Welcome back. There are a lot of talented wrestlers in WWE but sometimes they are going to need a little break. With so many wrestlers around, there is just not room for everyone so it makes sense to put them on the sidelines for a bit every now and then. It is not a demotion or anything close, and now one of the more successful NXT stars has made a surprise return.

Former NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai made her return to television during this week’s NXT. Shirai appeared to help guest star Poppy deal with Candice LeRae, who was angry at Poppy for causing issues for herself and Indi Hartwell. LeRae and Shirai would brawl, with Shirai clearing the ring. This was Shirai’s first appearance on NXT TV since April 20, when she was interviewed about losing her Women’s Title to Raquel Gonzalez at Takeover: Stand & Deliver.

Shirai is back. Check out how she returned and what NXT is getting again:

Poppy brings out a returning Io Shirai: WWE NXT, June 8, 2021

FULL MATCH - Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae - NXT Women's Title Match: NXT TakeOver 31

Io Shirai’s greatest moments: NXT Top 5

Opinion: I’m certainly good with this, though I’m a bit surprised that Shirai did not go up to the main roster. Following all of her success in NXT, including a long reign as NXT Women’s Champion, there is not much less for her do to there. Then again, it is not like the main roster has the greatest success rate when it comes to bringing in stars from NXT, so maybe this is the best result.

What do you think of Shirai? What is next for her in NXT? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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