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Kushida To “Exhale” At NXT TakeOver 31

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Ever since Kushida arrived in NXT, the Japanese marvel has struggled to find his place on the black and yellow brand despite maintaining fan support.

Now, with his time to shine on the horizon against The Velveteen Dream at NXT TakeOver 31, the 37 year old superstar has taken to Twitter to not only hammer home the fact that it’s his time to shine, but his feelings on being suffocated since arriving in the United States.

In the aforementiond tweet which can be seen below, Kushida said:

“Since I came to this country, I have held my breath. I have been fighting unidentified suffocation. At TAKEOVER tomorrow, time to exhale.”

Since arriving in NXT, Kushida has challenged the likes of Drew Gulak and Jordan Devlin for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, reformed his Time Splitters duo with Alex Shelley to compete in the 2020 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and stood up to the mighty Imperium which included him challenging NXT UK Champion, Walter.

More recently, the talent competed in Group A of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, came up short against Cameron Grimes in a bout determine the No.1 Contender to the NXT North American Championship in a bout which also featured The Velveteen Dream and was one of the five men in the Gauntlet Match to determine Finn Balor’s challenger for the NXT Championship on the September 23 edition of NXT.

Kushida’s very first NXT TakeOver bout was set in stone after The Velveteen Dream turned heel following failure to qualify for the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver XXX and attacked the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.

‘The Time Splitter’ responded by injuring Dream’s arm before the latter cost Kushida a shot at the NXT Championship.