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Io Shirai's WWE contract set to expire soon, hasn't signed new offer

Shirai's contract with WWE is set to expire next month.
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Former NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai could be on the verge of becoming a free agent.

In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that Io Shirai's contract with WWE is set to expire next month if she doesn't sign a new deal. Shirai hasn't signed WWE's newest contract offer, and Meltzer notes that Shirai "had told people in Japan that when her contract was up she wanted to return to Japan and be closer with her family."

Meltzer wrote:

Io Shirai has not signed her newest contract offer. She will be a free agent next month if she doesn’t sign her new deal. She had told people in Japan that when her contract was up she wanted to return to Japan and be closer with her family. Unlike with Kairi Sane, who had to wait until the end of her contract because she left mid-contract and agreed to work as a WWE rep in Japan so she could move back home, Shirai would be free and clear. There is no expectation in Stardom that she will definitely return at that point, but legally she could.

Shirai signed with WWE in 2018 and has been part of the NXT roster since. She worked a couple of dark matches prior to SmackDown events earlier this year.

Shirai is a one-time NXT Women's Champion and a one-time NXT Women's Tag Team Champion.

Due to injury, Shirai hasn't wrestled since this April. Meltzer reported last week that Shirai was expected to return to the ring "relatively soon."