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KUSHIDA expected to return to NJPW following WWE departure



KUSHIDA has left WWE as his contract with the promotion expired and now, he is making plans regarding his future.

Prior to signing with WWE, KUSHIDA made a name for himself as he was one of the most decorated junior heavyweights in NJPW history. Dave Meltzer noted on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that KUSHIDA is expected to return to NJPW.

“He is done, his contract expired. It was not a secret that he wasn’t going to stay and I know in WWE, the belief is that he starts with New Japan (NJPW) in June. That’s what they believe, and it’s probably the case. He signed a three year and kinda wasted three years of his career.”

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While with WWE, he became NXT Cruiserweight Champion and there were plans for him to be used as a top star in the cruiserweight division last summer, but plans for the division changed as WWE shifted its focus to rebranding NXT 2.0, according to Fightful Select. KUSHIDA was later paired with Ikemen Jiro in a tag team called Jacket Time. His last match came on NXT: Level Up last month and he lost his last four matches.

Fightful noted that there were never plans of bringing KUSHIDA to the main roster throughout his time with the promotion.

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