Io Shirai Talks Her Heel Turn, Her Dream Opponents On RAW & SmackDown

The Hindustan Times recently spoke with NXT star Io Shirai. The Japanese wrestler talked about becoming a heel, her newfound confidence in the ring, and her dream opponents within the WWE.

Check out highlights below:

On becoming a heel:

To the fans, my character changed suddenly. But I took a long time to think about it and it was a gradual process for me. When I came to WWE, I wanted to try out something different. They already had Asuka and Kairi (Sane). So, I wanted to show something new. I wanted to show a new side of Japanese woman wrestlers. I have mainly been a babyface in my career but I wanted to make a big change.

Her new confidence:

This has given me more confidence. The heel turn has added a lot of new things to my character and that has certainly boosted my confidence. I came with a different role but this change has been a boost for me.

Who she wants to wrestle in WWE:

I would really like to fight Sasha [Banks], Charlotte and Asuka