Discussion in 'NXT' started by Roadster, Sep 11, 2014.
Kenta will now be known as Hideo Itami as he announced on NXT Takeover 2.
He was named after his hero, Hideo Kojima.
I've seen people moaning about the name change on Twitter and stuff and to be honest I don't know why they're bitching. I personally like the name, I think it suits him very well. The WWE did a great job in promoting it and putting it over as "It's not about the past, it's about the future". I'm excited to see what he can do in NXT and the WWE.
The name change will confuse alot of fans, i personally like the new name.
At least he is not called "yo Sushi" Name change was expected as this is the wwf. Also his previous name was in caps newbie.
Hideo Kojima ftw
Meh, not really fond of his new name. I prefer the name Kenta over Hideo Itami.
Why the hell did they change his name? Like seriously.
I DISLIKE THIS NAME
Good News: Hideo Itami isn't as bad as JIMMY WANG YANG (even though that is pretty cool).
But I'm afraid I've got some BAD NEWS: WWE's greed means we can't chant "KEN-TA! KEN-TA!" now it's "Hi... deo? fuck this shit"
Personally I like KENTA better than Hideo Itami, but I don't suppose it's that big of a deal..
any specific reasoning on why they're not going with Kenta? Will Devitt and Steen go through the same thing?
"Prince Devitt" sounds badass, don't really know about "Kevin Steen".
Any chance they U-turn so he becomes KENTA again?
WWE wants to own the rights to their talents ring names, merchandising rights
That's the only thing I could really think of, so now that you say it, it seems like that's the only reason.
Wrestling fans should know who Kenta is so I can't imagine the name change will be too confusing.
HARDCORE wrestling fans.
They have built KENTA up as being one of the biggest names in Japanese wrestling. But he's never worked in the big leagues over there. He's been a main stay of Pro Wrestling NOAH and was a solid part of their midcard when they were considered number 2 in Japan. But his main event run came after their downfall.
He's a good worker and can be a great addition to WWE, but he's not the icon he's made up to be.
Could they have not used his real name (which I assume is Kenta Kobayashi)? I mean, Cena and Lesnar use theirs.
They probably COULD have used it but since Kenta was used by the Japanese promotion and Koboyashi is the name of the hot dog eating champion that Joey Chestnut dethroned they probably just wanted to see if there was something else they could use that sounded decent.
Kenta's new name is... Hi-deous
Why the WWE gave him a different name is easy: They wanted to own the rights to the merchandise.
Why he was named Hideo Itami: Kenta has a past in Baseball, Hideo Nomo was the first Japanese baseball player to make it big in America. Itami is the name of a city near where Kenta was born.
It's a fine name. They can chant "i-ta-mi", three syllabes. Nothing wrong there, and no surprise at all, they change every name. Why should KENTA get a pass?