Kushida tried his hand at American wrestling when he joined WWE in 2019. He arrived as a decorated champion from the Japanese scene. Things didn’t work out for the Time Splitter, who left NXT after holding the cruiserweight title one time. Now, Kushida is back where he made his name.

At New Japan Pro Wrestling’s NJPW Road, Kushida brought the Korakuen Hall to life as he confronted Taiji Ishimori in a surprise appearance. Kushida reminded the audience who he was. He then revealed that he plans to spend the rest of his career in NJPW.

Kushida said he has signed a contract that will last the rest of his wrestling life. He congratulated Ishimori on his IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship defense against Hiromu Takahashi. Kushida then laid down a challenge for the title he previously held six times.

Kushida commented on his challenge backstage after the event. He said he plans to work to increase the popularity of NJPW around the globe. Kushida already has a plan in mind.

“I literally just signed my NJPW contract. Right now I’m still living in Orlando, Florida, but I’ll be moving to Los Angeles to make it easier to travel back and forth between there and Japan. I want to use the benefit of my experience and put the rest of my efforts and pro-wrestling life into furthering NJPW around the world.”

Kushida will have to prove himself worthy if he wants a shot at Ishimori. The two seem to be heading into a feud over the championship. For Kushida, it’s like he never even left.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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