Yujiro Kushida is a Japanese professional wrestler and former mixed martial artist. He is currently signed with WWE and wrestles for the company’s NXT brand. His ring name is KUSHIDA (in all capital letters).
While in high school, Kushida joined Nobuhiko Takada’s Takada Dojo and started training in wrestling and mixed martial arts. Kushida made his MMA debut for ZST, a Japan-based mixed martial arts promotion. A year later, Kushida traveled to Mexico to learn the style of luche libre wrestling. He made his professional wrestling debut as a masked wrestler named, Yujiro.
From 2006 to 2009, Kushida wrestled for Japanese promotions Hustle, All Japan Pro Wrestling and Osaka Pro Wrestling. Kushida left Japan and traveled to North America to wrestle for independent promotions like Chikara, Border City Wrestling and Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre.
From 2010 to 2019, Kushida wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling and held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship title six times. Kushida also formed a tag team with Alex Shelley called the Time Splitters. Together, Shelley and Kushida won the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships twice.
In April 2019, WWE announced at a press conference a few days before WrestleMania 35 that Kushida had signed with the company. Kushida made his in-ring debut at NXT TakeOver: New York and defeated Kassius Ohno.
In January 2020, Alex Shelley joined NXT and Kushida and Shelley became the Time Splitters again. The Time Splitters had their first match in WWE NXT on January 15 2020 and were defeated by Grizzled Young Veterans.
Birth name: Yujiro Kushida
Born: May 12, 1983, Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight: 192 lb (87 kg)
Ring Name(s): Yujiro, Yujiro Kushida, Kushida
Current Roster: WWE NXT
Finishing Move(s): Sakuraba Lock
Career Championships and Accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- AJPW U-30 Tag Team Tournament (2008)
- Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre
- Cuadrangular de Parejas (2016)
- New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (6 times)
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship (2 times)
- Best of the Super Juniors (2015, 2017)
- Super J-Cup (2016)
- Super Jr. Tag Tournament (2012)
- Ring of Honor
- ROH World Television Championship (1 time)
- What Culture Pro Wrestling
- Pro Wrestling World Cup (2017)
- Mixed martial arts
- ZST Genesis Lightweight Tournament (2004)