Riho def. Kris Statlander | AEW Dynamite (1/8/2020)
Just got back in and after a short rest, I’m ready to talk about the show I just watched live! Next up, we’ll be looking at our lone title match of the evening, where Riho sought to defend her AEW Women’s World Championship yet again. AEW Dynamite came to Southaven, MS – though largely referred to as Memphis – for their Anniversary show! A year out from the official, formal announcement of All Elite Wrestling, they put on a special show to be sure. Just half an hour away from me no less, I couldn’t help but go. Now that the show’s over though, it’s back to work for me. I’m Jordan Huie of the Overtimer here to give you all the results from tonight’s event!
Riho defeated Kris Statlander to retain the AEW Women’s World Championship
Kris Statlander burst onto the scene in a pretty big way to close out 2019. The apparent literal alien from the planet Andromeda was a quick hit with fans. This is thanks to both her quirky, unique nature, and her stunning athleticism. So it wasn’t a huge shock that they decided to start positioning her high on the ladder sooner rather than later. Statlander wasted little time earning a shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship. The bout did have to be postponed by a week, but it went down tonight.
Ultimately though, it was a fairly easy pick to say Riho would retain again and indeed she did. This marks her fourth title defense since winning the belt back in October. It was not one without controversy this time around, however. The Nightmare Collective made their presence felt in a big way throughout much of it. At first, they attempted to aid Kris Statlander to victory as a means of recruiting her. But when Kris responded by taking out one of their recruits, they turned on her as well. Both Kris and Riho ended up having to fend them off, and ultimately the champion retained her title.