Date of Birth
March 12, 1981
Place of Birth
Triple H might be downplaying his arrival to the developmental program, but Kenta Kobayashi is far from a regular new performer joining WWE. Internally, he is being viewed as a major marketing asset as the company is hoping to expand its reaches in Japan. A television network has already agreed to air WWE NXT since Kobayashi will be featured on those shows. The Japanese star is also set to help promote the WWE Network when it expands overseas.
July 17, 2014
Now that their long anticipated television deal with Destination America has been signed and sealed, Dixie Carter and the TNA management team will now shift their focus towards securing a television contract to continue airing Impact Wrestling in Canada. A deal seems imminent, as the company sounds highly confident in their ongoing negotiations with networks north of the border.
November 22, 2014
When you sign a developmental contract with WWE, more often than not, you're going to be spending a good amount of time in training and not on television. Of course, when you have the experience that Kevin Steen has, the wait is a lot shorter. The former ROH Heavyweight Champion, who is now going by the name of Kevin Owens, is scheduled to make his debut on December 11, 2014 at the Takeover: R Evolution event.
November 22, 2014
In what became a running joke, the New Day stable, which consists of Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E Langston, kept being delayed by WWE. The trio worked live events together, but they were not utilized on television. Reports have surfaced that the reason why management held off on their push was because of the situation taking place in Ferguson, where a white cop killed a black teenager. The company did not want anything that can be construed as racial on their programming, so the group had to wait.
November 22, 2014
Now that the television deal is signed and sealed, Dixie Carter and her staff will be focusing on offering contracts to performers, both in house and free agents. TNA had allowed several of their starts to depart because they did not want to sign long term deals without knowing if they will remain on the air. It may become a bit of a race, as other employment options have sprung up for wrestlers over the last couple of months.
November 21, 2014
While their new television contract with Destination America does not start until 2015, there are talks that TNA could start filming episodes of Impact Wrestling again in December. Initially, Dixie Carter had planned to do taping at the Manhattan Center in January, but those will now more than likely be canceled. The company would then film episodes in England during their annual tour of the country.
November 21, 2014
Some further details have been released about the return of Chris Jericho to WWE in January. In order to main his character's popularity, the former world heavyweight champion prefers to not be shown on television. Jericho wants to work live events, where he can still experience the thrill of entertaining an audience and be a marketing asset at the same time. An appearance at Royal Rumble 2015 is still a possibility.
November 20, 2014
Apparently, Sheamus is actually injured. Many were under the impression that the former world heavyweight champion was only doing a story line for television, but he posted a photo of himself on Twitter, going in for surgery. It does not appear to be extremely serious. The belief is that Sheamus is going on to repair several minor ailments that have been bugging him. He is expected to miss some time from WWE.
November 20, 2014
While it is a well known fact now that Jim Ross will be calling the first Global Force Wrestling pay per view in January, it is still a mystery as to who will be joining him for the event. Reports have surfaced that both Ross and Jeff Jarrett were leaning towards adding Mike Tenay to the team. However, there might be some complications with that, as TNA has just secured themselves a new television deal.
November 20, 2014
Someone in the WWE front office has not been paying attention to the story lines. On Monday Night Raw, Jack Swagger was injured by the Authority and removed from Survivor Series 2015. However, when the show runners needed someone to work against Bray Wyatt on Main Event this week, they accidentally chose Swagger as the opponent, not realizing that he should be kept off of television for a couple of weeks.
November 19, 2014
After months of speculations, TNA has finally announced that they have a new television deal in place. Dixie Carter had promised everyone that it was going to happen, but there was a lot of skepticism that surrounded the statement. Impact Wrestling will now be aired on Destination America, a new network that is rapidly growing. No word yet on when the first episode will be airing, but the belief is that we might need to wait until January.
November 19, 2014
Over the last couple of weeks, fans have noticed that Fandango has been absent from WWE television shows. That naturally lead to some rumors about his release. The dancing star is just fine. Fandango revealed that he has modified his gimmick a bit and will be making his return at the Survivor Series 2014 kickoff show. His character will also be picking up Rosa Mendes as his new valet.
November 18, 2014
Now that he is free and clear of his contact with WWE, Alberto Del Rio has announced that he will be signing deals with two promotions in January. The former world heavyweight champion hinted that both companies have television deals. The belief is that one of those deals will enable him to work Lucha Underground and AAA. The second deal is still a mystery, but it could be TNA or Global Force Wrestling.
