Update on Io Shirai & Kairi Hojo Coming to WWE; Heat Between Shirai & Asuka
– We previously reported that two of Japan’s top female wrestlers – Io Shirai and Kairi Hojo – were on their way out of Stardom and joining WWE in the new year. Things have changed over the last week, however, and both superstars have received new offers to remain in Japan and are said to be reconsidering.
– Last month, it was assumed to be a virtual lock that Shirai was going to leave but less certain that Hojo would, but now both are said to be strongly considering staying because they are already established in their home country but are not guaranteed anything with WWE. They also seem to have a sense of loyalty towards Stardom and they know that if they both leave, there are no suitable replacements for them, putting the promotion in a tough spot.
– Finally, there is also said to be some past heat between NXT superstar Asuka and Shirai and people have told Shirai that Asuka already being in WWE will hinder her progress, especially since Asuka was there first and is already a star. These people also tell Shirai that WWE is unlikely to push two Japanese female talent at the same time.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Subscription information available at f4wonline.com