Former WWE NXT Superstar KUSHIDA made his return to NJPW at “New Japan Road” in Tokyo, Japan. Taiji Ishimori successfully defended the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship against Hiromu Takahashi in the main event. It was the former IWGP Junior Heavyweight and Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion’s first appearance in New Japan in three years.
After the event, KUSHIDA made the following statement:
“I literally just signed my NJPW contract. Right now I’m still living in Orlando, Florida, but I’ll be moving to Los Angeles to make it easier to travel back and forth between there and Japan. I want to use the benefit of my experience and put the rest of my efforts and pro-wrestling life into furthering NJPW worldwide. Antonio Inoki once said, “it’s better to make the jungle than it is to protect it”. I think we’re on the verge of something really cool here. I’m excited about it. I left the junior heavyweight division three and a half years ago, and Taiji Ishimori, Hiromu Takahashi, and El Desperado have pushed the division up. They sold the place out tonight and had this incredible match. So if I don’t take that belt, then there isn’t a place for me in NJPW. To make a place for myself, I’ll give it all I’ve got.”
KUSHIDA made his exit from WWE back in April.