Hideo Itami has been with WWE for much longer than he is likely to realize. The Japanese star actually signed for the company three and a half years ago. At that time, however, Itami has suffered a couple of very important injuries and, therefore, his career in WWE has not really taken off. While at NXT I had a couple of high profile rivalries, but really nothing.
WWE is looking to change that. A few weeks ago it was revealed that Itami was on his way to 205 Live to compete in the cruiserweight division. Austin Aries took a similar route to the one that Itami is about to take after injuring the eye socket at the hands of Shinsuke Nakamura. Hopefully it stays a little longer than A-Double.
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Tuesday night at 205 live was supposed to re-debut on Itami's main list, however in Raw we were given a preview of what cruisers can expect from their new colleague. While Finn Balor was defeated by Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel, the musical success of Itami and the now ex-superstar of NXT ran into the ring to help a man with whom he spent a lot of time competing in Japan.
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The helping hand provided by Itami became an impromptu fight when he and Balor They came together facing the first attackers of Universal Champion. Bearing in mind that Balor and Itami spent much of their respective careers perfecting their trade in Japan, as you can imagine, the match was quite tough. The game came to an end when Itami connected with a movement that many fans will probably recognize, the GTS. A movement that he has been using for years, but that became famous in the United States by CM Punk.
The unexpected assault of Itami in Raw is a curious one by the WWE. It's probably another ploy to try to get fans to watch 205 live tomorrow night. Fans who do not watch NXT may not know who Itami is, so they did not plan to tune in tomorrow night. Now they've had a preview of what he can do, and maybe more people will be watching the Network after SmackDown Live on Tuesday night to see what Itami has planned for the cruiserweight division.
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