• WWE Signs Top Female Japanese Star
WWE announced the following:
WWE announces signing of Japanese sensation Io Shirai at WWE Live Tokyo
“WWE has announced that it has signed Io Shirai, one of the most decorated women’s wrestlers in the world, as its newest Superstar.
The announcement was made at today’s WWE Live Event at Tokyo’s Ryogoku Sumo Hall, where Shirai was introduced to members of the WWE Universe as the newest signee to WWE NXT.
A ring veteran of more than 10 years, Shirai has accomplished more than virtually anyone in the modern history of Japanese women’s wrestlers. Tokyo Sports, a national daily sports newspaper, named her the country’s top female grappler in each of the past three years.
Boasting an exciting and technical in-ring style that combines speed and force, Shirai is renowned for her devastating strikes and suplexes. Nicknamed the “Genius of the Sky,” Shirai also packs a wide arsenal of high-flying moves, including an eye-popping Asai moonsault.
Shirai most recently competed with Tokyo-based World Wonder Ring Stardom, the same organization where NXT Superstar and inaugural Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane first made her name. A fixture of Stardom, Shirai was a multi-time champion there and enjoyed two reigns with the promotion’s top title, the World of Stardom Championship.
Will it be long before the WWE Universe witnesses Shirai’s spectacular ability in a WWE ring?”
• Possible Reason Behind WWE Not Wanting Brock Lesnar To Work SummerSlam 2018
According to PWInsider, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar isn’t booked for a match at SummerSlam 2018 (despite other reports suggesting otherwise).
Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer weighed in on this and speculated the possible reason behind WWE not wanting Brock Lesnar to work SummerSlam 2018.
Alvarez noted that Vince McMahon wants Roman Reigns to get cheered when he wins the Universal Championship. They tried that at WrestleMania 34 by booking a storyline where Lesnar is portrayed as a guy who doesn’t care about the wrestling business and shows up whenever he wants to. However, that storyline didn’t help in getting Reigns cheered at WrestleMania.
SummerSlam 2018 is in Brooklyn and Alvarez speculated that Vince knows there no chance Reigns is getting cheered here, so he probably nixed the plan of Lesnar vs. Reigns at SummerSlam 2018 and since Lesnar has only one more match left in his current deal (according to PWInsider), Lesnar won’t be working SummerSlam 2018.