In a momentous announcement that's set the wrestling world abuzz, All Elite Wrestling (AEW) President Tony Khan confirmed on social media that Japanese wrestling sensation Kota Ibushi is now officially part of the AEW roster.
This significant development follows Ibushi's triumphant victory in the "Like a Dragon Gaiden Street Fight" on this week's episode of AEW Dynamite. Khan expressed his excitement on Twitter, stating, "The Golden Star won the @SEGA LIKE A DRAGON GAIDEN STREET FIGHT tonight on #AEWDynamite on TBS, and now it's official: @ibushi_kota is ALL ELITE!" This statement marks a new chapter for Ibushi, who had earlier indicated his association with AEW in October, albeit without an official confirmation from the promotion.
Ibushi's journey with AEW began in July when he made a memorable debut in the high-octane Blood & Guts match. Teaming up with wrestling stars like Kenny Omega, Hangman Page, and The Young Bucks, Ibushi faced off against Jon Moxley, Wheeler Yuta, Claudio Castagnoli, Konosuke Takeshita, and PAC in a showdown that left fans spellbound.
Since then, Ibushi has captivated audiences with his performances at events including All In, WrestleDream, and his recent appearance on Dynamite. Before joining AEW, Ibushi had a storied career with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), where he achieved remarkable feats, including winning the IWGP World Heavyweight, Heavyweight, Intercontinental, and other prestigious championships.
His prowess in the ring led to back-to-back victories in the G1 Climax tournament and consecutive appearances in the finals from 2018 to 2021.
Ibushi's AEW Impact
Ibushi's induction into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2022 is a testament to his incredible talent and influence in the wrestling world.
His return to the ring in 2023, following a year-long hiatus due to a shoulder injury, has been a source of inspiration and excitement for fans worldwide. With Kota Ibushi now officially part of AEW, the wrestling landscape is set for a seismic shift.
His blend of athleticism and charisma promises to bring a new level of excitement to AEW's already dynamic roster. Fans eagerly anticipate the unique matchups and electrifying performances that await as Ibushi embarks on this new chapter in his illustrious career.