Kairi Sane was one of the top international talents during her short, yet impactful, stint in the WWE. Sane had a great run in Triple H’s NXT before she was called up to the main roster in 2019. Now she is back in the ring, but it’s not for WWE.

The former NXT Women’s Champion returned to Japan at the height of the pandemic in 2020 to be with her new husband. She worked as a WWE ambassador and trainer in her native country until December 2021.

Sane made her return to professional wrestling when she showed up for her home promotion Stardom Friday. Sane was revealed as the mystery signing and would compete at the promotion’s upcoming shows at Ryogoku Kokugikan next month.

Sane won’t be using her old Kairi Hojo name in the promotion and instead will be referred to simply as KAIRI. The promotion announced her return at a press conference.

Stardom wrestlers Unagi Sayaka and Tam Nakano interrupted the former WWE star as she was speaking at the press conference. KAIRI proposed a tag team match and said she wanted to tag with Mayu Iwatani.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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