5 things you need to know about Kota Ibushi
Until he finally put pen to paper on a full-time contract with the WWE last week, Kota Ibushi was the hottest free agent in all of wrestling.
The ‘Goldenstar’ joins the WWE as one of the hottest wrestlers in Japanese wrestling and as a well-travelled veteran who has the capability to make an instant impact on either the main roster or NXT.
Ibushi is one of the smoother workers inside the ring and his high-flying style mixed with stiff strikes and kicks makes him one of the most engaging wrestlers to watch. Wrestling is so clearly what Ibushi was born to do.
Even though he was one of the top stars in Japanese wrestling, Ibushi has finally bet on himself and jumped onto the world stage by signing with WWE. By past experience of his abilities, there’s no reason that Kota Ibushi can’t be a huge star for WWE.
#5 He started his career with Karate
Before he got into the world of professional wrestling, Ibushi started his career in competitive karate. He won a shinkarate K-2 tournament in 2003 before foraying into pro wrestling with the DDT promotion in Japan.
Ibushi’s inspiration from his karate training can clearly be seen while he’s in the squared circle. He has some of the most devastating kicks and strikes in wrestling which along with his lightning quick reflexes form a part of his deadly arsenal.
Whether Ibushi would have been as successful in karate as he has been in pro wrestling is hard to say, but his karate training has definitely influenced his wrestling style.