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Hideo Itami






Tokyo, Japan

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Shotgun Kick

Hideo Itami: Bio

One of the most decorated Superstars in the glorious history of Japanese sports-entertainment has found his new home in NXT. The athlete formerly known as KENTA stole headlines when he signed with WWE in summer 2014, an announcement that carried such gravity that WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan traveled to Japan to oversee the ceremonial contract signing.

A former four-time tag team champion, three-time junior heavyweight champion and former heavyweight champion in his native land, KENTA debuted at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, where he revealed his new ring name, Hideo Itami.

Itami’s warm reception came to a quick end when The Ascension, fresh off losing the NXT Tag Team Championships, interrupted the newcomer and demanded a title rematch. For their less-than-honorable actions, Konnor & Viktor received a world-class ejection from the squared circle by Itami. At the following NXT TakeOver special on WWE Network, Itami solidified himself as a WWE Superstar-in-the-making, teaming with Finn Bálor to down the once-dominant Ascension in a thrilling contest.

He set his sights on capturing the NXT Championship, but also won an incredible opportunity during WrestleMania 31 Axxess. Itami emerged victorious from an eight-Superstar tournament to earn a spot in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Though he was eliminated from the fray by Big Show, Itami made his mark on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

Though Itami rebounded from the WrestleMania setback, he was literally knocked out of the NXT Championship No. 1 Contender's Match to at TakeOver: Unstoppable, following a mysterious packing lot attack.

No matter which continents he’s fighting on, no matter the moniker, Hideo Itami remains one of the most talented and respected competitors on the globe, and he’s ready to prove it to the NXT Universe.

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