BREAKING: NXT Star wins WrestleMania AXXESS tournament for a spot in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale


“SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hideo Itami is
going to WrestleMania. Though he’s only been in WWE NXT — and America —
for six months, the Japanese sensation has made an immediate impact
since arriving. It was no different at the first session of WrestleMania
Axxess tonight, where Itami won a four-man tournament to earn a spot in
the prestigious Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal this Sunday at
Itami defeated former NXT Champion Adrian Neville in
the semi-finals of the tournament. That win earned the Japanese star a
spot in the finals against his friend and occasional tag team partner
Finn Bálor, who beat Tyler Breeze in the other semi-final match. It was
the first time the two friends met since they clashed in the semi-finals
of an NXT Championship No. 1 Contender’s Tournament, where Bálor
emerged victorious.
Itami and Bálor had WWE fans at Axxess
swarming around the ring to catch a glimpse of a high-octane struggle.
In the end, the Japanese Superstar put his friend away with a running
dropkick to punch his ticket to WrestleMania. The magnitude of this
opportunity isn’t lost on Itami. He almost couldn’t believe that he was
heading to The Show of Shows.” 

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