Kota Ibushi Diagnosed With Aspiration Pneumonia, Pulled From Upcoming Events
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Kota Ibushi is missing at least three upcoming appearances for New Japan Pro-Wrestling due to illness.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced that Kota Ibushi has been pulled from upcoming appearances between July 22-24 due to aspiration pneumonia, and his status for the upcoming Wrestle Grand Slam event is undecided. New Japan’s announcement is below:
Kota Ibushi has been out of competition since the beginning of the Summer Struggle series due to illness. After careful investigation and thorough assessment, he has been diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia.
Ibushi’s illness was originally reported as a result of side effects arising from his COVID-19 vaccination. Aspiration pneumonia has no connection to COVID vaccinations, and Ibushi’s illness is not a result of his inoculation. We apologise for any misunderstanding. Ibushi has also tested negative for COVID-19.
In order to give Ibushi more time to make a full in ring recovery, he will be absent from cards on July 22 and 23 in Osaka, as well as July 24 in Nagoya. A final decision on his participation at Wrestle Grand Slam on July 25 will be made after assessing Ibushi’s recovery.
As a result changes will be made to the cards in Osaka and Nagoya as outlined below. We apologise to fans who were looking forward to seeing Ibushi wrestle.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling deeply apologises for the concern and inconvenience caused by this news. We appreciate your understanding, and hope you join us in wishing Ibushi the very best in his recovery.
July 22, Osaka 4th Match, July 23 Osaka 4th Match, July 25 Nagoya 4th Match
Ibushi has been replaced in the advertised matches, which has been updated to include Tomoaki Honma in his place. The new match will now be: Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma vs Shingo Takagi & BUSHI