WWE.com: Hideo Itami Makes A Surprising Return To NXT

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hideo Itami is back on the scene in NXT! During an NXT Live Event in Orlando last night, Hideo Itami shocked the NXT Universe when he returned to the black-and-yellow brand. Itami, who had been out of action since October with a neck injury, returned with only one man in his sights: Riddick Moss.

Moss, who took credit for injuring Itami, had been boasting about it all week on social media.

Itami noticed Moss’ tweet storm and made it clear that the two would be seeing each other much sooner than later.

Well, it turned out to be sooner. Itami returned and hit Moss with a GTS to remember. Watch NXT on the award-winning WWE Network to see what happens next between these two Superstars!












WWE.com: Hideo Itami Out Of Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Due To Injury

Hideo Itami has suffered an injury and will not be able to compete in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, WWE.com has learned.

The injury comes at an unfortunate time for Itami. The NXT Universe was looking forward to seeing him join forces with Kota Ibushi in the Classic, with some on social media declaring them favorites to win the whole tournament. With Itami ruled out of action, Ibushi’s new partner is not yet known.

In an exclusive interview with WWE.com, Itami admitted that he is unsure if he will be able to compete at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, but he vowed to be at NXT’s first Live Event in his home country of Japan on Dec. 3 in Osaka.

Stick with WWE.com for more on this story as it develops.

We wish Hideo Itami the best in what will hopefully be a speedy recovery.







WWE.com: Hideo Itami and Kota Ibushi To Compete In 2016 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic

Two of Japan’s biggest stars are joining forces for the Dusty Classic.

Ibushi made waves in this past summer’s Cruiserweight Classic on his way to the tournament semifinals. Now The Golden Star will be looking to do one better in this tournament and leave TakeOver: Toronto with his name engraved on the tournament trophy. Itami is just getting back in the swing of things after spending more than a year on the shelf with a shoulder injury. He’ll be out to prove that he hasn’t lost a step.

Itami & Ibushi may be the hardest-hitting team in the field of 16, possessing an arsenal of kicks that leave their opponents battered and bruised in an instant. That gives them a distinct advantage over the rest of the teams in the Classic. This duo may be able to carve an easy path to the finals for themselves, but a painful one for their opponents.







WWE.com: The 10 Hardest-Hitting Moves Ever!

#6. Hideo Itami’s Go to Sleep

When it comes to inventive ways of knocking dudes out, Hideo Itami is Leonardo Da Vinci. He is Albert Einstein. He is Nikola Tesla. And the Go to Sleep is his masterpiece. The move is incredibly simple — Itami props an opponent up on his shoulders and dumps him face-first into a waiting kneecap — but its knockout power sits pretty much at 100 percent. There’s not a Superstar alive who’s taken Itami’s GTS and hasn’t needed smelling salts in the back a few minutes later, and with Itami back in the mix at WWE NXT … well, let’s say the trainer’s room is gonna be filling up awfully fast. — ANTHONY BENIGNO












WWE.com: Hideo Itami On His Hard Road Back To NXT From Injury

After being forced out of action for nearly a year and a half, Hideo Itami made his long-awaited return to an NXT ring several weeks ago. As one of Japan’s biggest stars, Itami’s decision to sign with WWE NXT in summer 2014 made headlines all over the world. Now, he’s back in the headlines by returning to the ring in the hopes of picking up right where he left off. This week, Itami sat down with WWE.com to discuss his return, the frustrations of being injured and his future goals.

WWE.COM: How did it feel to finally return to an NXT ring?

ITAMI: I’m so happy to be back. Words cannot explain how much it meant. But my goal is not just to be back in action; I’m also focused on reaching the next level.

WWE.COM: For those who were unfamiliar with your shoulder injury, what exactly happened?

ITAMI: I suffered a dislocated shoulder, which was a very tough injury. I have torn my ACLs in both knees and I’ve broken an ankle, but this is the longest I’ve ever been out of action in my entire career. It was the toughest injury of my life.

WWE.COM: I understand you had two different surgeries, which extended your time away from the ring, right?

ITAMI: Yes, I had the first surgery in May 2015 and a second one in February 2016. When I first suffered the injury, I thought I was only going to be out for six months.

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WWE.com: The 10 Biggest Signings In WWE History

#8. Hideo Itami

When he was known as KENTA, this Japanese grappling expert was credited as both the inspiration and the greatest foil of mat masters like Daniel Bryan. And when WWE signed him, it was, to put it mildly, a very big deal. Interviews were commissioned, photos were taken, tweets were tweeted and congratulations were given, right up until the day he debuted. Independent acquisitions like Itami have become somewhat commonplace in NXT these days, though both his introduction — William Regal brought him out as KENTA and he became Hideo Itami before our eyes — and its buildup were unprecedented.