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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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Will Ospreay Has Been Contacted by WWE

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New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar and current  IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay has confirmed that he has been contacted by WWE and revealed that it is something that he is considering.

Ospreay also mentioned some of the WWE names he would be interested in facing if he were to find himself in WWE.

“I’ve been approached by them, so I have a lot to think about” he said, according to Tokyo Sports. “I’ve mentioned Seth Rollins‘ name many times… Also, considering my history, it would be a dream to fight Ricochet again. I think that because I think we have become completely different wrestlers than when we fought in the past.”

Ospreay has competed for AEW, Progress Wrestling, Rev Pro, and Ring of Honor throughout his career, among others.

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AJ Styles Praises John Cena’s In-Ring Work

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AJ Styles made his debut for WWE during the 2016 Royal Rumble and was immediately thrust into some dream matchups following the event, with the likes of future Hall of Famers such as Chris Jericho and John Cena.

Styles has had a successful run during his WWE tenure, and is now engaged in a feud along with his O.C. faction with The Judgment Day.

Styles recently participated in an interview with ‘The Halftime Show’ and talked about how Cena impressed him with his in-ring work.

“A guy that surprised me with how good he was in the ring would be John Cena” Styles said (h/t Fightful). “John is not known for being a technical mastermind in the ring, but he’s pretty good. I had some of my better matches against this guy.

“His mind for how everything needs to work and transition-wise. He’s just good. He knows what he’s doing. It’s one of those things were you thought, ‘I’m the superior wrestler in the ring,’ but once you get in there with John Cena, you realize, ‘Well, okay, I didn’t know that. Let’s keep going.’

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Crown Jewel 2022 WWE Smashes Internal Record

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WWE’s controversial relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has caused some harsh criticism, but the Crown Jewel event has proved to be a record-breaking success, according to a WWE Memo.

According to Fightful Select, a memo was shared internally, informing WWE staff that Crown Jewel 2022 is now the most-viewed international PLE in company history, breaking the record that was previously, albeit briefly, held by this year’s Clash at the Castle which took place at Cardiff, Wales in September.

Additionally, the latest Crown Jewel event did a seven-figure viewership on Peacock in the United States.

The next show in Saudi Arabia is currently slated for May 2023.

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