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NJPW confirms Kota Ibushi suffered dislocated shoulder in G1 finals

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NJPW has confirmed that Kota Ibushi suffered a dislocated right shoulder during his G1 Climax 31 finals match against Kazuchika Okada.

NJPW chairman Naoki Sugabayashi announced the injury update during a post-G1 finals press conference. Sugabayashi said that further updates regarding Ibushi’s condition and his timetable to return to the ring will be made after he's received a "more thorough appraisal."

Sugabayashi also announced that, due to the vaccination status of NJPW's wrestlers and staff and the reduction of COVID-19 cases in Japan, NJPW will be increasing the number of matches on each card starting with the promotion's next tour. The Road to Power Struggle tour kicks off at Korakuen Hall this Sunday.

"I have two updates for you today. Firstly, in the G1 final last night in the Nippon Budokan, Kota Ibushi incurred a dislocated right shoulder during the match, and was treated by the ring doctor and training personnel. Further updates to Ibushi’s condition and a timetable for return will be announced after Ibushi has received more thorough appraisal," Sugabayashi said.

Secondly, over the last year or so, under NJPW’s COVID protocols, there has been a reduction in the number of matches on each New Japan Pro-Wrestling event. As a result of the current infection levels in Japan, as well as the vaccination of staff and wrestlers, from the forthcoming tour we will be increasing the number of matches on each card, while maintaining our other COVID rules and protocols. From now on, fans can expect to see more of their favorite wrestlers competing on each live event. Once again, we appreciate your understanding and support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Your patience through this period has been very important, and in several ways moving forward, we will be looking to bring back the New Japan Pro-Wrestling of pre-COVID times."

Okada defeated Ibushi by referee stoppage in the G1 finals on Thursday. The match was stopped after Ibushi missed a Phoenix Splash.