Ryo Mizunami Wins Women’s Eliminator Tournament

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Ryo Mizunami has won the inaugural AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament, defeating Nyla Rose in the finals to challenge Hikaru Shida at AEW Revolution!

Mizunami took on Rose in the tournament finals during the March 3rd edition of Dynamite. Defeating Maki Itoh, Aja Kong and Yuka Sakazaki to win the Japan bracket, the master of the Guillotine Drop would execute her diving leg drop finisher for a second time to defeat ‘The Native Beast’, win the tournament overall and secure an AEW Women’s World Championship match on March 7th!

After the intense bout, reigning champion Hikaru Shida would enter the ring and offer her challenger the tournament’s trophy as well as a handshake. Mizunami would show her respect for the champion more aggressively, however, striking her with a stiff forearm strike which Shida returned in kind. Shida would ultimately knock Mizunami onto her back after a stiff exchange and held the title over her challenger in a show of dominance.

Revolution will mark Ryo’s 6th match in All Elite Wrestling, having first competed at the company’s inaugural event – Double Or Nothing 2019 – where she picked up a win alongside Riho and Hikaru Shida over Aja Kong, Emi Sakura and Yuka Sakazaki. Mizunami is currently undefeated in the promotion whilst Hikaru Shida has not lost a match since June 2020 and last fell in singles action all the way back in December 2019.

You can check out everything else that went down on the March 3rd episode of Dynamite with our complete results coverage!