AEW Women’s Eliminator Tournament Card – USA/Japan Bracket (2/28/21)

AEW Women's Tournament Bleacher Report Special

Revolution is just around the corner and everyone is excited to see who faces Hikaru Shida at the show. The remaining competitors in this tournament are inching closer every day to a shot at the AEW Women’s World Championship and immortality. On this show, we have the last semifinal matchup for the USA side of the bracket. As well as a loaded Six-Woman Tag Team Match. Last but definitely not the least is the much-anticipated finals of the Japan Bracket. Supreme Women’s action is coming at you Sunday Live on Bleacher Report. Let’s not wait for it any further and run down the AEW Women’s Tournament Card.

AEW Bleacher Report Special (2/28/21)

US Bracket Semi-Final – Thunder Rosa Vs. Riho

“La Mera Mera” will definitely not let the opportunity pass her by as she faces Riho in the last semifinal match of the USA Bracket. Thunder Rosa has been more focused than ever since her loss at Beach Break. She dispatched “Legit” Leyla Hirsch in a very physical match to advance to this round. She will not be settling for anything less than Hikaru Shida at Revolution. The first-ever AEW Women’s Champion won’t go down without a fight either. Riho recently returned to AEW Dynamite after an extended hiatus because of the current global situation. Riho showed why she should still be looked at as the face of the Women’s division as, in a match of the night candidate, Riho defeated NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb in a battle for the ages. The Japanese sensation looked spectacular, like she never left at all.

These two women both have a chip on their shoulders. One wants to prove why she belongs in AEW the other after a long layoff wants to get back into the title picture right away. Two amazing in-ring competitors, one spot in the USA Bracket Finals. It’s Thunder Rosa Vs. Riho! You do not want to miss this one.

Hikaru Shida, Mei Suruga & Rin Kadokura vs Emi Sakura, Maki Itoh & Veny

This loaded six-person tag team match could be set to steal the show.  Representatives of Gatoh Move, Marvelous, and Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling will do battle in a match involving the AEW Women’s World Champion.  Hikaru Shida leads her team as AEW Women’s Champion, the 13 year veteran and trainee of Emi Sakura is tasked with teaming with the relative newcomers of Mei Suruga and Rin Kadokura.  Mei Suruga is another Emi Sakura trainee who has endless potential, the energetic high flyer is a great addition to any team but is held back by her lack of experience.  Rin Kadokura of Marvelous is a tag team specialist as she is mostly known for her work in the NEW-TRA tag team alongside Takumi Iroha, Kadokura is the current WAVE Tag Team Champion and is about to celebrate her 5th anniversary in wrestling.  Kadokura is an all rounder and makes another great addition to the team but as a tag team specialist has never had much success on her own.

On the opposite side of the ring are three of the most talented women in Joshi.  Emi Sakura is a legend of the Joshi scene with 25 years of experience under her belt.  Sakura has looked great throughout the tournament as she has reeled back the years and shown AEW fans what made her such a success in Joshi.  Sakura teams with the charismatic Maki Itoh who has been doing some of her best work in recent months as she seems primed to challenge for the TJPW Princess Of Princess Championship in her home promotion TJPW.  The final member of this team is the prodigious talent Veny, Veny stole the show in their AEW debut against Emi Sakura in what many people consider the Match Of The Tournament.  Veny is the top free agent in the Joshi scene who is primed for big things in SEAdLINNNG after a breakout year with the promotion in 2020.

Japan Bracket Final – Yuka Sakazaki vs Ryo Mizunami

One of these two competitors will head to America to take part in the final of the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament.  Yuka Sakazaki is a popular name among AEW fans thanks to her past appearances with the company, the energetic performer is endearing in every way and it makes her an excellent babyface.  The former 2-time TJPW Princess Of Princess Champion defeated Emi Sakura and Mei Suruga in her path to the bracket final.

Ryo Mizunami is also an energetic performer but in a whole other way.  She too has an energy that draws fans to her but hers is less endearing and more fun party animal who might fight the doorman style.  Mizunami has the experience advantage as she debuted for GAEA Japan over 15 years ago, she has also had a tougher route to the final as she had to defeat Maki Itoh, and pro-wrestling legend Aja Kong to get here.  Mizunami was set to retire from pro wrestling a few years ago but decided to stick with it after her AEW appearance at Double Or Nothing, Mizunami getting to return to AEW as a bracket winner would be a nice payoff to her story.

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