By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
New Japan Pro Wrestling announced that Michael Elgin is out of the company after his contract expired on Sunday. “We wish Michael Elgin nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” reads a post at NJPW1972.com.
-NJPW also announced that Teruaki Kanemitsu is also leaving the company. Kanemitsu suffered a spinal injury in November 2016. “‘I have nothing but gratitude to the New Japan fans who gave me so much support,” Kanemitsu said in a statement issued on the NJPW website. “I’m disappointed that things have end this way, and I’m truly sorry. From here on out I will walk a different path. I feel like I will be going on an indefinite learning excursion, and I will dedicate myself to living up to the NJPW standard. I hope you continue to support me in the future.”
Powell’s POV: The NJPW story states that the company and Elgin mutually agreed to part ways. He hasn’t been featured prominently in some time so the writing was on the wall. It will be interesting to see where Elgin ends up next.
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