Former WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion KUSHIDA will make his return to the ring at the New Japan Road shows upcoming month. KUSHIDA’s 1st match is on July 3rd, while he teams with Hiroshi Tanahashi and Alex Zayne in a Six-Man Match against KENTA, Taiji Ishimori, and Gedo. Following that, on July 4, KUSHIDA and Tanahashi will compete in a tag team match against KENTA and Ishimori.
KUSHIDA, as previously stated, returned to NJPW earlier this week at the New Japan Road event in Korakuen Hall. After Ishimori’s successful defence against Takahashi, the former IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion would face the current champion. During their argument, Ishimori told KUSHIDA that he wanted to secure a few matches before challenging for the title.
KUSHIDA new deal with NJPW
KUSHIDA confirmed after the event that he had signed a new deal with NJPW. According to NJPW’s English broadcaster and translator Chris Charlton, he would also declare in an emotional backstage promo that he plans to spend the rest of his wrestling life in the promotion. KUSHIDA’s WWE user profile was relocated to the WWE Alumni roster in April, sparking rumours about his future with the company. Later it was reported that Kushida’s WWE contract had deactivated and that he had not been offered a contract. According to at least one source, the departure was due to budget cuts, but this was never revealed.
KUSHIDA and Ikemen Jiro had gained popularity on the NXT brand as a team known as Jacket Time shortly before his WWE exit. KUSHIDA’s final WWE match took place on the March 25 edition of NXT Level Up, in which he and Jiro were defeated by Edris Enofe and Malik Blade. His most recent singles match was on the March 15 NXT 2.0, where he was defeated by the debuting A-Kid.
Kushida’s last NXT TakeOver appearance was a loss to Pete Dunne at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver 2021. He managed to win the Cruiserweight title a few days later and held it for more than 160 days before losing it to Roderick Strong in September. He will indeed wrestle merely 11 more contests for the company before leaving. Kushida formed the comedic tag team Jacket Time with Ikemen Jiro in mid-November, and also the pair have been feuding with Von Wagner leading up to his final contract this week. WWE already has decided to move him to the WWE.com Alumni section.