KAIRI (fka Kairi Sane) has revealed that she wrestled her huge title bout at NJPW X STARDOM Historic X-Over with an injury.
In the main event of the crossover show, KAIRI faced off against Mayu Iwatani in the finals of the IWGP Women’s Title tournament.
KAIRI ultimately defeated Iwatani with her signature elbow drop to become the inaugural IWGP Women’s Champion.
The former WWE star has since taken to Twitter to reveal that she injured her ankle during training days out from her title bout.
Opening up about the injury, KAIRI wrote:
Four days before the match, during ring practice, I sprained myself in a flashy fall.
I was told that it would take three weeks for a full recovery, and I almost gave up because it hurt to walk.
However, with the support of many people, I was able to fight through the two battles with my willpower.
Thank you very much.
(Translated from Japanese)
KAIRI’s match against Iwatani was the longest of the night, clocking in at 25 minutes and 28 seconds.
Following the bout, KAIRI confirmed that she will defend her gold at Wrestle Kingdom 17 on January 4, 2023.
Tam Nakano then confronted the new IWGP Women’s Champion, indicating that she will be KAIRI’s challenger at the upcoming show.
Here are the full results from NJPW X STARDOM Historic X-Over (via Fightful):
– Clark Connors, Alex Coughlin, Gabriel Kidd & Kevin Knight def. Oskar Leube, Yuto Nakashima, Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita
– MIRAI won the STARDOM Ranbo
– Lio Rush, YOH, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI def. EVIL, SHO, Yujiro Takahashi & Dick Togo
– Saya Kamitani, AZM & Lady C def. Thekla, Himeka & Mai Sakurai
– Giulia & Zack Sabre Jr. def. Syuri & Tom Lawlor
– Tam Nakano, Natsupoi, Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Starlight Kid, Momo Watanabe, El Desperado & DOUKI
– Utami Hayashishita & Hiroshi Tanahashi def. Maika & Hirooki Goto
– Kyle Fletcher, Mark Davis, TJP, Francesco Akira & Gideon Grey def. Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, SANADA, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI
– Kazuchika Okada, The Great Muta & Toru Yano def. Jeff Cobb, Aaron Henare & Great-O-Khan
– Will Ospreay (c) def. Shota Umino – IWGP US Championship
– KAIRI def. Mayu Iwatani – IWGP Women’s Championship
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