Former WWE Superstar Ikemen Jiro has revealed his new in-ring name.
Jiro was released in the round of talent cuts that followed WWE merging with UFC to form TKO Group Holdings under parent company Endeavor.
Over 100 back office employees were let go from their jobs on September 15th with cuts to the talent roster coming six days later on September 21st.
The cuts included some big names, such as Dolph Ziggler and Mustafa Ali, but also extended down to the NXT roster with Ikemen Jiro amongst those unfortunate enough to receive the unwanted call.
Typically WWE talent are subject to 90-day non-compete clauses, meaning they receive full pay for three months but cannot appear for another wrestling company during that time.
Released NXT talent, however, are only subject to 30 days of non-compete terms, and with Jiro able to return to action as of October 21st, he has wasted no time in making a welcome return to the squared circle.
Jiro appeared at DDT Pro Wrestling’s recent God Bless DDT event and declared that the Ikemen Jiro character had been left in the USA and from now on he would be known as Kuroshio TOKYO Japan.
Kuroshio will square off against Minoru Suzuki on November 8th before a bout against Takeshi Masada at DDT Ultimate Party on November 12th.
Who Else Did WWE Release In The Recent Roster Cuts?
Ikemen Jiro was just one of over 20 releases from WWE on the 21st of September. Other Superstars let go by the company included:
- Mustafa Ali
- Matt Riddle
- Rick Boogs
- Dolph Ziggler
- Shelton Benjamin
- Riddick Moss
- Top Dolla
- Dabba Kato
A full list of released talent can be found here.