AEW looks to be reintroducing some of its international talent in the coming weeks, after US restrictions preventing travel to and from certain countries left the company unable to use most of them.
According to this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required) Shanna will be returning to the promotion very soon as she will be travelling to a neutral country not affected by the restrictions, where she’ll self-isolate for 14 days before travelling on to the US. She last appeared on the February 26th episode of Dynamite, where she competed in a Four Way with Big Swole, Yuka Sakazaki and current AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida.
Theoretically the likes of Emi Sakura, Shoko Nakajima and Riho could also return as Japanese residents are not currently prohibited from visiting the United States. However, anyone travelling back to Japan must quarantine for 14 days upon their return, making it difficult for talents to travel back and forth for shows regularly – hence why AEW haven’t been using them.
Interestingly, this also applies to Bea Priestley who lives in Japan and recently returned to work with Stardom after being stuck in the UK for several months. Despite being released from her contract last month, there’s been talks within AEW of using her again once she can travel to the US without quarantine restrictions.
PAC could also feasibly return as there have been exceptions made for athletes from the UK and other countries, primarily NBA and baseball players, despite the UK currently being on the US’ prohibited from entry list. However, he runs into the same issue the Japanese talent face in that he would have to quarantine for 14 days when returning to the UK, so at present, he is unable to appear week-to-week.