Kota Ibushi arrived in AEW to join The Golden Elite for Blood & Guts but some weren’t impressed.
The Golden Star is a former IWGP World Heavyweight Champion and his arrival in AEW had been much anticipated since the company’s formation in 2019 given Ibushi’s long history with Kenny Omega.
Omega turned to his old friend and tag team partner to boost The Elite’s chances against The Blackpool Combat Club in the brutal Blood & Guts match. In the end, The Golden Elite picked up the win but not before PAC and Konosuke Takeshita turned their back and walked out on the BCC.
However, despite his reputation as one of the best, some commentators took issue with Kota Ibushi’s work during the match, noting that he looked a far cry from his best – perhaps not surprising since it was only Ibushi’s third bout in almost two years.
Taking to social media Kota Ibushi explained what happened during the Blood & Guts match that made things difficult for him:
“I’m home It’s my fault that I didn’t know thumbtacks and glass after all this time. I have thin wrestling shoes, so it penetrated and it was just painful from the middle, and I ended up moving like an old man. I’m sorry! Far from being unable to kick, both ankles were stiff Life with a cane for the first time in my life No, I’ll be cured tomorrow! That is Kota Ibushi!”
— 飯伏 幸太 (@ibushi_kota) July 26, 2023
What Next For Kota Ibushi?
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Kota Ibushi in AEW but with the company’s biggest show on the horizon with All In being held at Wembley Stadium in London, England, the star will no doubt hope to be in contention for a spot on that card.