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Kota Ibushi is a Japanese expert wrestler who was born on the 21st of May 1982. He is presently marked to the WWE where he performs on the NXT brand and is a previous NXT Champion.
He began his profession with the Dramatic Dream Team (DDT) advancement in 2004 and throughout an eleven year period, he turned into a three-time KO-D Open weight Champion, five-time KO-D Label Team Champion and a two-time KO-D 6-Man Label Team Champion.
In 2009, Kota Ibushi began working for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), he is a previous three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and a one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Label Team Champion. He surrendered from both DDT and NJPW in February 2016 and has since been performing in a few distinct associations including WWE as a specialist.
Kota Ibushi Wiki
It was reported on the 26th of January 2008 that Ibushi would vie for Ring of Honour in the United States. On the 11th of April 2008 in Boston, he made his introduction in a match against Davey Richards; a match in which he was cheered as a victor in spite of losing.
Amid his short voyage through ROH, he wrestled against Claudio Castagnoli and cooperated with Austin Aries against The Briscoe Brothers just to come up on the losing end. His last appearance of his U.S. voyage through ROH finished with a singles triumph over El Generico.
Kota Ibushi went after ROH amid the advancement’s second voyage through Japan, collaborating with Kenta against Naomichi Marufuji and Katsuhiko Nakajima in a label group coordinate. It was reported on the 6th of April 2008 that Ibushi would vie for Master Wrestling Guerrilla in Burbank, CA.
In May and June 2009, Ibushi took an interest in the Best of the Super Juniors Competition held by NJPW. Kota Ibushi battled any semblance of Koji Kanemoto, Taichi Ishikari, and Jushin Thunder Liger; before losing in the semi-finals to Ruler Devitt.
On the 27th of March 2009, Kota Ibushi made his presentation for Philadelphia based Chikara at the advancements yearly Lord of Trios competition; where he framed a group with Kudo and Michael Nakazawa. After his group was wiped out in the first round by Equinox, Lince Dorado and Helios, he went ahead to wrestle in the Rey de Voladores competition throughout the following two days.
On the 29th of March Ibushi crushed Player “Dos” to win the competition and turn into the 2009 Rey de Voladores.
On the 1st of June 2010, Ibushi came out as second Best of the Super Youngsters competition. In the wake of winning his shut with six triumphs out of seven matches, Kota Ibushi crushed Ryusuke Taguchi to progress to the elimination rounds of the competition, where he was by and by vanquished by Sovereign Devitt.
On the 11th of October 2010, Ibushi came back to New Japan at Devastation ’10 and collaborated with his standard DDT accomplice Kenny Omega to vanquish Apollo 55 (Ruler Devitt and Ryusuke Taguchi) for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Label Group Title.
On the 23rd of January at Fantastica Madness 2011, Another Japan and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre co– advanced occasion in Tokyo, Ibushi and Omega lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Label Group Title back to Devitt and Taguchi.
On the 26th of May, Ibushi entered New Japan’s 2011 Best of the Super Youngsters competition. Subsequent to losing his initial two round-robin organize matches, Kota Ibushi returned with a six-match win streak to complete first in his piece and progressed to the elimination rounds of the competition.
On the 10th of June Kota Ibushi first crushed Davey Richards in the semi-finals and after that; Ryusuke Taguchi in the finals to win the 2011 Best of the Super Youngsters competition. His victory gave him a shot at Sovereign Devitt’s IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title.
On the 18th of June at Territory 6.18, Ibushi vanquished Sovereign Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title out of the blue. Kota Ibushi made his first protection of the title on the 24th of July, crushing Devitt in a rematch at a DDT occasion. His second title match was on the 1st of August; overcoming Devitt’s label group accomplice Ryusuke Taguchi. Ibushi at that point endeavored to rehash Devitt’s accomplishment of holding both of New Japan’s Lesser Heavyweight Titles at the same time.
Following his achievement, on the 14th of August, the Golden Star Lovers flopped in their endeavor to recapture the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Label Group Title from Apollo 55. On the 12th of September, Kota Ibushi was stripped of both the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title and the KO-D Label Group Title after he was sidelined with a disjoined left shoulder.
