Io Shirai will challenge for the NXT women’s championship at this Sunday’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House’ event when she takes on reigning champion Charlotte Flair and fellow challenger Rhea Ripley in a highly-anticipated triple threat match.
The 30-year-old has been refered to by many as ‘the best wrestler in the world’ and prior to joining the WWE was considered a legend of the Japanese wrestling scene.
Shirai will be looking to pick up her first championship with the WWE at this Sunday’s event, having come close on multiple prior occasions.
Ahead of the upcoming match, Shirai recently spoke to Justin Barrasso and touched upon what her goal is in professional wrestling as part of the WWE.
“A few years ago, many people started saying I was one of the best wrestlers in the world. I was competing in Japan and had received every award and accolade possible for a female in the industry. That was when I really started thinking about competing and proving myself on WWE’s global stage, which is the biggest in our profession.” she said.
“My main goal is to let the world know WWE has the best and most competitive women’s division in professional wrestling. We are just as dedicated, athletic and talented as the men, and I think what we can do with our platform is a beautiful thing. I have a very special opportunity to change how fans view women’s wrestling and I plan to use my abilities to do so.” she continued.
Shirai is full of respect for the reigning champion Charlotte Flair.
“I know how hard it is to be on top and remain in that spot,” she said of Flair. “It may look glamorous from the outside, but it is a huge responsibility that cannot be taken lightly. I have nothing but respect for Charlotte, and for the mental toughness she has shown throughout her career in WWE to remain as one of the top female performers.”
‘NXT TakeOver: In Your House’ takes place on Sunday June 7th 2020 from the Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The event will be aired live on the WWE Network from 8pm EST.