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Io Shirai Would Make Great Addition To WWE Roster

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Io Shirai has made a name for herself in Japan’s World Wonder Ring Stardom but after seven years, the former champion is setting her sights on new horizons.

In a May 29 blog post, Shirai announced that June 17 will be her final appearance for Stardom. Below is the translation from Shirai’s post.

For me who has grown with Stardom, Stardom is my life itself.

In order to leave the origin of such a favorite Stadium, I will do more efforts now so that I can regret the pro wrestling life in the future without regret.

Not only accepted the choice of withdrawal but also thanks to Rossi Ogawa, president and stardom fellows, who are willing to send them out pleasantly, I am grateful. Until the day that we have the last, we promise to ride up to the ring with the whole body as usual! I’m glad if you watch over the future purple thunder Io and star dumb. 2018.5.29 Purple Ring Io

Following the announcement came the speculation that Shirai would be signing with WWE, including Tokyo Sports.

WWE has shown interest in Shirai for the last few years – and why not? Shirai has won a plethora of championships in Stardom and other Japanese promotions and is regarded as one of the best wrestlers in the world.

After a tryout at the Performance Center, she had accepted a contract in 2017, only for WWE to rescind it because doctors had found an issue with her heart. While Japanese doctors cleared her, WWE doctors said “No.”

The ordeal from 2017 hasn’t stopped Shirai from wanting to go to WWE – though fans should remember that the deal isn’t official under she and/or WWE announce it.

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That being said, Shirai would make a great addition to the WWE’s roster, whether she is competing on Raw or Smackdown, or even NXT.

She is a solid technical wrestler and has a lot of charisma. She also comes to WWE with an impressive body of work and a persona that would make her stand out. The language barrier might be an issue when it comes to promos, but wrestlers like Asuka, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kairi Sane have managed to project their persona to the crowd through their wrestling and limited time on the mic.

If Shirai comes to WWE, she will have the opportunity to take her game to the next level and become a superstar.

Shirai is not the only wrestler who is expected to sign a contract with WWE in some capacity.

According to reports, Toni Storm has signed a “UK deal,” with WWE. Rather than report to the WWE Performance Center, Storm will have a deal similar to wrestlers like WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate and Trent Seven.

Storm is expected to compete at the two-day United Kingdom event, June 18-19. According to a match listing for Live Nation, which is selling tickets for the event, Storm will face Killer Kelly, Isla Dawn and Progress Women’s Champion Jinny on June 18. The winner of that match will face Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship on June 19.

 

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Seth Rollins Talks Kenny Omega, Roman Reigns

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WWE superstar Seth Rollins, who just lost his Intercontinental Championship to Dean Ambrose at the WWE TLC PPV, was recently interviewed by Iridian Fierro of La Ley 107.9 and discussed a number of topics.

Rollins talked about his desire to eventually have a match with Kenny Omega, who is set to become a free agent in January and will likely be heavily pursued by WWE when he does so.

“I think I’m the absolute best and make no doubt about it, Kenny Omega is also one of the best in the world” Rollins said.

Rollins also said that he speaks to Roman Reigns once a week to see how he is doing as he battles leukemia.

You can hear the entire interview below:

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WWE Network Adds Becky Lynch Documentary

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The hot streak that SmackDown superstar Becky Lynch has been on over the past several weeks continues on WWE Network.

A brand new documentary honoring Lynch, easily the WWE’s hottest superstar at this time, has been added to the WWE Network and is now available for subscribers.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 10, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, their main event was between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin in a TLC match for the Intercontinental championship and it was a great match to end the show. It had some crazy spots and was intriguing from start to finish. To make things even more interesting, Heath Slater’s story of him being a referee played into this as well and questions what lies ahead with him too. Rollins ended up winning so the championship match with Dean Ambrose at TLC is still on.

For Smackdown, the opening match between Daniel Bryan and Mustafa Ali was as good as it sounds. Along with that, they had a promo before their match started in where Daniel Bryan picked on Ali and ended up slapping him right in the face. Bryan ended up winning after applying the heel hook,which may be his new finishing submission since he has been doing that the past few weeks. After the match, Bryan proceeded to attack Ali even more on the entrance ramp, giving him all the momentum in his title match against AJ Styles.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems a little crazy that they are trying to embrace that their ratings are at an all time low. To open the show, Seth Rollins had some things to get off his chest towards Baron Corbin. In his rant,he stated that the ratings were at an all time low and that the recent shows have been bad because of Corbin. While it is a good way for management to look bad, it still looks bad to address the bad numbers and try to think of a bailout reason to address why that is.

For Smackdown, the rap battle between the Bar and the Usos was bad and good at the same time. While it was pretty humorous to see the Bar try their best Vanilla Ice impersonation, the whole concept of having a rap battle is what made it bad. While it did help build up the tag team championship match at TLC, their could’ve been another route WWE could’ve gone.

The Final Verdict

With TLC being this Sunday, both brands needed to put on good shows to get fans prepared for the PPV. Both shows did give a lot of time building it up, but things feel a lot smoother on Smackdown compared to Raw. Smackdown has done a really good job of putting time into their championship matches along with things just meant for their show. A prime example of this is giving proper build up for the WWE Championship match while at the same time wanting fans to turn in every week to see where things go for the Miz and Shane McMahon as the Miz keeps trying to get Shane on his side. Due to this,Smackdown had the better show this week and overall had a really good build for all of their matches at TLC. In conclusion, the matches for Smackdown have all the momentum going into TLC.

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