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WWE.com: The 10 Biggest Signings Of NXT’s TakeOver Era

#10. Hideo Itami

Hideo Itami didn’t just open the door for international signings to NXT; he kicked it down. The Japanese Superstar arrived amid a fury of fanfare as NXT’s first highly acclaimed international competitor.

NXT rolled out the red carpet for Itami, performing an in-ring contract signing in his home country of Japan. The renowned wrestler’s debut was no different as General Manager William Regal welcomed him with open arms at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way.

Although Itami’s tenure has been slightly marred by injuries, his signing continues to be a landmark event in the history of NXT.




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!




Video: Hideo Itami Makes In-Ring Return At NXT Live Event

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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.




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.




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




NXT Results and Photos – September 21st 2016

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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.