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 has been part of several top-notch feuds in the company. Her contract will also expire soon, leaving many to wonder what’s next for the Genius of the Skies.

As previously reported, Shirai has been out of action with an injury. In fact, she likely suffered the injury during NXT Stand & Deliver earlier this year.

Io Shirai was expected to return “relatively soon,” but there is now another matter to consider. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Io Shirai’s WWE contract is set to expire next month. This would mean she could very easily go back to Japan and be with her family there.

Io Shirai has not signed her newest contract offer. She will be a free agent next month if she doesn’t sign her new deal. She had told people in Japan that when her contract was up she wanted to return to Japan and be closer with her family. Unlike with Kairi Sane, who had to wait until the end of her contract because she left mid-contract and agreed to work as a WWE rep in Japan so she could move back home, Shirai would be free and clear. There is no expectation in Stardom that she will definitely return at that point, but legally she could.


It remains to be seen whether Io Shirai will end up leaving WWE or not. Fans would be disappointed to see The Empress Of The Sky no longer part of the company.

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