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Kushida details battle with severe abdominal pain that made him consider retirement in 2017

Kushida has been on a great run in WWE NXT this year as he won the Cruiserweight Title from Santos Escobar.

Kushida just worked a non-title match against Kyle O’Reilly in the main event of Wednesday’s episode of NXT, which featured the debut of the Diamond Mine as the faction attacked him. WWE had been planning this group for a few months. 

Kushida took to Twitter to issue this statement about how he nearly retired from wrestling in 2017 due to abdominal pain.

“In 2017, around this time, I was considering retirement after every match. I was concerned about my mental and physical health after every match. I wrestled back and forth between Japan and the United States twice a month.

During that time, I sometimes suffered from severe abdominal pain after matches. I crouched on the floor with a cold sweat and had no choice but to wait for the pain to pass. I had to insert a gastro camera down my throat at the hospital to examine my stomach. But the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong. The doctor’s diagnosis was that my autonomic nerves must have been disturbed. My level of this abdominal pain wasn’t normal. And, if it continued, I couldn’t wrestle anymore. I knew it wasn’t an exaggeration. And I knew that my wrestling career could be over at any time.

I had a match with Kyle O’Reilly at that time. It was four years ago in London. At that point, it was rumored that Kyle O’Reilly would soon sign a contract with WWE. After our match, I talked to him directly. He told me his honest intentions. At that time, I thought it would be great to have a match against him in the WWE some day. I knew my professional wrestling life wouldn’t last forever.

So Yesterday was special. WWE/NXT universe! Thank you for watching. Our fight will go on forever.”

During his time with NJPW, Kushida found success as he won the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship six times, and the Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Titles two times. In 2019, Kushida signed with WWE.

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