AEW announced that the Japanese side of the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament will air this Monday on YouTube. AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida is currently in Japan helping produce the matches
The Japanese bracket was reportedly taped at the Ice Ribbon Dojo with no audience. Shida took to Twitter recently and confirmed that she will be on commentary for the Japanese broadcast of the tournament.
Shida was also on a recent episode of Gatoh Move’s ChocoPro show as a special guest referee. Gatoh Move was founded by Emi Sakura, and a few competitors in the AEW Eliminator Tournament wrestled on the show, VENY, Mei Suruga and Ryo Mizunami.
Mizunami was on a live stream with Shida and Baliyan Akki where she revealed that she had considered retirement heading into her six-women tag match at Double or Nothing.
“When she was doing the AEW show, she was planning to retire,” Akki said translating for Mizunami. “In 2019, she, in her heart, 100% decided that she’s just going to retire after this, but when she got called for that show, she thought it would be a nice memory.
“But when she went to AEW, had the match in front of tens of thousands of people and did that show, she realized there’s a world out there that she doesn’t know. If there’s a world out there that is this wonderful and I have this much fun again wrestling, I’m not gonna go out. She decided to postpone her retirement.”
You can view Shida’s tweet below:
— HIKARU SHIDA 志田 光 (@shidahikaru) February 13, 2021
After the Mon, Feb 15th premiere of the AEW women's eliminator tournament Japan bracket.
The next day – Tue, Feb 16th at 9am EST we will have a special Japanese commentary version w/ @MTHaruo & AEW women's world champion @shidahikaru calling the action! ➡️ https://t.co/lBSV4sbfpB pic.twitter.com/nT0GsiF1ka
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 13, 2021