Io Shirai hasn’t been seen since her defeat at the hands of Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Championship.
That changed as she returned to defend music artist Poppy on NXT TV. Poppy was visiting to promote her new album and in a classic case of misunderstanding – involving Dexter Lumis, a sketch and a hug – Poppy found herself being challenged by Candice LeRae to a fight.
Poppy, not being a wrestler, stated as much and said that while she doesn’t wrestle she knows someone who does, which prompted the return of the former NXT Women’s Champion to defend the honour of her friend. The Genius of the Sky attacked LeRae and sent her packing.
Celebrating with Poppy to end the segment, Shirai later had a brief staredown with NXT Women’s Champion Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai.
It seems Io Shirai intends to hit the ground running upon her return to action, although she will have to wait in line with Ember Moon already facing Gonzalez at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.