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!

Hideo Itami In Japan Promoting WWE’s Upcoming Tour

As part of the promotion of the upcoming WWE tour to Japan at beginning of July, Hideo Itami returned to the land of the rising sun. Yesterday, May 28, he appeared at the J Sports studios, the TV channel responsible for the transmission of WWE events in that country.

In various interviews that the Japanese superstar, formerly known as KENTA, took part in, he spoke of what that has been like in NXT (though a shoulder injury will keep him out of action for at least 6 months), the thrill of being in a watch at Wrestlemania 31 and the great honour of being witness to the Japanese legend Tatsumi Fujinami, being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

He spoke about how he is adjusting to living in America, where he highlights that his greatest difficulties lie in the language, although he has had great progress. He was also pleased that the public fully identify his name in the ring. Finally he emphasized in that IF he will take part in the WWE tour in July at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, his participation will be limited to being like special guest because of his injury.

By the time WWE come back to Tokyo, it would have been one year ago, at the WWE live show in Osaka, Itami publicly signed a contract with the biggest company of entertainment on a global scale, having Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart as witnesses.

Samoa Joe Mentions Hideo In Exclusive Interview With WWE.com

In a recent exclusive interview with WWE.com, the newest addition to the NXT roster Samoa Joe, was asked several question including who currently on the NXT roster he’s been keeping his eye on since debuting. Here’s what he had to say:

WWE.COM: Is there anyone else in NXT you have your eye on?

JOE: Absolutely. Finn Bálor is someone I’ve had experience with. I helped start the New Japan Dojo in Los Angeles. I remember seeing him and what he was able to do. And now, he’s No. 1 contender, so if it’s not going to be Kevin, it’s going to be [Bálor].

Tyler Breeze is a tremendous athlete, but he’s far too pretty. It bugs me. Eventually, when he comes back, Hideo Itami, too. We’ve locked up over the years and had our fair share of wars. I’m more than happy to have another with him. There are a lot of unresolved personal issues there. Hopefully, we can get into the ring and sort them out.

You can read the full interview here.

NXT Coverage – May 27th 2015

Screen Captures > May 27th, 2015

Although Hideo may not have been live at Full Sail, he was shown on a pre-taped video informing the NXT Universe of his injured shoulder, which required surgery. He admited that he didn’t know who had attacked him before NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, but promised when he returns, no-one would be stopping him.

NXT Results and Photos – May 13th 2015

Live Event Digitals > May 13th, 2015
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Tyler Breeze & Adam Rose def. Hideo Itami & Finn Bálor

With their NXT Championship No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match looming, Finn Bálor and Hideo Itami joined forces once again to take on the third man in the TakeOver bout, Tyler Breeze, and Adam Rose. Itami & Bálor seemed to be the more cohesive unit as the match wore on, though Breeze & Rose weren’t afraid to use underhanded tactics to take control.

Things looked to go well for Itami as he seemed to have Breeze on the ropes, until Bálor tagged himself into the bout. The enigmatic Superstar soon had Prince Pretty in position for the Coup de Grace, until Itami repaid the favor and tagged himself back in. That set off an argument between the two friends, allowing Breeze to sneak up on Itami and roll him up for the victory.

After the bout, Prince Pretty clocked Itami with a Supermodel Kick and Bálor with a Beauty Shot. Rose tried to celebrate with his partner, only to get tagged with a Supermodel Kick himself. Breeze stood tall and snapped a selfie amid the carnage he created, perhaps setting the stage for his greatest victory yet at TakeOver next week.

NXT Results and Photos – May 6th 2015

Live Event Digitals > May 6th, 2015
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Hideo Itami def. Tyler Breeze

Looking to scout the competition ahead of the No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match at TakeOver: Unstoppable, Finn Bálor pulled up a chair at ringside to get a close-up view as Hideo Itami and Tyler Breeze rekindled their rivalry.

Though both competitors traded control, the match turned into a game of cat-and-mouse. Breeze eventually scrambled to ringside to avoid Itami’s lightning-fast strikes. Itami tried to clock Breeze with a big boot on the arena floor, but Prince Pretty moved, leaving Itami’s foot to connect with Bálor‘s jaw. Breeze missed with the Beauty Shot back in the ring, but Itami ducked and connected with the Shotgun Kick for the victory.

