After his epic rematch with Chris Jericho and post-match brawl with Jon Moxley at Double Or Nothing, it’s undeniable that Kenny Omega is an important part of All Elite Wrestling. However, there’s one important part of his life that didn’t follow him from Japan. That’s Kota Ibushi, his former tag team partner and the current IWGP Intercontinental Champion. Kota chose to stay in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and says he plans to be there until the end of his career. It seems he was invited to AEW, but not convinced to join.
At Starrcast this weekend, Kenny was asked why he didn’t persuade Ibushi to become part of AEW. Reflecting how close the two “Golden Lovers” actually were, Kenny became extremely emotional as he explained.
I knew that I couldn’t ask Ibushi to sign. I couldn’t do it, because I knew it was his time, and he deserved it. (breaks down crying) Anyway, I knew that if I asked for him to come here, that he would. And if I begged for him to come, that he would. But, I knew that his dream before anything that we ever did was to win the IWGP Heavyweight Belt.
Sometimes letting someone you love live out their dreams instead of asking them to help live out yours is the hardest and most important choice we can make.