Kota Ibushi Is Frustrated With Hiroshi Tanahashi
In New Japan Pro Wrestling, fans knew that Golden Aces (Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi) was never going to be a team that lasted. They shocked us all when they actually became IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, besting Guerillas Of Destiny, but would lose their titles in the first defense.
While it takes two to run a successful tag team, their match with the Dangerous Tekkers (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) exposed Tanahashi as the weak link of the team, something that Ibushi has been getting very frustrated over after recent events.
Kota Ibushi Is Sick Of Old Man Tanahashi
Following every match in New Japan Pro Wrestling, the talent will catch up with the press backstage. This is where the out of ring storytelling takes place, and all talent will get some time to speak their minds. In recent post-match interviews with Kota Ibushi & Hiroshi Tanahashi, it’s become clear that this partnership is not going to last.
While Tanahashi was once the biggest name in the company, father time catches up to us all. Now 40 years old, with 20 hard years of action on his body, he’s no longer the man he used to be. This is common in wrestling, when the body starts to give out after many battles.
Just watching a modern Tanahashi match shows this, watching him try to run across the ring is a stark reminder of the cost that professional wrestling has on someone. However, Tanahashi is working this masterfully into storyline. He’s teaming with someone in the prime of their career, and arguably holding them back, and he knows it.
In their latest interview, Tanahashi would say the following. “I’m sorry Ibushi, I’m trying, you know? I will definitely bounce back.” All this, while Ibushi slowly turned and walked away.
Ibushi Knows Just How Good Hiroshi Tanahashi Is
The hard part for Kota Ibushi is that he knows just how good Tanahashi still is. In recent years, they have had some masterful singles matches in tournaments like the G1 Climax. Tanahashi’s body might not be all it used to be, but he still had the fight and heart of a champion. He even bested Kota Ibushi’s former best friend in 2019 at the Tokyo Dome to become IWGP Heavyweight Champion once again.
Ibushi knows Tanahashi can still go in the ring, he knows the heart of a champion still beats, but he doesn’t know how to bring this out of him. This is a gripping storyline in New Japan Pro Wrestling right now, and with Golden Ace set to face Dangerous Tekkers again at the end of August, it’s only going to heat up even more.
Do you think Hiroshi Tanahashi & Kota Ibushi can last as a tag team? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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