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.







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.







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The Return Of The GTS!

Aries was not done with his rival, though, pummeling No Way Jose after the bell and locking on Last Chancery again as the referee tried to remove it. Aries’ post-match assault was cut short when Hideo Itami arrived to the Barclays Center. “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived” attempted to cut Itami off, but Hideo unleashed a flurry of devastating strikes on Aries. And, much to the delight of the sold-out crowd, Itami floored Aries with Go To Sleep, the move he invented!







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.







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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.







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