New Japan Pro Wrestling star Kota Ibushi recently spoke to NJPW’s English language site NJPW1972.com. The Golden Star discussed a number of topics during the interview, just days ahead of his massive Wrestle Kingdom 15 matches against Tetsuya Naito and potentially Jay White.
Kota Ibushi will be facing Tetsuya Naito on Night 1 of Wrestle Kingdom 15. This match will be for the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Championships. Ibushi had previously earned the right to this match by winning the 2020 G1 Climax; however he subsequently lost to Jay White at Power Struggle 2020, meaning that officially he had lost the right to challenge for the belts at Wrestle Kingdom.
Kota Ibushi on Wrestle Kingdom 15
Current IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito still challenged Ibushi to a match at WK. Naito stated that he wanted to wrestle on both nights of the show, meaning that Jay White can challenge the winner of the first match subsequently on Night 2.
When discussing the possibility of fighting on both nights, Ibushi would say that he can’t afford to lose again to Jay White.
“I think there’s so much I can do with both titles” Kota Ibushi stated during the interview. “I’ve said it a lot before, I think the Intercontinental title is for the strongest, and the Heavyweight is for the best. To hold both of those titles, and beat Tetsuya Naito to do it? That makes me hotter than ever. Beating Jay White on top of that? That wipes out that 2020 record, wipes out those three losses [to Jay White]. I think I really could become God at that point.”
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