Hentai Master of Pro Wrestling & MMA World noted recently that Stardom Ace Io Shirai has announced on her blog that she will be leaving Stardom and that her last match will be on June 17 at Korakuen Hall. Io Shirai let her fans know "I will leaving the stardom for the further advancement of the professional wrestling life in the future." The rumor is currently indicating that she will be joining the WWE Roster and possibly be part of the second Mae Young Classic. Last year Meltzer was reporting that Shirai had signed with the WWE but disqualified her contract due to a pre-existing injury.
Io Shirai had previously been apart of Lucha Underground, while maintaining her status as Ace of Stardom.
Io Shirai's Contract Revoked
Io Shirai has signed with the WWE
At Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's "Bask In His Glory" Keith Lee admitted after losing to Adam Brooksy that, "for some reason, he keeps losing this month." Keith Lee has seemingly been on his farewell tour, it's all but been announced that Lee is heading to World Wrestling Entertainment, probably to the NXT roster. Lee lost his PWG World Title to WALTER in a triple threat match that also featured Jonah Rock at PWG All Star Weekend. Lee also lost his WWN title at an Evolve PPV back in April.
Last May, Lee opted to sign with WWN Live instead of ROH. Seemingly WWN Live's working relationship with the WWE may have had a hand in getting Lee to stay with WWN, however it appears he's now heading to the WWE.
It should be noted that Steve from SoCalUncensored on twitter remarked what a good guy Lee is. "A couple years ago there was a show that canceled last minute right before belltime. Lee was one of a handful of wrestlers who came out and apologized to all the fans, something he didn't have to do. Total class. He deserves the success he gets."
Keith Lee Chooses WWN
Certainly Chris Jericho is a superstar who plays by his own rules. As evident to earlier this morning when Jericho attacked on again/off again rival Tetsuya Naito of Los Ingobernables de Japon. A fan in a mask came out of the crowd to attack Naito, only for the masked man to be revealed as none other than Chris Jericho. This coming off the heels of Jericho making a return appearance at the WWE's Greatest Royal Rumble, which seemed to end the speculation that Jericho would continue his feud with Naito in New Japan. When asked Jericho referenced that sometimes things just don't work out. It's ironic that when Jericho looked to reignite his feud with Kevin Owens at the WWEGRR, that Owens shouted "Just go back to Japan and leave me alone!" Apparently Jericho has done just that. I don't believe that Jericho is officially under contract, but its worth noting that he's so far appeared at New Japan's biggest show of the year, WWE's biggest International Event ever, and still has the Jericho Cruise in October.
Will Whitney recently posted on the "Puroresu Spirit's News & Discussion Group" that Taiji Ishimori was revealed to be the "Bone Soldier." He will serve as the Bullet Club's new Junior Heavyweight representative. Ishimori has been wrestling exclusively for Pro Wrestling Noah, AAA, and Impact Wrestling. In late 2017, Ishimori had won the X-Division title that he defended in North America as well as in NOAH. In recent months, he has lost both the CHG Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship to Minoru Tanaka & Yoshinari Ogawa and the X-Division title to Matt Sydal. Ishimori alaso wrestled for Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's All Star Weekend April 20th and 21st. Earlier today, Bone Soldier returned to NJPW Pro Wrestling and revealed himself to be Ishimori.
According to WrestlinngInc.com, Ishimori gave his notices to NOAH in March, he had been working for them since 2006. Prior to joining NOAH he was trained by Tamon Honda and Ultimo Dragon, making his debut in 2002 for Toryumon.
2014-2018 I have been a part [Impact] worked with a lot good people and for the most part enjoyed my time. Having said that... as I’ve grown ... they well.... ummm. change is good and there defiantly has been a lot of changes and today after much contemplation it time for me to move on from impact. Creatively we just don’t see eye to eye on anything and I beat [EC3] so I’m good... I wish them well in there future endeavors... #nuffsaid"
Tyrus posted on his Instagram account that he was in fact finished with Impact. He was granted a release back in August of 2017 when he acknowledged he was on bad terms with the Global Office, notably Jeff Jarret. Tyrus rejoined the company at the beginning of the year, but the reunion only last a mere four months.
We wish him well in all of his future endeavors...
Tyrus Returns to the Impact Zone
Following in suite of his former tag team partner Angelico, Jack Evans too has chosen to leave Lucha Underground. This probably comes as little surprise to those who attended the Lucha Undergound tapings in Los Angeles. Evans did take part in the Lucha Underground vs. Impact match during Wrestlemania Weekend.
Once again, Impact Wrestling parts ways with Alberto El Patron. Impact Wrestling's twitter made the informal announcement that "It has terminated its agreement with Alberto El Patron, effective immediately." Apparently the company was keeping the former Global Wrestling Champion on a short lease after re-signing him back in November. When El Patron didn't appear at the Wrestle Con Weekend scheduled Lucha Underground vs. Impact Wrestling show, that was the end for Alberto.
El Patron Returns to Impact
El Patron headed to CWFH
.On consecutive days Zack Sabre Jr. lose the Evolve Title to Matt Riddle at EVOLVE 102 and the Rev Pro Undisputed British Heavyweight Title to Tomohiro Ishii. What's interesting is that Ishii is still apparently with NJPW, so we're not exactly sure why Sabre Jr. was required to drop both titles to establish his full time position with NJPW, but nevertheless this is great news for Suzuki-gun.
El Mesias is a former AAA Mega Champion, he also held the IWA World Championship, the IWC Universal Championship, The Wrestling Society X Championship and was recently the Lucha Underground Champion as Mil Muertes.
Although Mesias had parted ways AAA a few days ago yesterday Mesias held his first press conference yesterday airing his grievances with AAA. Fred Esparza paraphrased the conference via twitter stating that "El Mesias said he felt disrespected by AAA as a luchador. He said there were issues w/ his Triplemania match w/ Pagano when AAA changed the way that match was planned out. [He] would ask Dorian Roldan or one of the AAA attorneys to show him his contract and they never would show it to him. He said he doesn't even know the length of contract but he signed it 4 years ago. [His] knees have been injured since last June. AAA had him continue wrestling thru about end of October. He said reason was due to Japan tour. [They] gave him a certain amount to cover surgery but he thought they would give him more. He asked Dorian to support him because he has a family to take care of. AAA rep told Mesias to get a loan if he needed more money. [He] was already upset with AAA and then when he made his return, they told him he was losing to La Parka (at Rey de Reyes) and he took that as a lack of respect. Felt being out 5 months & have his return in that way was unjust.
[Mesias] thought about it for 2 weeks but he had really already quit by that point and that he made the official announcement on Wednesday after returning to Mexico from Los Angeles. [That] Dorian Roldan was going to make his life impossible and would block him from working for other promoters. He doesn't know if he'll still be part of Lucha Underground."
El Mesias as Mil Muertes will team up with with fellow Lucha Underground wrestler Marty the Moth to take on the Legendary Blue Demon Jr. and Huracan Ramierz Jr. this weekend in the historic OKC Farmers Market for the United Wrestling Network's Lucha America