Hikaru Shida has discussed feeling “very frustrated” after losing the AEW Women’s Championship and reveals the show she watched to help improve her English.
The Japanese star captured the AEW Women’s Title from Nyla Rose at Double Or Nothing in 2020, near the start of what became known as the pandemic era of wrestling.
With fans unable to attend shows for the most part Hikaru Shida spent much of her title run competing in empty arenas and to handfuls of wrestlers watching at ringside. Despite this Shida racked up an impressive run as AEW Women’s Champion, successfully defending the belt 8 times and holding it for over a year.
That reign came to an end at 2021’s Double Or Nothing event when Holy Shida could not withstand the unstoppable force that is Dr. Britt Baker DMD.
Speaking to Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Hikaru Shida discussed her irritation after she lost the title and says the TBS Title tournament is a great way to climb the ladder again in AEW:
“After losing the title, I was very frustrated. I thought I could have done more and been better as champion. So this tournament for the TBS title means a lot to me. It is a great opportunity to get back to the top.”
Shida then revealed that she has taken acting classes and improved her English in the most elementary of ways:
“I have been learning so much from Kenny Omega and Dustin Rhodes, and they teach about what it takes to be on a TV show. Being on TV is something an actress does, so I took acting classes. And my English has got so much better from watching Sherlock Holmes on BBC.”
The game was afoot on the 27th of October edition of AEW Dynamite when Hikaru Shida defeated Serena Deeb in the first round of the TBS Title tournament. Shida will now face her old rival Nyla Rose in the quarter-finals.