Score one for New Japan Pro Wrestling as the company announced today that Kota Ibushi has officially signed an exclusive contract with the promotion.

Ibushi is the reigning IWGP Intercontinental Champion, but had been working under a part-time agreement with the company and there some who figured he would eventually end up in AEW alongside good friend Kenny Omega.

This should mean big things are in store for the extremely talented Ibushi. Being locked down with an exclusive contract means the company can fully get behind him, as can the NJPW fans.