Kota Ibushi Signs Contract with NJPW

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Kota Ibushi joined Chairman Naoki Sugabayashi for a special press conference on April 22nd. It was announced that just prior to Sengoku Lord in Nagoya Saturday, Ibushi signed a contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling, ending a long spell as a freelancer.

Ibushi’s Statement:

”I would like to formally announce that I have signed with New Japan Pro Wrestling and will now represent NJPW as Intercontinental Champion. I appreciate your support going forward”

When asked about the length of his contact, Ibushi had this to say: “Contract… To me, this is the last place I’ll be. Until the day I die. Until the end. That’s my contract period.”


It was widely assumed that Kota Ibushi would join up with Kenny Omega in All Elite Wrestling at some point. Kota had previously explained feeling overshadowed by Kenny Omega. 


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