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Hideo Itami reportedly done with WWE

Things are simply not going well for WWE these days. Superstars such as The Revival and Mike Kanellis asked for their release. Dean Ambrose is also reportedly not going to re-sign with the company after April. Now another superstar has requested his release from the company.

Hideo Itami joined NXT with hopes of making an impact there. He is well-known as Kenta, for his work in Japan over the years. Unfortunately, his run in NXT was plagued with injuries and he simply couldn’t get success in the brand. He was shifted to 205 Live, but now it seems that Itami is done with WWE.

Fightful’s report states that Hideo Itami asked to be released from his WWE contract last week. Itami finished up with the company on Tuesday night when he wrestled and lost to Akira Tozawa on 205 Live.

It was said that the talk backstage is that Itami will be granted his release from the company, pending a 90-day no compete clause. It was also said that the reason for his release is due to him being unhappy with his creation directly.

He took to Twitter and simply said, ”THANK YOU”.

We will keep you updated on this matter.


  • Kwiz26

    Okay, I, as I can tell as a lot of you are coming out of the woodwork lately and letting their seldom-heard voices be heard, have to weigh in on a couple of issues I have regarding the Wrestling Universe at the moment.
    Top of the KwizList: Harrison. I’ve been reading your “articles” for the last few months. I remember when you started, it was the What-If Scenarios and other fluff pieces and they were great. I mean you made me think. I mean no disrespect or offense by anything said next and I will probably be your nicest critic. I don’t know if the awesome Mr. Patel promoted you to “beat writer” or if you allowed your ego to delude yourself into thinking you could handle the magnitude of streamlining news to the members and readers of this site. I mean, honestly it’s terrible. You post articles with theses that were already disproven hours or days before. I don’t know if it’s your humor or your head is this big that you flat-out treat your thoughts and opinions as empirical fact. It’s not becoming of a writer. Especially one that is so grossly ill-equipped as yourself. There’s an old adage stick to what you know: puffy, fluffy, thought-provoking what-if situations. If this had happened once or twice, I don’t think you would be disliked as much as you are. Anatosh Bajpai was hated for his laziness for editing but he was able to write a story that was not universally hated by everybody in a group. At this point, sir, you have officially become the Nia Jax of your peers. The “Women’s Division” and “Men’s Division” of this website (writer and reader alike) have come to hate you have left you to get a 619-Superkick-RKO combo for everyone to see. Go back to What-Ifs, sir, and don’t declare yourself for the Royal Rumble until you’re ready. Ok, I’m done with you.
    KwizList Mark #2: All-Elite Wrestling
    So, my overall thoughts are simple: I wish AEW the best. I really do. However, good ol’ Cody and the boys have some serious hills to climb first. I mean, let’s face reality here: they are at square one. Really all they have done so far is license a logo, procure funding, release clothing and announce that something…and readers don’t delude yourselves with bright pyro and shining light…but they haven’t done anything of actual merit yet. I am no way minimizing the success that the All-In Event had. My question is: Is arranging a SINGLE EVENT the equivalent of being able to run and operate an entire wrestling federation? Please, let’s stop exaggerating the evidence, I beg you. Yes, they “signed” new talent. No one knows what this means. They have wrestlers interested in joining. No one on knows what this means. Please stop spouting off like you are one of the F’N executives in this upstart company. You don’t know who they will sign. You DO NOT know how much they have paid/can afford to pay any talent at all. Stop drinking this huge bowl of poisoned Kool-aid that for some reason certain individuals have created on these new sites. You want to get the answers? Here’s an idea: wait. Wait and see what they say. Wait and see what unfolds. I’ve only been a wrestling fan since 2007, I was 20 and bought SvR 2006, but I learned a long time ago if in your mind you put one company against each other, all the fun is gone. Did TNA ever have a chance to top WWE? No. It was just some convoluted pipe dream that Eric Bischoff, the famed WCW-killler, and Hulk Hogan thought up. That was the end of the TNA everybody loved. It wasn’t a RIVAL, it was an ALTERNATIVE. This is the same case of Impact but it took a nearly a decade to recover. Please, guys, stop and enjoy the woven tapestry of wrestling. Stop running your mouth about how great AEW is without proof. Please stop tearing into WWE about everything. And most importantly, stop believing ANYTHING Harrison comes with when he puts pen to paper. Sorry, Nia, I saw an opening so I took it. I apologize for this being so long, but I’ve been holding stuff in for too long. I’ll fix that and comment more often so that every time I comment it doesn’t look like this. I hope this has provoked some thought and sparks more conversation. Good evening.

  • CC

    this guy is either delusional or a troll

  • CC

    i have said this before and will say it again, they may be willing to buy out contracts, but WWE sure as hell will not be willing to do any kind of deal, so the point is moot.
    You cannot buy out a contract if WWE wont sell it.

  • CC

    This is my thinking too.
    Kinda reminds me of CM Punk in many respects.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    New Japan wrestling is loading up right now because they know NXT Japan is coming soon.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    WWE could be using Dean Amborse right now to play with AEW weak mind. Look at you already you think AEW has more money then WWE.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Dixie Carter kid remember that name how did that workout? WWE is only going to give AEW the dead weight I seen WWE do this all the time to make a company like AEW fail. Because a company like AEW don’t really know what they are doing.

  • AEW take over

    YES !! I’m hearing from a source that I know that AEW are willing to buy out contracts from WWE and that there has been talk within the organisation of possibly buying out the NXT talents contracts also. I expect very big things within the next two years from AEW.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    You still think AEW has that kind of money.

  • Have they ever announced someone leaving in advance and it not be a work?

  • Rinn13

    AEW is not going to be paying anyone 2.5 million a year, not even their
    biggest star. Certainly not when they’re just starting out, and probably
    not for quite some time, if ever. You really need to get real with this
    stuff.

  • AEW take over

    Why would he head back to Japan when he can go to AEW and make up to 2.5 million a year. AEW is the next big thing in wrestling and everybody wants that AEW coin.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I really could careless about this injury prone he been a bust every since he got to the WWE. Dead weight is how I look at Itami.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Wrong he probably heading back Japan you forgot about that one didn’t you.

  • AEW take over

    Another WWE name heading to AEW along with dean Ambrose. At this rate WWE won’t have a roster left 🙂

  • CC

    According to Maria, Kannellis has not asked for his release (it was reported on this site, so please try to keep up Harrison).
    And as for The Revival, it is still only a rumour that they have asked for their release, so once again, reporting it as fact is wrong.

    And like those reports, let us see if there is any truth to this as well.

    And as for Ambrose, the jury is still out on whether this is a work or not.

    And even if all of these stories are true. This what is going “not well” for WWE? Some guys asking for their release is not exactly a big hit as most of them are jobbers or mid card at best. The only wrestler of not in this whole situation is Ambrose, and he is hardly main event status right now, even though he should have been when he turned on Rollins, but the gimmick they gave him killed his momentum.