NJPW Star Leaves Promotion

4 years ago by Louis Dangoor

NJPW Star Leaves Promotion

New Japan Pro Wrestling has released the following statement reporting that Michael Elgin (real name Aaron Frobel), has left the promotion after deciding to not renew his contract

Michael Elgin has left New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Elgin debuted with NJPW during the 2015 G1 Climax and instantly impressed with his powerful, hard hitting offense. On March 3 2016 in Ota-ku, Elgin publicly announced that he had signed with NJPW, and went on to win the NEVER Openweight and IWGP Intercontinental Championships.

After careful consideration and dialogue, Elgin and NJPW have mutually decided to part ways after his contract expired on March 31, 2019.

We wish Michael Elgin nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

Elgin is also a former Ring of Honor World Champion, last appearing for the promotion in 2016.

When it comes to Elgin, the timing could be significant. NJPW contracts usually do not include ‘No Compete’ clauses, so Elgin could be appearing at a WWE show, perhaps NXT Takeover: New York on Friday night.

Whilst it isn’t certain if Elgin with be appearing at a WWE show in the coming days, PWInsider’s Mike Johnson is reporting that fellow former NJPW star KUSHIDA, will likely be introduced at NXT Takeover: New York.

“KUSHIDA has been in Orlando and has been at the WWE Performance Center. I would be shocked if he isn’t revealed in some fashion at Takeover: New York next weekend.”

In other news, NJPW have also announced that Teruaki Kanemitsu, one of the promotion’s ‘Young Lions’ has also quit the company. Teruaki suffered a nasty back injury towards the end of 2016, and since then has been working to get back in the ring. However, both NJPW and Kanemitsu have decided to part ways.

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