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New Japan star leaving and teases WWE signing, and its not Kenny Omega

New Japan star leaving and teases WWE signing, and its not Kenny Omega
KUSHIDA announces he is leaving New Japan. Pic credit: NJPW

The WWE rumors are going into overdrive when it comes to Kenny Omega joining the company after leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling.

However, there is another huge New Japan superstar that just announced they are leaving as well and said they are going across the ocean to find new work.

Who is teasing leaving New Japan for WWE?

Rajah reported that KUSHIDA is leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling.

At a recent New Japan Pro Wrestling press conference, KUSHIDA revealed that he is leaving the company and said that he won’t say where he is going until his contract ends on January 31.

KUSHIDA said that it was a tough decision but he is 36 years old and realizes that there is more of his career behind him than there is in front of him. As a result, he wants to make one big move before he ends up retiring.

“It was a very big decision in my life and I’m thankful they understood,” KUSHIDA said. “I will head overseas and to see the world of pro wrestling.”

KUSHIDA mentioned how he had taken on more of a role in NJPW of working with young talent and has learned from the younger wrestlers as much as they learned from him.

However, from the sound of it, he isn’t interested in teaching youngsters and wants to make his mark somewhere new.


KUSHIDA is a legend in New Japan Pro Wrestling. He is a six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion and two-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion (with Alex Shelley).

He also won the Best of the Super Juniors tournament twice (2015, 2017) and the Super J-Cup in 2016.

Most recently, KUSHIDA was the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion before losing the title at WrestleKingdom to
Taiji Ishimori.

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