As the card for All Elite Wrestling‘s All Out comes together, so does the AEW Women’s World Championship picture. With the first champion due to be crowned on the first episode of the new promotion’s TV show on TNT, the first women’s match announced for All Out, a 21-woman pre-show battle royal to be a number one contender, has much higher stakes than those of previous shows. Though there isn’t anything officially on the line yet, it seems very possible that All Out’s second women’s match, Riho vs. Hikaru Shida, could decide the other woman in that first title match.
This will be Shida’s second match for AEW and her first singles match for the company. Since that joshi trios match at Double or Nothing, she’s been busy wrestling for various women’s promotions in Japan as well as performing for the “hyper muscle entertainment show” Makai, as you can see in the video above.
Riho has wrestled on every AEW show so far, first in that six-woman DoN tag, then in the Fyter Fest triple threat after which she made Yuka Sakazaki have a “very sad wrestling face,” and most recently teaming with Britt Baker for a tag match at Fight for the Fallen. She has also continued to be active in Japan, recently leaving her former home promotion of Gatoh Move for Stardom, where she joined the Queen’s Quest faction and quickly won the High Speed Championship.
It looks like whoever wins the Women’s World Championship, whether she’s in this match that Kenny Omega says is the one he’s “most looking forward to on #AEWAllOut,” will have a busy schedule in AEW. Her first title defense is already scheduled for the third episode of their TV show on October 16 – which, continuing a trend for the company, quickly sold out today along with their second show on October 9.