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There is more fall-out from a “tumultuous start to 2016” in Japanese wrestling.
Kota Ibushi, one of the rising stars of the New Japan roster, has decided to end his NJPW and DDT contracts to become a freelance wrestler.
Ibushi also plans to start a wrestling training school in Japan called the “Ibushi Pro Wrestling Kenkyujo (Research Institute).”
– Ibushi is healthy after being cleared to wrestle again. So, it’s not a matter of Ibushi being unable to wrestle again. Ibushi suffered a herniated disc injury in October, and has been “given the go-ahead” by doctors to return to the ring.
– Ibushi, who wrestles a very physical high-flying style, decided he could not physically handle the burden of wrestling two schedules for New Japan and DDT. So, he is going freelance, but might wrestle for the promotions on occasion on a lighter schedule.
– Ibushi will be at next big DDT show on March 21 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Ibushi will then begin his new journey in March.
– The “tumultuous” Japanese wrestling scene to start the year – with Shinsuke Nakamura, A.J. Styles, and others leaving New Japan because of WWE’s entry into the market – has caused Ibushi to question his future. So, he decided to go on his own.