Kushida is one of the young talents of NXT. The Japanese superstar is destined for a great future, inspired by his compatriot Shinsuke Nakamura who has gained great respect in WWE. After months of rumored interest in Kushida by American promotion WWE, the signing of Kushida was officially announced at a press conference in New York City a few days before WrestleMania 35 in April 2019.
Later that day, Kushida appeared in the crowd at NXT TakeOver: New York, making his debut for WWE NXT in the process. The next television tapings for NXT took place on April 10, 2019. At the tapings, Kushida debuted on NXT's weekly television program in a match against Kassius Ohno.
In a recent interview, Kushida commented on moving to US: “About a month has passed since I moved to Florida. Looking back on this month, I have spent a long time as if it has already been about a year. I was in a state where I didn’t understand the new practice environment, food, housing, English, matches, but I feel that a little more open time has been created recently.
On weekdays, practice picked up at the Performance Center. I also started a one-on-one English class. The weekend is full of house shows. I am desperate every day to get through a day. Driving to the venue yourself, setting up the ring, wrestle, and clear the ring.
Then drive back to home again. It is the life in NXT. With the series of fresh discoveries, it feels like you are becoming thicker and bigger as a person."