November 17, 2014
Pro Wrestling Illustrated ranked the top 50 female performers in the industry, and the magazine deemed Paige to be the best in the world. That is especially high praise for someone that is relatively new to wrestling scene in the United States. The former WWE Divas Champion was able to beat out AJ Lee, with whom she has been feuding with on television, and TNA Knockout Gail Kim.
November 14, 2014
WWE fans looking to see CM Punk again, will get an opportunity to do so again on Sunday night. No, he's not showing up for a wrestling pay per view or anything. The former world heavyweight champion is scheduled to be a guest on the Talking Dead, a show that discusses the latest happenings on the Walking Dead television series. Punk has been a guest before, and he showed that he is quite a fanatic for the series.
November 13, 2014
Speculations are floating around right now that Bully Ray has grown frustrated with the management team in TNA. He posted a vague message on Twitter about how important it is for generals to communicate with their soldiers. That led many to believe that he was actually talking about the wrestlers and management. The belief is that Ray is still waiting to make his move after seeing what TNA does with their next television deal.
November 12, 2014
While TNA is having difficulties finding a new home for Impact Wrestling, Eric Bischoff is showing off his knack for getting television networks to give him air time. WGN has announced that they have ordered the first season of Outlaw Country, which is being produced by Bischoff and longtime business partner Jason Hervey. The show will be about the war between sets of brothers on different sides of the law in a Missouri town.
November 8, 2014
A resolution could be near for the backstage heat between Rey Mysterio and WWE. Reports have surfaced that the masked performer is going to be backstage at Monday Night Raw in Buffalo tonight. No word yet on why he is there, but there are plenty of speculations. A few feel that he is going to make a return to television, while many believe that he is just there to discuss his contract with officials.
November 3, 2014
While it seemed all but certain that Impact Wrestling was going to have a new home in 2015, reports are now surfacing that TNA and Spike TV are close to finalizing a deal to keep the business relationship going. Sources have stated that the two sides have been in negotiation the entire time, even as TNA was allowed to seek a contract with another television network. Dixie Carter was expected to make an announcement this week, but if there is a chance to remain with Spike, the reveal could be delayed.
November 1, 2014
Monday Night Raw was held in San Antonio last night. Since the event was so close to their home, Michelle McCool and Undertaker decided to pay a visit backstage to some of their friends in WWE. There were never any plans for either of them to make an appearance on television, especially since Undertaker is still on vacation mode physically. The two of them still maintain a close relationship with management.
October 28, 2014
Some buzz was created earlier this week when it was discovered that Jeff Jarrett was meeting with ROH officials. Reports have now surfaced that the two sides discussed doing talent exchanges for various shows. Jarrett also wanted Ring of Honor to loosen up their contractual clause that prevents their performers from appearing on television and pay per view for other promotions, as he is interested in utilizing ROH performers on that big New Japan pay per view in January.
October 23, 2014
Reports have surfaced that WWE intends on having Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi continue working as a tag team. A possible tag title run is being discussed. However, this might lead to some problems, as one of the things that Devitt reportedly requested when he signed his contract was that he not be forced to stay in developmental for too long of a period. Devitt feels that he has enough international experience to be qualified for the main roster.
November 22, 2014
Those that watch WWE NXT saw a character named Finn Balor making his debut this week by being the mystery partner for Hideo Itami in his feud against the Ascension. That is pretty big news for fans of international wrestling. Balor was formerly known as Prince Devitt, a star in New Japan for a very long time. Itami is Kenta Kobayashi, one of the better performers in all of Asia.
November 7, 2014
Since he had spent many years utilizing the stiffer style of wrestling in Japan, there were concerns in WWE about Kenta Kobayashi being able to adapt to their more moderate style. Reports have surfaced that the newly named Hideo Itami is indeed having some trouble making the adjustments. A match he did was recently filmed again because officials felt that his kicks were too light and off the mark. It is a sign that he is trying to hold back on the realism.
October 29, 2014
Reports have surfaced that Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi are going to be promoted to the main roster very soon. The two of them are established international stars, and management is not going to have them languishing in the developmental program. WWE knows that the promotion might upset some of the guys that have been in WWE NXT for a while, but it is a move that they want to do.
