Kairi Sane, now going by the ring name of KAIRI, made her return to in-ring competition at the Stardom World Climax ‘The Best’ event on Saturday from Ryōgoku Sumo Hall.
She teamed with Mayu Iwatani to defeat Tam Nakano and Unagi Sayaka. This marked her first match for the promotion since 2017. The finish saw KAIRI hit her elbow drop and Mayu followed up with a moonsault for the three count.
KAIRI signed with WWE in 2017 and started in NXT where she eventually won the NXT Women’s Title in 2019. WWE called her up to the main roster to pair her with Asuka where they were known as the Kabuki Warriors. They held the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles once.
KAIRI returned to Japan in July 2020 and worked for WWE as an ambassador. Her contract expired in February so she was free and clear to wrestle again.
KAIRI will work her first singles match in almost two years against Starlight Kid on Sunday.