Skip to main content

Backstage News On WWE's Version Of Kenta & Who Decided On Name Change; Former WWE Target To New Lucha Series

The following article is only available to Premium Members. Sign-up here to view this article and unlock all our exclusive features. By signing up not only will you unlock all exclusive features but the website is also 100% advertisement free!
  • Author:
  • Updated:

WWE's Version of Kenta is Hideo Itami

One of the biggest notes to come out of NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way on Thursday night was the name change of Kenta. Going forward, he'll be known as Hideo Itami. We heard last week and reported here on that Triple H and Vince McMahon were at odds over name changes.

Hunter was adamant they not change Kenta's name to capitalize on his popularity in Japan and make sure they didn't offend the fans in his home country. Hunter feels like Kenta can really help WWE in the Japanese market, which has been cold in recent years. Name changes are considered very important to Vince, who was equally as adamant they change Kenta's name.

However, the last we heard, Hunter had won out and Kenta would be known as such in WWE and it was Prince Devitt that would most likely be getting a name change. Following TakeOver, there was a clear change of direction with Kenta getting a WWE name change.

We're still getting information on the blowback on the change to Kenta but it's clear no talent is safe regardless of international success or marketability.

Former WWE Target to Lucha Underground

One time WWE target Ricochet is slated to be one of the top stars of Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network. This even though he has a contract with Dragon Gate USA. We're told Lucha Underground ended up offering to pay Dragon Gate USA to let Ricochet out of his deal and paid in the low five figures to the promotion just to negotiate a deal, which is in addition to what they're paying him to work there.

Related Articles