September 30, 2014
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
Originally, Ric Flair was scheduled to make an appearance at WWE NXT tonight at the Takeover 2 event. The former world heavyweight champion was supposed to introduce Kenta Kobayashi to the fans as a way to accelerate the fan support for the Japanese star. However, it has now been revealed that Flair has canceled on the appearance due to some sort of personal issue.
September 11, 2014
The widespread assumption among wrestling fans is that Triple H is the one responsible for bringing in Prince Devitt, Kenta Kobayashi and Kevin Steen into WWE. However, during a recent interview, Kevin Nash specifically stated that HHH was against the idea of bringing in performers who have worked a good amount of time elsewhere. Nash stated that HHH preferred to produce talent in house instead. That has caused people to wonder who was behind the decision to bring in Devitt, Steen and Kobayashi.
September 5, 2014
One the things that made Kenta Kobayashi so famous in Japan was his diverse moves set. Unfortunately, though, a lot of his signature maneuvers cannot e utilized in WWE. His Go 2 Sleep finisher is commonly associated with CM Punk nowadays. His knee finisher and submission move are both being used by Daniel Bryan. The belief is that WWE will have him come up with new moves in developmental.
July 20, 2014
"He just signed with us. I was there when he had his tryout at the WWE Performance Center and I met with him there. We've been working on this for a while. His training will start when he gets here. The thing is, you can be a big star anyplace else in the world. That gets you in the door. What you do once you get here is a whole different ballgame. He's no different than anybody else once he walks through the door of the Performance Center." - Triple H on how Kenta Kobayashi will be treated in WWE
July 17, 2014
Even though he had already established himself as one of the top performers overseas, Kenta Kobayashi is actually being sent to the developmental program by WWE. Management wants him to change up his style a bit and adopt the slower pace style that the company prefers. No word yet on how long Kobayashi will be required to stay down at the WWE Performance Center.
July 12, 2014
WWE has a very big announcement being set up in Tokyo this week. It's such a major move in Japan that they even have Hulk Hogan making an appearance at the event. The belief is that this is where the company will reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi, one of the better performers in the country, to a contract to join the WWE roster.
July 11, 2014
Next month, WWE is heading over to Japan for a quick tour, and local media has been announcing that the company will hold a press conference to reveal that they have signed Kenta Kobayashi to a contract. WWE has been wanting to increase their presence in the country, and they can greatly improve their chances of doing that by bringing on board one of the more known performers in Japan.
June 28, 2014
Rumors have it that WWE has been signing some of the best international talent to their developmental program. Names like Kevin Steen, Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi have surfaced as potential candidates to join the company later on this year. Unfortunately, though, WWE will not be bringing in Sarita, long considered one of the best international female performers in the business. She received a tryout with the company back in March but no contract has been offered.
June 4, 2014
If things go as planned, WWE could have themselves three new stars on the main roster by 2015. Prince Devitt, Kevin Steen and Kenta Kobayashi are rumored to have been signed to developmental contracts with the company. All three need work visas to be completed, but they're expected to start training before the summer ends. Devitt, Steen and Kobayashi are viewed as three of the top international stars available.
May 31, 2014
With rumors swirling like crazy that he is set to join WWE, Kenta Kobayashi, one of the top stars in Japan, released a simple statement to his fans. He basically stated that an announcement about his future in professional wrestling was coming up soon. The belief is that he is waiting for his work visa to clear before revealing his intentions to join WWE.
May 19, 2014
Earlier this year, the hot rumors were that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE after the Japanese star came to the United States and did a tryout for the company. The industry was a bit shocked recently when it was announced that Kobayashi was leaving Pro Wrestling NOAH, his longtime home. The belief is that he no longer wants to work the physically demanding style in Japan.
May 8, 2014
While a lot of fans in the United States are hoping that he ends up joining WWE, there are rumors floating around that Kenta Kobayashi could be signing with New Japan instead. A lot of speculation has arisen since his contract with Pro Wrestling NOAH expired earlier this week. Kobayashi did do a tryout for WWE earlier in the year.
May 1, 2014
Back in January, a buzz was created when it appears that Kenta Kobayashi was going to be signing with WWE since he worked a tryout for the company. However, the company never gave him a contract, and he Kobayashi returned to Japan. Pro Wrestling NOAH has just announced, however, that their longtime star is leaving the promotion, which has started rumors about Kobayashi finally joining WWE.
April 30, 2014