WWE.com: Hideo Itami Puts The Cruiserweight Division On Notice

Tonight, Hideo Itami makes his highly-anticipated Cruiserweight division debut. However, the Japanese Superstar didn’t wait for WWE 205 Live to show the WWE Universe what he is capable of, making his Raw debut last night. Itami didn’t have any ordinary debut; he came to the aid of his longtime friend Finn Bálor, as The Miztourage unleashed an assault on the first-ever Universal Champion after their 2-on-1 Match ended following a disqualification.

Itami charged the ring, quickly disposing of Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel before the match was restarted as a tag team bout. The newest addition to the Cruiserweight division put his innovative offense on full display, working alongside one of WWE’s top Superstars in Finn Bálor. Capping off his incredible first night on Raw, Itami took down Axel with his patented Go to Sleep, sending a strong message to his fellow Cruiserweights.

How will Itami continue to build momentum in his first WWE 205 Live appearance? How will the other Cruiserweights respond to Itami’s impactful debut? Find out tonight on WWE 205 Live at 10/9 C on the award-winning WWE Network.

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WWE.com: WWE 205 Live To Hold Three Special Live Events In January

The Cruiserweight division is ready to fly high and drop jaws as WWE 205 Live holds three special events in January. Don’t miss your chance to see Enzo Amore, Kalisto, Gentleman Jack Gallagher and all your favorite Superstars at 205 pounds and under in action three days in a row.

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 – Kingston, RI – The Ryan Center
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 – Lowell, MA – Lowell Auditorium
Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 – Poughkeepsie, NY – Mid Hudson Civic Center

Tickets for each event go on sale Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. EST.

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WWE.com: Disqualifications Are Thrown Out The Window In Ohno vs. Itami

Rules can no longer contain the hostile rivalry between Kassius Ohno and Hideo Itami.

That much was clear after their hard-hitting clash on July 26, when Itami was disqualified for a blatantly illegal low blow. Indignant over the referee’s decision, Itami continued to batter Ohno after the bell, wrecking him with Go To Sleeps and smashing him into the steel ring steps.

With retribution on his mind, Ohno requested and was granted a No Disqualification Match by NXT General Manager William Regal last week, setting the scene for tonight’s destructive confrontation.

A duel between Itami and Ohno — newly embittered foes who also happen to be two of the world’s elite strikers — is a recipe for carnage under the gentlest of scenarios. The removal of disqualifications gives them free rein to brutalize each other however they want. Don’t miss this lawless battle tonight on NXT, streaming exclusively on the award-winning WWE Network.