Japan Notes – Major injury, full NJPW Power Struggle card, Sanada


– Rising New Japan star Kota Ibushi is out indefinitely with a “herniated cervical disc,” reports PuroresuSpirit.net.

The serious-sounding injury will put Ibushi out of action for the remainder of 2015 into early 2016, meaning he will miss the Tokyo Dome Show.

Ibushi’s New Japan contract is coming due, but NJPW president Naoki Sugabayashi announced that they will wait until Ibushi to recover to determine his future.

Ibushi also wrestles for the DDT promotion, where he missed the Openweight Title challenge in October and now has been stripped of DDT’s Tag Titles due to the injury.

New Japan announced Monday the full card for “Power Struggle” on Saturday, November 7 following the diagnosis on Kota Ibushi. This is reverse order…

  • IWGP IC Title match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Karl Anderson.
  • IWGP World Hvt. champion Kazuchika Okada & Sakuraba vs. G1 Climax winner Tanahashi & Shibata.
  • NEVER Openweight Title match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Honma.
  • A.J. Styles & Bad Luck Fale vs. Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI.
  • Super Jrs. Tag Finals: RPG Vice (Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta) vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet.
  • Super Jrs. Tag Match: Time Splitters & ReDragon vs. Bullet Club (Young Bucks & Kenny Omega & Chase Owens).
  • Goto vs. EVIL (Watanabe)
  • Togi Makabe & Captain New Japan & Juice Robinson vs. Bullet Club (Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga & Cody Hall) in a six-man tag match.
  • Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV & Ryusuke Taguchi & Mascara Dorada vs. Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka & David Finlay Jr. & Jay White in an eight-man tag match.

– Former TNA X Division champion Sanada is returning to Japan in December.

Sanada had been wrestling in the U.S., but will return to his home country for the “Tokyo Dreamer 2015” show at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo with the following stars and matches on the card:

  • War Games match
  • Sanada vs. FUJITA.
  • Minoru Suzuki & Kazunari Murakami vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Suguru Miytake
  • Mil Mascaras
  • CIMA
  • The Great Kabuki

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