I just got done watching NXT: rival and Is it just me or is NXT trying to incorporate Puroresu, with even the announcers saying "he seems to have the fighting spirit" during the Itami match? Or do you think it's more of a one time thing they did to play off the fact he's japanese?
I think it's just playing off the Japanese thing, although it's a given that both Albert and Graves would be paying attention to what NJPW's been doing lately.
On a larger point, I do think it's interesting that WWE has essentially created their own indy promotion with NXT, except that they control everything and they can now make "indy stars" who work WWE style. If that's HHH's ultimate goal, it's kind of brilliant, because they get all the benefits of the indy cred without all the "bad habits" they hate so much.