While he is not being pushed as quickly as Finn Balor is, fans of Hideo Itami should not worry too much at the moment. WWE still has plans on pushing him in NXT. He will eventually get to challenge for the heavyweight championship, and it could happen as soon as this summer. Management wants to let the feud between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn run its course before moving Itami into a top spot to see if he can run with the ball.
March 14, 2015
Since a lot of fans are already aware that Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn are going to be engaged in a long term feud over the NXT Heavyweight Championship, the creative department has been tasked with figuring out a way to make Finn Balor seem like he has a chance at winning the belt. Expect his push to be strong because he is going to end up not winning the championship away when the two of them finally go face to face.
February 13, 2015
At the latest Takeover event, NXT fans saw Finn Balor defeating Adrian Neville, which means that he is now the top contender to the heavyweight championship. He is now scheduled to work a program with Kevin Owens, who defeated Sami Zayn in the main event tonight. Balor is on the receiving end of a push from WWE officials, but Owens is expected to remain the champion and feud with Zayn for the next several months.
February 12, 2015
It looks like those rumors about Kevin Owens being given a quick push by WWE were true. He is now the new NXT Heavyweight Champion after the latest Takeover event. The title change took place because the referee stopped the match. He feared for the safety of Sami Zayn, who had taken numerous power bombs from Owens. Since the pin never happened, Zayn still remains strong, and the feud should be able to continue just fine.
February 11, 2015
Since he is viewed as a really hard worker and a very likable coworker, there are many within WWE that are pushing management to move the date of the Sami Zayn main roster debut up a couple of months. Right now, the current plan is for him to remain down in NXT for much of 2015. Top officials feel that he is quite the asset in that role, but there are those that feel that he needs to be rewarded by being allowed to work on mainstream television.
January 28, 2015
Anyone that has been paying attention to NXT over the last couple of weeks will be able to tell you that Kevin Owens is going to be receiving a big push from management. It is also going to be a quick one, as they are not making him move through the card like they usually do. Owens is already working a main event program with Sami Zayn, and there are talks that Adrian Neville could be thrown into the mix to make the program even more interesting.
December 31, 2014