Kushida, a veteran professional wrestler, is said to have left WWE. After his profile was moved from the WWE NXT roster to the official WWE Alumni roster earlier this evening, there was some speculation about Kushida’s status, and now statement is that he is no longer in business.
As of this writing, there has been no confirmation of what caused Kushida’s dismissal, but source notes that his contract expired, but it remains to be seen whether or not a new contract was offered. Though one source speculated that the departure was due to a budget cut, but this has yet to be confirmed.
WWE signed Kushida in April 2019 after he had a successful run in Japan and North America. He recently formed the Jacket Time tag team with Ikemen Jiro, but they had little accomplishments. Kushida is a veteran NXT Cruiserweight Champion who is leaving WWE.
Kushida’s most recent appearance was on the March 25 episode of NXT Level Up, where he and Jiro were defeated by Edris Enofe as well as Malik Blade. On the March 15 Kushida, a veteran professional wrestler, is said to have NXT 2.0 show, he was decimated by the debuting A-Kid in a singles match.
Jacket Time was defeated by Harland and Joe Gacy on the February 25 NXT Level Up, Kushida was defeated by Enofe on the February 18 Level Up premiere, and Jacket Time was defeated by MSK on the January 25 NXT show, which was a first round fight in the 2022 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Kushida’s most recent victory came in a tag team match against With the Grizzled Young Veterans on the December 14 NXT show.
Was it the end for Kushida?
It appears that the former NJPW star’s time with WWE has come to an end. If he wasn’t supposed to be named up to the main roster, he’d have to play in the minor leagues.
NXT 2.0’s entire core value is to focus on and push young star players in their early-to-mid twenties. The veteran Cruiserweight Champion will turn 39 next month and, regretfully, does not fit the definition of talent that WWE is looking to develop.
Maybe he could have served as a company ambassador in Japan, as Kairi Sane did while she left in 2020. It continues to remain to be seen what former NJPW star will do next.
As of this composing, Kushida has not remarked on his departure, but we will keep you informed.