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Report: Hideo Iatmi wasn’t WWE’s first choice to put in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal

Turns out that Hideo Itami was not WWE’s first choice as the NXT representative in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal on the WrestleMania 31 Kickoff Show this past Sunday.

PWInsider says that it came down to Itami and Finn Balor as the ideal candidates for WWE.

WWE originally had Balor to win the NXT tournament on Thursday, but when  the decision was made to bump the battle royal from the pay-per-view to the pre-show, the decision was made to go with Itami instead.

The other reason was because of the strong Japanese media presence at the show for Tatsumi Fujinami’s WWE Hall Of Fame induction.

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