Hideo Itami to Make NOAH Return in Match Against Naomichi Marufuji

hideo itami noah return announcement video

Hideo Itami had a successful run in Pro Wrestling NOAH prior to signing with WWE in 2014. Now, the wrestler formerly known as KENTA is returning home for a one-time-only affair. 

The announcement was made during the Navigation with Emerald Spirits show at the Korakuen Hall when a video of Itami hyping his return was shown on the big screen.

The match will take place in September as part of an event celebrating the 20th anniversary of Naomichi Marufuji’s debut and Hideo will be his opponent.

According to a rough translation from a Nikkan Sports report … the appearance was negotiated for several months between WWE and NOAH, with the deal being finalized in the last month.

Watch the announcement video below.