Kota Ibushi Becomes NJPW Double Champion At Wrestle Kingdom 15

Ibushi felled Tetsuya Naito on night one of WK15, becoming IWGP Heavyweight and IC Champion.

Kota Ibushi

Kota Ibushi is your new IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental Champion, having wrested New Japan Pro Wrestling's top two belts from Tetsuya Naito's clutches on day one of Wrestle Kingdom 15.

It was a main event typical of these two. Wrestling on the edge of control, with big neck and head bumps escalating in danger throughout, they pushed each other to their respective physical limits, each man waiting to see who'd break first. In the end, it was Naito.

The Los Ingobernables de Japon leader's reign ended when he attempted the match's third Destino on Ibushi. The 'Golden Star' countered this, nailing Naito with a standing knee, then blasting him with an exposed Kamigoye to score the 1-2-3. Naito had kicked out of the move twice prior to Ibushi lowering his kneepad for the killshot.


So out of it was Ibushi that he didn't even realise he had won as the music played and the referee tried to help him to his feet, the new champion selling the match's impact after the bell.

Thus commences the first IWGP Heavyweight Title reign of Ibushi's career. He meets Bullet Club's Jay White with both belts on the line in tomorrow's WK15 climax.

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