In the constantly evolving landscape of professional wrestling, Kota Ibushi, the renowned Japanese wrestling star, focuses on a promising future with All Elite Wrestling (AEW). Ibushi, an athlete par excellence, had to endure a challenging period when he suffered an injury during a match with 'The Rainmaker' Kazuchika Okada.
As a result, he had to take a break from wrestling, during which his contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) ended. However, this setback did not deter Ibushi. He made a grand return during WrestleMania weekend, showcasing his undying passion for the sport.
He went head-to-head with 'Speedball' Mike Bailey in the GCW Bloodsport and later challenged Joey Janela at an event organized by Janela himself.
Ibushi Declines NJPW, Eyes AEW
Since then, reports have emerged that Ibushi has been offered a chance to return to NJPW.
The reputable source, Dark Puroresu Flowsion, has disclosed that despite the offer, Ibushi has his eyes set on AEW. The source said, "As I reported yesterday, NJPW has made an offer to Kota Ibushi. However, he informed me that AEW remains his top priority." An intriguing twist to this narrative involves Kenny Omega, former AEW World Champion and Ibushi's partner from the tag team, the Golden Lovers.
Reuniting with Omega, who recently suffered a heartrending loss to Jon Moxley in a steel cage match on Dynamite, is also a leading priority for Ibushi. The match, remembered for the shocking betrayal by Omega's long-time associate Don Callis, left Omega in a state of mistrust towards his friends and family.
In this turbulent period for Omega, the potential arrival of Ibushi to AEW could provide the emotional and professional support he requires. If it comes to pass, this development might turn AEW into a haven for the Golden Lovers. It remains to be seen if the duo will reignite their partnership and create magic again in the wrestling ring.