Around a week ago, news that fans probably didn’t expect was released right before the SummerSlam Premium Live Event. PWInsider reported that Kairi Sane had come to a deal to return to the WWE. Shortly after that, Kairi Sane basically confirmed the news with a press conference of her own which can be found here. An English translation of her statement is below.
Her now rumored return date is within the last two months of this year and when you start thinking about how to book her return the possibilities are quite endless. It has been a while since we have seen a women’s wrestler in WWE not come up the NXT pipeline, and Kairi Sane’s return is a nice refresh. Although Sane did follow that same path during her first run in WWE, having her come back from Stardom gives WWE the chance to reintroduce her any way they want.
Back in 2020, during the pandemic era of WWE programming Kairi Sane was written off television for her WWE departure, by Bayley attacking her to put her out of action. Kairi Sane versus Bayley would be a monster reintroduction program for Sane since it includes her taking on one of the four horsewomen in WWE. Now if you take on Bayley, you end up taking on all of Damage Control including IYO SKY and Dakota Kai.
The three-on-one number advantage immediately creates a need for Kairi Sane to find backup fast. One member of the WWE roster to help out Sane upon her return would be Asuka. Reuniting the Kabuki Warriors could not only help out Sane but pay dividends for the women’s tag team division in the near future after her return.
Kairi Sane’s return is such a big deal, because of the areas of the women’s division her talents could help contribute toward. She could team with Asuka, and finally restore the women’s tag division to how Naomi and Sasha Banks left it. Or she could go solo and challenge for either of the main roster women’s belts.
Sane did compete, in my opinion, the best women’s wrestling promotion in the world, so there is no reason she could go after top stars in American women’s wrestling like Charlotte or Rhea Ripley that hold the highest caliber of women’s gold. Sorry Iyo Sky, but you are probably a transitional champion and won’t have the belt by the time Kairi Sane debuts.
The flexibility WWE has in the multitude of options they can pick from is exactly why Kairi Sane was more than worth it to re-sign. Singles star, tag team star, or faction leader, I can picture Kairi Sane doing any one of those options.
Resetting and refreshing have been two principles fans have wanted in the WWE women’s division for a while now, and Kairi Sane provides that in every way.