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Kota Ibushi taken to hospital after main eventing Pro Wrestling NOAH show

Since returning to the ring during WrestleMania week last year, Kota Ibushi hasn’t looked like the same wrestler most considered to be one of the best in the business for much of the previous decade.

It was understandable considering the Japanese star was coming back from a shoulder injury that almost ended his career — not to mention an ugly public feud with New Japan, and wear & tear from years of working breathtaking but grueling matches.

Still, it didn’t make his main event match against Naomichi Marufuji at Pro Wrestling NOAH’s The New Year 2024 show today (Jan. 2) in Tokyo’s Ariake Arena any easier to watch.

Ibushi won a customary long match, falling onto Marufuji after hitting one of his finishers.

It was apparent throughout that The Golden Star was working through injuries to his legs, and after the bell he fell to the mat, but was reportedly able to walk out on his own.

Backstage Ibushi said he hurt both ankles early in the match and was in severe pain, per Hochi News. The paper adds that he did not speak with media following the show, and was then taken by ambulance to a hospital.

A translation of NOAH director Arihiro Takeda’s comment on Ibsuhi reads, “We won’t know the details until after receiving a diagnosis at the hospital.”

Ibushi signed with AEW last year, but was expected to remain in Japan and only work occasional dates for Tony Khan’s company. At this point, however, we’ll just wish him a complete recovery from the injuries he’s currently dealing with and worry about the future of his wrestling career after that.

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