Rapidly rising Japanese stand-out KUSHIDA is perhaps best-known as one-half of The Time Splitters with Alex Shelley, but his diverse and extensive background beforehand lends further credence to how dangerous and effective KUSHIDA can be. Not only is KUSHIDA a pupil of of the one and only Yoshihiro Tajiri of ECW and WWE fame, but he also has a mixed-martial arts background, scoring a 6-2 record, with 2 knockouts. KUSHIDA had what many experts thought to be a very lucrative MMA career ahead of him, but he chose to pass the opportunity up to pursue his first love of professional wrestling. KUSHIDA actually started his career in Mexico, reminiscent of other past legendary Japanese stars, perhaps most famously done by Ultimo Dragon. KUSHIDA also spent ample time in the United States on “excursion”, a common practice for promising Japanese wrestlers to do in order to gain experience.
Once KUSHIDA returned to Japan and aligned with Alex Shelley, The Time Splitters were formed, and both men’s careers saw an immediate surge. The Time Splitters, both collectively and individually possess a versatile and well-rounded hybrid style that truly transcends time, and with their new-found allegiance, they determined they could cut their time until they were wearing major championship gold into a fraction of what it would otherwise be. The duo won the 2012 New Japan Super Jr. Tag Team Tournament on their road to becoming 2x IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, even defeating The Young Bucks to begin one of those reigns, and fending off worthy challenges from the likes of reDRagon and Forever Hooligans. KUSHIDA also saw individual success, capturing the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship as well in 2014. With his track record as it is, KUSHIDA is an immediate player when it concerns the GFW NEX*GEN Title. How much time before KUSHIDA is wearing GFW Championship gold?