Io Shirai reportedly signs with WWE

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After it was previously reported that Kairi Hojo had signed a multi-year deal with with the WWE, Dave Metzler of F4WOnline is now reporting that fellow STARDOM star Io Shirai has accepted an offer from WWE to join the company.

Io Shirai is arguably STARDOM’s top star as well as one of the biggest women’s wrestling names in Japan. She was temporarily featured on WWE’s website during their March 2017 tryout trials until all mentions and photos of her attendance were subsequently removed.

The report also adds that both Shirai and Hojo had previously considered staying in Japan after receiving interest from WWE late last year. Hojo has since announced her departure from STARDOM.

What are your thoughts on Io Shirai signing with the WWE? Who would you like to see her feud with? How would you book her debut? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Pedro Miranda

    Yes now 3 of my favs are in WWE Asuka (Kana), Kairi and now Io. Can’t wait to hear all the haters have a melt down about this. Sorry guys and gals these 3 women are legit tough and awesome and IMO and the opinion of their peers are some of the best wrestlers out there. So go ahead and bitch about their bad english and prepare to see some of the best women’s wrestling on the planet.

    • Izzy4lw

      My concern is that WWE won’t know what to do with Io and Kairi – Asuka has been THE Joshi wrestler for so long, and I’m concerned that they’ll downplay Kairi’s skills so that there aren’t too many women with the same gimmick. Though I could see Io as a foil to Asuka when they make it to the main roster. People may lose their minds if Io debuts and is thrown into the title hunt immediately, but imo Io is the best woman’s wrestler in the world right now.

      • Maddox

        Who is the best out of the 3?

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          You’ll generally hear that Io is the best female wrestler on the plane right now. As for Kairi and Asuka, it’s a little bit closer. Either way, now that both three will be in WWE (if rumors are true), then I think people will likely make up their made much easier even tho Asuka will have an advantage with wwe fans since she’s been there first and has been established already.

        • The general consensus is that Io is, and if I’m not mistaken, she is relative newcomer, so she has a lot of time to grow and develop, and she is breathtakingly pretty. I think Asuka will fare better because her style was easy to adapt to WWE style already. Io and Kairi are going to have to probably tone their stuff down a bit now. It makes me nervous for the other girls, because these women aren’t no joke, and they work pretty snug.

          • Maddox

            Io is prettier than Kairi? Will have to check Io out

      • Gato_wiska

        to make them different from one another,

        Asuka will be the sinister cocky Monster Heel
        Kairi will be the Kawaii Pirate cosplay babyface
        Io will start as someone’s kayfabe girlfriend (she is a great wrestler but I want WWE to take advantage of her beauty first then surprise people with her wrestling)

    • Windyhawaii

      Oh please, no one here is complaining. You sound like a major fake fan lol

      • Pedro Miranda

        Actually they are complaining already you must not go to many wrestling forums and if you don’t good on you because they are cancer. Also your statement about me sounding like a fake fan is asinine.

        • Windyhawaii

          It made you sound like a fake fan because even though other forums may have been bashing her this one didn’t have any comments complaining at that point, but none the less i shouldn’t have been so rude, so I apologize for that.

  • I love diversity..

  • Kvngbalor

    I have a feeling this will be who dethrones Asuka or her and Kairi debut helping Asuka defeat Ember at Takeover Brooklyn and become a stable

    • Izzy4lw

      I’d hate to see them in a stable ONLY because that would rob us of some incredible matches between Asuka/Io/Kairi since I think Asuka will be called up around summerslam

    • Gato_wiska

      I think if will be better if she will debut trying to help Ember and make her Ember’s Nemisis.

      Kairi on the other hand should be a baby face underdog, She can cry while being beaten up during matches then makes a comeback.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    They barely know what to do with Asuka so they sign two more women who are similar to her. Not hating because they are both talented girls. But I hate to see talent get wasted or shaped in to something that just sucks. We’ve seen it happen way too many times and still is happening.

    • Joseph

      Well won’t know until they actual debut on NXT or Main Roster. Unless we are getting a all Women’s show on the network.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        An all women’s show could be the only cure to this issue.

        • Mr. What

          I think that will be the best. It give all the women a chance to shine. Properly build them up for main roster.

    • howie_ruhl

      I agree with this; that’s why I’m a bit apprehensive even though I am a big fan of Shirai’s work. With the WWE, the root of the problem has never been the lack of talent. Hell no. The problem is AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN with the writing and the dismissive mindset of the higher ups.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        Right. Have you notice everybody who was pretty much a big deal in NXT are now jobbers. Bo Dallas, Adam Rose, The Ascension, Tyler Breeze and don’t get me started on Emma and Summer Rae.

  • Good for her, but as I said with Kairi, I hope they don’t get fast pushes over the girls who’ve waited for their opportunities for so long. And if they do, they better have their English on point because face reactions are not cutting it anymore.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    That tournament is sooo going to blow us away! I cannot wait!

  • jim

    What will happen to Peyton Royce and Mandy Rose when they do join Nxt.Girls from japan are very talented and skilled wrestler. It look Peyton Royce and Mandy Rose will be released from Nxt.May be Peyton Royce will end up going back to Australia.

    • Sitinjak

      They still save,Peyton will become strong along with Billie Kay,Mandy is one of WWE homegrown player and she get improve

      • Joseph

        Mandy’s been putting in the work and she has the look.

        • Sitinjak

          Billie and Peyton will become strongest duo and probably will replace Emma spot as Australian representative

          • Joseph

            You can have more than one Australian in WWE.

