As noted, NJPW announced earlier this week that Kota Ibushi would be out for two months due to a right anterior dislocation of the shoulder and joint lip damage.
Kota Ibushi recently spoke to Tokyo Sports about his shoulder injury.
Ibushi revealed in the interview that the cause of the injury was weight control. He suffered the injury during the G1 Climax 31 finals with Kazuchika Okada. Ibushi had attempted a Phoenix Splash, but Okada rolled out of the way. Ibushi had landed on his shoulder and was unable to stand.
“There was a reason for that: weight control,” revealed Ibushi. “I’ve been losing and gaining weight up to this point. I was able to practice [the Phoenix Splash], but there were too many fluctuations. A hundred grams difference would make all the difference (in the sensation). It’s such an advanced technique. That’s how advanced the technique is. Since the fight against KENTA (on the 18th), I’ve lost three kilograms on the same day. I intentionally increased my weight for the championship match, but I must have been fatigued… I’m sure my weight had an effect.”
The full interview with Tokyo Sports is available at this link here.
(H/T to POST Wrestling for the quotes)