The tournament will feature sixteen women who will face off to determine the number one contender to Hikaru Shida’s AEW Women’s World Championship. AEW ran a similar tournament for the AEW World Championship, eventually won by Kenny Omega, in from October to November 2020. However, the women’s equivalent looks set to contain twice as many competitors.
AEW previously featured a tag team tournament for the women’s division, the AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament: The Deadly Draw. Though it introduced fans to the partnership between Anna Jay and Tay Conti, as well as giving a spotlight to Ivelisse and Diamante, the tournament earned the promotion criticism due to it primarily airing on their Youtube channel; Only the final of the tournament aired on Dynamite.
AEW has been criticised since the launch of Dynamite due to a perceived lack of focus on the women’s division. However, their on-screen presence in recent weeks has increased. With the announcement of the new tournament which will make earning a title opportunity a much more difficult task than before, fans will undoubtedly be hoping that this marks a turning point for the division.
With crossovers between IMPACT Wrestling and AEW becoming more frequent, much intrigue surrounds such a large tournament. Though AEW have enough contracted stars to fill out the tournament brackets, IMPACT may wish to see one of their Knockouts hold AEW gold. After Private Party staked their claim to the IMPACT World Tag Team Championships, anything seems possible.