    • LaurenYorkStan

      What the hell does Peyton have to do with that racist bitch

    • Joseph

      Those girls aren’t getting release don’t know where you’re getting that from.

    • Why are you comparing KKK to Pey?

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Peyton Royce is on TV from time to time. Mandy Rose? She’s nowhere to be seen so she has a chance of getting released.

  • Sitinjak

    Too bad Mio already quit,i want see Triple Tails reunite again,Asuka was one of Io mentor during her early day as rookie wrestler,just can’t wait to see this action again from Asuka and Io
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/36d81d0032840230a6031a46b65a277db2d4c26f3fe9a1b5b0c89358c009fc11.gif

    • Maddox

      Is that Asuka? Looked different am fine leaner there

      • Sitinjak

        Yes,they were same page along with Io sister,Mio,google Triple Tail..it’s too bad the record of they were doing match together are rare

    • Pedro Miranda

      Lol that makes me laugh every time I see that I wonder how tough Mio and Kana were to her.

      • Sitinjak

        I think there’s reason why they hired Asuka,beside as performer,she maybe can work as unofficial coach in the ring,she can use translator to make her job easy,i heard she teach some basic moves to Eva Marie before the match,but this Eva was unhelpful no matter how good Asuka taught her

  • ?K . A . T ?

    I can’t wait to see her & Kairi kill it in the WWE!! It’s going to be awesome!

  • Monkey Tennis

    Happy for her on a personal level.

    But as a fan, I just don’t if I’m ready to see her immense talent likely wasted. In Stardom, Io’s been having PPV level main event type matches for the last couple of years on an a near weekly basis. Compare that to how often we’ve seen Kana wrestle since her debut. And the same could be said for pretty much anyone in the NXT women’s division right now.

    • Shan

      I’m hoping it’s because Asuka is clearly on another level from the women there and they were waiting for someone who could be a legit challenge.

  • Thiago Oliveira

    One of the most INCREDIBLE female wrestlers, which unfortunately in the future, when she is in the main roster, she will be jobbing the “golden girl” Alexa Bliss.

    • LaurenYorkStan

      No

    • Wicked Emma #WMC

      I hope not. Nobody shouldn’t job to Trish Stratus Jr.

    • Seraphina Rosenhart

      No, I don’t think she’ll be jobbing. She’s too good for that. If WWE is smart, they will make her huge like they did with Charlotte.

  • Maddox

    Don’t know know her so first question I’ve got, is Shen better than Kaijo Hojo and secondly, are they both better than asuka?

    • Jesus’s brother

      Shirai is Hojo isn’t

    • Seraphina Rosenhart

      Io Shirai is the best out of the three of them, and then I’d say Asuka, and then Kairi Hojo.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    What if she ended Asuka’s reign? Just to be Asuka 2.0….. lol that would be such a mess.

  • howie_ruhl

    I’m stoked. This girl has so much going for her: beautiful, talented, and adaptable (can play different characters well without even speaking.) I hope that WWE doesn’t waste her with shitty booking and poor development.

  • ssilva872

    YES!

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    When I said that Asuka opened a door that wouldn’t be closed any time soon, I wasn’t lying. Women’s wrestling is going to turn serious. For a moment at least.

  • Summer_Slay #RespectTheDivas

    Asuka is shaking. And Io is much much more cuter. ???

  • MK126

    She kind of looks like Kairi from KH2 which tbh I wouldn’t mind seeing her look being of similar style

  • Larissa

    YES!!

  • Wicked Emma #WMC

    Don’t mess this up WWE

  • Jouey

    At least she is not old…

  • Shan

    IT’S ABOUT TO BE LIT IN THE WWE!!! Lord, they brought these three women to make all the others look like jokes in comparison. Creative better have a damn good plan.

  • Jesus’s brother

    Id book Nattie to win the championship from Naomi at MITB and hold onto it through after Summerslam where Shirai, Asuka and Hojo debut as a face stable to finally take down the heels. Either Shirai or Hojo wins leaving Asuka jealous and they end up turning on each other. At Wrestlemania it could be Shirai vs. Hojo vs. Asuka vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte in a 6 Person Ladder Match for the SDL Championship

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Uh, no keep it. Enough of the multi women matches at Mania. We need a singles match at Mania.

      • Jesus’s brother

        Then they need to stop pushing all the women at the same time

  • Memo Soto

    I hope Asuka loses her title so Kairi and Io debut as crazy servants of Asuka and destroy everyone in NXT, like the DollHouse but Geisha version.

    • That’s the last thing they need, they need to rebuild themselves after her reign, not get destroyed.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      I’d like to see them go against Asuka.

  • Jouey

    So u guys really want the japanese girls to takeover WWE? Like seriously?

  • jbrizzy

    This is great but feel like they are signing too many people at this point. Literally gutting the indies slowly

  • 3???????

    And this why they are failing to build their own talent

  • Gato_wiska

    I heard she and Asuka have tension

  • Jamal

    Fantastic news

  • Jonny

    Amazing news!!!

  • Hope it’s truth but hope they don’t use her like Asuka.

  • Mr. What

    I wish they sign Mayu Iwatani. I find her to extreme talented wrestler.

  • Radic

    In related news, Kairi Hojo will be at the Performance Centre soon, and Kennadi Brink was also signed, but as a referee rather than an in-ring talent.

  • Tim Tate

    WWE’s women’s division is going to be the best it’s ever been with Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo, Heidi Lovelace, Evie, and Kimber Lee. I also know this tournament is going to be so Amazing!