Hideo Itami’s First Post-WWE Booking Is At An American Deathmatch Tournament


We haven’t heard much from the former NXT and 205 Live wrestler Hideo Itami since he requested and was granted his release from WWE in February of this year, then announced he would be changing his name back to KENTA. We still don’t know where his new permanent wrestling home will be (a return to Pro Wrestling NOAH, where he made his name and performed in the summer of 2018, is still possible), but we do know where he’ll make his first post-WWE appearance.

In a move that surprised at least the writer of this article, KENTA will be “making a special appearance” at Game Changer Wrestling‘s Tournament of Survival 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on June 1. KENTA is the fourth name announced for this event after GCW’s Jimmy Lloyd, Big Japan Pro Wrestling’s Toshiyuki Sakuda, and The Great Sasuke.

We don’t know who he’s facing on the show or if he’s even wrestling (though he’s probably doing more than just signing autographs at this “special appearance” since he’s doing that earlier the same day) but it’s still an interesting development. Could this mean KENTA will continue to work in the U.S.? Could this mean we can see him get smashed with a light tube on Fite TV? In pro wrestling in 2019, it seems like anything could happen.