Kota Ibushi finally managed to capture the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 15. Given that this was the culmination of a journey lasting over a decade, it was quite emotional both on and off-camera.
Ibushi recently spoke with njpw1972.com about his title win. In the interview, he revealed the touching tribute to his father he performed after Wrestle Kingdom was over. Here is the quote:
Interviewer: “To go behind the scenes a little here, how the physical championship belts are treated depends on the champions. Some have the company look after the belts, and some take care of the belts themselves. What did you choose to do?”
Ibushi: “I took them with me, yeah.”
Interviewer: “I thought you would. ”
Ibushi: “Since my dad passed, I have this pedestal at home, 150cm high, with a picture of my dad on it. I laid the belts either side of him when I got back.”
Interviewer: “That must have been a big deal, emotionally.”
Ibushi: “Yeah. He supported me more than anyone, so.”
Kota Ibushi also revealed that he was overcome with emotion after the events of Wrestle Kingdom 15. You can read more about that here.