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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!

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.

WWE.com: Hideo Itami Injured In Parking Lot Attack

ORLANDO, Fla. — Early indications are that Hideo Itami suffered a torn rotator cuff in what appears to have been an attack in the parking lot outside Full Sail University earlier today.

As seen on the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable Pre-Show, an NXT fan captured footage of Itami laying on the ground. The Japanese Superstar will not be able to compete in tonight’s Triple Threat No. 1 Contender’s Match.

According to sources, Itami went to the doctor’s office, at which point his injury was diagnosed as a torn rotator cuff.

Stay tuned to WWE.com for more details as they become available.

Update On Hideo’s Status For NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable

During today’s WWE NXT conference call to hype tomorrow night’s Takeover: Unstoppable special, Triple H revealed that Hideo Itami will not be wrestling at the event.

Triple H noted that Itami will be appearing on the show, but due injury he has not been cleared to wrestle and has been pulled from the card.


NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable Predictions

Robbie Brookside: I’ve made no bones about the fact that I think Tyler Breeze is on a roll. However, Finn Bálor, watching him work out and hit the stomps off the ropes, he can hit that at any time on anyone. I’ve got to go with Finn Bálor. WINNER: Finn Bálor

Sara Del Rey: Triple Threat Matches are such a tough dynamic. Anyone could come out on top. All three have a good claim to the No. 1 Contendership. I’m going with Hideo. He’s got the most experience, a dynamic in-ring style and the heart to pull it out. WINNER: Hideo Itami

Norman Smiley: There’s a lot of history there between those guys. I’ll go with Finn Bálor. He’s very impactful and spectacular and creative in the ring. WINNER: Finn Bálor

Finn Bálor: 2, Hideo Itami: 1, Tyler Breeze: 0

Another Appearance For Hideo In Japan Announced

WWE Japan have announced another appearance for Hideo’s promotional tour of Japan at the end of the month. Details of the appearance can be seen below, but you can also check out the information in greater detail at the links below.

Tower Records Shibuya Store 4F event space
Saturday 30th May, 2015 – 18:00
Event inquiries: Tower Records Shibuya branch TEL: 03-3496-3661

NXT Results and Photos – May 13th 2015

Live Event Digitals > May 13th, 2015
Screen Captures > May 13th, 2015

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.