Natalya recalls meeting Kairi Sane for the first time at the Mae Young Classic and being impressed with her in-ring ability:
I remember meeting Kairi for the very first time with Beth Phoenix at the Mae Young Classic, as she stood out in such a special way to me. After watching her compete, I said to Beth, “Kairi is so talented in the ring. She also has a way of connecting with the audience that is so genuine and so authentic.” Beth responded by saying, “The audience loves Kairi because they can feel how much heart she has and how much she loves what she does in the ring.”
The column also highlights some comments from Sane’s former tag-team partner and current NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai.
“Even before I came to America, I came over with lots of joys in various places. How many times have I been saved by Kairi’s smile? It’s not enough to say thank you 100 million times. I’m grateful to you from the bottom of my heart. Even on a new stage, I wish Kairi to be happy all the time.”