Akira Tozawa has given up his ninja gimmick.
On the 11/21″ WWE RawIn Albany, New York, Tozawa faced WWE Hall of Famer JBL A week after he lost to Baron Corbinjumped on the comments table before He runs away with JBL’s hat. The outside distraction allowed Drew McIntyre to pin Claymore on Corbin for the victory. During his brief appearance, Tozawa is seen wearing his old clothes which he wore several years prior Introducing the Ninja Costume at Backlash 2020.
In addition to, Tozawa wrestled without his ninja gear In a match against Grayson Waller at the “WWE Main Event” tapings before the live “WWE Raw” episode.
Later in the night, Tozawa posted a close-up of an angry JBL without his hat, as seen in the tweet below.
I `m back !! And I have a hat pic.twitter.com/VqHLtyDBxL
– Akira Tozawa (@TozawaAkira) November 22, 2022
Tozawa, the former 15-time 24/7 WWE Champion and one-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion, teased a personality change last week. When he posted a picture of his ninja gear With the caption, “Thank you.”
The veteran wrestler introduced the stunt ninja at Backlash 2020 during a segment featuring The Street Profits and The Viking Raiders, where he appeared with a gang of fellow ninjas on motorcycles. He later became a mainstay in WWE’s 24/7 division, chasing the title on a weekly basis alongside the likes of R-Truth, Tamina, Dana Brooke, Reggie, and many others. Fans on social media widely praised Tozawa’s transition from a serious cartoon character to a comic one, with many likening him to the legendary Tajiri, whom Tozawa idolized as a young wrestler. In fact, Tajiri and Tozawa were temporary partners of the “WWE NXT” brand in December 2016 and they had A memorable match against DIY at a live event in Japan. It remains to be seen if Tozawa is once again introduced as a serious contender for the “WWE Raw” brand.
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