On episode 28 of ChocoPro, it was announced that Riho would make a return appearance for Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling. Emi Sakura faced Yuna Mizumori, who she had a heated rivalry with during the past few months, in the main event of the episode in question. After the show, Sakura declared that a star from All Elite Wrestling would be coming to ChocoPro on episode 29. The owner of Gatoh Move dropped a bomb when she declared that it was Riho, who left the company in July of 2019.
Riho was, for a stretch of time, one of the top stars of Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling. Not only was she heavily featured on live shows, but she enjoyed considerable success as well. Riho was the only woman to hold the Super Asia Championship, which was the main singles title in Gatoh Move. She held the championship for 620 days, successfully defending it against the likes of Sakura, SAKI, and Mei Suruga. The title was rendered vacant in June of 2019.
During the latter part of her run in Gatoh Move, Riho would make appearances for AEW.
She debuted for the then-upstart company at their inaugural event, Double or Nothing, in May of 2019. She teamed with Ryo Mizunami and current AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida. They faced Sakura, Yuka Sakazaki, and Aja Kong in a winning effort. Following a singles victory over Shida at All Out the following August, Riho would go on to achieve further success. On the first episode of Dynamite, on October 2nd, she bested Nyla Rose to become the first-ever AEW Women’s World Champion. Riho held the title for 133 days before dropping it to Rose this past February on Dynamite.
In Japan, Riho enjoys fame in World Wonder Ring Stardom. She is the current High Speed Champion in her first reign. She bested Starlight Kid and then-titleholder Death Yama-san this past August. Since then, Riho has held the title for over 320 days.
Riho’s opponent for her ChocoPro debut has yet to be decided, though there are multiple possibilities.
One may believe that she would be a prime candidate to face Sakura. They have had multiple matches in Gatoh Move and AEW. Their bond as student and pupil is nothing short of palpable. Riho may also contend with a new face in the company, such as Tokiko Kirihara and Lulu Pencil. She may wish to test her mettle against the future of the company. Regardless, for AEW fans and long-time Gatoh Move viewers, this will be a show not to miss.
Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling will hold episode 29 of ChocoPro on July 5th at 10 AM JST (July 4th at 9 PM ET.) It will air live on the Gatoh Move YouTube channel for free before being available for on-demand viewing afterward. To support the company, you can sign up for their Patreon, which features multiple tiers, or their own on-demand streaming service linked below.
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