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Hideo Itami leaves WWE

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From the Wrestling-Online Newsletter:

HIDEO ITAMI GONE FROM WWE

- WWE Cruiserweight Hideo Itami is gone from WWE after he requested – and was granted – his release last night at the Smackdown tapings. Itami wrestled his last match against Akira Tozawa last night in the main event of 205 Live and on Sunday he was the one who took the fall for Buddy Murphy in the fatal 4-way match for the Cruiserweight title at the Rumble. The news of Itami's release was originally reported by PWInsider and Fightful. He is now on a 90-day no-compete clause which means he cannot show up anywhere else for the next three months. Itami, who was known as KENTA prior to his WWE arrival, signed with NXT in 2014 but his stint there was highlighted with several injuries that kept him on the sidelines for over a year combined. He joined the 205 Live roster at the end of 2017 but just like in NXT, he never managed to win the big one.
Another one gone!

Can't say I've surprised after his run in WWE, I'm surprised he actually stayed as long as he did.
 
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His run wasn't the best and I am sure he remains unknown to most WWE fans. Also not sure if his shoulder continued being troublesome after the surgery. Perhaps he was hanging in there with the hope that things would change but then again, things don't always work out as we would want them to.
 

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Poor Hideo came in at the right time when NXT was super-heating up in 2015, but then an untimely injury kept him out so long and then if I remember right, he got injured again shortly after coming back and lost even more time. After that, he just didn't get much attention. Maybe they felt he was injury prone, or maybe he no longer really fit into the plans they had made.
 
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Poor Hideo came in at the right time when NXT was super-heating up in 2015, but then an untimely injury kept him out so long and then if I remember right, he got injured again shortly after coming back and lost even more time. After that, he just didn't get much attention. Maybe they felt he was injury prone, or maybe he no longer really fit into the plans they had made.
This is true especially when we begin to look at it as more of an issue of the timing rather than WWE not being the right place for him. I will attribute all this to that injury that never quite went away.
 
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