Newly-released WWE Superstar KUSHIDA is likely to be heading back to New Japan Pro Wrestling according to sources within the company.
KUSHIDA left WWE earlier this week, three years after signing a deal with the company.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that WWE believes that KUSHIDA will be with New Japan in a matter of months:
“He is done, his contract expired, it was not a secret that he was not gonna stay. I know the belief in WWE is he starts in New Japan in June so that’s what they believe and it’s probably the case. So yeah, he signed a three-year deal and kinda wasted three years of his career I think.”
Meltzer added that joining WWE was a long-time goal for the Japanese wrestler:
“I know he wanted to come to the United States, I think he was 35 or 36 at the time. I think in his mind he had plateaued because he was the face of the New Japan Junior Heavyweight Division and then Will Ospreay and Hiromu Takahashi pretty much passed him up.”
“WWE had been after him when Paul Levesque was trying to sign all the great workers and the guy’s a great worker so it seemed good, but once he got here. It’s tough if you’re a small Japanese wrestler in WWE. Even during the Levesque era when they were more into wrestling ability and size he still wasn’t a good fit because more than the wrestling ability they were into the talking ability and he was not a great English language talker so it was gonna be tough.”