Hikaru Shida has confirmed why she has been pulled from the women’s Owen Hart Foundation Tournament to be replaced by Kris Statlander.
Former AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida was set to take part in the inaugural women’s Owen Hart Foundation tournament after defeating Julia Hart in a qualifying match on the 6th of April edition of AEW Dynamite.
Following that bout, Shida resumed hostilities with long-time rival Serena Deeb in a gruelling Philadelphia Street Fight that Deeb won.
Taking to social media, Hikaru Shida confirmed that her withdrawal from the Owen Hart Cup was down to being unable to attend a doctor’s exam in time due to her commitments in Japan:
“After my Philadelphia street fight a doctor check from AEW was required to participate in the Owen Hart Cup. And I couldn’t re-enter the country in time. I’m so sorry to disappoint everyone. These difficulties sometimes happen with international talents.”
“I feel healthy and never stop trying to improve. Please cheer for Kris while I do my best in Japan! Holy Shida will be back soon”
— HIKARU SHIDA 志田 光 (@shidahikaru) May 14, 2022
Kris Statlander will now compete in Shida’s place in the tournament and will face Red Velvet in the quarter-finals. The winner of that bout will face Ruby Soho in the semi-finals after The Runaway defeated Riho on AEW Rampage.
The other semi-final will see Toni Storm go head to head with either Dr. Britt Baker DMD or The Joker who is yet to be revealed.