Here is the latest on NJPW star Kota Ibushi’s injury status, and how close he is to a return to the ring.
The former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion suffered an anterior dislocation to his right shoulder when performing a Phoenix Splash in last year’s G1 Climax tournament finals in October 2021.
Per Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Ibushi is still weak on the side of his injured shoulder, but is around 70-80% recovered.
The star will return to action when his strength and his balance return. Ibushi’s right side reportedly still tires quickly.
The report also stated that Ibushi was pulled from the New Japan Cup line-up as he was not cleared to compete.
Ibushi was originally expected to be out of action for two months. It is believed that NJPW hope for him to return for this summer’s G1 Climax tour, however this was not confirmed in the report.
The G1 Climax 32 tournament will commence on July 16, with the finals slated for August 18.
You can view the full schedule for the tour right here.
Via Wrestling Inc.
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