A tweet from Hideo Itami on Tuesday night may suggest that the former NXT Superstar may be done with WWE.
Hideo Itami has had an uncertain stay in WWE to date. When the Japanese star was first signed back in 2014, it was viewed as a major coup by WWE, and rightly so. It also marked one of the first marquee signings by Triple H in NXT and marked a signal of intent from The Game and what he envisioned for his developmental brand.
Since then, things haven't exactly gone to plan for Itami. In May 2015, he suffered a serious shoulder injury that wound up keeping him out of action for over a year. You can still see the scar on his shoulder from the surgery he required in order to fix it. Less than four months later, Itami was injured again which sidelined him for another six months.
With both of those long-term injuries keeping him out of action for so long, Itami's time in NXT was pretty much a lost cause. After returning from the second injury, he had a brief rivalry with Bobby Roode over the NXT Championship, but not long after that, WWE's new idea for him came in to play. That idea was to have him compete on 205 Live. Well, it appears after just a couple of months Itami is already fed up of being a cruiserweight.
It’s Over— Hideo Itami / 伊丹英雄 (@HideoItami) February 7, 2018
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On Tuesday night's 205 Live Itami took on Roderick Strong in the first round of a tournament to crown a new Cruiserweight Champion. An odd choice for a first round match since both men should be progressing further than the first round. It was the debuting Strong that won the match and after it was done his opponent took to Twitter and simply wrote: "It's Over."
If Itami is indeed on his way out of the door, then he will only be adding to the woes of 205 Live. Higher-ups at WWE are doing all that they can to try and make the show work, but seem to be fighting against the tide. Austin Aries left, Neville is still AWOL, Rich Swann got suspended, Enzo Amore was released, and now they could lose an extremely talented wrestler after he only made his cruiserweight debut in November.