Io Shirai became one of the highlights of NXT’s women’s division over the years. She is a former NXT Women’s Champion and competed in numerous top matches as well. She also seems to have suffered an injury.
Shirai and Kay Lee Ray won this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament. Many believed they would challenge Toxic Attraction for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles.
However, they ended up competing in the Women’s Title match at NXT Stand & Deliver earlier this month. During the match, Io hit a moonsault off the top rope to the floor to take out Ray, but her leg hit the announce table on the way down.
This might have been where she suffered an injury. A fan took to Twitter and pointed out how Io Shirai has a walking boot and is using crutches to get around while spending time with Shinsuke Nakamura.
This would explain why she has been absent from NXT Stand & Deliver. We’ll have to see when Io Shirai will be able to make her return to NXT television.