THE WEDDING PARTY…
The wedding day fast approaches, and fans have seen Miro racking his brain to plan the Bachelor Party of the century for Kip Sabian, even looking to the video game legend Billy Mitchell for some help in putting it all together (Watch Here). As Miro himself put it, planning such an event in a pandemic is not exactly the easiest feat to achieve.
As for a feat not so trying for THE BEST MAN and the groom-to-be, well that will go down Wednesday night when the enter into tag team competition for the second time since Miro made his surprising AEW debut.
In their last outing, Miro and Kip bested the pairing of Joey Janela and Sonny Kiss in decisive fashion, heralding the arrival of THE BEST MAN to the the AEW ring, and serving as warning to the rest of the roster. So who will step up to the challenge this week on the DYNAMITE ANNIVERSARY and attempt to dampen this wedding party?
AEW WOMEN’S WORLD TITLE MATCH: Hikaru Shida (c) vs. (#2) Big Swole
This one has been a long time coming; Big Swole has not suffered a loss in singles competition since the June 3rd DYNAMITE, bested her long-time foe Dr. Britt Baker at ALL OUT 2020, and knocked off two more victories since that Tooth and Nail battle. She has been a fixture in the Top Five rankings, currently sitting at the number two spot as of the 10/7 update behind Nyla Rose, and has more than proven her abilities inside the squared circle.
The same can be said for Hikaru Shida, the reigning and defending AEW Women’s World Champion for nearly 150 days. And although Shida holds just two successful defenses during the course of her reign, over Penelope Ford and NWA World Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa, she pretty well bested the entire division before knocking Nyla Rose off her championship perch. That victory over Rose mind you, is something that Swole failed to accomplish on two separate occasions, and likely the one thing keeping her out of that number one spot in the rankings over the former champ.
As a point of fact, Shida has only been beaten twice in one-on-one competition since entering AEW at DOUBLE OR NOTHING 2019. The first loss came against the very first Women’s World Champion Riho at ALL OUT 2019, prior to her earning that crown, and the second against Kris Statlander way back on December 4th. What that means is that it has been over ten months since Shida has tasted defeat in a singles match while, in addition to the aforementioned title defenses, she has beaten Baker, Diamante, Anna Jay, and Abadon to name a few. Shida even holds a singles victory over Swole back in November of last year on an edition of AEW DARK.
That was almost a year ago, and neither woman is the same competitor they were back then. They’ve both been through the battles inside the ring, against many of the same women, yet Big Swole has certainly been grinding extremely hard to get that World Title opportunity. She even entered into the Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament with Lil’ Swole, but they were beaten by The Nightmare Sisters in the Semi-Finals. The loss hurt, any loss does, but Swole picked herself up, dusted off and kept fighting. There have only been two things that mattered in the last few months; the first was ridding Britt Baker from her path and that was accomplished at ALL OUT 2020. The second is that championship belt around Hikaru Shida’s waist, and on Wednesday night Big Swole could make that second goal her reality.
Will we see the crowning of our fourth AEW Women’s World Champion at the DYNAMITE ANNIVERSARY, or will Shida’s reign continue on into the fall months?