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“Fake News” – KUSHIDA Clarifies NJPW Return Rumors


After announcing that he’ll be returning to New Japan Pro Wrestling, KUSHIDA clarified rumors surrounding his return to NJPW.

At the New Japan Road event on June 21st, Bullet Club’s Taiji Ishimori put his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on the line in the main event against LIJ’s Hiromu Takahashi.

Ishimori was able to retain his title, putting away Takahashi but a surprise was yet to come for the champion. KUSHIDA appeared, marking his return to New Japan Pro Wrestling after spending three years as part of WWE on the NXT brand.

NJPW Global translated KUSHIDA’s words to Ishimori on social media, as the returning Time Splitter let the fans know he intends to see out his wrestling days in New Japan Pro Wrestling:

“I will spend the rest of my pro- wrestling life in an NJPW ring. And Ishimori, congratulations. That match was amazing, and you sold this place out.”

Now the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion has once again taken to social media to address rumors that he wants to join the Bullet Club or compete in the heavyweight division, calling those ideas “fake news.”

“Today, I signed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling. I will return to New Japan Pro Wrestling.

“I am so honored to be back and to wrestle on the New Japan Pro Wrestling ring.

“Some people say I want to wrestle in heavy weight division or I want to be in Bullet Club, these are all fake news.

“Right now, I am still living in Florida. I am trying to move to Los Angels but still im midst of moving.

“I will return to US this week and look start new life in Los Angels next week…I hope.
Sign an apartment? Can I speak english? So much troubles and busy everyday but will try and update my Instagram as much as possible.

“To live in Los Angels and to wrestle has been my dream for a log term. I will look to accompolish this dream, hopefully.
I will look to bring excitement to New Japan, New Japan’s Junior division, and NJPW LA Dojo.

“Thank you to those who supported me on my journey and thank you all for your support.”

The former NXT star last competed in an NJPW ring back in January 2019 when he lost to Hiroshi Tanahashi and bid an emotional farewell to the company.