Kota Ibushi commits to New Japan.
According to The Super J-Cast, Kota Ibushi has signed a two-year deal with NJPW. No other details were given.
Ibushi has been notorious for his unwillingness to commit to promotions, instead keeping his options open by working as a freelancer. He's worked almost exclusively for NJPW since May 2017, but only under a freelance deal.
This past Monday at The New Beginning in Osaka, Ibushi stunned many fans when he made an unannounced appearance at the event. Ibushi stated that he would be staying in NJPW and entered himself into the upcoming New Japan Cup. Ibushi's status with NJPW was called into question recently with Kenny Omega -- Ibushi's best friend and partner in the Golden Lovers -- joining All Elite Wrestling over NJPW. Omega later confirmed that his AEW contract allows to return to NJPW anytime he wishes.
Ibushi ‘I always want to be here in NJPW. In 2019, 2020, 2021 and beyond.’ https://t.co/fYAWAUC4l7— chris charlton (@reasonjp) February 11, 2019
Ibushi has been out of action since suffering a concussion in his Wrestle Kingdom 13 bout against Will Ospreay on Jan. 4. He is scheduled to return for the New Japan Cup, which begins on Mar. 8.