KENTA Reveals Why He Signed With NJPW Following His WWE Departure

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Hideo Itami was released from WWE earlier this year along with TJ Perkins and Tye Dillinger, but before he was part of NXT and then 205 Live, he took over the world as KENTA.

Itami’s injuries plagued his career in WWE and it’s arguable that he could have been a much bigger star for the company if it wasn’t for the fact that he suffered a number of injuries that came with lengthy layoffs.

KENTA made his debut at NJPW last weekend when he appeared alongside Katsuyori Shibata at Dominion and declared that he would be part of the G1 Climax in the summer. Following his switch from WWE to NJPW, The Japanese Sensation sat down with Chris Charlton where he was able to discuss the reasons for the switch.

“Now New Japan goes worldwide, I want to show my wrestling to the world as KENTA, not Hideo Itami. I want to show my wrestling to the world and New Japan goes worldwide, US, UK, everybody knows New Japan. So, I decided New Japan.”

KENTA was also able to talk about Jon Moxley, who also debuted in NJPW and declared that he would be part of the G1 Climax, KENTA stated that he’s aware that he and Moxley were on different paths in WWE but he would like to wrestle him as part of the G1.

“(Moxley) was the top of the top in WWE but, you know, I was not. I want to have a match with him because now I’m not just stupid Hideo Itami, now I’m KENTA. I want to fight him as KENTA,” he said via SEScoops.

KENTA isn’t someone who often takes part in interviews and the way he refers to his former persona shows exactly what he thought of his time in WWE, so hopefully, his time in New Japan will be much more lucrative.