Michael Elgin and Teruaki Kanemitsu are leaving New Japan

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2019/04/02/michael-elgin-and-teruaki-kanemitsu-are-leaving-new-japan/

New Japan Pro Wrestling issued a statement on Monday night that Michael Elgin is leaving the company after his contract expired on March 31st. The company also announced that young lion Teruaki Kanemitsu is leaving the company.

Elgin started with New Japan in 2015 in the G1 Climax and made an immediate impact as a foreigner. Elgin would rise to become the Intercontinental champion in June 2016 defeating Kenny Omega at Dominion in Osaka. He held the title until September when he dropped it to Tetsuya Naito. The 32-year old also held the NEVER Openweight title and NEVER six-man tag titles and won the New Japan Rumble at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in January 2017.

He had missed a considerable amount of time in 2018 due to a knee injury and recently returned and participated in the New Japan Cup where he lost to Kazuchika Okada in the opening round.

Teruaki Kanemitsu came out of the New Japan Dojo and began wrestling for the company in January 2016. He suffered a cervical spine injury in his rookie year and was out of action for two years. He returned last December and had a match teaming with Ren Narita against Ayato Yoshida and Shota Umino at Korakuen Hall that went to a 15:00 draw. That was his match with the company.

Given the Elgin story of late I figured he would stay in Japan and work for NJPW until it died down. Does he think he can get a job in North America with the scandal hanging over his head?

Would a promotion like AEW want to take a chance on him? Or is he moving toward training new wrestlers?

Does anyone expect Elgin’s recent legal issues (not sure what else to call that whole situation) will prevent him from signing with say NXT/WWE?

Where do folks see him ending up?

He may make indie appearances, they are small time enough for it not to make waves. I will be honest, I am not entirely up on what the story is with Elgin, whether it was proven or whatever but if it is still in court I will withhold judgement on the man until I read more.

I think he would be a great addition to AEW but with their brand messaging with “AEW being for Everyone” I can’t see them taking a chance so close to their first PPV on a guy that has the baggage of Elgin.

Truth be told, I also am not up to date on the whole thing, nor did I really know what was up from jump street. I just know it had been following him a bit.

And yeah, I think it’d be a tough look for AEW there. I think he’s got his own Fed. Maybe he just focuses on building that.