Kota Ibushi, PAC revealed as AEW Blood & Guts participants
Kota Ibushi and PAC were revealed as participants in the July 19 Blood & Guts match on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite.
In the show-closing segment, PAC was revealed as the final member of the Blackpool Combat Club team for next week's Blood & Guts match, as BCC & PAC attacked Kenny Omega of The Elite. It was then revealed by Omega that Kota Ibushi would be the final member of The Elite's team, as Hangman Page and The Young Bucks made the save for Omega.
Next week's Bllod & Guts match lineup is now official, with The Elite (Omega, The Young Bucks, Page & Ibushi) facing Blackpool Combat Club (Jon Moxley, Claudio Castagnoli, Wheeler Yuta, Konosuke Takeshita & PAC).
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Ibushi's long-awaited AEW debut in Blood & Guts will mark his return to the ring for the first time since March 2023, where he wrestled at Josh Barnett's Bloodsport & Joey Janela's Spring Break events for GCW. Prior to that, Ibushi had not wrestled since suffering an injury in the G1 Climax finals for NJPW in October 2021. A lengthy injury rehab and dispute with the NJPW office followed, and NJPW officially announced Ibushi's departure from the company in January of this year.
Ibushi has a storied history with Omega, with five tag team title reigns across multiple promotions in Japan as The Golden Lovers. As a unit, Omega and Ibushi faced The Young Bucks in a tag match at NJPW Strong Style Evolved in Long Beach, California in March 2018. Omega and Ibushi have not teamed since December 2018.
PAC has not wrestled since March 2023's ScrapperMania events in England and Ireland, and last wrestled for AEW in January in the final match of the best-of-seven series between The Elite & Death Triangle for the AEW World Trios Championship.