Japanese professional wrestler that has wrestled for the WWE NXT promotion beneath the ring name Hideo Itami. He once was a Heavyweight, Junior Heavyweight and Nippon Television Glass Junior Heavyweight Label League Champ with Pro Wrestling Noah. He was an effective amateur kickboxer before embracing professional wrestling. With partner Naomichi Marufuji, he gained Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Label Team of the entire year award two directly years in 2003 and 2004. He was created in Soka, Saitama, Japan. He and Yoshi Tatsu are both Japanese wrestlers who’ve performed in WWE NXT.