The NXT UK champion, Kay Lee Ray, has been the protagonist of a video that WWE has published on social networks this afternoon, where she has expressed her desire to face the best in the world. When asked what his next challenge will be, Ray stated, This is something I’ve thought about a lot. And as far as I’m concerned, I’ve beaten everyone that has come my way. So I’m going to talk to Johnny Saint because I want the best in the world.
As a result of these statements, several American portals have speculated that Kay Lee Ray has referred to Io Shirai, current champion of the American NXT division. In December of last year, Ray replied to a Ryan Satin post on Twitter, stating that Shirai was the best in the world: She is the best and no one can convince me otherwise.
However, likely, the NXT UK champion was not referring to Io Shirai, but to a fighter who is currently in the UK. We are talking about Meiko Satomura, who moved at the end of 2020 to be part of the British division while the NXT Japan project does not take off, information that we published in October.
Satomura, 40, announced that she would slow down her activity as a wrestler, limiting her appearances at her company, Sendai Girls. I want to move on to my new stage. In the future, I will leave the leadership to the current fighters and I will have limited participation, he declared. The specialized media also reported that Satomura would not participate in the shows that Sendai Girls did in November due to her trip to NXT UK in November, where she would perform the role of coach.
Tokyo Sports cited that local sources indicated that she would join the British brand NXT as a fighter and coach.
Since mid-2019, Satomura has been linked to the WWE project in Japan. In April she worked as a guest coach at the WWE Performance Center, located in Orlando Florida. That same year, the company intended to buy Pro Wrestling NOAH and STARDOM, but neither of them reached an agreement. Subsequently, STARDOM was acquired by Kix Road, a subsidiary of Bushiroad.
Kay Lee Ray adds 509 days of ostentation as the NXT UK champion. He achieved the title on August 31, 2019, at TakeOver: Cardiff and has held it to this day.