It all comes down to this. We’ve finally reached the finals of the AEW World Women’s Championship Eliminator tournament. It was broken into two brackets, one for the United States and the other for Japan. Former AEW Women’s Champion Nyla Rose won the US Bracket, taking Tay Conti, Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa down to do it. Ryo Mizunami won the Japan bracket, beating Maki Itoh, Aja Kong & Yuka Sakazaki to get here. Whoever wins tonight becomes the challenger of Hiraku Shida on Sunday at Revolution!
Nyla Rose Fights Dirty
Rose is used to not being matched one the power side of things, but Mizunami is her match. They’d lock up to a stalemate, but Mizunami dodged the strikes and came in with a shoulder tackle. Rose shrugged it off, but Mizunami shrugged off the return from Rose. Mizunami was finally knocked down, but was able to come back with the backdrop.
Rose was in the corner and took the Machine Gun chops, before Mizunami got fired up in performing for the crowd before a big clothesline in the corner. Mizunami ran into a big boot, and took a running senton from Rose, getting a near fall. Rose would choke Mizunami on the bottom rope, while Vickie Guerrero got in her face. Mizunami took a powerslam as we went into a picture in picture break.
Throughout the break, Rose would remain in control. Mizunami would be choked on the ropes, smashed into the barricades and more. Rose took time to trash talk with Hikaru Shida, before taking Mizunami into the ring for a camel clutch. Mizunami fought free, and fired up again.
Ryo Mizunami Digs Deep
Rose fought to block a suplex from Mizunami, and nailed a powerslam. Mizunami dodged a senton bomb off the top rope from Rose, avoiding certain disaster. Quick thinking from Mizunami saw her drop the rope to send Rose to the outside, but had her face slammed off the apron. Mizunami tripped Rose up on the apron, and hit the leg drop on the apron, the same move that took out Aja Kong!
Rose made it in at nine, and Mizunami was ready to hit another leg drop for a near fall. Mizunami and Rose traded blows in the middle of the ring, with Mizunami being shut down with one big shot before being dropped with the Death Valley Driver. Rose draped Mizunami over the top rope and hit the knee drop off the top rope, yet only got a near fall!
Mizunami would block the Beast Bomb and hit an exploder suplex. She’d take too long getting to the top rope and take a superplex back down. Mizunami came back again with a German Suplex and a spear, putting Rose down for the top rope leg drop, winning the tournament!
This whole tournament was full of fantastic matches, and the finals was no exception. Rose & Mizunami showed why they made it this far. Just two heavy hitting women throwing hands, and they delivered. When the AEW Women’s division gets proper time to shine, they steal the show. Match Rating: 4/5 (****)
After the bell, Shida & Mizunami would trade blows and get fired up for Sunday. Can Mizunami become the next AEW Women’s World Champion? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.
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