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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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Hideo Itami Returns To The Ring In Winter Haven

Last night, Hideo Itami finally made his in-ring return, during a live NXT show in Winter Haven. For the first time in over a year, Hideo took part in a competitive match, where he was partnered with TM61 and defeated the team of Samoa Joe, Tino Sabbatelli & Wesley Blake.

Welcome back Hideo!

Your eyes aren't deceiving you, #HideoItami is BACK! #NXTWinterHaven

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Asuka Mentions Hideo In Recent Interview With Enuhito.com

In a recent interview with Enuhito.com current NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka discussed a range of topics including, her life in the US, being apart of the NXT roster as well as her relationship with the other Japanese stars in NXT.

Do you have any communication with other Japanese superstars?

Asuka: I am in the same promo class with Hideo. We need to do promos in front of other superstars and coaches, but it always turns out to be like a comedy show. Shinsuke took me out to the beach with other superstars. Shinsuke gives me advices after checking my matches.


Meet Hideo Itami At WrestleMania Axxess

Not only have WWE.com released the general admission appearances for this year’s WrestleMania Axxess, Hideo has also announced that he will be attending, check below for the details.

Sunday, April 3

8 a.m. – WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, Nikki & Brie Bella, Edge, Booker T, Mark Henry, Alundra Blayze, Tyler Breeze, Samoa Joe, Hideo Itami and more

So if you’re in Dallas for WrestleMania week (you lucky people!) be sure not to miss your chance to meet Hideo!

WWE.com: The 10 Biggest Signings In WWE History

#8. Hideo Itami

When he was known as KENTA, this Japanese grappling expert was credited as both the inspiration and the greatest foil of mat masters like Daniel Bryan. And when WWE signed him, it was, to put it mildly, a very big deal. Interviews were commissioned, photos were taken, tweets were tweeted and congratulations were given, right up until the day he debuted. Independent acquisitions like Itami have become somewhat commonplace in NXT these days, though both his introduction — William Regal brought him out as KENTA and he became Hideo Itami before our eyes — and its buildup were unprecedented.

WWE.com: 16 Superstars To Watch In 2016

Blink and you may have missed Hideo Itami’s big WrestleMania moment, when the spark-plug Japanese NXT Superstar peppered Big Show with stinging slaps to the face in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. It’s worth a replay on WWE Network. A rabid master of the wrestling arts, Itami’s world-traveled pedigree — Daniel Bryan counts him as an inspiration — catapulted him to The Show of Shows before he even got to the main roster. Imagine what he’ll do once he returns from shoulder injury. — ANTHONY BENIGNO

Finn Bálor Gives An Update On Hideo During The Official WWE 2K Live Stream

Last week, while taking part in a Twitch live stream with 2K for WWE 2K16, NXT Champion Finn Bálor provided a small update on Hideo’s progress as he continues to battle back from a shoulder injury that he had suffered back in May.

How’s Hideo’s [shoulder] coming along?

Bálor: It’s coming along great, he’s making great progress. So hopefully in the next few months he’ll be back to full strength.

You can hear what he has to say about Hideo around the 38 minute mark on the video below. Huge thank you to Jennifer for passing this on.