Former WWE NXT Cruiserweight Champion and IWGP Jr Heavyweight Champion KUSHIDA has issued a challenge to a familiar name for NJPW Music City Mayhem.
In a new video shared by NJPW, KUSHIDA read out a letter he had written for his former tag partner, Alex Shelley.
KUSHIDA revealed that he wants to face Shelley on July 30, reminding his friend of a previous match that was ultimately cancelled.
The full message was:
“July 30 in Nashville, there’s someone important I want to face. I thought it would be best to put my feelings in a letter. ‘Dear friend, what are you doing now? I signed with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and started a new professional wrestling life. The match between you and I were cancelled a long time ago… Do you remember it? I want to see you in person very soon. We are waiting for you at the Nashville NJPW Strong on July 30. Please show up to the ring.
“My dearest professor, my best friend, my all-time best partner. Alex Shelley. Best regards, KUSHIDA’
“Now is the right time for this to happen. Shelley, I’m waiting.”
KUSHIDA and Alex Shelley wrestled together as the Time Splitters from 2012 to 2015. The duo won the IWGP Jr Tag Team Championship on two separate occasions, as well as the 2012 Super Jr Tag Tournament.
The Time Splitters had a brief reunion in early 2020, teaming up on two WWE NXT house shows, before losing to the Grizzled Young Veterans on the January 15 episode, in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
KUSHIDA became a free agent in April, after his WWE contract expired. He officially made his NJPW return during the June New Japan Road tour.
The match has yet to be officially confirmed for the event. The current lineup for Music City Mayhem is as follows:
- Jon Moxley vs. El Desperado – No Disqualifications
- Davey Richards vs. Clark Connors
- Hiromu Takahashi vs. Blake Christian
Over 20 performers have left WWE this year so far. You can check out the full list of WWE departures in 2022 right here.
Transcription via Fightful.
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