Kushida Wants To Be A Bridge For Japan And The US And Make The Cruiserweight Title ‘Truly Valuable And Meaningful’


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Kushida aims to change wrestling in the same way that some other Japanese icons have done in their respective industries.

Fresh off of his successful title defense on this week’s episode of NXT, Kushida posted the following message about what he hopes to bring to NXT and the Cruiserweight Championship.

I’m the NEW NXT cruiserweight champion.

I want to make this belt something that is truly valuable and meaningful in this business. I respect the former champion Santos. It has increased the value of this title for a year.

I will make history from today.

I want to be a bridge that connects Japan and the U.S.A. Many great things have been imported from Japan to the United States. Sony revolutionized electronics. Nissan, Toyota, and Honda have brought high quality automobiles. Ichiro Suzuki and Shohei Ohtani have changed the way baseball is played in America.

And I will try my best to do the same for wrestling!

Any brand, Any place, It doesn’t matter who challenges me. I’m the leader of the WWE cruiserweight. and I’m here in NXT.

I will continue to challenge ANY competitor.


Kushida defeated Oney Lorcan on last night’s episode of NXT after he issued an open challenge, the same stipulation that opened the door to him beating Santos Escobar last week. Next week’s show on April 27 will see Kushida in six-man tag team action.

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