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WWE signs Io Shirai

A year after injuries kept her from the Mae Young Classic, Io Shirai has finally signed with the WWE. The former star of Stardom has officially joined the WWE, the company revealed on their website.

Welcome #WWE’s newest signee, #IoShirai! #WWETokyo

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WWE has announced that it has signed Io Shirai, one of the most decorated women’s wrestlers in the world, as its newest Superstar.

The announcement was made at today’s WWE Live Event at Tokyo’s Ryōgoku Sumo Hall, where Shirai was introduced to members of the WWE Universe as the newest signee to WWE NXT.

A ring veteran of more than 10 years, Shirai has accomplished more than virtually anyone in the modern history of Japanese women’s wrestlers. Tokyo Sports, a national daily sports newspaper, named her the country’s top female grappler in each of the past three years.

Boasting an exciting and technical in-ring style that combines speed and force, Shirai is renowned for her devastating strikes and suplexes. Nicknamed the “Genius of the Sky,” Shirai also packs a wide arsenal of high-flying moves, including an eye-popping Asai moonsault.

Shirai most recently competed with Tokyo-based World Wonder Ring Stardom, the same organization where NXT Superstar and inaugural Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane first made her name. A fixture of Stardom, Shirai was a multi-time champion there and enjoyed two reigns with the promotion’s top title, the World of Stardom Championship.

Will it be long before the WWE Universe witnesses Shirai’s spectacular ability in a WWE ring?

In the video above, Shirai greeted the WWE and NXT Universe. We can probably expect to see Shirai pop up during this year’s Mae Young Classic.

Who will be her first feud in NXT? Could she be the one to take the NXT Women’s Title away from the dominant Shayna Baszler?


  • Darrin Tyler

    Why would they hire someone that’s injured?? I guess its nothing new, when they signed Just Joe he was and still is injured

  • Worst. Move. Ever.

    Run for the hills, Io! Worst mistake of your life. WWE has completely misused Asuka since Mania and Sane is going nowhere fast in NXT. Meanwhile, Nakamura has been largely inconsequential since his main roster call up and Kenta is doing absolutely nothing on 205 Live. WWE doesn’t know how to book Japanese wrestlers.