On the occasion of Starrcast, his very good friend Kenny Omega, very moved, explained this choice.
“I knew I could not ask Ibushi to sign (at AEW) because it was his moment (to shine at the NJPW) and he deserved it. I know that if I had asked him to come, he would have come. If I begged him to come, he would be here. I knew, however, that his dream more than anything to talk to him about it was to win the IWGP Heavyweight belt.“