|Shirai will be staying in STARDOM|
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Dave Meltzer in the latest Wrestling Observer reports that Shirai's neck injury concerned WWE to the point where it hemmed and hawed on offering her when it offered Hojo/Sane. The company wanted her to rehab her neck, but even after she did and was cleared to work, WWE had already cooled to the point of not offering the contract. One might say WWE was well within its right to do so, but the way this whole deal was reported feels like the company put the screws to Shirai. It just goes to show that corporations hold all the power, and labor, especially independent contracted labor from another country, has no real recourse.
Shirai losing out on the money and fame that comes with being in WWE sucks, and she obviously seemed like she wanted to be there, but overall, this bit of news will end up as a net positive for non-corporate wrestling. Shirai will return to STARDOM where she'll be able to carry the promotion with Mayu Iwatami and the rest of the cast of characters that populate Japan's most noteworthy joshi promotion at present time. The more elite talent that isn't concentrated in WWE is better for the overall health of wrestling anyway.