When All Elite Wrestling was launched in January 2019, the new company promised a segregation of women unlike any we had ever seen before.
Although AEW initially made an exciting signing, the newly arrived program had its fair share of errors and subsequent criticism was quick. With the travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 and the many injuries behind it, I hope it can bring this pledge by 2021.
There were some bright spots when the company appeared, however. Riho grew to be a fan favorite as its first female champion. Last year, Hikaru Shida proved to be the title holder, who produced several notable performances, and Nyla Rose made history as the first transgender woman to hold the title in North American promotion.
Another new face has been the impact of the arrival of the YouTube series, AEW Dark. Brazilian jiu-jitsu doctor, Tay Conti, excelled in the Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament and went on to become a spectator. Similarly, Jade Cargill, Red Velvet and Leyla Hirsch all made their way up to Dynamite and showed a lot of promises.
The AEW has made great strides, but there is still a lot of work to be done if it wants to compete in the integrated NXT list or the split of Impact’s Knockouts.
In the January 20 episode of Dynamite, AEW announced the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament to decide on 1 new competition, which could be a great car to showcase the talent it has and repair the ship.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at some of the women who can redefine the AEW women’s category in 2021 and play a bigger role in future news stories.
First, we need to address the importance of joshi puroresu in AEW programs so far. The striking style of wrestling for Japanese women has helped the company stand out in its maiden year.
When the AEW announced the international women’s competition, the accompanying bracelet contained U.S. flags. And Japanese. It is not yet clear what the significance of the image is yet, but it clearly suggests that there will be a strong Joshi in the tournament.
In fact, the first game set – Serena Deeb vs. Riho – will mark the return of the former American champion after a stay in Japan with Stardom. This is an exciting development because this 23-year-old boy has been an integral part of the breakup. This also opens the door for other returning names such as Emi Sakura, Yuka Sakazaki, Shoko Nakajima, and Aja Kong.
Additionally, this could mean that we will see other stars of Tokyo Joshi Pro or Gatoh Move with AEW. Maki Ito and Mei Suruga soon emerged as the nominees for the 16 Women’s Championship.
In the meantime, we will have to wait and see what this means, but this will be a good opportunity to further highlight the solidarity of Japanese women.
Although Anna Jay is a newcomer, she has improved in focus and high level since she started the April 1, 2020 episode of AEW Dynamite.
Star of the Show signed the company with less than a year of information, but it soon showed strong understanding of theater and marketing.
As the only woman to join The Dark Order, Jay took The Queen Slayer moniker and quickly proved herself to be a special talent. His brief feud with Brandi Rhodes has shown he has the potential to be the official heel and his case continues to improve. His finishing move, Rear-Naked Choke Hold, gives him a better edge over more convincing kicks.
In just 22 years, a native of Georgia is the future of the women’s category and a master of performance. She has won three games in a row since failing to challenge Hikaru Shida for the title in November, making her a solid contender for the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament.
So far, AEW is doing a good job of developing Jay. Even if he does not win the next tournament, his future looks bright.
Best of all, the AEW women’s category brought a different similarity when given the opportunity. The function of the characters, in-ring promos, and the television time required to do the following are missing ingredients.
For example, Hikaru Shida is the best performer on the list, but he is not as mature as the character. That is the only thing that can prevent a bad reign from becoming a champion. For fans to invest in their women’s wrestling, AEW should change that as soon as possible. The recent appearances of Jade Cargill and Red Velvet in Dynamite are at least in the right direction.
If anyone can handle the styles we expect, it’s Big Swole. The final champion of the Phoenix of Rise first turned heads in his match with Shana in episode 8 of AEW Dark. He went on to be one of the best-described characters in this category. His extraordinary personality than life and an incomparable life make him much easier for him.
Last year, his confrontation with Dr. Britt Baker was incredibly exciting. They were the first women to take part in a cinema game at All Out 2020. The dental match with Nail was not a five-star cast, but it allowed rivals to do something driven by character through change.
In addition, Swolele often received positive feedback from live listeners, so he communicated with fans before the epidemic. When large crowds return to AEW shows, it will function well as a plucky underdog.