When Kenny Omega joined AEW during their ticket announcement party last week, many wondered whether his Golden Lovers tag partner Kota Ibushi would soon be joining him.
Kenny went as far as saying the following on Friday’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio:
“I wish he was here all the time, he would be the perfect roommate, if he liked America. I’m probably going to relocate to America, as well. He actually has a wrestling school now, yeah, he’s got a wrestling school in Japan. We’re going to be supportive of that, he has a couple commitments of that as of now. But again, [the] door is wide open.”
However, it seems that Kenny’s desires and Kota’s plans do not match up, as the NJPW star made a surprise appearance at The New Beginning event to announce that his future lay within NJPW for the time being.
Ibushi was last seen in the ring at Wrestle Kingdom 13, when he suffered a concussion in a losing effort to Will Ospreay. It is thought that he will stay with NJPW until at least 2020, with 2021 a distinct possibility.
Along with that message, Kota Ibushi stated that he will be competing in the New Japan Cup, which starts March 8, the winner of which gets a championship match at the G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden on April 6, the night before WrestleMania.
Upon hearing the news, Kenny Omega tweeted:
— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) February 11, 2019
Translation: “See you again one day. Good luck.”