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KUSHIDA challenges Alex Shelley to NJPW Music City Mayhem match

The former tag partners are set to face off on July 30 in Nashville.

KUSHIDA has issued a challenge to Alex Shelley for NJPW Music City Mayhem. 

In a video promo released on social media, KUSHIDA challenged his former Time Splitters tag team partner to a singles bout at Music City Mayhem on Saturday, July 30. 

In the promo, KUSHIDA issued the challenge by way of writing a letter to Shelley, referring to Shelley as "my dearest professor, my best friend, my all-time best partner."

As the Time Splitters, KUSHIDA and Shelley twice held IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship gold in NJPW. The duo last teamed on a couple of live events and in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic in NXT in 2020.

KUSHIDA made his in-ring return to NJPW earlier this month following a three-year run in NXT. 

Here is the lineup for Music City Mayhem so far: 

NJPW Music City Mayhem, Saturday, July 30, 3 p.m. Eastern time on FITE TV pay-per-view --

  • No DQ match: Jon Moxley vs. El Desperado
  • Davey Richards vs. Clark Connors
  • Hiromu Takahashi vs. Blake Christian