In a recent interview with Tokyo Sports, WWE NXT superstar Io Shirai discussed several topics and revealed that she was originally scheduled to be part of the 2020 Women’s WWE Royal Rumble Match until she got injured.

“I had a match with Toni Storm before the Royal Rumble, when Storm hit a tope to me at outside of the ring, my knee had bent to the wrong direction. I was scheduled to participate in the Royal Rumble, but I was so frustrated that I couldn’t participate.

The medial collateral ligament of the right knee was damaged. The medical staff said, ‘It’s bad and the recovery time is 3-4 months,’ but I thought it would be possible in a month. It took me two months to come back, but I was surprised at how fast the recovery was.”

The interview is available in full at this link.