Hikaru Shida previews his match at AEW’s All Out

Since the company’s inception, the ace of AEW’s women’s division has been Hikaru Shida. She looks to reclaim her title this Sunday at All Out to further solidify his place at the top of the company.

Shida set a world-class standard for the division during his 372-day title reign. A major obstacle to her rise to prominence was that her reign lasted from May 2020 to the end of May 2021, which coincided with the height of the pandemic. Instead of performing in front of passionate, packed crowds, Shida defended his title in empty arenas or to limited crowds. This was especially difficult given that her personality and work were largely new to fans in North America, but the charismatic Shida still delivered a memorable piece. She raised the standard of wrestling in the company, then put on an outstanding program against Serena Deeb after dropping the belt.

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