All sixteen women competing in the AEW Women’s Eliminator have been announced, with the tournament set to begin later this month!
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the two brackets will be determined separately – with half the matches taking place in the United States and the other half in Japan. The United States bracket will feature:
- Serena Deeb
- Britt Baker
- Tay Conti
- Thunder Rosa
- Nyla Rose
- Anna Jay
- Leyla Hirsch
Meanwhile, fans will be able to see both new and returning faces within the Japanese bracket:
- Aja Kong
- Yuka Sakazaki
- Emi Sakura
- Ryo Mizunami
- Mei Suruga
- Rin Kadokura
- Maki Itoh
Previously only two competitors were announced for the tournament when it was revealed that former AEW Women’s World Champion Riho would face off against current NWA World Women’s Champion Serena Deeb. As of now, this is the only matchup that has been announced.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 4, 2021
Though the United States bracket features stars fans will no doubt be familiar with, the Japanese bracket features names both familiar and unfamiliar. The legendary Aja Kong as well as Emi Sakura and Yuka Sakazaki have appeared for the promotion before, with Sakura facing Riho at Full Gear 2019 for the AEW Women’s World Championship. DDT Pro-Wrestling and Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling star Maki Itoh is set to debut on perhaps the biggest stage AEW have provided for the women’s division thus far (and Itoh certainly seems excited).
One of the biggest tournaments the promotion have put on, the winner of the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament will receive a match against Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s World Championship. Fans can look forward to the winner of the Japanese bracket facing off against the winner of the United States bracket in the final.
With champions and former champions filling both brackets of the tournament, Hikaru Shida’s next championship bout may be her biggest yet.