Night one of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 15 Event saw Kota Ibushi defeat Tetsuya Naito to become a double champion: the brand-new IWGP Heavyweight Champion as well as the IWGP Intercontinental Champion. Kota Ibushi would pick up the huge win with his signature KAMI-GOYE finisher. The moment was reportedly so shocking that Ibushi tried to pin Naito twice.
Immediately following the match, Tetsuya Naito would proudly hand over both titles to Ibushi, marking the first time that Ibushi has ever been IWGP Heavyweight Champion. AEW World Champion and a longtime tag partner of Ibushi’s Kenny Omega would later take to Twitter and write in Japanese, “It’s finally. Congrats.”
You can check out the tweets below:
Ibushi’s ascent:— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) January 4, 2021
Kota Ibushi new Double IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Champion as he faces the challenge of Jay White on Wrestle Kingdom night two:https://t.co/tgT5tTzD71#njpw #njwk15 pic.twitter.com/a0VwzQeGo6
Naito presenting the belts to Ibushi. I’m gonna cry. ? #njwk15 pic.twitter.com/3DjxejWYMM— ? Patches Chance ? (@patcheschance) January 4, 2021
ようやくですね。— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) January 4, 2021