Io Shirai; NXT Champion, Real Name, Fiance, Sister, Instagram, Facts

Published Date: 12 Nov, 2020 Updated date: 12 Nov, 2020 By Lucifer

Three years post her WWE contract signing, Io Shirai is the NXT Champion. Her career in professional wrestling took a leap with sister and now, she is an active roaster at NXT, a podium to become WWE’s next breakout star.

Japanese professional wrestler Io Shirai’s real name is Masami Odate. The WWE star got the fortune to be featured in a gravure spread on the Weekly Playboy magazine in March 2017.

Io Shirai Bio & Family; Real Name, Facts, Birthday

The wrestler was born as Masami Odate on 8 May 1990 in Kamakura, Kanagawa. Talking about her family, her older sister’s name is Mio Shirai, age 32. She was born on 14 February 1988 in Kamakura, Kanagawa. 

Besides her, the details of their parent’s actual name and possible career background is still missing. She is 5 feet 2 inches (1.57 m) tall in height and weighs around 54 kg.

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Career Details: NXT Champion & Theme

The 30-year-old alongside her older sister, Miro made their professional wrestling debut on 4 March 2007. At that time, Io was at age 16 and working part-time while attending high school. Upon completing her high school graduation, she began working full-time as a professional wrestler. They represented Team Makehen from 2007 to 2010 and Triple Tails for a year from 2010. Later they changed their name to Triple Tails.S between 2011 and 2013.

Two years later, her sister decided to retire on 15 September 2015 and made her debut as a referee at Ice Ribbon’s RibbonMania on 31 December 2015. The year 2016 embarked on Io’s Mae Young Classic and NXT debut. In October, the WWE officials made her sign a contract from 2017, and in March, she took part in a WWE tryout at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Some monther later, a representative of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Dave Meltzer on 15 May 2017 made it clear on Io’s contract agreement with WWE following a medical examination.


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Her debut WWE match was against Xia Brookside on 8 August 2018 and defeated her. Likewise, she embarked on her first appearance for NXT, on 17 November 2018. Her road to NXT Women’s Champion begun in 2020. She won the NXT Women’s Championship beating Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley on 7 June 2020.

What Is Fiance’s Real Name?

Io’s fiance’s in-ring name is Evil, but his real name is Takaaki Watanabe. He is a New Japan Pro-Wrestling star and is in his homeland performing at different events. Evil is currently signed by the professional wrestling promotion based in Nakano, Tokyo. The two are engaged but the details of their ring exchange are still hidden from her bio. Evil is 33 years of age, born on 26 January 1987 in Mishima, Shizuoka

Moreover, it is also yet to know on their wedding dates. They have neither denied nor confirmed any marriage speculations. 

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Some Interesting Facts About Io Shirai

  • Io is a vivid social media user with over 268K Instagram and 179.9K Twitter followers. 
  • She is an animal lover and loves cats.
  • The wrestler made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K20.
  • Her fiance is 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighs around 106 kg.
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