It has been announced that Hikaru Shida will defend her AEW Women’s World Title against Tay Conti on the April 21st episode of AEW Dynamite.
Shida won the Women’s Title back in May 2020, defeating Nyla Rose at AEW Double Or Nothing. The champion’s current reign stands at a staggering 327 days, making her the longest reigning champion in AEW history.
The Japanese star last defended her championship in a brutally hard-hitting affair against Ryo Mizunami at AEW Revolution in March.
Meanwhile, since being defeated in the first round of the AEW Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament in February, Tay Conti has gone undefeated in singles action. A string of impressive wins has seen Conti move to the summit of the AEW Women’s rankings.
Reacting to the announcement, Conti posted on Twitter, saying that she has worked for 18 years to get this opportunity.
So much respect for Shida but when the bell rings you will face the most dangerous Tay Conti you ever watched. 18 years of my life dedicated to martial arts, all of this for THIS MOMENT!!! There’s no giving up, no failure, I have no option but succeed.
In recent weeks, Conti has also been talking about the possibility of beginning a career in MMA. Conti who has enjoyed a great deal of success in Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, said that she expects to make her Mixed Martial Arts debut “very soon.” Adding that she is training everyday and has already discussed dates and a potential opponent.
During the same conversation with Lucha Libre Online, Conti also expressed her desire to face Deonna Purrazzo for the IMPACT Knockout’s Championship.