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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    Yeah theirs no way Shirai and Hojo don't leave Stardom for WWE if they ain't making close to what they were making with Stardom or a little bit more. Funny Shake brings up the merch because both make a killing like he said, but won't WWE try to get a piece of that action especially if both rock their Masks?

    They'll love to sell those Masks especially babyface Kairi with the Pirate Princess gimmick to sell to kids especially I can see it now.

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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    Quote Originally Posted by Zero View Post
    Shake, you drugged up dumbass. You can't doubt the great WON, NOBODY on Twitter has inside sources in wrestling these days except him.

    Dave isn't even in the loop on Men's wrestling outside of WWE, letalone Joshi.

    He definitely wasn't in any kind of any inner circle on this one, nor is he to be trusted in something like this, my guess is that he read some translated stuff from Weekly Pro Wrestling (A popular, but not reliable wrestling magazine in Japan) or Twitter translator X.
    I'm aware that Dave isn't in the loop about every promotion in the world, but for the news 'Io signs with WWE' does he really need inner circle links with joshi people? I'm sure whatever contacts he has in NXT/recruitment would give him an indication whether WWE expect to sign her or not. It's not like Io Shirai's tryout is the only tryout he's ever reported on. I'm sure time will tell who's right on this one, Big Dave or the joshi experts.

    I don't by that Hojo can't do the elbow drop story either; Eric Young did a elbow drop on last night's Takeover so I don't think it's a move they're protecting that much for Bayley.

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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    I don't know what you're arguing in regards to Meltzer. He did a bad job because he was following along with other people's translations of what was going on, without giving proper credit fwiw, and it doesn't always turn out super smooth. Io is gonna sign, and her tryout went fine. He doesn't need to be super in tune with every company to just do simple things, especially when it's not that hard to find people who know better way before he says something. If I were head of WON I would hire some of those people as specialists to cover what I couldn't keep up with and then there'd never be a need to worry about situations playing out how they did with this in the future. But it's not like it's really a big deal overall, just in this case saying he did good isn't true.

    Kairi not being able to do an Elbow Drop is secondary to the fact that she's older and doesn't stand out as much at face value as the shooter Asuka or the high flying Io. Her charisma and connection with the fans in Japan is a large part of what made her great and I don't think that will play quite as well here in addition that I'm skeptical they're going to push more than one non-English speaking woman at a time. (Though Io is more advanced, a full promo might be tough but I don't know) Do think she'll get to do the Elbow though ultimately.
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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    I'm aware that Dave isn't in the loop about every promotion in the world, but for the news 'Io signs with WWE' does he really need inner circle links with joshi people? I'm sure whatever contacts he has in NXT/recruitment would give him an indication whether WWE expect to sign her or not. It's not like Io Shirai's tryout is the only tryout he's ever reported on. I'm sure time will tell who's right on this one, Big Dave or the joshi experts.

    I don't by that Hojo can't do the elbow drop story either; Eric Young did a elbow drop on last night's Takeover so I don't think it's a move they're protecting that much for Bayley.
    He doesn't. Its the fact he was way off when talking about their leaving dates and talking about their thoughts behind the scenes. Io was supposed to be gone before Kairi according to him, for example. He mustve got info from his WWE source about Io coming in for Mania weekend, right? That was fake news. No info on Kairi's tryout either when she definitely had one? It's just difficult to take serious in retrospect when you know he was wrong on various things or missed certain info out that he, likely, would have included.

    We know Io is signing because she's no longer head trainer at Stardom now. But that wasn't concrete info til a few days ago. It's not disputed anymore. Mayu's been groomed for the role for months. Stardom's been prepping for the loss of Kairi/Io behind the scenes for a long time. Surely he could've just picked up on that as a sign Io was definitely intent on signing? Idk.

    Not sure on the elbow drop stuff. I think EY could've got away with it due to not being female. They might just not want two females with the elbow drop as a significant move. Kairi was asked about it at a signing/farewell event she did at a wrestling shop in Osaka but the event had a policy of no discussion of certain things Kairi said so we're no further along. It's implied that it's true though from what I recall. Kairi did say she wanted to wrestle Bayley, Sasha Banks and Asuka and implied she wanted to be on Raw. Also confirmed that Asuka's standing in WWE was a factor in her joining.

    @Zero: I dunno if both will get pushed but I actually think Kairi stands more chance of getting over early on through character work. Io's very monotonous. Their English is way better than Asuka's though. They won't need to memorise their promos through simple English written on their hands. Kairi very good at listening too. Io has trouble but her confidence in speaking it will help her. Io will be the long term project over Kairi tbh.

    I'm curious to see how they do. I hope WWE sign another random Joshi with zero hype that ends up blowing them away, it'd be pretty funny after this saga. 235 WWE women's champ 2018 confirmed.








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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    fwiw, Dave said today that it was expected Io was announcing her departure from Stardom to join WWE. Also said she hasn't received her start date yet.








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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    Yeah I heard she was suppose to do via Press Conference I guess for Stardom. I would like to know with Subtitles what she said, and if she got emotional at all. Io Shirai I've barely see smile or never laugh, she's very stone face so I look forward to how WWE books her.

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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    She pretty much just said that she suffered an injury in her match against Toni and that she was looking to take time off to get checked out and rehab herself. I think she said that at the end of her match with Mayu, she realised something was up and she needed to get her injury dealt with. She commented about dealing with the pressure of holding the belt and stuff and having to work through pain - don't wanna go into detail incase you don't want spoilers but I think it's fairly obvious what happened yesterday in her match. Said that she had to consider her health for the future. She commented on the WWE rumours and just said she wanted to come back to Stardom and that she needs to deal with her injury first to do so. and Ogawa said that the Mayu match wasn't her last in Stardom.








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    Re: Io Shirai accepts offer to join WWE

    Quote Originally Posted by RyuShake Taguchi View Post
    She pretty much just said that she suffered an injury in her match against Toni and that she was looking to take time off to get checked out and rehab herself. I think she said that at the end of her match with Mayu, she realised something was up and she needed to get her injury dealt with. She commented about dealing with the pressure of holding the belt and stuff and having to work through pain - don't wanna go into detail incase you don't want spoilers but I think it's fairly obvious what happened yesterday in her match. Said that she had to consider her health for the future. She commented on the WWE rumours and just said she wanted to come back to Stardom and that she needs to deal with her injury first to do so. and Ogawa said that the Mayu match wasn't her last in Stardom.
    Yeah pics of the winner of the Main Event told me what happened yup. Yeah Io taking time off is a good thing, she's still very young and she knows when she does come to WWE she's going to be Wrestling loads more than her days in Stardom so why not get that body and mind right before coming. So I guess return matches with Mayu/Io when she comes back you think she'll back around September or October time or further than that?

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