For the first time in his career, Kota Ibushi is IWGP Heavyweight Champion.
Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito in the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 15 night one to win both the IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental titles. With that, the main event of Wrestle Kingdom 15 night two is now official. Ibushi will defend both titles against Jay White.
After the night one main event, Naito took both title belts from the referee before presenting them to Ibushi. White then confronted Ibushi. White cut a promo telling Ibushi to enjoy this moment -- because it's only going to last for one night. White said that every time Ibushi is about to reach the heights he's aiming for, White will be there to pull him back down.
Ibushi then cut a promo to close the show. Ibushi vowed that his title reign won't end after one night. He thanked Naito for their match, the fans for being there in these difficult times, and said White is finished.
Ibushi won the IWGP Heavyweight Championship one year after coming up short at Wrestle Kingdom 14. Ibushi unsuccessfully challenged Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight title at Wrestle Kingdom 14 night one. Naito then defeated Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 14 night two to become a double champion.
Ibushi lost to White at Wrestle Kingdom 14 night two. Ibushi won the 2020 G1 Climax, but White later defeated him for the Wrestle Kingdom 15 double title shot contract.
Prior to losing to Ibushi, Naito had been double champion since regaining the IWGP Heavyweight and Intercontinental titles from EVIL at August's Summer Struggle in Jingu.
Wrestle Kingdom 15 will begin at 3 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, January 5. Here's the full card for the show:
- IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Champion Kota Ibushi defends both titles against Jay White
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Taiji Ishimori defends against Hiromu Takahashi
- SANADA vs. EVIL
- NEVER Openweight Champion Shingo Takagi defends against Jeff Cobb
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru defend against Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato
- KOPW 2021 four-way match: Chase Owens vs. Bad Luck Fale vs. BUSHI vs. Toru Yano
- Stardom dark match: Mayu Iwatani & Tam Nakano vs. Giulia & Syuri
- Stardom dark match: Utami Hayashishita, Saya Kamitani & AZM vs. Maika, Himeka & Natsupoi