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Unrest Between Kota Ibushi & New Japan

May 12th, 2022

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Kota Ibushi is sounding like someone who has wrestled his last match in New Japan.

Depending on how you translate it, Ibushi replied to a fan on Twitter by writing he’s either “now” fired” or expects he will be fired…for publicly airing his grievances with the New Japan office along with text messages he exchanged with Kikuchi, who Ibushi describes as a matchmaker. In one of those texts, Kikuchi threatened to end Ibushi’s contract.

Ibushi wrote he has only told 1/1000th of the story. And if he said too much he would be “executed in the dark”. He added, “I don't have any friends because they think I'm an idiot.”

He later replied to a fan’s tweet by saying that if he returns to wrestling, “it will be somewhere else.”

He’s been out of action since he was injured during the G1 Climax final last summer.


MJF will face Wardlow at Double or Nothing…on a few conditions. Wardlow must take 10 lashes from MJF on next week’s Dynamite. Wardlow must face Shawn Spears inside a steel cage with MJF as the special guest referee. Plus, if Wardlow loses at Double or Nothing, he can never sign an AEW contract.

HookHausen is a reality. Hook & Danhausen will team up on the Double or Nothing “Buy In” pre-show…against Tony Nese & Mark Sterling.

Danhausen’s AEW in-ring debut last night was…very brief. Tony Nese pinned him in a matter of seconds thanks to a distraction by Mark Sterling. Hook saved Danhausen from a post-match attack and then, shook Danhausen’s hand!

Three Owen Hart Foundation Tournament matches went down last night. Toni Storm beat Jamie Hayter. Jeff Hardy cradled Darby Allin for a pinfall win. And Adam Cole used the Sharpshooter to get a submission win over Dax Harwood.

Ricky Starks is still the FTW Champion. He beat Jungle Boy after some ringside involvement by Swerve Strickland backfired.

Also on the show, The Blackpool Combat Club joined forces with Eddie Kingston, Santana & Ortiz to beat up on the Jericho Appreciation Society.

This Friday’s Rampage will once again start early - at 5:30 PM Eastern.

Tony Khan says there will be another Grand Slam special from Arthur Ashe Stadium “in a few months”.


The NXT UK Championship is on the line today. Ilja Dragunov will defend against Jordan Devlin. The lost must leave NXT UK.

PWInsider reports NXT’s will hold its next live streaming special In Your House on Saturday, June 4th. Cameron Grimes defending the North American Title against Carmelo Hayes is already announced for the show.

(STINGER: Impact)

The challenger for Josh Alexander’s Impact World Championship at Slammiversary will be determined on tonight’s Impact in a Gauntlet For The Gold match.

Meanwhile, Alexander & New Japan’s Tomohiro Ishii will face Bullet Club’s Jay White & El Phantasmo.

Ace Austin will defend the X-Division Title in an Ultimate X Match at Slammiversary. Kenny King will face Chris Bey in a qualifying match on tonight’s Impact.

Also on tonight’s show, The Influence defends the Knockouts Tag Titles against Gisele Shaw & Alisha.

Tonight’s MLW Fusion has an Apocalypto Match between Jacob Fatu and Bestia 666.

Plus, Mil Muertes defends the MLW Caribbean Championship in a 4-way “Cyclone Match” against El Dragon, El Hijo de LA Park, and Octagon Jr.

That’s JUST Pro Wrestling News for Thursday, May 12th. Be sure to subscribe to this feed so you don’t miss our next update.

I’m Matt Carlins. Thank YOU for listening.

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