New Japan Pro Wrestling has officially announced that Kota Ibushi is no longer with the company.
The former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion has not wrestled since the 2021 G1 Climax final, when he suffered an injury in the match against Kazuchika Okada
You can read the official announcement below:
“Kota Ibushi leaves New Japan Pro-Wrestling
With the conclusion of his contract period on January 31, 2023, Kota Ibushi has departed New Japan Pro-Wrestling. Ibushi had been recovering from injury since October 2021.
We apologize to Ibushi’s fans for the abrupt announcement and join them in wishing Ibushi the very best in all his future endeavors.”
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