It has been confirmed that Jimmy “Akio” Yang has signed a new contract with WWE. Akio wrestled Charlie Haas on HEAT prior to last week’s Raw tapings in Columbus, Ohio. His old Titantron video and theme music played when he made his entrance. Haas picked up the win over Akio. He is living in the Columbus, Ohio area, which is why he was there in the first place, and he was hoping to rejoin WWE.
Akio’s work has always been praised – even Vince McMahon personally praised him during a meeting once – however, he was originally fired last July because the WWE creative team never had any ideas for him. Akio is probably best known for being Tajiri’s bodyguard – along with Ryan Sakoda – and for his series of incredible matches with Paul London on Velocity in 2004 and 2005.
Akio will finish out his remaining independent dates before he makes his return to WWE. He may be a part of the relaunching ECW brand this time around.