Io Shirai Wants to Defend NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania, Face Meiko Satomura

WWE NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai faces a tough challenge this Sunday in a Triple Threat against Toni Storm and Mercedes Martinez at Takeover: Vengeance Day, but she’s already looking ahead to the Grandest Stage of All.

Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Shirai talked about two possible dream matches that she could have this year.

One would be to defend the NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 37, and the other would be a match against recent NXT UK signing, legendary Japanese wrestler Meiko Satomura.

“WrestleMania is the grandest stage we have in this business and I have always wanted to compete under that spotlight,” said Shirai.

“A match with Meiko Satomura is another dream match for me. Fortunately, she has joined NXT UK, making it a real possibility now. I’m so excited,” she added.

Barrasso also asked Shirai about who she thinks is the most talented in-ring performer and she named legendary Raw Superstar Rey Mysterio.

“My definition of talented is how much a performer can attract others to what they are doing,” explained Shirai. “So I would have to say Rey Mysterio. I watched him when I was younger and that was when I knew I wanted to be in a WWE ring one day.”

Shirai also talked about how proud she is to be NXT Women’s Champion and part of what is considered one of the most talented women’s divisions in history.

“The fact that I have been able to defend my title against a series of skilled challengers in such high-level matches has been a great experience for me,” she said.

“I fully intend to defend my title in an effort to raise the brand profile of NXT and its women’s division by continuing to have quality matches week in and week out,” she added.