WWE.com: Ohno And Itami Join Forces Against SAnitY

SAnitY “maestro” Eric Young is devising a master plan, and if Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe have their way, Kassius Ohno & Hideo Itami will be the first Superstars to feel the ramifications.

With the help of a distraction from Nikki Cross, Dain & Wolfe blindsided Ohno & Itami in the center of the ring on the June 28 edition of NXT, just as it seemed like the troubled friends were on the verge of patching up their hard feelings. Though NXT’s Knockout Artist and the master of the GTS have had a rocky few weeks, with recent in-ring setbacks straining their friendship, they now align under the common cause: Scoring retribution against NXT’s chaotic contingent.

Wolfe offered some semblance of an explanation for SAnitY’s unprovoked attack, stating that Young wants his crew to expose “forced friendships” such as Ohno & Itami’s as nothing more than “lies.”

Can SAnitY succeed in their nefarious quest, or will Ohno & Itami leave Dain & Wolfe seeing stars? Don’t miss this huge tag team collision, streaming tonight on WWE Network.

Video: Is Hideo Itami Headed Back To Japan?

Hideo Scheduled To Appear On Upcoming WWE Tour Of Japan

The line up for WWE’s upcoming tour of Japan was recently released and Hideo is scheduled to appear on both shows.

June 30th:
Chris Jericho vs. Hideo Itami

July 1st:
Akira Tozawa and Hideo Itami vs. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows

NXT TakeOver: Chicago Preview – NXT Champion Bobby Roode vs. Hideo Itami

Hideo Itami will enter TakeOver: Chicago on Saturday, May 20, intent not just on dethroning Bobby Roode as NXT Champion, but on showing the world why he deserves to be considered one of the very best.

The main-event opportunity has been a long time coming for the hard-hitting Superstar, a seeming inevitability delayed for years by untimely injuries. Itami’s rise up the ranks in NXT has been stymied since his widely publicized signing in 2014, with the latest setback occurring last fall.

That helps explain the dangerous sense of urgency with which Itami has operated since returning last month to confront (and put to sleep) The Glorious One. Focused on making up for lost time, Itami demolished Kona Reeves in his first bout back on WWE Network on May 3, then prevailed over a gutsy Roderick Strong in a closely fought No. 1 Contender’s Match on May 10.

It was Roode’s claim that nobody belongs in “his” NXT that seemingly drew Itami’s ire in the first place. Arrogant and brash though he might be, Roode has backed up his big words when the time comes. Still, Itami turned out Roode’s lights with his soporific strike, the Go-To-Sleep, once before. Can the Japanese Superstar do the same in Chicago and claim NXT’s top prize in the process? Or will the era of The Glorious One continue to reign?

Watch NXT Champion Bobby Roode defend against Hideo Itami at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, live on the award-winning WWE Network Saturday, May 20, at 8 ET/5 PT.

WWE.com: Hideo Itami Battles Roderick Strong To Determine No. 1 Contender To NXT Championship

Two of the best wrestlers in the world will compete to see who will be the new No. 1 contender to the NXT Championship when Hideo Itami goes head-to-head with Roderick Strong.

Both of these highly acclaimed in-ring veterans are more than worthy of a chance to challenge Bobby Roode, but only one can get the opportunity. Itami is back from injury and better than ever. The world-renowned Japanese Superstar returned two weeks ago to NXT, hitting the Go-To-Sleep on the champion, before making another emphatic statement with a forceful victory over Kona Reeves a week later. Itami clearly has his sights set on Roode’s NXT Title, but he will have to go through Strong first.

Strong, who has spent most of his stay in NXT thus far fighting SAnitY alongside Tye Dillinger and others, is widely recognized as one of the best competitors in the world. But, as seen in the emotional videos documenting Strong’s journey inside and outside the squared circle, the new father now has more motivation than ever to reach the top of NXT.

Find out who will challenge Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship when Itami and Strong collide tonight at 8/7 C on the award-winning WWE Network.

WWE.com: The 10 Biggest Signings Of NXT’s TakeOver Era

#10. Hideo Itami

Hideo Itami didn’t just open the door for international signings to NXT; he kicked it down. The Japanese Superstar arrived amid a fury of fanfare as NXT’s first highly acclaimed international competitor.

NXT rolled out the red carpet for Itami, performing an in-ring contract signing in his home country of Japan. The renowned wrestler’s debut was no different as General Manager William Regal welcomed him with open arms at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way.

Although Itami’s tenure has been slightly marred by injuries, his signing continues to be a landmark event in the history of NXT.