Hideo Itami made his NXT return tonight … and it sounds like he unleashed a years worth of pent-up aggression in a 6-man tag match with TM-61.
NXT announced his return this evening in an Instagram post saying, “Your eyes aren’t deceiving you, #HideoItami is BACK! #NXTWinterHaven.”
According to reports, Hideo got a big-time ovation from the crowd as he walked to the ring to wrestle Tino Sabbatelli, Wesley Blake, and Samoa Joe — and ran wild with kicks before hitting the Busaiku Knee Kick to win the match for his team.
Itami has been out of action since May 2015 due to a shoulder injury. He underwent surgery and was originally expected to return in 6-8 months but suffered complications. His only WWE appearance since has been as a masked henchman in Triple H’s WrestleMania 32 entrance.
Having debuted in September 2014, Itami has had more time on the sidelines than he has inside the NXT ring. It will be interesting to see how he progresses now that he’s returned.
Welcome back Hideo!