The situation between Kota Ibushi and New Japan Pro Wrestling seems to be boiling after Iboshi unleashed several surprising tweets on Tuesday.
Things started when the former IWGP Heavyweight Champion tweeted early Tuesday morning (late afternoon in Japan), vowing to expose what he described as “cheaters” and “sexually harassing presidents”. The tweet, in Japanese, was translated by Twitter user Tweet embed.
“I will reveal everything about the ex-cheater’s gun (which is already back) and sexually harassing bosses, from the company president’s lies to his unreasonable harassment of power this time,” Eboshi wrote on Twitter. “Get ready for this! ToSpo (Tokyo Sports) and TV Asahi too. I’m not interested.”
Four hours later, Kota Ibushi posted another tweet, posting a screenshot of a written conversation that Eboshi had with the new higher Japan known only as Kikuchi. In the discussion, Kikuchi proposes to terminate New Japan’s contract with Eboshi, resulting in the following exchange.
“If I was told that by NJPW, I can’t complain,” Eboshi said. I will sort things out. It’s okay if you just kicked me out.”
“I don’t want to do that,” Kikuchi replied. “what happened to you?”
“There is absolutely no reason,” said Eboshi. “I have no excuse and I don’t know why but I can’t conform to the rules of the company. If it’s too weird, it can be fast, so you can wound me without any remorse.”
In response to a fan a short time later asking about the situation, Kota Ibushi responded by saying “what is black is black.” In Japan, referring to a company as black indicates that it is exploitative.
“As we discussed, it turns out that what is black is still black,” Eboshi wrote in a tweet. “I’m not a robot. Kikuchi stinks because he wanted me back before Wrestle Kingdom if I recovered. I put up with it though.”
Many will note that Kota Ibushi suffered a massive shoulder injury against Kazuchika Okada in last summer’s G1 Climax Final. As of today, Eboshi has not wrestled yet since G1 and was recently said to be at 80% in his recovery. After this exchange, Eboshi continued to reply to another fan.
“You know what happens behind the scenes if you’ve been in this field for at least 18 years,” Eboshi said. “I don’t think it’s a negative thing, I consider it a positive. I’m very calm. Thanks for your concern.”
Finally, Kota Ibushi will post another tweet, another line chat between himself and Kikuchi, in which the two argue about an unnamed appearance.
“Do you not think it is wrong to appear (without permission)?” Kikuchi asked. “Maybe we should talk in the office.”
“You came to me to terminate the contract, so I thought it was,” replied Eboshi. “I accept that. I don’t think it would change if we talked.”
“It seems you can’t have this conversation, so you’re causing problems and making it the fault of others to leave the company,” Kikuchi stated. “I mean, you have additional reasons or issues other than that, right?”
“nothing at all!” Eboshi replied.
“Because if you think you have done nothing wrong, and if suddenly LINE appears about your contract termination, don’t you ask ‘Did I do something wrong? “
Eboshi replied, “I didn’t.” “I didn’t think it was a problem, so sorry about that. I will talk to the senior officials.”
It should be noted that no date has been set for the talks between Ibuchi and Kikuchi, so it is not clear when exactly they took place. While many Japanese wrestlers, including Shuji Ishikawa of All Japan-Pro Wrestling, Yukio Sakaguchi of DDT, and Great O’Khan of New Japan have commented or hinted at Kota Ibushi’s tweets, it doesn’t appear that any Someone from New Japan commented on the situation at this time.
Another Twitter user, Tweet embedprovided further possible information regarding the situation in A Long Twitter thread on Tuesday afternoon, indicating that the problems between New Japan and Ibushi have been raging for a long time. A Twitter user notes that Kota Ibushi’s New Japan Cup was announced in March last February, and later removed after a conversation between Ibushi and New Japan.
In subsequent tweets, Eboshi hinted at his desire to say something regarding an unknown situation, before deciding not to.
The topic goes on to note that Ibushi appeared at the JTO (Just Tap Out) event on March 5; JTO is run by former WWE star and new Japanese talent TAKA Michinoku. Possible but not clear, this is the event that Kikuchi was referring to Iboshi’s appearance in their on-line conversation. It was also noted that there was some speculation at a time when New Japan was upset with Ibushi about the appearance, and Iboshi on Twitter on March 5th would note his disappointment with how a particular promotion was going to be implemented.
After noting interesting responses to tweets from both O’Khan and New Japan star Taichi over the next several weeks, there was an April 2 tweet from Ibushi, who spoke of feeling new excitement after attending a kickboxing event before explaining how wrestling needs to . This will lead to an interaction between Ibushi and TAKA, as Ibushi has been hinting at the cheating scandal involving TAKA for years.
The thread notes that Eboshi tweeted days later about excluding someone from his life, and that he taped his regular new Japan podcast on April 14, which went normal.
Kota Ibushi signed a three-year contract with New Japan in 2019, which indicates that his contract expires sometime this year. He is known as a longtime tag team partner and close friend of AEW star Kenny Omega. It is not clear if Ibushi will join AEW if he leaves New Japan, or how this will affect the current working relationship between AEW/NJPW.
The two Super Show promotions, Forbidden Door, take place on June 26 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
You can read Kota Ibushi’s tweets, as translated by golden_kuma below.
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