A new report has claimed that KUSHIDA was critical of his presentation in NXT 2.0, and has already made a number of pitches regarding a return to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
On April 18th it was reported that KUSHIDA was no longer with WWE. The Japanese star initially signed with the company back in 2019 and later became Cruiserweight Champion.
During his WWE tenure, KUSHIDA performed exclusively on NXT and later NXT 2.0, never making the move to the main roster.
While the man himself hasn’t commented publicly on his current status, reports have already begun to swirl about his next move.
Prior to moving to WWE, KUSHIDA starred in New Japan, where he won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship on six occasions. He also won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship twice. During his time with the company, the star was used exclusively as a junior heavyweight, but that could be about to change should he return now his WWE run is over.
According to a report on Voice of Wrestling’s Patreon page, the star has already pitched a number of ideas for a comeback which include working as a heavyweight, a mixed martial arts style gimmick and forming part of a heel faction.
Meanwhile, Voice of Wrestling podcast, The Flagship has offered some details on the events which led to his sudden departure from WWE. The report notes that the NXT revamp which led to the creation of NXT 2.0 was a major turning point in where he saw his future.
With the creation of NXT 2.0, KUSHIDA joined forces with Ikemen Jiro as Jacket Time, as the former took on a more comedic role than he had done previously. In response he was said to have “frequently expressed his displeasure with the way he had been used.”