Breeze attacked Itami from behind after the bout until Bálor threw him off. The enigmatic Superstar went to check on his friend, until Prince Pretty tagged him with a Supermodel Kick and clobbered Itami with the Beauty Shot, giving his opponents a painful preview of Takeover.

NXT Results and Photos – April 29th 2015

Live Event Digitals > April 29th, 2015
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Hideo Itami def. Adam Rose

The party returned to NXT with Adam Rose, who took on Hideo Itami. The Japanese Superstar, who was announced for a No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match at TakeOver: Unstoppable, was in no mood for Rose’s antics, stopping them with a series of swift and hard kicks. Rose yanked Itami off the ropes and went on offense. Digging down deep, Itami battled back and clobbered Rose with the Shotgun Kick to win the match.

NXT Results and Photos – April 22nd 2015

Live Event Digitals > April 22nd, 2015
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Hideo Itami def. CJ Parker

CJ Parker was hoping his crusade to save the planet would go a little better on Earth Day, but Hideo Itami had other plans. Parker gained the upper hand, using a rope break to his advantage and taking Itami to the ground. Despite Parker’s willingness to bend the rules, his foe’s fighting spirit prevailed. Itami battled back, unleashing a flurry of devastating kicks and capping things off with a big Shotgun Kick to pick up the victory.

NXT Results and Photos – April 8th 2015

Live Event Digitals > April 8th, 2015
Screen Captures > April 8th, 2015

This week’s edition of NXT took a look at the groundbreaking WrestleMania Week in California for the next generation of Superstars and Divas. The show included a special look at NXT’s sold-out debut in San Jose and the excitement of the NXT Experience at WrestleMania Axxess. But most importantly, it gave the WWE Universe a very personal look at Hideo Itami’s journey to the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Hideo Itami def. Neville (Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Qualifying Tournament Semifinals)

To get to the semifinals of the tournament, Itami beat Jason Jordan, while Neville emerged victorious over Kalisto in a battle of high-flyers. Itami and Neville started the match slowly, getting a feel for each other before kicking into high gear. The two exchanged holds on the mat before Itami took control with his trademark kicks.

After retreating to the floor, Neville slowed things down and gained the upper hand. The high-flyer surprisingly kept the bout on the mat, methodically picking Itami apart. Eventually, Itami dug down deep and battled back, stunning Neville with hard-hitting strikes, advancing to the tournament finals with his patented running dropkick.

Hideo Itami def. Finn Bálor (Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Qualifying Tournament Finals)
These two friends and former tag team partners clashed once again, with bigger stakes than ever before. Their familiarity with each other showed in the opening moments of the match, as Itami and Bálor traded holds, neither Superstar able to gain the upper hand.

The WWE Universe watching the bout at Axxess was split between the two competitors, but in awe of the exciting action unleashed by both men. Though each Superstar seemingly had an answer for every one of his rival’s moves, it was Itami who finally emerged with the upper hand, his fighting spirit allowing him to absorb all of Bálor’s strikes and prevent him from hitting the Coup de Grace. Itami kicked out of a rollup and immediately hit his running dropkick to win the match and earn the right to represent NXT on The Grandest Stage of Them All!

NXT Results and Photos – April 1st 2015

Live Event Digitals > April 1st, 2015
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Tyler Breeze def. Hideo Itami (2-out-of-3 Falls Match)

Both Tyler Breeze and Hideo Itami came out of the gates on fire to start this match, with the Japanese star gaining the upper hand with his trademark strikes on the way to winning the first fall with a running dropkick.

Breeze struggled back to his feet at the start of the second fall, with the official holding back an aggressive Itami. However, that proved to be a ruse, as Prince Pretty jumped past the referee and clocked Itami with the Beauty Shot to immediately take the second fall!

Both grapplers were throwing everything they had at each other during the third fall in hopes of winning the match. Itami missed a corner dropkick, while Breeze whiffed on another Beauty Shot. The Japanese star finally tagged Breeze with the corner kick, but after whipping Breeze into the ropes, his vain rival bounced back with a Beauty Shot to take the third fall and the match!