The Japanese icon, who’s been on a tear since signing with NXT earlier this year, will first take on former WWN Champion JD Drake on Saturday, Aug. 24., at EVOLVE 133 in Livonia, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. WWE fans will remember Drake for his hard-hitting performance against Austin Theory at the EVOLVE 10th Anniversary Celebration, which streamed live on WWE Network last month.
The next night, at EVOLVE 134 in Chicago, Kushida will renew his rivalry with Drew Gulak when he challenges The Philadelphia Stretcher for the WWE Cruiserweight Title. Gulak issued a challenge to Kushida on Twitter after Kushida was announced for EVOLVE’s upcoming events, writing that he “still owe[s]” the submission specialist, a seeming reference to Kushida’s 2-0 record against Gulak on NXT TV this year.
Before long, 205 Live General Manager Drake Maverick and EVOLVE Matchmaker Gabe Sapolsky joined the conversation to give their blessings for the match and schedule the WWE Cruiserweight Title bout for Aug. 25.
Kushida will also be available for meet-and-greets at both events, and Gulak will take part in meet-and-greets in Chicago.
Tickets for EVOLVE 133 and 134 are available now. For more information, visit wwnlive.com.