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Kairi Sane explains her decision to leave WWE and return to STARDOM


Japanese wrestling superstar KAIRI (Kairi Sane in WWE) recently spoke with Entame Next about her decision to leave WWE and why she decided to return to the popular all-female promotion, STARDOM. Highlights from the interview can be found below.

Said she kept a promise she made to a friend and accomplished everything she wanted in WWE:

“When I left Japan in 2017, I promised my fans that I would take a long trip, but that I would come back as an adult. I told the president Rossy Ogawa (now executive producer). First, my goal was to learn high-level pro wrestling, and I had no real intention of living permanently in the United States. I thought about retiring from wrestling. It’s a personal story, but I lost my best friend to illness. I made a wish at his grave and promised to make it come true: I was going to compete in WrestleMania. I wanted this to happen for sure. Thanks to that, I was able to participate in three WrestleManias, I had a title match with Asuka as Kabuki Warriors, I became champion in both NXT and WWE, and I even received an award for Overall NXT Competitor of the Year.

How the pandemic has put things into perspective for her:

“After moving to the United States, my personal life was secondary to my professional life, and I was flying and competing four times a week non-stop, but the pandemic hit and I suddenly had time for myself. Then I took the time to do some introspection. I thought, ‘Where do I go from here? I had a sense of accomplishment in keeping my promise to my best friend and doing everything I could in my three years with WWE, and after several consultations with WWE, I decided to leave.

On his decision to return to STARDOM:

“After returning to Japan, I hadn’t looked at pro wrestling with much enthusiasm. But when I went to Stardom’s Budokan last year, the feeling of ‘I want to fight with everyone one day’ came from my heart. However, even if I were to return, it would be the first time in about two years that I had been in the ring. The pace of matches and the rules were different from those of WWE, and I was not not sure I could adapt quickly. However, I was training in the gym even when I was not competing, so I was in good physical condition. Another aspect of my decision to come back was that I was confident in my three years of learning and wrestling experience in WWE I’m proud of the fact that I once protected Stardom during a period of stagnation as player president, and I’m proud of the fact that I’ve been at the forefront of WWE women’s wrestling during its reform period, e I’m proud of the fact that I overcame both challenges.

(Thanks to Reddit user DamieN62 for the transcription)