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Okay, So, What Am I Missing With Io Shirai?
I remember some people talking a lot about Io Shirai being "the best women's wrestler in the world", "she's the second coming of Manami Toyota!" and stuff and...something isn't clicking since I've seen her in the Mae Young Classic.
Io Shirai being here feels similar to like, when Taka Michonoku came to WWE, yes, seemed very technically good, but like, surrounded by such larger presences like The Rock and Steve Austin and has to do like, a lot of moves to get the point across and try so much harder.
Okay, when comparing to her fellow Japanese crossovers, Kairi Sane (yes I know I made a thread about her last year similar to this, but bare with me) entered the Mae Young Classic telling like these decent babyface storytelling outings and she just has this pirate gimmick that the fans can attach themselves to. Asuka, who, ok, isn't like "as workrate heavy", is fierce and has this intensity that makes her come off as a main eventer. She's felt like a main eventer ever since she got here.
Meiko Satomura just feels like a veteran with poise and just commands like she knows what she's doing with every move, so that's another comparison.
Io Shirai...she just kinda has been coming on and just doing some flips and some spots and that's really it. She feels like a cruiserweight who you throw on to hype up the crowd for the main event matches...OH WAIT A MINUTE...that's exactly what her match with Toni Storm was! This quick and dirty match that would hype you up for actual main events like Kairi vs. Shayna, Becky vs. Charlotte and Rousey vs. Nikki of all things even. And that's exactly just how I've been feeling. It sunk in even more with her Evolution matches and her presence on NXT TV where she's resorting to these quick and dirty spots or GETTING GERMAN SUPLEXED ONTO THE APRON to wake up the not so alive crowds for her matches! There's just this lack of presence I feel, like ok, that fatal four way, she was in there with 3 more louder characters, Lacey Evans who feels like she would have stolen the show in the 80s women's division, Mia Yim who's got this spunk to her and Bianca Belair who's like, this total complete package in her look, her presence, her ringwork, her psychology and storytelling abilities. Io in that match felt like...just moves. Some of these ladies can do less moves and elicit more of a crowd response and more emotional storytelling into the matches.
When she hits her moonsault, she just kinda does it without this gravitas at all, where as someone like Kairi Sane going for her elbow drop, has like all the energy in the world being focused into it, psychology if you will. Heck, when Charlotte goes for her moonsault, there's just this presence about it when she's setting it up, this gravitas, is it as near technically perfect as Io's? Maybe not, but it sure as hell feels like it's psychologically investing the crowd as she gracefully floats and rotates through the air.
Please, somebody tell me if I'm out of line here, she doesn't feel like she's standing out like this main eventer everyone is saying she is. It doesn't help when she plays as a backup for Kairi Sane who just LOOKS more complete as a character on screen just standing next to her.
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