Fed up with Hideo Itami’s finger-pointing and complaints, Kassius Ohno is ready to show that he is a man of action. In a match that he requested, and a showdown that many NXT fans believe has been weeks in the making, NXT’s Knockout Artist will face Itami tonight, exclusively on WWE Network.
Since coming up short against NXT Champion Bobby Roode at TakeOver: Chicago, Itami has grown increasingly frustrated with his position in NXT. The legendary striker denied rumors that he plans to return to Japan, but has been openly critical about his treatment, claiming that he has not been given due respect by NXT fans or matchmakers.
At first, Ohno defended the uncharacteristic behavior of Itami, a long-respected ally whom Ohno first crossed paths with in Japan, and attempted to show Itami the “right way” of overcoming his setback. Yet, after Itami blamed Ohno for their tag team loss to SAnitY on the July 5 episode of NXT, the master of the Rolling Elbow had clearly had enough of Itami’s new attitude.
Tonight, the two universally feared competitors will square off inside the yellow ropes. Which striker will come out on top, and regardless of the outcome, where will Ohno and Itami’s friendship stand after the duel? Don’t miss this hotly anticipated match tonight when NXT streams on the award-winning WWE Network at 8/7 C.