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Ibushi off NJPW Summer Struggle show due to vaccine side effects


Kota Ibushi is out of Saturday morning’s Summer Struggle in Sapporo card.

NJPW announced this evening that Ibushi is currently affected by side effects from a COVID-19 vaccination and as a result, will not be able to participate in tonight’s card. Ibushi was scheduled to team with Master Wato in the opener against Yota Tsuji and Yuya Uemra. Instead, Wato will face Uemura in a singles match.

The company said that Ibushi would continue to be monitored and decisions will be made regarding participation in upcoming matches. He is still scheduled for the second night of Summer Struggle in Sapporo on Sunday, where he will team with Master Wato to face Shingo Takagi and BUSHI of Los Ingobernables de Japon. He is also scheduled for Wrestle Grand Slam at the Tokyo Dome on July 25, where he will face Shingo Takagi for the IWGP World Heavyweight title.

Tonight’s show will have a IWGP Junior title match in the main event, with El Desperado defending the title against Taiji Ishimori. The following night will have a IWGP Tag Team title match, with Tetsuya Naito and SANADA challenging Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi.