There have been fairly a number of departures from WWE NXT over the previous few months, together with Kushida, who departed after his contract expired. Kushida is now wrestling in a number of firms, together with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and Impact Wrestling, and through a current interview with NJPW he revealed what led to his departure from WWE. The reasoning was two-fold, as Kushida notes of the most important shift in NXT’s method to matches and its stars in addition to his need to transfer to LA. He wasn’t allowed to maneuver from Orlando as a part of NXT, however as soon as the shift began occurring and the uptick in releases, he noticed these as indicators it was time to depart.
“Well, to set the scene a bit, the turnover in WWE is really relentless. In August of 2021, there was a really sudden change in thinking there. Essentially they wanted to train young wrestlers, under 30, that didn’t have pro-wrestling experience and had come from other athletic backgrounds. When it comes to me, I don’t think it’s controversial to say that left me redundant, effectively, Kushida said.
“You have to recollect I used to be 36 once I bought a proposal from WWE. It nonetheless actually appears kinda onerous to consider that HHH would attain out with a proposal…So with this youth push on over there, it wasn’t like I had a shoot time machine of my very own, so it grew to become ‘OK, what can I do right here?’. Everyone was asking the identical questions, I feel, truly,” Kushida said. “And NJPW instantly popped in my head. I felt actually strongly straight away that LA can be the most effective place to base myself. Even once I was in WWE, I had needed to maneuver from Orlando to LA, however the firm would not let me; that damage my motivation just a little, heh. I feel there’s just a little little bit of magic round LA that made it someplace I all the time needed to dwell.”
Now Kushida has moved and is wrestling all over the place, and he’s up for wrestling as part of every tour happening in Japan.
“Well, the stance I’ve now could be I need to base myself in LA and wrestle as a lot as I can in Japan and worldwide. I feel there must be at the very least somebody with that mindset in NJPW, it is 2022 in any case. I’m not denying Japan something, in any respect and I’ll primarily be part of each tour occurring in Japan. That’s one thing I’ve informed the corporate as nicely,” Kushida said.
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