Kota Ibushi Wants To Unify The IWGP Heavyweight Championship & IWGP Intercontinental Championship
A big change could be on the horizon...
At Wrestle Kingdom 15, Kota Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Heavyweight & IWGP Intercontinental Double Championship and successfully defended the belts against Jay White to ensure he left the Tokyo Dome as God.
Changes could be on the horizon for the Double Title as The Golden Star revealed during a post-Wrestle Kingdom press conference that he wants to unify the belts.
"It's been a long time coming," Ibushi said. "Everything. I now understand how heavy these two belts truly are. It's not that they're heavy in themselves, it's what they stand for that weighs a lot. Yesterday I said I had something to reveal. There is one more thing I need to say. This IWGP Intercontinental Title is the greatest belt there is. This IWGP Heavyweight Title is the strongest belt there is. I want to unify these titles. I want it to be both the greatest and the strongest.
"Nobody has challenged for just one of these titles. Then, what does a Double Championship mean? I want to unify them. Then I will make my ultimate dreams come true. Pro wrestling is only going up from here. In order to do more, I want to unify them. The longest defence record is 13, right? 12? Then I'll have to reach 13, but that's not the end."
A Double Champion was first created at Wrestle Kingdom 14 after Tetsuya Naito emerged victorious from the Double Gold Dash. The two championships have been defended together ever since.