Ari Sterling and Ikemen Jiro win their WWE debut matches

May 8, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

This week’s WWE 205 Live episode on Peacock and the WWE Network saw two new WWE Superstars win their debut matches.

Ari Sterling defeated Samir Singh in singles action, while Ikemen Jiro teamed with August Grey to defeat Tony Nese and Ariya Daivari.

Sterling won his match using a unique front-flip face slam to get the pin. Jiro wrestled with his jacket on during the match. Grey noted that Ikemen translates to “handsome” and due to Jiro’s belief that handsome men wear jackets, he wore his while competing. The finish saw Jiro pin Nese after a kick to the face.

Jiro and Sterling were both announced as members of the December 2020 WWE Performance Center Class, the same group that featured WWE NXT Tag Team Champions MSK and NXT Superstar Tyler Rust. Jiro was known as Sojiru “Ikemen” Higuchi before coming to WWE. He was trained by former WWE Superstar Tajiri, and has competed for AJPW and Wrestle-1 in Japan. Sterling (Alex Brandenburg) was known as Alex Zayne on the indies. He’s been wrestling for 15 years and has worked for promotions like ROH, GCW and Black Label Pro.

Sterling tweeted after the win and thanked everyone for the support.

“Honestly there’s no way for me to find the words to thank everyone for the incredible support, from my day one homies to my one day peeps, thank you for every single time you’ve shown love. I promise it’s mutual [folded hands emoji] [purple heart emoji] [orange heart emoji],” he wrote.

Jiro also tweeted after the match and gave thanks.

He wrote, “Thank you for world prowrestling funs!!Thank you WWE!! My debut match is over. From now on, I will continue to run in the WWE. This is IKEMEN JIRO!! #WWE #WWENXT #205live”

Stay tuned for more. Below are the full tweets from Sterling and Jiro, plus photos and videos from their debut matches on 205 Live:

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