The WWE release request news doesn’t seem to be slowing down.
So far we’ve shared stories about The Revival reportedly finishing up with the company, the possibility of AJ Styles leaving the company when his contract expires in April, and Dean Ambrose definitely leaving after WrestleMania. Per a report from PWInsider, Japanese star Hideo Itami is the latest Superstar to request his release.
Mike Johnson over at PWI is saying that Itami requested his release, and while he hasn’t formally been released yet, the request is expected to be granted. The plan as of now is for Itami to head back to Japan, where he’ll presumably turn back into KENTA while he waits for a 90-day no compete clause to run out.
Itami tweeted the following message in response to the news:
Itami signed with WWE amid great fanfare back in 2014 after dominating Pro Wrestling NOAH, where he accomplished everything and held every title you can, including the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Itami competed on NXT, and even made an appearance at WrestleMania during the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in 2015. He’d recently been competing on 205 Live, and was part of a fatal four-way for the Crusierweight Championship on the Royal Rumble kickoff show.
We respect you, Hideo Itami, and can’t wait to see what’s next. Kaito Kiyomiya is somewhere with a big exclamation point above his head.