Top Star Suffers Concussion During Wrestle Kingdom 13 Title Defense

In a short statement issued earlier today, New Japan Pro-Wrestling announced that Kota Ibushi suffered a concussion during his match with Will Ospreay at Wrestle Kingdom 13.

Ibushi took several stiff shots during the match, including a blow to the front of his face that caused him to bleed heavily halfway through the match, and a nasty lariat to the back of the head at the very end. Ospreay ultimately won the match to become the brand new NEVER Openweight Champion in an absolutely incredible match that has received almost universal praise from fans and critics alike.

While New Japan’s brief statement didn’t offer a lot of information about Ibushi’s status, which isn’t a surprise as the promotion almost never talks about injuries if they can help it, they did claim it was “fortunately not important” despite him being carried out of the ring by Young Lions on a stretcher after the match.

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