Earlier this year, Japanese star Sareee was slated to move to Orlando, and begin training at the WWE Performance Center. That all changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sareee worked her final match for World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana Diana this past January, dropping the Diana World Championship after a 237 day reign. The following month she worked her final match for the promotion, with plans on heading to the United States to begin her career with WWE.
In an interview with Tokyo Sports, Sareee explained that she was scheduled to move to the United States in March, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic those plans were halted. Despite her not making to journey to the US, she did sign a deal with the WWE, and remains under contract with the company.
“At one point, all the professional wrestlers were in a situation where they couldn’t wrestle, but… (after the declaration of emergency, everyone started to wrestle, and I was really impatient there, and I was the only one who was frustrated. I felt like I was left alone.”
Sareee reached out to WWE, asking if she was able to continue to work for Japanese promotions during the pandemic, and surprisingly WWE granted her request.
“I received permission to do professional wrestling in Japan during the period from WWE to the United States.” In the future, it will be richer that the notation of the affiliation is “headed to WWE” instead of “free-agent”.
She states there is no restrictions on which promotions she can work with. If any group wants to book her, she is able to work for them.
“If any group has a fight, I will raise it. I want to face any strong opponent, anyone with a fighting spirit. I will conclude that professional wrestling can do it again I will stand in the ring with all my strength,”
Her former promotion World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana resumed production of shows at the end of June. It’s unknown if she plans to return to the promotion until she can move to the United States.