Kushida has left the WWE, according to a new report from Fightful Select that dropped on Monday night. The six-time former IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion was once considered one of the greatest junior heavyweight wrestlers on the planet and there was lots of fanfare when he arrived in WWE back in 2019. Fans found on Monday night that he had quietly been moved.
However, "The Time Splitter" never made it beyond the NXT brand. He held the NXT Cruiserweight Championship for almost 6 months in 2015, but had actually invested most of the NXT 2.0 reboot working as half of the comedic tag group Jacket Time. The 38-year-old has yet to comment on the situation.
Fightful later added that "early indications" state his contract expired, though there's no word yet on if he was offered a new deal or simply turned it down. There were also apparently no plans to bring him up to WWE's primary roster. His last match in a WWE ring happened on March 22 when Jacket Time lost a tag team match on NXT Level Up and he had not won on match on NXT considering that mid-December. His last TakeOver match was at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver in April 2021, where he lost against Pete Dunne.
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