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Kota Ibushi to miss another NJPW event due to vaccine side effects


Kota Ibushi will miss his second consecutive NJPW event due to COVID-19 vaccine side effects. 

NJPW has announced that Ibushi has been pulled from Sunday's night two of Summer Struggle in Sapporo event. Ibushi was also pulled from night one on Saturday for the same reason. 

Ibushi had been scheduled to semi-main event Sunday's show, teaming with Master Wato against IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Shingo Takagi and BUSHI. That bout has been changed to Shingo vs. Master Wato in a singles match. 

NJPW said in a statement that Ibushi's health and status will continue to be monitored and that decisions will be made as to his future bookings. There are seven more Summer Struggle events scheduled between Tuesday and the time Ibushi is currently slated to challenge Shingo for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday, July 25 at Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome.

The Summer Struggle tour continues after the Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome event with sixteen shows to be held between July 27 and August 27.