The WWE Cruiserweight Classic will officially start on July 13 when the first set of matches airs on the WWE Network. According to the latest WWE rumors, Japanese superstar Kota Ibushi may eventually become the winner of the 32-man tournament.
The Golden Star is arguably the biggest name in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic, maybe along with Zack Sabre Jr. He is a three-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion in New Japan Pro Wrestling and he is known for his high-flying moves.
Eric Arrington of Daily Wrestling News noted in his report that Ibushi initially did not want to participate in the WWE Cruiserweight Classic. However, Triple H personally called and invited him to be part of the tournament as the WWE wanted a top star to headline the event.
The 34-year-old wrestler was convinced and he signed on to join other international stars. He was also seen at NXT TakeOver: Dallas during WrestleMania 32 weekend and many speculated that he has signed a deal with the WWE.
However, the Wrestling Observer (h/t What Culture) reports that Ibushi turned down an offer from the WWE to become a full-time superstar. It is also expected that the eventual winner of the WWE Cruiserweight Classic will have a WWE contract.
Ibushi will be facing Sean Maluta in the first round of the tournament that will air on July 13. The match was already taped on June 23 and The Golden Star advanced to the next round.
On the other hand, some of the stars that can also make it to the final include besides Ibushi include Gran Metalik, Noam Dar, Rich Swann, Johnny Gargano and Zack Sabre Jr. Out of the 32 participants, Swann, Gargano, and Tomasso Ciampa are signed with the WWE.
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