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Mae Young Classic 2018 Mae Young Classic 2018 Discussion Thread

Kairi HoHo

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https://www.f4wonline.com/wwe-news/io-shirai-departing-stardom-headed-wwe-258556

Io Shirai, who was considered the biggest women's wrestling star in Japan, looks to be headed to WWE.

Tokyo Sports reported in its Monday newspaper that Shirai would be going to WWE and her final show with Stardom would be June 17th. Sources close to her have confirmed the story.

Shirai, real name Masami Odate, 28, was named Japanese Women's MVP in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

She was first contacted by WWE in October 2016. She and Kairi Hojo (now Kairi Sane) both went back-and-forth on deals since the WWE contracts were for less money than they were making, but they were convinced the upside of becoming stars outside of Japan were enticing. She finally accepted the deal last May, however a heart issue was discovered in WWE medical examining and WWE rescinded the offer last June, and she returned to Stardom. She underwent a full medical examination in Japan and was fully cleared and has been the top star in the company since.

She lost her Wonder of Stardom title to Momo Watanabe on Wednesday night, which started rumors of her being WWE-bound. However, in that case, one had nothing to do with the other as the booking plan was for Watanabe, who they hope to be a future top star, needed the win at this time. The promotion wasn't aware of Shirai leaving until today.

Besides Shirai and Toni Storm, who also signed a U.K. contract with WWE, the company has made offers to other Stardom wrestlers and with the Mae Young Classic this summer, the Stardom Five-Star tournament has lost several wrestlers who were originally to be part of it.

It's bitter sweet hearing that news, yeah I'm happy for her to do something new and have a new journey in Wrestling, but my fear is what is going on with WWE right now with Kairi and whether or not they'll be able to use her in the right way? I mean Io is very different than Kairi and Asuka, if you see a smile from her take a picture, she is all about that business and is very stern. Lately she's been knocking down the walls and I hope it continues so she can show that she can be a true asset to the company for years to come.

As for Stardom Io doing that right thing putting over Momo, and getting girls like Momo, HZK, and AZM and making them better talents is something she'll leave a great legacy towards. Stardom has enough problems with their World Champion rarely there, Storyline issues, and Booking Decisions issues to be nice about it and now you lose a Star in Shirai that's hard to come back from and expect anyone on that roster right being able to take her place. Yeah I'm pretty sure as we get near I'm going to shed a tear and you know her last Match needs to be against Mayu or Momo. I can see them doing Momo just to put her over further and say you're the leader of this team now show them what you got. Stardom can also do Mayu vs Io again because it sells and the Match will be great.​
 
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Kairi HoHo

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Yeah the reason they said they didn't sign her had to do with heart problems their so called Medical Staff saw from her. I guess they were fucking wrong or that report was complete bs.
 

Jimmy King

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I’m not so familiar with her but I’ve heard nothing but positive things about her, so I’m looking forward to her inevitable debut.
 

Deezy

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Lolz I mean it wouldn't be the first time a person working with WWE not seeing or misdiagnosing a talent ask CM Punk about it:UMAD
Why is CM Punk settling with Dr Z-Pak?

And I grew up in a wrestling room....I know what staph infection and MRSA is. And anyone with half a brain could tell you that isn't something to bullshit about. Let alone trying to act like pro wrestlers didn't know what staph infection was and they'd pop them in the locker room like a bunch of dumbfucks.
 

Cwalker

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Yeah I never bought that staph infection story. Don’t think a world renown doctor would be that negligent
 

Drew

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I mean I’m sure she’s good. But great, another girl for Karai to jizz all over and complain when she’s not called up. Lulz


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Kairi HoHo

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I mean I’m sure she’s good. But great, another girl for Karai to jizz all over and complain when she’s not called up. Lulz


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I mean when you're a fan like I am of Kairi and Io you're going to be upset and wondering why can't WWE use them in a better way for people to start to fall in love with them as well. I don't think WWE is using Kairi to the best of her abilities, but she's going to be Champion over Shayna to bring it back to the MYC. Io is a different animal that when you guys see her your mouths are going to drop and wonder how in the hell did she do that.


I forgot that she had appeared on LU before and I dug that match a lot. Those other matches I shared are pretty good too, is there anything else I should check out from her @Kairi HoHo ?
You had some great ones there Jimmy, this is still my favorite from Kairi and Io together. It's the reason why I did Women of Genius on WC and the reason why I got into Joshi in general.


Here are three Matches involving Io that have been killer and loved by me from her recent work.
 
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Jimmy King

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I mean when you're a fan like I am of Kairi and Io you're going to be upset and wondering why can't WWE use them in a better way for people to start to fall in love with them as well. I don't think WWE is using Kairi to the best of her abilities, but she's going to be Champion over Shayna to bring it back to the MYC. Io is a different animal that when you guys see her your mouths are going to drop and wonder how in the hell did she do that.



You had some great ones there Jimmy, this is still my favorite from Kairi and Io together. It's the reason why I did Women of Genius on WC and the reason why I got into Joshi in general.


Here are three Matches involving Io that have been killer and loved by me from her recent work.
I’ll check those out when I can, thanks bud.
 
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Like I said, I’m sure they’re good. I’ll take a look when I can. But I’m not getting overly excited until I see how they do in the WWE.

Besides karai is going to have to drop that Pirate gimmick. It’s not going to work on the main roster(at least the spinning wheel thing imo)


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