Hideo Itami hit the main WWE list a day earlier than expected when he came to the aid of Finn Balor on Raw on Monday night.
Itami entered when Balor was on the receiving end of an attack by Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas. WWE shared a replay of his debut:
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SHOW RESPECT !!!
@HideoItami makes his debut in #RAW by coming to the aid of his old friend @FinnBalor! @RealCurtisAxel @TheBoDallas https://t.co/s7R76mBH6p
Triple H commented on the arrival of Itami:
Triple H @ TripleH  It has been a long and difficult road full of setbacks and adversities … which makes it even better to welcome @HideoItami to # 205Live. #GTS #WeAreNXT https://t.co/PrFsayNQBb
T The moment was even more special when we thought about Balor's first introduction to the WWE Universe . He debuted on NXT in November 2014 to help Itami fight The Ascension. The pair defeated Konnor and Viktor in NXT TakeOver: R Evolution a month later.
T The fact that Itami appeared on Raw apparently would indicate that WWE plans to use it outside of the cruiserweight division. If that is the case, then it is one of the largest wild cards to make the jump from NXT.
In terms of skill in the ring and past achievements, Itami can stack up with anyone who has gone through Full Sail University. Unlike Balor, Neville, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe or Shinsuke Nakamura, Itami did not hold the NXT Championship.
As alluded to by Triple H, the injuries prevented Itami from enjoying any kind of career held at NXT, and as a result, he was not able to create much profile for fans who were not familiar with his work in Japan.
While Itami is more than capable of becoming one of the best stars in the WWE, it is equally likely to fall into a creative situation without any guilt, similar to Neville, where it seems that can not break through beyond confrontation to very strong medium combats.
Working as a team with Balor is a good way to present Itami to Raw. Of greater importance will be the next step of Itami from there.