The announcement was made during WWE’s Live event in Tokyo:
WWE had this to say about her accomplishments: “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 was first contacted by WWE in October 2016 and later accepted a deal in May 2017. However, she failed to pass WWE’s medical examining causing the company to revoke their offer a month later.
Io will be part of the upcoming round of Performance Center recruits and she is expected to take part in WWE’s Mae Young Classic II later this summer.
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