Former NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai could be suffering from an injury after a photo surfaced online of her wearing a leg brace.
Io Shirai last competed in a WWE ring back at NXT Stand & Deliver at the beginning of April when she was part of a Fatal Four Way Match for the NXT Women’s Title. Ultimately Shirai, and fellow challengers Cora Jade and Kay Lee Ray came up short and champion Mandy Rose retained her gold.
Now a photo of Io Shirai has surfaced on Reddit with the WWE Superstar enjoying some leisure time with some fellow Japanese stars both in and out of WWE. However, it is a photo of Hiroyo Matsumoto posing with former WWE Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura that apparently shows Shirai in a leg brace.
There has been no confirmation from WWE or Shirai herself of any injury, therefore it is unknown how much time, if any, The Genius Of The Sky could miss from the ring.
Io Shirai made her name in Stardom in Japan before signing with WWE in 2018. Since then, she has been an integral part of the women’s roster on NXT, becoming NXT Women’s Champion in June 2020 by defeating Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley in a Triple Threat Match for the gold.
More recently Io Shirai has held the NXT Women’s Tag Team Title with Zoey Stark and in the spring of 2022 won the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic along with Kay Lee Ray.