The "Time Splitter" is letting his contract expire.
New Japan Pro Wrestling held a press conference today and although it was not announced during the press conference, the news broke by way of Tokyo Sports that former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kenny Omega is leaving the company. Omega is not the only star that is leaving New Japan as "The Ace" of the Junior Heavyweight division KUSHIDA is departing as well.
The former 6-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion lost the title to Taiji Ishimori at Wrestle Kingdom 13. KUSHIDA made it clear during today's press conference that his contract with the company expires on January 31st and that is when he will officially depart. New Japan announcer Chris Charlton translated some of what KUSHIDA said and the two-time Best Of Super Juniors Tournament winner stated that it was a tough decision to make but he's glad those around him understand and added that he is going overseas to see the world of professional wrestling.
KUSHIDA: As Sugabayashi said, I will leave NJPW on January 31. This was an extremely tough condition made with Meij, Sugabayashi and Kidani. It was a very big decision in my life and I’m thankful they understood. I will head overseas and to see the world of pro wrestling.— chris charlton (@reasonjp) January 7, 2019
KUSHIDA: I have been here in NJPW for 8 years. I was surprised at the scale of the business when I first came in and proud of being able to work here. The warm reception and words from the fans made me who I am and I am so grateful to them.— chris charlton (@reasonjp) January 7, 2019
KUSHIDA reflected on some of his favorite moments from his eight years in New Japan and talked about how if there was anything left for him to accomplish in the company he would not be leaving. KUSHIDA mentioned that he will not be saying much going forward because his contract does not expire until the end of the month but it has always been a dream of his to travel the world and wrestle.
As mentioned in this article, Kenny Omega is also leaving New Japan Pro Wrestling and for more on that, check out Fightful's published article on the topic.