Kenny Omega Didn't Ask Kota Ibushi To Join AEW; Wanted Ibushi To Shine In NJPW

Kenny Omega gets emotional when talking about Kota Ibushi.

The day after AEW Double or Nothing, Kenny Omega made an appearance at Starrcast II, fielding a variety of questions. One subject that came up during Omega's session was his relationship with Kota Ibushi and why his Golden Lovers partner isn't in All Elite Wrestling. Omega quickly became choked up when discussing his decision not to ask Ibushi to join him in AEW.

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"I knew I couldn't ask [Kota] Ibushi to sign [with AEW]," Omega said before pausing to compose himself. "I knew it was his time [in NJPW]. I knew that if I asked for him to come [to AEW], that he would. And if I begged for him to come that he would. But I knew that his dream, before anything we ever did, was to win the IWGP Heavyweight Belt."

While Omega joined Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks as one of four Executive Vice Presidents in AEW, Ibushi signed a two-year deal with NJPW. In an interview with NJPW following his official signing, Ibushi stated that he always felt overshadowed by Omega in NJPW. You can view Ibushi's full comments by clicking here.

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