Io Shirai announced she was joining WWE in a very formal fashion as she appeared in a WWE ring during a live show in Japan. Shirai was a huge name in STARDOM and could be an amazing asset to WWE soon enough. She was actually supposed to sign last year but they found some problem with her heart which has now been cleared and it looks like she passed her medicals. Now only time will tell how she will be used.
Kairi Sane knows Io Shirai well from their STARDOM days. Dave Meltzer noted once on Wrestling Observer Radio that Shirai was a much bigger star in Japan than Sane so Kairi coming to America would be like Kofi Kingston going to Japan and making it big with a main eventer following soon after.
It’s going to be very interesting to have both of them in NXT at the same time. We can only assume Io Shirai will go to NXT seeing how pretty much everybody does at this point unless they’re AJ Styles, Bobby Lashley, or Gallows and Anderson.
The Pirate Princess certainly sees her old co-worker coming and is ready for another match. Only time will tell if it will happen, but it seems like a likely way to go at some point. Translated from Japanese to English Sane’s tweet said: “Finally. We are looking forward to hearing from you. IO-san!!!!!” with a picture of the two of them from their STARDOM days.
This is an exciting time to be a pro wrestling fan because Io Shirai’s arrival to WWE might only be the first of many big moves to come as WWE starts looking toward a new deal with Fox Sports and all that entails.
— KAIRI SANE⚓️ (@KairiSaneWWE) June 30, 2018