Kota Ibushi’s AEW Journey Begins

by | Oct 13, 2023 | AEW News | 0 comments

In a groundbreaking move for professional wrestling, Kota Ibushi, formerly recognized as the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, has formally committed to a contract with All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

This pivotal event has electrified the wrestling world, with enthusiasts keenly waiting to witness the peaks Ibushi will achieve under the AEW banner.

Notably, Kota Ibushi, celebrated for his contributions to New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), is no stranger to AEW. He showcased his prowess in the AEW arena several times before.

He first caught the spotlight in AEW during the fervent July 19th Blood & Guts event, aligning with the Elite. Subsequently, the Japanese wrestling maestro delivered commendable performances in two matches, notably in a six-man tag team face-off at All In London and an equally captivating six-man match at WrestleDream.

Delving Into Ibushi’s AEW Contract Details

Recent insights from an interview, translated from its original Japanese (courtesy Fightful), gave fans a peek into Ibushi’s negotiations with AEW. The talks commenced right after his appearance at the Blood & Guts event.

Ibushi was vocal about particular terms for his contract, and the AEW management, led by Tony Khan, were receptive to his requests.

Key takeaways from the contract discussions include:

  • Ibushi will have a lighter schedule with AEW, with his base remaining in Japan.
  • The agreement grants him the liberty to continue his engagements in Japan.
  • The deal is versatile, allowing him opportunities to participate in other wrestling outfits.
  • AEW has demonstrated flexibility in reducing Ibushi’s matches, facilitating his Japanese commitments.
  • The renowned wrestler deemed the agreement as “the most optimal deal.”

The Road Ahead for Ibushi in AEW Given this strategic move, a myriad of opportunities unfolds for Ibushi. He recently dropped hints about an unprecedented dream match against a competitor from AEW.

The wrestling community is on edge, brimming with anticipation, even though the specifics are yet to be revealed.

Quick Answers Who is Kota Ibushi? A former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, Kota Ibushi is majorly credited for his tenure with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).

What was the timeline for Ibushi’s AEW introduction? Ibushi’s inaugural performance for AEW was during the July 19 Blood & Guts event, representing the Elite.

Is AEW the exclusive platform for Ibushi? No, the provisions in Ibushi’s contract permit him the leeway to perform for other wrestling promotions and continue his endeavors in Japan.

Any teasers from Ibushi regarding his future AEW matches? Indeed, Ibushi recently alluded to a never-seen-before dream match with an adversary from AEW, but the details remain shrouded in mystery.

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