Io Shirai has been the subject of plenty of rumors lately. The NXT star has been out of action multiple months since getting hurt at the Stand and Deliver event back in April. With reports of her WWE contract running out, a lot of talk has been going around about the Japanese superstar’s future.

In June, it was reported that Io Shirai was close to making her return to the squared circle. No timetable was given, but many assumed that it would be very soon. There has been no sign of Shirai since then.

Earlier today, Dave Meltzer spoke about Io Shirai, noting that she was “pretty much gone” from WWE. With no official announcement on her status from WWE, speculation is all fans have had to go on. Io took to social media today to express her frustration with the rumors.

“Rumors [vomiting emoji]”


The cryptic post only opens up more speculation about the status of Io Shirai. What might come next is anyone’s guess. It was not clear whether Io was addressing rumors about her injury or her status with WWE.

Wherever she ends up, Io Shirai will be a very valuable addition. She is one of the most talented stars of NXT’s women’s division. For the moment, her status is uncertain at best.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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