Io Shirai Returns from Injury, Earns Spot in NXT Women’s Ladder Match

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NXT star Io Shirai has returned from injury and earned her way into the ladder match that will determine the #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Championship.

Tonight’s edition of NXT was supposed to feature a match between Xia Li and Aliyah to determine the next participant in the ladder match, but Li was attacked backstage prior to the match.

Greg Hamilton then received word on his headset from General Manager William Regal that Xia would be replaced in the match and Io Shirai made her entrance, following a knee injury in January.

Io ultimately won the match with her moonsault.

The other confirmed participants for the upcoming ladder match are Mia Yim and Chelsea Green. As we previously reported, several of the matches that were planned for NXT TakeOver: Tampa Bay will air on NXT’s weekly USA Network show instead.