HBK and Triple H respond to rumours of Io Shirai leaving WWE after Stand and Deliver

Io Shirai has been linked with a move away from WWE in the past and questions of her leaving the company arose after NXT Stand and Deliver

Io Shirai vs Raquel Gonzalez was the main event of WWE NXT Stand and Deliver Night 1. Shirai came into this clash as the champion but had her work cut out in the form of the bigger Gonzalez.

This was Gonzalez’s first championship singles battle on NXT and experience could have played a huge role in the outcome.

Raquel Gonzalez celebrates after defeating Io Shirai (WWE)

However, it was Gonzalez who defeated the Japanese star and started a new era on NXT. Gonzalez has had a rocket attached to her back in regards to a rise and well, she has also defeated Rhea Ripley in recent weeks.

Sean Ross Sapp was tweeting the live conference call with Triple H and Shawn Michaels after the show.

Taking the belt off Shirai was a big move by NXT and Gary Cassidy asked why this was done. Hunter claimed that Shirai was the right person for the fight but also turned down any talk of Shirai leaving WWE.

Shawn Michaels also chimed in and said that NXT has the deepest women’s division and didn’t believe anyone wanted to leave the company.

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Shirai is one of the biggest names on NXT and has won several awards during her short stint in WWE.

However, there were rumours of her being unhappy with WWE in 2020. Reports suggested that she wanted to return to Japan to be with her partner.

Shirai wasn’t the only Japanese star having such problems with Kairi Sane also keen on returning.

Io Shirai in action against Raquel Gonzalez (WWE)

Sane was eventually released by WWE but she is still with the company in a bit of an ambassadorial role.

Shirai, for her part, was great in Stardom and has been untouchable in WWE. It would be crazy to see her leave but homesickness is a real thing.

For now, she is part of WWE and could battle Gonzalez too. Further, she could end up on Raw or SmackDown and that would be a big bump for her.

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Saiyed Adeem Karim

Ditching a corporate job to follow a dream isn't easy, but when football comes calling, who can say no? Been following the beautiful game since 1998. Liverpool addict, F1 fanatic!

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