of his ankle yesterday, there were concerns Ibushi would have to miss dates on the upcoming tour.

According to a report from Wrestling Observer Radio, however, Ibushi plans on wrestling all of his scheduled bouts.

Kota Ibushi got her in that match. His ankle swelled up real bad,” Dave Meltzer said. “He didn’t think he was hurt, he didn’t report an injury until his ankle swelled up real bad cause the New Japan injury report did not, in fact, mention any injury. Then yesterday, I think it was, he showed those pictures and I don’t know how he’s going to wrestle on Saturday and Sunday and this whole week but he’s going to be wrestling multiple matches this whole week on that ankle.”

Kota Ibushi in the G1

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Ibushi’s next tournament match will be on July 14th against EVIL. He’ll then take on Will Ospreay in Korakuen Hall on July 18th. Following that, he’ll take on SANADA on the 20th before having 7 days off before his next tournament match.