New Japan Pro Wrestling has released an update on Kota Ibushi, stating that the performer suffered a concussion during his match with Will Ospreay at the Tokyo Dome.
During the match, Ibushi’s face was bloodied and finished the match following an elbow strike to the back of the head by Ospreay. After the match, Ibushi was taken out on a stretcher. It was not known if he required a stretcher because of the concussion or was selling the effects of the finishing sequence to get the elbow strike over as Ospreay’s finish.
New Japan is stating that it isn’t considered serious, but with a concussion, it’s hard to determine the severity or how long the recovery period will be.
Other notes from Wrestle Kingdom 13:
-The paid attendance announced on the broadcast was 38,162, which was an increase from last year’s paid figure of 34,995
-On Saturday’s New Year Dash at Korakuen Hall, the Guerrillas of Destiny and Taiji Ishimori will defend the NEVER six-man tag titles against gauntlet match winners Togi Makabe, Toru Yano, and Ryusuke Taguchi
-The major announcement at the beginning of the card is that New Japan will run the Tokyo Dome on January 4th and 5th, 2020. The full list of announcements of their major dates for 2019 is on the main page.
POST Wrestling Poll
What was your favorite match at Wrestle Kingdom 13?
Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi: 55%
Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito: 21%
Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay: 14%
Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White: 10%