Various: Jerry Lawler Stroke Update, Deonna Purrazzo Impact Contract Update, Kota Ibushi

Jerry Lawler Heath Status Update

Jerry “The King” Lawler has been hospitalized since this past Monday following a stroke incident at his home in Fort Myers, Florida.

Lawler’s official Twitter account issued a health update on Wednesday stating that while his speech is still limited, Lawler’s doctors currently expect him to make a full recovery from his stroke.

Deonna Purrazzo Impact Contract Status Update

As noted before, Deonna Purrazzo’s contract with Impact Wrestling was set to expire at the end of this past year.

Fightful Select reported that their sources stated that Impact officials recently exercised the option year in her contract and her current contract is now set to expire at the end of this year instead.

It was reported that Impact officials had made an alteration to Purrazzo’s contract in 2021 that added new terms for an option year to be possible. Those spoken to stated that Impact picking up Purrazzo’s option was an “obvious choice” from the company’s perspective.

Kota Ibushi’s Wrestling School Plans Update

As noted before, Kota Ibushi’s contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling expired this past month. Besides his current status as a free agent, Ibushi is currently working on plans to launch a new wrestling school.

A recent issue of the Weekly Pro-Wrestling magazine (via BBM Japan) featured an interview with Ibushi. One of the topics discussed included Ibushi providing an update on his current plans to launch his own wrestling school.

“To be honest, I have a limited life as a pro wrestler, and I am now 40 years old, which is also a milestone for me. I want to train pro-wrestlers. A professional wrestling school. It would be for a period of six months, and I would provide a dormitory and all meals. I’m thinking about 800,000 yen for six months of tuition, which would be about 130,000 or 140,000 yen per month. If I have a place to live, food to eat, and an environment where I can learn the wrestling I love, then in my opinion, it is not that expensive. I would also like to broadcast my training process on YouTube.”

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