Originally published at NJPW issues update on Kota Ibushi situation, reduced pay for three month period
NJPW has provided an update on the ongoing situation involving Kota Ibushi and one of its officials.
The promotion has announced that both parties will have a 10 percent deduction in their pay over the next three months covering July through September.
The official, Yuichi Kikuchi, will also be moved to a different position over what was described as “inappropriate comments toward a wrestler representing a breach of duty.”
The announcement comes after Bushiroad founder and president Takaaki Kidani and New Japan president Takami Ohbari held a press conference to address the issues with Ibushi and apologized to the public.
Below is NJPW’s full statement:
During a press conference on May 27 2022 regarding events concerning Kota Ibushi and a member of NJPW staff (henceforth “The Official”), it was announced that both Mr. Ibushi and The Official would be subject to penalties as a result of their actions. Upon consideration, these penalties have been determined, and in the interest of transparency, are outlined below.
KOTA IBUSHI: A ten percent (10%) reduction in pay for the three month period between July and September 2022 as a result of a breach of contract.
Representative Director TAKAMI OHBARI: A ten percent (10%) reduction in pay for the three month period between July and September 2022 as a result of executive responsibility.
THE OFFICIAL: A ten percent (10%) reduction in pay for the three month period between July and September 2022, as well as a transfer to a different position as a result of inappropriate comments toward a wrestler representing a breach of duty.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling would like to once again apologise for the concern and inconvenience caused by these events, and humbly ask for your continued support.