Kairi Sane was written off WWE television last July following an attack from Bayley. Her departure was because she had decided to move back to Japan to be with her husband, who she married almost precisely a year ago. Despite opting to leave, she remained on good terms with WWE. In October, she became a WWE ambassador and would appear as part of the Japanese-language commentary team.
Sane had been with WWE since 2017, where she received a massive push by winning the Mae Young Classic that same year by defeating Tessa Blanchard, Bianca Belair, Dakota Kai, Toni Storm, and Shayna Baszler. She’d go on to have a 71-day reign as NXT Women’s Champion in 2018, and on the main roster, she was one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions with Asuka for 180-days.
It has now been reported that she has requested that WWE give her permission to resume her in-ring career in Japan by letting her wrestle at World Wonder Ring Stardom’s March 3rd show at Budokan Hall. The belief is Stardom wanted their former star, who competed for them as Kairi Hojo, to compete in a high-profile singles match. However, they were open to having her participate in a legends battle royal type match if it made getting permission easier. Regardless of the match type, WWE has denied her request, so she will be unable to wrestle on the show, considered one of the biggest in the Japanese promotion’s history.
While it does seem harsh to deny her an opportunity to wrestle, she is still under WWE contract, so Vince McMahon’s company is entirely within their rights. It does, though, show WWE’s attitude to working with outside promotions, and it likely didn’t help that Stardom is owned by Bushiroad, who also own New Japan, a promotion now working with AEW.