NXT Results and Photos – May 17th 2017

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Hideo Itami Puts Bobby Roode To Sleep

With their huge NXT Championship showdown just days away, Bobby Roode and Hideo Itami met inside the ring in an explosive encounter.

The Glorious One did what he does best and struck down his NXT TakeOver: Chicago challenger verbally before the Japanese Superstar had enough and came out to confront the titleholder. General Manager William Regal couldn’t calm down Itami, who not only put NXT security to sleep, but left Roode himself laid out via the GTS. Could this be a preview of what’s to come this Saturday?




NXT Results and Photos – May 10th 2017

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Hideo Itami def. Roderick Strong in an NXT Championship No. 1 Contender’s Match

With a title opportunity against NXT Champion Bobby Roode at TakeOver: Chicago at stake, Roderick Strong wasn’t short on grit, skill or motivation as he battled Hideo Itami. Instead, Strong simply learned what so many competitors before him have found out the hard way: Once Itami hits the Go-To-Sleep, there’s no coming back.

In an epic clash that divided the NXT Universe, Itami and Strong left it all in the ring. Full Sail University broke into dueling chants of “Let’s go, Roddy” and “Hideo” as the two would-be contenders traded big hits. For every punch, kick or elbow Itami landed, The Messiah of the Backbreaker responded with some form of a spine-wrenching slam including, at one point, a backbreaker onto the edge of the ring apron.

As the action approached the 20-minute mark, Strong popped Itami on the jaw with a leaping knee strike. But some three years after his blockbuster signing with NXT, Itami had come too far to let an NXT Title Match slip through his fingers. Itami repaid Strong with a hesitation dropkick in the corner before hitting the GTS for the hard-fought win. In the ultimate show of sportsmanship, Itam then helped Strong to his feet and held his hand high before leaving the ring with The Glorious One in his crosshairs.

Strong’s night wasn’t over, yet, however. After the broadcast ended, WWE.com cameras stayed glued to the action. SAnitY swarmed the ring and laid out the exhausted Superstar in a brutal beatdown, begging the question: Why has NXT’s chaotic contingent renewed its focus on Roderick Strong?




NXT Results and Photos – May 3rd 2017

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Hideo Itami def. Kona Reeves

Prior to his bout with the returning Hideo Itami, Kona Reeves was observed conversing with NXT Champion Bobby Roode in the locker room, prompting speculation that The Glorious One was hatching a plot against the Superstar who knocked him out two weeks ago.

That conclusion seemed well founded when Reeves jumped Itami before the bell. The sneak attack gave Reeves an early advantage, but the youngster’s hubris soon caught up with him: As the Hawaiian Superstar began disrespecting his legendary foe, Itami came unglued, nailing him with a strike that echoed throughout Full Sail University and cutting him down to size with a series of wicked kicks. The NXT Universe chanted “GTS,” and Itami obliged, decimating Reeves with the Go-To-Sleep for the emphatic win.




NXT Results and Photos – April 19th 2017

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Hideo Itami knocked Bobby Roode out cold with the GTS

NXT Champion Bobby Roode went from euphoric to asleep in a matter of seconds thanks to a powerful message delivered by Hideo Itami.

With his chin held high and the newly redesigned NXT Title strapped around his waist, Roode entered Full Sail University eager to brag about how he had “embarrassed” Shinsuke Nakamura at TakeOver: Orlando. But when The Glorious One declared that nobody deserves to be in “his” NXT, Itami — now fully recovered from a neck injury he suffered in October — charged the ring and smacked Roode across the face.

Roode removed his jacket and rolled up his sleeves before gunning toward Itami, but it didn’t matter: Itami still racked Roode onto his shoulders and knocked him out with the Go-To-Sleep. The internationally feared Superstar then picked up the NXT Title for a closer look, as NXT officials struggled for several minutes to peel an unconscious Roode off the mat.




NXT Results and Photos – September 28th 2016

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Hideo Itami def. Lince Dorado

Just days after making a big impact on Monday Night Raw, Lince Dorado sprang into action for his first solo foray between the yellow ropes of NXT, squaring off with the hard-hitting Hideo Itami. The “Golden Lynx of Lucha Libre” lived up to his namesake early on, darting around the ring with great agility, evading Itami’s strikes.

However, Dorado’s agility was his undoing, as he eventually dove chest-first into a thunderous kick from his opponent. Though the feline Superstar regained control with a beautiful Asai moonsault to the floor, it was not enough to put Itami away. After Dorado missed a Shooting Star Press, Itami unleashed a flurry of vicious kicks before putting Lince’s lights out with Go to Sleep to earn the victory.

Itami’s celebration would be short-lived, as Austin Aries blindsided him. The sneak attack was cut short, as Itami nearly caught Aries with a kick, sending “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” into retreat. Though Aries got the upper hand this time, it won’t be long before he finds himself against Itami with nowhere to run.




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After the bell, Aries grabbed the microphone and dared Itami to meet him in the ring, calling the Japanese striker a coward. Itami was happy to oblige, but Aries backed down at the last second, running away before any blows were exchanged.




NXT Results and Photos – September 14th 2016

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Hideo Itami def. Drew Gulak

Cruiserweight Classic competitor Drew Gulak displayed his trademark toughness by testing Hideo Itami with his brand of in-ring brutality. Unfortunately for the Philadelphia native, Itami answered with his own hard-hitting attack, highlighted by a GTS for the victory.




NXT Results and Photos – August 17th 2016

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Hideo Itami def. Mustafa Ali

Hideo Itami didn’t lose a beat in his return to the ring two weeks ago, defeating Sean Maluta in impressive fashion. Itami was back inside the squared circle putting his rebuilt shoulder to the test against another Cruiserweight Classic competitor, Mustafa Ali, and he did not disappoint.

It‘s easy to see why Ali was granted the opportunity to compete in this match, as the lightning-quick Pakistani competitor pulled off a number of impressive moves against Itami. However, the Japanese Superstar continued to show he is fully recovered from his devastating shoulder injury, defeating Ali behind a litany of strikes, including a running knee for the pinfall.




NXT Results and Photos – August 3rd 2016

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Hideo Itami def. Sean Maluta

Hideo Itami made his long-awaited return to the ring and the Japanese striker did not disappoint. In his first match back in more than a year, Itami was faced with newcomer Sean Maluta, who was making his NXT debut after being knocked out of the first round of the Cruiserweight Classic by tournament favorite Kota Ibushi. On hand to witness the contest were Maluta’s fellow Cruiserweight Classic competitors Zack Sabre Jr., Tony Nese and Drew Gulak, all of whom are going on to the tournament’s second round.

Inside the squared circle, in the face of Maluta’s aggressive attack, Itami showed little to no signs of ring rust, unleashing his rapid-fire strikes on an overwhelmed Maluta. In the end, Itami prevailed after hitting a running knee for the pinfall.




NXT TakeOver: Respect Coverage

Still on the injured list, Hideo was in attendance, along with former WWE Superstar Funaki to watch the historical NXT TakeOver: Respect event last night.