According to a new report by Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Kairi Sane, 31, is returning to Japan to be with her husband. This has been in the works for a while and the company has known about it since May, if not earlier.
Sane was injured by Jax by being thrown into the ring steps in a Raw match taped on 5/26, which had to be stopped and was edited before it aired on television on 6/1. That’s why she hasn’t been around since, although she is cleared and is scheduled to appear on Raw soon, as she is listed for the 7/3 tapings which would be for 7/6 and/or 7/13.
But the decision at the time was to not harp on the injury on television, nor talk about it at all publicly, which is why they never played it up and her name hasn’t been mentioned. The idea in play before the Sane-Jax legit injury was to do a career-ending injury angle with her later when it was time for her to leave, which was to set up Asuka against that person at SummerSlam for the title.
This also likely changed since Heyman left, and the person who would have most likely been put in that spot would be either Flair, who may or may not be back by then, or Baszler, who is currently off TV. The person who ended her career was not scheduled to be Jax. While there’s been no talk about it of late, there had been talk that once her contract with WWE was up that she would wrestle one more year in Japan and then retire.