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Kota Ibushi Provides Update On NJPW Falling Out

Kota Ibushi provides an update

TW: Suicide and self-harm 

Relations between New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Kota Ibushi have deteriorated in recent weeks with the former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion mentioning everything from alleged Yakuza involvement in the promotion to NJPW trying to rush him back to return from the shoulder injury he suffered in the G1 Climax 31 final. 

As of the time of writing, Ibushi remains under contract with New Japan, although he is reportedly just waiting to be released by the promotion.

The situation appeared to have gone quiet but Ibushi posted another series of tweets on Monday, May 23, in which he revealed that his mother had attempted suicide on May 9, the day after Mother's Day in Japan and the day before he initially started tweeting about his issues with NJPW. 

Ibushi blamed Kikuchi, an assistant booker in NJPW he has had issues with and NJPW President Takami Ohbari for his mother's attempted suicide, referencing a conversation he had with her in which she told her son that it was okay to leave New Japan. The next day, Ibushi's mother attempted suicide and the 40-year-old noted he will only be able to talk to her through somebody else in the near future. 

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