Masami Odate is one of the inspiring wrestlers from Japan whom we best know by her ring name, Io Shirai.
Shirai is currently active on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where she is assigned to the NXT brand.
This Asian professional wrestler is an example to every girl as with strong willpower nothing is impossible.
Io Shirai might be small but no one is as good as her inside the ring. She performs several aerial moves that her opponents get mesmerized.
Quick Facts: Io Shirai
|Celebrated Name||Io Shirai|
|Age||31 years old|
|Nick Name||Darkside Io, Purple Thunder|
|Birth Name||Masami Odate|
|Date of Birth||May 08, 1990|
|Place of Birth||Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan|
|Marital Status||Not Married|
|Ring name||Io Shirai|
|Height||5 feet 1 inches, i.e., 1.56m|
|Weight||54kg, i.e., 119 pounds|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Net Worth||$4 Million|
|Social Media of Io||Twitter and Instagram|
Early Life of Io Shirai
Masami Odate, aka, Io Shirai was born on May 8, 1990, in the beautiful place of Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. Shirai is the second child and daughter of the family who has an older sister, Mio Shirai of age 33.
Professional wrestler Shirai belongs to the Asian ethnic group and holds the citizenship of Japan.
Well, unfortunately, there is no information regarding her parents and much about her early life. However, we know that this superstar had an early dream of becoming a professional wrestler.
Today, Io Shirai has successfully achieved her childhood dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Also, there is no information on her educational chapter of life.
How old is Io Shirai? Age and Body Measurements
Beautiful and dangerous Io Shirai is currently living in her early 30’s i.e., 31 years of age. This WWE Diva celebrates her annual birthday on the 8th of May.
The Zodiac sign of Shirai is Taurus which represents her personality as enduring, dedicated, liable, stabile, and pragmatic.
Looking towards the physical appearance of this gorgeous wrestler, she has a slim body figure with a total height of 5 feet and 1 inch i.e., 156cm. Also, Shirai weighs around 54kg, i.e., 119 pounds.
Furthermore, this cute professional wrestler is blessed with a pair of beautiful dark brown eyes and black hair color.
Professional Wrestling Career
Talking about her professional career, Shirai made her debut at the age of 16, on March 4, 2007, with her older sister, Mio Shirai. Both sisters were professionally trained by Tomohiko Hashimoto.
During her early struggling phase, Io and Mio worked on several wrestling promotions as a tag team. In 2008, they made their debut on All Japan Pro Wrestling defeating the team of Mikado and Kyoko Kimura.
These two sisters won multiple titles on several wrestling promotions such as Pro Wrestling Wave, World Wonder Ring Stardom, World Wrestling Entertainment, etc.
World Wrestling Entertainment
Shirai was offered a contract by WWE after looking at her performance on the WWE tryout in Orlando, Florida. She made her official appearance in WWE on June 30, 2018.
In her debut match against Xia Brookside, she won and advanced in the second round of the Mae Young Classic tournament. She continuously advanced to the finals defeating Zeuxis, Donna Purrazzo, and Rhea Ripley.
Well, unfortunately, she lost the tournament final against Tony Storm. Well, currently Shirai is assigned to the NXT brand where she won the NXT Women’s Championship.
Awards and Achievements
- TLW World Young Women’s Tag Team Championship with Mio Shirai
- Captain’s Fall Six Person Tag Team Tournament in 2009 with Gami and Mio Shirai
- TLW World Young Women’s Tag Team Tournament in 2009 with Mio Shirai
- Six times Artist of Stardom Championship
- Goddess of Stardom Championship with Mayu Iwatani
- High-Speed Championship
- SWA World Championship
- Two times Wonder of Stardom Championship
- Two times World of Stardom Championship
- One time NXT Women’s Championship
- Three times NXT Year-End Award as Future Star of NXT in 2018, Female Competitor of the Year in 2020, and Overall Competitor of the Year in 2020
- One time Americas World Mixed Tag Team Championship with Nosawa
Personal Life of Io Shirai
A beautiful wrestler from Japan with a charming aura, this WWE Diva had a previous relationship with the fellow professional wrestler, Kazushige Nosawa.
The couple dated for a couple of years and also lived together in Koto, Tokyo. However, after some years together, they got separated.
This Japanese Diva is a big fan of former professional wrestlers, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Momoiro Clover Z.
Well, after several years of being single, this wrestler is currently engaged with Takaaki Watanabe, also known as Evil from New Japan Pro-Wrestling.
Legal Problems of Io Shirai
Shirai and his former boyfriend, Nosawa was arrested on May 23, 2012, at the Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba.
They were arrested under suspicion of smuggling 75 grams of marijuana hidden inside the paintings while returning from Mexico.
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Both of them denied the charges and mentioned that the paintings were given to them by their fans. Shirai was released on June 12 and held a press conference apologizing to her fans.
This was also the reason that Shirai ended the relationship with Nosawa. The real issue of the case was the Japanese wrestler Takuya Sugi planted the drugs on Shirai and Nosawa.
How much is Io Shirai’s Net Worth?
Beautiful and strong Io Shirai is having a great time at World Wrestling Entertainment on the NXT brand winning multiple titles. No doubt that this 5 feet 1-inch wrestler is worth millions of dollars for her work and effort.
Well, the total net worth of Io Shirai as of 2021 is around $4 Million. Surely, with the continuous rise of her career, her net worth in coming years will increase by big numbers.
Social Media Presence
This Japanese wrestler has huge respect for her effort in her career. She proved that with a strong willpower and determination, we can achieve anything.
Shirai is an active social media user with several accounts including Instagram and Twitter.
Twitter: 198.3K Followers
Instagram: 310K Followers