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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2019 04:00 am
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Per Herb:
KUSHIDA is officially leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling.

It was announced at tonight's post-Wrestle Kingdom 13 press conference that KUSHIDA will be departing NJPW after his contract expires on January 31. KUSHIDA made an appearance at the press conference and, without directly revealing what his next destination is, spoke about his decision.

"As Sugabayashi said, I will leave NJPW on January 31," KUSHIDA said (translations via Chris Charlton). "This was an extremely tough [decision] made with Meij, Sugabayashi and Kidani [NJPW management]. It was a very big decision in my life and I’m thankful they understood. I will head overseas to see the world of pro wrestling.

"I have been here in NJPW for 8 years. I was surprised at the scale of the business when I first came in and proud of being able to work here. The warm reception and words from the fans made me who I am and I am so grateful to them."

Though he got emotional during the press conference, KUSHIDA said he wasn't sad to be making his decision and said he was crying "happy tears."

"If there was anything left for me to achieve and do, I wouldn’t be leaving," KUSHIDA said. "But I’ll put my all in this last month. There’s been a lot of people who have influenced me over these 8 years. Liger, Tana. Shibata, Makabe, Tiger Hattori. They all enjoy wrestling."

KUSHIDA has been one of the top stars in NJPW's junior heavyweight division over the last several years. He lost the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship to Taiji Ishimori at Wrestle Kingdom 13. At New Year Dash the next night, Will Ospreay pinned KUSHIDA in a six-man tag match.

Dave Meltzer reported last month that WWE was interested in signing KUSHIDA.



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 Posted: Mon Jan 7th, 2019 07:06 am
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I don't want KUSHIDA to go to N.Y. either. KUSHIDA will be doing jobs to (insert name here) within weeks.



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I don't see KUSHIDA fitting into WWE at all.  At best, he'll just be another body on 205 Live.  He's a great wrestler but doesn't have outsized charisma and doesn't speak English.  How he could do better than KENTA I just don't see, and KENTA has not exactly set the world on fire.  It would be a waste.

I'm sure the AEW rumors will start with him too.  He'd slot in with these other guys instantly of course. 

Last edited on Mon Jan 7th, 2019 01:40 pm by srossi



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KUSHIDA's final match in NJPW will be Jan. 29 against IWGP World champion Hiroshi Tanahashi. 

During his post-Wrestle Kingdom press conference, KUSHIDA said "If there is only one senior wrestler who I regret not being able to fight, that I look up to, it has to be Mr. Tanahashi." 

So that match has been booked, pitting the ace of the juniors against the ace of the heavyweights. 



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