WWE officially announced the signing of former NJPW star Kushida.
Kushida, a six time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, announced that he was leaving NJPW in January.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) April 5, 2019
We’re making history tonight…
…and the show hasn’t even started.
— Triple H (@TripleH) April 5, 2019
— WWE (@WWE) April 6, 2019
Kushida, one of the most celebrated competitors in modern Japanese wrestling history, has arrived in NXT.
Hours before TakeOver: New York streams live on WWE Network, Kushida made his long-rumored arrival official, signing his NXT contract with WWE COO Triple H and NXT General Manager William Regal looking on.
A ring veteran of more than 10 years, Kushida was originally trained in mixed martial arts. He amassed an undefeated 6-0-2 record in pro fights before deciding to pursue sports-entertainment. Kushida has captured numerous championships in New Japan Pro Wrestling, won several of Japan’s most prestigious tournaments and faced the likes of Finn Bálor and the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger over the course of his decorated career.