More on Apollo's Name Change; Io Shirai Misses Tournament Due to WWE Aspirations

— The reason Japanese star Io Shirai is not participating in the Women of Honor tournament that takes place on 2/24 in Osaka is because her long term goal is to get medically cleared and go to WWE and she feels that if she worked with ROH, it would hurt her chances at securing a WWE contract.

— In an update to a recent rumor that Apollo Crews changed his name changed to simply Apollo as WWE did not want him associated with the Parkland Gunman (Nikolas Cruz), the timing seems to make sense however WWE is not confirming that publicly. The only statement from WWE has been to say that they never released that as the reason for the name change, which is basically neither a confirmation nor a denial.

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