Kushida Announced as New NXT Signee

After months of speculation, former New Japan Pro Wrestling standout Kushida was revealed as the latest signee to NXT.

The Japanese Superstar was introduced during a press conference before Takeover: New York. Triple H and NXT General Manager William Regal were on hand to show off their new acquisition.

You can watch the video below.

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Yujiro Kushida is a former IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion who last wrestled for NJPW in January. After dropping the title to Taiji Ishimori at Wrestle Kingdom 13, the wrestler announced he would not renew his contract with the promotion when it expired at the end of January 2019.

"As Sugabayashi said, I will leave NJPW on January 31. This was an extremely tough condition made with Meij, Sugabayashi and Kidani," Kushida said following Wrestle Kingdom. "It was a very big decision in my life and I'm thankful they understood. I will head overseas and to see the world of pro wrestling."

His final match with NJPW was at the Road To The New Beginning show where he would fall to Hiroshi Tanahashi.

Dave Meltzer reported on his Wrestling Observer radio show in January that he was confident Kushida would go to WWE's NXT brand. His sources said the company was aggressively trying to sign the Japanese superstar.

With the likely departures of NXT stars Aleister Black and Ricochet, who have now become mainstays on Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live, and the injury to former NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, the brand is looking to bulk up the roster once again and Kushida is a good start.

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