On the latest episode of AEW Dynamite, the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament was announced. This will decide who gets to challenge Hikaru Shida next, and will be run similarly to how the tournament Kenny Omega won in 2020 was. There’s just one difference in how the tournament is set up, and that is half the field is dedicated to Japanese talent. Emi Sakura has already been confirmed, but what about her student Riho?
Riho was the first ever AEW Women’s Champion, having claimed the belt on the first episode of AEW Dynamite and reigning for 133 days. She never got a chance to reclaim the belt, after returning to Japan and being stuck due to travel restrictions. Riho had a great time wrestling for Stardom & Gatoh Move, but it’s time for her to come home. Will she win this tournament?
AEW Wants To Bring Riho Back Next Month
After 10 months away, AEW really wants to have Riho back within the next month, and are working hard to get her back to the United States. This tournament was set up to boost their lacking women’s division, and names like Riho will be needed for that, and considering half the field is set to be Japanese focused? It only makes sense for Riho to be in the field of 16.
We should also see names like Yuka Sakazaki & perhaps even Shoko Nakajima make their returns to AEW as part of this tournament. Riho would be an easy favorite to win it all, and the third match between Riho & Nyla Rose would make a perfect finals match.
Setting Up A Big Match For Revolution
While we’ve seen Riho face Hikaru Shida at All Out 2019, it wasn’t exactly the classic it could have been. Both ladies have improved greatly since then, with Shida especially proving herself in matches with Thunder Rosa & Nyla Rose.
Having Riho return to AEW, win the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament, and look to become the first ever two time AEW Women’s World Champion? That would be a match fitting a PPV event like Revolution, and give them a chance to redeem their lacking All Out 2019 match.
Do you see Riho being a favorite to win this coming tournament? Who else do you hope to see involved? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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