According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, All Elite Wrestling are looking to bring back their inaugural Women’s Champion, Riho.
One of the standout stars of the early days of AEW, the Japanese talent cemented her name in the company by overcoming the colossal Nyla Rose on the premier episode of AEW Dynamite to capture the vacant AEW Women’s Championship.
Her reign lasted four months before she dropped the gold to Rose, but during that time she repelled the challenges of Dr. Britt Baker DMD, Emi Sakura and even teamed with Kenny Omega – head of the AEW female league – in intergender action.
However, Riho left the company in March 2020 to compete for Stardom and was left stranded in the country thanks to the travel restrictions caused by COVID-19. Now, as Dave Meltzer reports in the latest edition of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW is looking to bring her back into the fold as soon as February 2021:
“The company is right now working on bringing Riho back. People have been asking about her since Stardom stopped using her a few weeks ago. She could be back as early as February. The issue would be her moving from Japan to the U.S. most likely, although it’s not impossible for her to live in Japan, but it’s much tougher. Pac is still living in the U.K. But if she were to leave Japan, it would be a two-week quarantine period in Japan before she could go back into society plus whatever ends up here. It makes sense her return would be for the women’s tournament.”
Riho finished up her commitments to Stardom in December 2020, but has been unable to travel back to the United States in order to continue her contract with AEW.