Ibushi crushed Low Ki on the 29th of July to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title for the second time. Ibushi made his first effective title barrier on September 7, crushing Kushida.
Kota followed up by likewise effectively safeguarding the title against Ryusuke Taguchi on September 23 at Annihilation. On the 8th of October at Ruler of Ace Wrestling, Ibushi lost the title back to Low Ki.
On January 4, 2013, at Wrestle Kingdom 7 in Tokyo Vault, Ibushi unsuccessfully tested Sovereign Devitt for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title in a three-manner coordinate, which likewise included Low Ki.
On the 5th of July Ibushi was declared as an unexpected member in the 2013 G1 Peak. He expanded his weight from 84 kg (185 lb) to 88 kg (194 lb) to set himself up for the heavyweight-level competition. Kota Ibushi completed the competition with four wins and five misfortunes, neglecting to progress from his piece.
On October 7, 2013, Kota Ibushi, alongside Naoki Sugabayashi and Sanshiro Takagi; agents of both DDT and New Japan, held a public interview to declare that he had marked a double contract with the two advancements (three years with DDT and one year with New Japan).
Ibushi wrestled his initially coordinate under Another Japan contract on the 14th of October 2014 at Ruler of Ace Wrestling, where he, Togi Makabe, and Tomoaki Honma were vanquished in a six-man label group coordinate by Projectile Club (Sovereign Devitt, Misfortune Fale, and Karl Anderson).
Coming back to the lesser heavyweight division, Ibushi at that point started pursuing Devitt for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. On January 4, 2014, at Wrestle Kingdom 8 in Tokyo Vault, Ibushi vanquished Devitt to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title for the third time. Kota Ibushi made his first fruitful title protection against El Bandit on February 11 at The Fresh start in Osaka.
On Walk 6, Ibushi graced new Japan’s 42nd commemoration occasion, losing to Kazuchika Okada in the yearly non-title coordinate between the IWGP Junior Heavyweight and IWGP Heavyweight champions.
On the 3rd of April Ibushi made his second effective barrier of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title against Scratch Jackson. After three days at Intrusion Assault 2014, Kota Ibushi and El Bandit unsuccessfully tested Scratch and his sibling Matt, The Youthful Bucks, for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Label Group Title.
Ibushi’s third protection of the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title occurred on May 3 at Wrestling Dontaku 2014; where he crushed Ryusuke Taguchi. On May 25 at Back to the Yokohama Field, Ibushi unsuccessfully tested Tomohiro Ishii for the NEVER Open-weight Title.
At Territory 6.21 (On the 21st of June), Ibushi effectively protected the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title against the champ of the 2014 Best of the Super Youngsters, Ricochet. On July 4, Kota Ibushi lost the title to Kushida in his fifth protection. Amid the match, Ibushi endured a blackout, which constrained him to haul out of the 2014 G1 Peak.
On October 3, it was declared that Ibushi, now charged as a lasting heavyweight wrestler, had marked a one-year augmentation to his NJPW contract. Ibushi would make his arrival after the G1 and at Power Battle on November 8, assaulted Shinsuke Nakamura after his match, issuing a test for the IWGP Intercontinental Title.
Ibushi got his shot at the title on January 4, 2015, at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Vault, yet was vanquished by Nakamura. On Walk 5, Ibushi entered the 2015 New Japan Glass, overcoming IWGP Label Group Champion Doc Hangman’s tree in his initial round match.
Subsequent to overcoming Toru Yano in the second round on Walk 8, Ibushi’s first vanquished Tetsuya Naito in the elimination rounds and afterward Hirooki Goto in the finals on Walk 15 to win the competition and procure the privilege to challenge for the singles heavyweight title of his picking.
Following the last match, Kota Ibushi declared he had chosen to challenge A.J. Styles for the IWGP Heavyweight Title. The match occurred on April 5 at Intrusion Assault 2015 and saw Styles hold his title. From July 20 to August 14, Ibushi participated in the 2015 G1 Peak. He neglected to progress from his piece with a record of four wins and five misfortunes, scoring huge wins over previous IWGP Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles and ruling NEVER Open-weight Champion Togi Makabe.
