After Kenny Omega’s departure from NJPW, fans expected Kota Ibushi to follow him to All Elite Wrestling. However, that was not the case and Ibushi instead signed a contract with New Japan Pro-wrestling.
Right after this, Ibushi entered into a feud with Tetsuya Naito over the prestigious IWGP Intercontinental Champion. A conclusion was derived at the G1 Supercard event in Madison Square Garden where Ibushi challenged and dethroned Tetsuya Naito.
After a long and hard fought match that was deemed as an “instant classic”, Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito to become the NEW IWGP Intercontinental Champion. This is Ibushi’s first reign as the IWGP Intercontinental Champion.
— Bryan Rose (@br26) April 7, 2019