AEW World Champion Kenny Omega says he doesn’t think fans have seen the last of the story between him and Kota Ibushi and wants a final chapter with his Golden Lover.
Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi have been an integral part of each other’s careers since they began teaming in DDT in 2009. Over the next few years, the two teamed in DDT and New Japan Pro Wrestling before the Golden Lovers were brought to a halt when Omega signed full time with NJPW in 2014 With Ibushi in the heavyweight division of the company and Omega competing as a junior heavyweight, the team had little future in the company.
Kenny Omega went onto incredible success as the leader of Bullet Club as well as his legendary feud with Kazuchika Okada that eventually saw Omega become IWGP Heavyweight Champion in 2018.
At the beginning of that year, Bullet Club was anything but fine and Cody Rhodes led a rebellion against Omega that brought Kota Ibsuhi to his aid reforming the Golden Lovers in NJPW. Ibushi was a part of the All In event where he headlined alongside The Young Bucks as The Golden Elite to face the all-star team of Rey Mysterio, Rey Fenix, and Bandido. The success of that event meant the writing was on the wall once again for the Golden Lovers.
On the 1st of January 2019, All Elite Wrestling was announced to the world with Kenny Omega taking up a role with the company. Kota Ibushi meanwhile chose to stay put in New Japan Pro Wrestling where he eventually ascended to the heights of Omega by becoming IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
The number one ranked wrestler in the world on the PWI 500 Kenny Omega was speaking on the Pro Wrestling Illustrated podcast when he was asked if fans had seen the last of his interactions with Ibushi:
“I doubt it. If I were a betting man, I would say, it’s safe to say…when real life is involved and it’s more than just the wrestling in the ring and now, as time goes by and promotions and fans are listening more and responding more to what they want to see in professional wrestling — we talk about the ‘forbidden door’ and this concept that if you wrestle for one promotion, there’s no way you get to mingle with another, slowly but surely those borders are evaporating. We’ve seen IMPACT talent and New Japan talent on AEW. We’ve seen our talent go elsewhere as well. Who knows where the future lies. There may be more special guests and surprises in the future.
“For me, I’m a storyteller. Way more than I like professional wrestling, I like telling stories. I love stories that have an ending. I love stories that have a beginning, middle, and end. I have a lot of stories that have yet to have a final chapter. That story is yet to close. I would love, with however long my health allows me to, I would love to have that book have the final chapter written. That goes for not only that but for quite a few other stories as well. I would love to close the book and look back and be proud that these stories that I pictured in my wacky little brain, they had a beginning, middle, and end and that I could close that book happily. For someone as influential as Ibushi was to my career, inside and outside, I feel it would be an injustice for it to die.”
With the ‘forbidden door’ seeing the likes of Minoru Suzuki, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, and KENTA compete in AEW, fans of the Golden Lovers will no doubt be salivating at the prospect of Kota Ibushi walking that path and deciding what he makes of Omega and The Elite.