Subsequently, Ibushi got a shot at the NEVER Open-weight Title on September 23 at Pulverization in Okayama, yet was vanquished by Makabe. On November 2, NJPW declared that Ibushi was sidelined inconclusively because of cervical circle herniation.
In February 2016, Ibushi reported his abdication from NJPW. On February 21, 2016, Ibushi reported that while he had been cleared to come back to the ring from his herniated cervical plate, he had chosen to leave from both DDT and NJPW and proceed with his vocation as a consultant because of feeling he couldn’t deal with the weight of working two timetables.
As a specialist, he is charged as a delegate of Ibushi Puroresu Kenkyujo (“Ibushi Ace Wrestling Exploration Organization”). He wrestled his arrival match and his initially coordinate as a consultant at DDT’s nineteenth commemoration occasion on Walk 21; where he and Gota Ihashi vanquished Jun Kasai and Sanshiro Takagi, and Kenso and Michael Nakazawa in a three-manner label group coordinate.
In April, Ibushi came back to the Assembled States to participate in occasions held by Advance and Kaiju Huge Battel, while additionally showing up in the gathering of people at WWE’s NXT Take-Over: Dallas occasion.
On May 29, Ibushi made his presentation for Inoki Genome Organization (IGF), vanquishing Tanomusaku Toba. On August 11, Ibushi made his presentation for Wrestle-1, crushing Jiro.
Kota Ibushi Career
On July 1, 2004, Ibushi influenced his expert wrestling to make a big appearance for Sensational Dream Group (DDT), losing to Kudo. On June 25, 2006, he lost to Danshoku Dino in a match for the GAY World Butt-centric Title and spent the vast majority of 2006 contending in various label group matches.
In 2007 Ibushi’s fortunes fared better and he started to win more matches, incorporating crushing BxB Mass in a joint advancement occasion amongst DDT and Monster Entryway. Likewise in 2007 Ibushi vanquished Madoka to win at the empty Autonomous World Junior Heavyweight Title.
Ibushi would begin collaborating with Kenny Omega as the “Brilliant Sweethearts” and on January 24, 2009; they vanquished Harashima and Toru Owashi to win the KO-D Label Group Title and lost them in May to Dick Togo and Taka Michinoku. In the late spring of 2009, Ibushi won Ruler of DDT 2009 and went ahead to win KO-D Openweight Title from Harashima.
Amid his chance as the champion, he additionally won the Ironman Overwhelming Metal Weight Title and would lose the Openweight Title to Shuji Ishikawa. Ibushi’s fortunes in 2011 were better; he collaborated with Dashiki Dino to win the KO-D Label Group Title, however in the wake of disengaging his shoulder he cleared the title.
Fight With Shinsuke Nakamura
Kota Ibushi is the more youthful of the two contenders and the challenger for Nakamura’s title, the IWGP Intercontinental title. Ibushi has worked everywhere throughout the world sharpening his specialty as a high flying wrestler. He’s prepared in lucha libre, karate and boxing, all of which tie into his in-ring style. His character is a red-hot youthful upstart, hoping to upstage the veteran Nakamura and make ready for more youthful, hungrier wrestlers hoping to assume control over the best spots of the advancement.
Since his past match with Nakamura, Ibushi has moved on from NJPW’s Jr. Heavyweight division to their Heavyweight area because of a blackout and broadened time off.
On day 4 of the NJPW G1 Peak 23, Ibushi and Nakamura went head to head in extraordinary compared to other matches of the year (Ibushi lost). However, this match extremely settled Ibushi as a major ordeal.
This year, Ibushi changed from the Jr. Heavyweight division to the Heavyweight division. His match at the G1 with Nakamura is the thing that made that change valid. Ibushi isn’t a major person, and he’s known for being an incredible high flyer, but on the other hand, he’s an amazing specialized laborer, and his match with Nakamura demonstrated that he stands his ground in the heavyweight division.
To truly turn into the best person, Ibushi needs a major win at a major occasion, and a best title wouldn’t hurt either. A prevail upon Nakamura at New Japan’s greatest show of the year for the IWGP Intercontinental Title, is only the win Ibushi needs.
There’s no sign of a relationship or anyone in his life at the moment that he is romantically involved with. He is possibly single.