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.




NXT Results and Photos – September 21st 2016

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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.




NXT Results and Photos – June 24th 2015

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Hideo Itami addressed the NXT Universe

Making his first appearance since the brutal parking lot attack that left him with a torn rotator cuff and forced him out of the No. 1 Contender’s Match at TakeOver: Unstoppable, Hideo Itami wasted no time in setting up his return to the ring. Though he will be out of action for 3 to 4 months, Itami issued a challenge to the winner of the NXT Championship Match between Kevin Owens and Finn Bálor on July 4 upon his return from injury.

As soon as the challenge was issued, Owens emerged to deny any accusations that he was Itami’s attacker, and demand an apology from Itami for calling him a “bad person” prior to TakeOver. After Itami refused, Owens stormed toward the ring, only to be cut off by Bálor. The enigmatic No. 1 Contender got the upper hand on Owens, but was blindsided by Rhyno, who viciously kicked him off the stage in a near repeat of their battle from earlier this month. Following the fracas, NXT General Manager William Regal announced that Bálor would take on The Man Beast in the main event!




NXT Coverage – May 27th 2015

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Although Hideo may not have been live at Full Sail, he was shown on a pre-taped video informing the NXT Universe of his injured shoulder, which required surgery. He admited that he didn’t know who had attacked him before NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, but promised when he returns, no-one would be stopping him.




NXT Results and Photos – May 13th 2015

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Tyler Breeze & Adam Rose def. Hideo Itami & Finn Bálor

With their NXT Championship No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match looming, Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami joined forces once again to take on the third man in the TakeOver bout, Tyler Breeze, and Adam Rose. Itami & Bálor seemed to be the more cohesive unit as the match wore on, though Breeze & Rose weren’t afraid to use underhanded tactics to take control.

Things looked to go well for Itami as he seemed to have Breeze on the ropes, until Bálor tagged himself into the bout. The enigmatic Superstar soon had Prince Pretty in position for the Coup de Grace, until Itami repaid the favor and tagged himself back in. That set off an argument between the two friends, allowing Breeze to sneak up on Itami and roll him up for the victory.

After the bout, Prince Pretty clocked Itami with a Supermodel Kick and Bálor with a Beauty Shot. Rose tried to celebrate with his partner, only to get tagged with a Supermodel Kick himself. Breeze stood tall and snapped a selfie amid the carnage he created, perhaps setting the stage for his greatest victory yet at TakeOver next week.




NXT Results and Photos – May 6th 2015

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Hideo Itami def. Tyler Breeze

Looking to scout the competition ahead of the No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match at TakeOver: Unstoppable, Finn Bálor pulled up a chair at ringside to get a close-up view as Hideo Itami and Tyler Breeze rekindled their rivalry.

Though both competitors traded control, the match turned into a game of cat-and-mouse. Breeze eventually scrambled to ringside to avoid Itami’s lightning-fast strikes. Itami tried to clock Breeze with a big boot on the arena floor, but Prince Pretty moved, leaving Itami’s foot to connect with Bálor‘s jaw. Breeze missed with the Beauty Shot back in the ring, but Itami ducked and connected with the Shotgun Kick for the victory.

Breeze attacked Itami from behind after the bout until Bálor threw him off. The enigmatic Superstar went to check on his friend, until Prince Pretty tagged him with a Supermodel Kick and clobbered Itami with the Beauty Shot, giving his opponents a painful preview of Takeover.