NJPW's Kota Ibushi Out For Two Months With Shoulder Injury

Ibushi landed nastily during the G1 Climax 31 Finals

New Japan Pro Wrestling have confirmed that Kota Ibushi is expected to miss two months of action as a result of injuries sustained in the G1 Final.

In a statement released on their website, NJPW announced that Ibushi suffered a right anterior dislocation of the shoulder and joint lip damage, before saying that the inaugural IWGP World Heavyweight Champion would miss two months.

Ibushi sustained his injuries during the G1 Climax 31 Finals on October 21. The 39-year-old was wrestling Kazuchika Okada in the main event of the tournament finale when he missed a Phoenix Splash, landing hard and immediately clutching at his arm.

Ringside officials and medical staff attended to Ibushi, with it appearing like they were trying to push his shoulder back into his socket, before taking him backstage for a more thorough evaluation. The match was stopped and the win awarded to Okada.

The two-month recovery timetable would mean that Ibushi could be available for NJPW Wrestle Kingdom, set to take place over three nights in early January 2022.

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