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Kairi Hojo isn’t just participating in WWE’s Mae Young Classic, though, it was announced on Friday morning that she’s going to be involved in that. No, WWE signed her to become part of their women’s division, too, and to that end, they gave her a new name. The Japanese pirate and former STARDOM competitor is now known as “Kairi Sane,” which should be a pretty simple transition for anyone who knew her before.
Maybe more importantly than a new name is that WWE.com mentioned her elbow drop finisher within the announcement piece:
Though Sane has often carried a spyglass to the ring, it’s her highlight reel-worthy diving elbow drop — thought by many to be the most beautiful in the world — that has navigated her to many milestone victories.
If you’re out of the rumor loop, that might not mean much to you. However, earlier this year, Dave Meltzer mentioned in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE told Kairi to change her finisher because the elbow drop belonged to Bayley. That rumor never seemed right, for a number of reasons: for one, Bayley’s elbow drop is a lot like CM Punk’s was, in that it’s clearly a Randy Savage tribute and a transitional move that doesn’t really “belong” to them. Meanwhile, here’s Kairi’s elbow, which is actually her finisher:
WWE shouldn’t mess with perfection like that, and while their website’s writers are not the same as creative or Vince McMahon or Triple H, you have to imagine word would have gotten out to, I don’t know, never mention the super baller elbow that is better than everyone else’s elbow if you never plan on showing it off on your shows.
This isn’t Hideo Itami coming in to WWE while CM Punk is using Go 2 Sleep and Daniel Bryan is hitting the Running Knee on everyone, so he has to find something else. The elbow was Kairi Hojo’s, and it better be Kairi Sane’s. Sure, she could find something else, but [looks at the above gif again] why would you want her to?
- Friday’s Rumor Roundup is full of potential SummerSlam plans.
- Baron Corbin uses the Money in the Bank briefcase to carry his iPad while traveling. Hey, if you have to carry the case around like any other luggage, you might as well put it to use.
- Chris Jericho was Corey Graves’ guest on the most recent episode of his tattoo-themed show.
- Let Social Slam catch you up on what you might have recently missed from the social media world of wrestling.
- Impact Wrestling was doing a poor job of building to Slammiversary, which airs Sunday, but Stella Cheeks thinks they righted the ship a bit with their go-home show this week.
- Speaking of Impact, Alberto El Patron plans on retiring in three years, then working as an agent for the company he currently wrestles for.
- Kurt Angle announced that he’s the pre-order bonus for WWE 2K18, so if you want him in your game, get yourself a pre-order.
- Becky Lynch thinks we’re a year or two away from a women’s version of the Royal Rumble.
- Good news! Tyson Kidd sadly won’t be coming back to the ring, but he’s now a producer/agent for WWE, and will also be on Total Divas once again.
- Netflix’s GLOW serves up liberation in Lycra, writes Rachel Syme.
- For more GLOW, here’s Brandon Stroud talking to Britt Baron, who played the youngest wrestler on the show. A warning: there are definitely spoilers for the show in that article, so don’t read it if you haven’t finished.
- Scarlett Harris wrote about the aftermath of the Chris Benoit murder-suicide, 10 years later.
- Here’s ESPN writing about how American tag team War Machine are taking New Japan by storm.