Speaking to the media after last night’s NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver show, Triple H commented on whether or not Io Shirai is going to be getting called-up to the main roster anytime soon.
Fans started speculating that Io might be main roster bound after she dropped the NXT Women’s Championship to Raquel Gonzalez last night, but Triple H said that Shirai has earned the right to do what she wants:
“Io Shirai has earned the right to do what she wants to do,” Triple H said. “To me, if Io Shirai wants to take time off, she takes time off. If she wants to come back and go after Raquel Gonzalez, she’s earned that right. If she wants to do something else for a bit, or any of that, she’s earned the right to do all of it. It’s an interesting thing here where whenever somebody loses in NXT, they’re so dominant, they’re so big, they’re so whatever. They have this incredible run. Then, all of a sudden, there’s a bump in the road. They lose a match. Then everybody goes, ‘Clearly they’re going someplace else.’ Why is that? It’s just a funny thing, because anybody in the world loses someplace else, nobody goes, ‘Oh, they’re going someplace else.’ There’s always more to do. There’s always more to proving you’re the best. There’s the next challenge. The next competitor. There’s the next all of those things. For me, it’s whatever Io wants to do, but I don’t see that as she lost one match over the past three hundred something days she’s been champion, all of a sudden she’s just moving on.”
Io Shirai has been in NXT for a while, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the Japanese star appear on either Raw or SmackDown next week following this weekend’s WrestleMania event.
Thanks to WrestlingInc for the transcription.