Kushida will be making his EVOLVE Wrestling debut later this month.
Kushida will be in action at EVOLVE 133 in Livonia, Michigan on Saturday, August 24 and EVOLVE 134 in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, August 25. He’ll also be available for meet-and-greets on both nights.
Drew Gulak sent out a tweet teasing that he’ll be defending his Cruiserweight Championship against Kushida on the Chicago show. Tweets by Gabe Sapolsky and Drake Maverick then set up that the match will be happening.
Kushida signed with WWE and joined NXT after his contract with NJPW expired earlier this year.
Here are the other matches that have been announced for EVOLVE 133 and 134:
EVOLVE 133 (Monaghan Knights of Columbus Hall in Livonia, Michigan) —
Matt Riddle vs. Josh Briggs
EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory vs. Anthony Henry in a non-title match
JD Drake vs. Arturo Ruas
AR Fox (w/ Ayla Fox and The Skulk) vs. Joe Gacy in an anything goes match
Curt Stallion vs. Anthony Greene (w/ Brandi Lauren)
Babatunde vs. Sean Maluta
Leon Ruff vs. Brandon Taggart
Stephen Wolf vs. Anthony Gutierrez
EVOLVE 134 (Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago, Illinois) —
EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory defending against JD Drake and Josh Briggs in a triple threat match
EVOLVE Tag Team Champions AR Fox & Leon Ruff (w/ Ayla Fox and The Skulk) defending against Matt Riddle & Curt Stallion
Arturo Ruas vs. Anthony Henry in a no holds barred match
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Brandi Lauren in a kendo sticks are legal match
Babatunde vs. Joe Gacy
Adrian Alanis & Liam Grey vs. The Besties in The World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett)
Stephen Wolf vs. Sean Maluta
Anthony Greene vs. PACO