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NJPW Announce Penalties For Kota Ibushi And Company Officials

Kota Ibushi

New Japan Pro Wrestling have revealed the penalties that Kota Ibushi and other company figures will be subject to after their recent actions.

In recent weeks, Kota Ibushi made a series of conversations between himself and an NJPW official public where it appeared the Golden Star had been offered his release from NJPW. Kota Ibushi later went public with the tragic news that his mother had attempted suicide as a result of his public fallout with the wrestling company.

The accusations were later followed by a NJPW press conference where it was announced that Ibushi and the official would face penalties. In a fresh press release, the company have now revealed exactly what those penalties are.

The statement notes that Kota Ibushi will have his pay cut by ten percent for the three months between July and September 2022 for breach of contract. You can find the full list of sanctions below.

“During a press conference on May 27 2022 regarding events concerning Kota Ibushi and a member of NJPW staff (henceforth “The Official”), it was announced that both Mr. Ibushi and The Official would be subject to penalties as a result of their actions. Upon consideration, these penalties have been determined, and in the interest of transparency, are outlined below.

KOTA IBUSHI: A ten percent (10%) reduction in pay for the three month period between July and September 2022 as a result of a breach of contract.

Representative Director TAKAMI OHBARI: A ten percent (10%) reduction in pay for the three month period between July and September 2022 as a result of executive responsibility.

THE OFFICIAL: A ten percent (10%) reduction in pay for the three month period between July and September 2022, as well as a transfer to a different position as a result of inappropriate comments toward a wrestler representing a breach of duty.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling would like to once again apologise for the concern and inconvenience caused by these events, and humbly ask for your continued support.”

It has also recently been confirmed that Ibushi is still not 100% following a shoulder injury, and there is no timetable set for his return.