Kota Ibushi will be facing IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Tetsuya Naito on the first night of Wrestle Kingdom 15. If Ibushi wins, he will be the one who will be defending the titles against Jay White on the second night of Wrestle Kingdom 15.
During an interview with njpw1972.com, Ibushi said that if he wins both of his matches at Wrestle Kingdom 15, his three losses to Jay White in 2020 will be wiped out and he will “become God at that point.”
“I think there’s so much I can do with both titles,” said Ibushi. “I’ve said it a lot before, I think the Intercontinental title is for the strongest, and the Heavyweight is for the best. To hold both of those titles, and beat Tetsuya Naito to do it, that makes me hotter than ever. And beating Jay White on top of that? That wipes out that 2020 record, wipes out those three losses. I think I really could become God at that point.”
As noted, Jay White revealed in an interview with NJPW, that if he wins the titles, he’s taking them home.
Below is the final card lineup for Night One:
IWGP HEAVYWEIGHT AND INTERCONTINENTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Kota Ibushi
IWGP TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr. and Taichi) (c) vs. The Guerrillas of Destiny
RIGHTS TO IWGP US CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
KENTA (holder) vs. Satoshi Kojima
Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Great-O-Khan
Hiromu Takahashi vs. El Phantasmo
The winner gets IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship Match on Night 2.
22-Man New Japan Rambo
Winner challenges for provisional KOPW 2021 Trophy on Night 2.
Don’t forget to join us tomorrow for live coverage beginning at 2 AM ET. Wrestle Kingdom 15 is available on NJPW World and FITE TV.
WRESTLE KINGDOM STARTS TOMORROW!
‘More than ever, I have to win now. I want to make these two nights the best in my life.’
? NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) January 3, 2021