As previously reported, Kota Ibushi defeated “Switchblade” Jay White in the finals of a grueling five-week tournament to win the 2019 G1 Climax.
It has become tradition for New Japan Pro-Wrestling to hold a press conference shortly after the G1 Finals to officially award the winner a contract that allows him to fight in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. This year, however, it would appear that the “Golden Star” may have alternative plans.
Ibushi did address members of the press earlier this week in Tokyo and officially signed his G1 contract on the dotted line, which means he will in fact challenge the reigning IWGP champion – presumably “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada – on April 4, 2020 in the headlining act of Wrestle Kingdom 14. But that wasn’t all…
The new G1 Champion revealed an interesting idea after signing on to fight for the world title, claiming that he still as an attachment to the IWGP Intercontinental belt as well, which he held earlier this year and traded with Tetsuya Naito in a series of incredible matches.
Next year, for the first time in history, New Japan will hold Wrestle Kingdom of two full nights at the Tokyo Dome. Ibushi essentially wants to fight for the heavyweight title in the main event on April 4, and then challenge for the Intercontinental title on April 5, no matter who holds either title.