[NJPW News] New Japan held a press conference to announce that they have signed a contract with DDT’s Kota Ibushi .
What makes even more interesting is that he will still remain a contracted wrestler under DDT (Dramatic Dream Team) as well. New Japan’s President Naoki Sugabayashi and DDT’s President Sanshiro Takagi were both present along with Kota Ibushi at the New Japan office in Tokyo, Japan.
Ibushi’s new contract under NJPW is currently only for 1 year and will primarily see him competing on New Japan’s larger shows throughout the year. Ibushi will be under contract to DDT for the next 3 years.
It was mentioned that Sanshiro Takagi  was approached by Naoki Sugabayashi  about a “permanent” move from DDT to NJPW, but the terms of such could not be agreed on at this time. Though after much more deliberation an agreement was made between the two parties that could be of the most benefit for Ibushi as well as the promotions. Furthermore leading the possibility of an idea/notion as of this could lead to more developments for the world of professional wrestling.
With this announcement it was then stated that he will be making his first appearance on the upcoming KOPW iPPV as he will be the “X” competitor in the 4th match of the show. He will be teaming with Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma as they taking on Bullet Clubs’ Prince Devitt, Karl Anderson and Bad Luck Fale.
Below is the updated event card…
[Update: Alex Shelley suffered a herniated disc and will be unable to compete on the upcoming PPV. KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley have been pulled from the upcoming title match and TAKA Michinoku & Taichi are now the new contenders. KUSHIDA has not been rescheduled as of this time.]
New Japan Pro-Wrestling “KING OF PRO-WRESTLING”, 10/14/2013 [Sat] 16:00 @ Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo
(0) Manabu Nakanishi, Super Strong Machine, Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV vs. Takashi Iizuka, YOSHI-HASHI, Gedo & Jado
(1) IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: [35th Champions] “Forever Hooligans” Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs. [Challengers] TAKA Michinoku & Taichi
~ 4th title defense.
(2) CHAOS vs SZKG: Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki
(3) Hiroyoshi Tenzan’s Return Match & Takaaki Watanabe’s Send-Off Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Takaaki Watanabe vs. “K.E.S.” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.
(4) Special Tag Match: Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Kota Ibushi vs. “BULLET CLUB” Prince Devitt, “The Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Bad Luck Fale
(5) Special Single Match: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Katsuyori Shibata [Free]
(6) Special Single Match: Yuji Nagata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba [Free]
(7) Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship Challenger Rights Contract & NEVER Openweight Championship Match: [2nd Champion] Tetsuya Naito vs. [Challenger] Yujiro Takahashi
~ 1st title defense.
(8) IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: [6th Champion] Shinsuke Nakamura vs. [Challenger] Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH)
~ 2nd title defense.
(9) IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: [59th Champion] Kazuchika Okada vs. [Challenger] Hiroshi Tanahashi
~ 5th title defense.
NJPW Event Cards for September & October 2013
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