Hideo Itami is NXT’s forgotten man since he has been out with a shoulder injury for about a year now. However, the latest WWE rumors suggest that Itami is close to returning and he may make a surprise appearance at NXT TakeOver: The End on June 8.
The man formerly known as KENTA underwent shoulder surgery last May and was scheduled to be out for about six months. He went under the knife for the same injury as Sami Zayn, who is already back in action since December 2015.
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According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Cageside Seats), Itami suffered complications from his surgery in January and had to undergo a second procedure. Nonetheless, he is expected to return in just a few weeks.
The next big event for NXT is the live event special on June 8 at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. An appearance at NXT TakeOver: The End will be the perfect way to re-introduce and remind the WWE universe that Hideo Itami is still a big star.
Before his injury, the 35-year-old was gaining momentum as he appeared in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31. He was also supposed to win the NXT championship from Kevin Owens at a live event special in Japan, but he suffered injury and the push was given to Finn Balor.
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There are many possibilities on what the WWE can do with Itami like feuding with Samoa Joe for the NXT title next, being drafted to the main roster in the upcoming WWE draft or team up with fellow Japanese superstar Shinsuke Nakamura.
However, these are all just speculations at this point and fans can just hope that Hideo Itami does not suffer any more setbacks.
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