NXT Results and Photos – August 3rd 2016

Live Event Digitals > August 3rd, 2016
Screen Captures > August 3rd, 2016

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.




Video: Hideo Itami Returns To NXT!




WWE 2K16 Gameplay Footage Featuring Hideo




NXT Meet and Greet Photos – October 8th, 2015

Hideo, along with Funaki, was once again in attendance for NXT, during the tapings this past Thurday. This time, the two took time to meet with the fans and take photos before the shows. The photos have been uploaded to the gallery, which you can check out using the link below.




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.




Toyko, Japan 2015 WWE Live Event Photos

Photos taken from the live show in Tokyo, Japan on Friday where Hideo hosted a special Hall Of Fame ceremony for recent WWE Hall Of Fame inductee, Japanese legend, Tatsumi Fujinami, have been added to the gallery.




NXT Results and Photos – June 24th 2015

Live Event Digitals > June 24th, 2015
Screen Captures > June 24th, 2015

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!






Hello World: J-Wave 81.3FM Radio Interview

The guys at Hello World also posted a short blog about interviewing Hideo on their official site, along with a candid photo, you can view both by clicking below.




Hideo’s Promotional Tour Of Japan Interview Transcripts

During his promotional tour of Japan in the past few days, Hideo has been taking part in a few interviews to promote the upcoming WWE tour in July and to update the Japanese masses of how his time in the WWE has been. Unfortunately, being unable to translate Japanese, I’m not able to post the interviews here, but I’ve posted links below to some of the interviews that he has partaken in. If I am able get a translate version of these interviews in the future, I’ll be sure to post them!