On WWE's Monday Night Raw this week, Hideo Itami had his second televised match on the show, his third match as part of the 205 Live roster. This time, he faced off against The Brian Kendrick, but the outcome of the match may have changed how we see him perform in the future.
During his time on the main roster so far, Itami has been undefeated, and he continued that streak on Christmas Day, defeating Kendrick with his Go-To-Sleep finisher. However, it ended up doing more damage than what it was supposed to do.
The Wizard of Odd held his nose on Raw on Monday as the segment finished, with many people believing he was just selling The Japanese Sensation's finisher. Many thought it was still a job, but this wasn't the case, as he was sent to the hospital for further evaluation later on.
It later turned out that Kendrick had suffered a fracture to his orbital bone as well as a fracture to his nasal bridge. WWE is yet to give a timetable for his eventual return. The damage done to Kendrick appears to have changed WWE's stance on Itami's GTS finisher.
In his first three matches, Itami used his GTS finisher before pinning his opponent for the victory. However, during his match on 205 Live this week against Gentleman Jack Gallagher, he used the Rings of Saturn submission move to pick up the win, adding to speculation that WWE has now banned him from using the move.
WWE fans will be sad the GTS finisher will be going away once more, as fans haven't really seen the move on the main roster since CM Punk parted ways with the company way back in 2014. Still, considering what the move has done to Kendrick, it's probably for the best.
If WWE wasn't to completely ban the move, Itami could still use the move during big matches to get the fans pumped to see him compete at pay-per-views in the future.
For the time being, he should probably just stick with the Rings of Saturn as his new finisher to ensure the safety of his opponents, even though the injury to Kendrick was just an accident.
It looks like The Japanese Sensation is heading towards a heel turn soon as well as he was told to yell “respect me” over and over during his matches, which is something he did when he was a heel during his time in NXT.
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