On Friday, the six-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion officially signed with WWE,where he will join the NXT brand.
Said NXT founder Triple H, "We’re making history tonight... ...and the show hasn’t even started. Welcome the internationally renowned KUSHIDA to NXT."
KUSHIDA's final match before leaving New Japan came on January 29 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, losing a near-25-minute match to Hiroshi Tanahashi. He dropped the Junior Heavyweight title to Taiji Ishimori at WrestleKingdom on January 4.
Across his eight years with New Japan, KUSHIDA additionally held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles twice with Time Splitters partner Alex Shelley, won both the 2015 and 2017 Best of the Super Juniors tournaments, and also won the 2016 Super J-Cup. KUSHIDA also reigned for four months in 2017 as Ring of Honor Television champion.