“Legit” Leyla Hirsch vs. (#4) Penelope Ford (w/ Kip Sabian, Miro, & Butler Charles Taylor)
Originally scheduled as Hirsch versus former AEW Women’s World Champion Nyla Rose, COVID-relation precautions necessitated a change to the match-up, and in that original match’s place now sits one loaded with history that predates AEW’s existence.
Back on February 23rd of 2018 in Asbury Park, NJ, Hirsch and Ford stepped into the ring to face one another for the very first time in a singles match. Penelope, at that point into the second year of her wrestling career, topped Leyla who had garnered maybe ten matches under her belt.
From there each would traverse around the wrestling world, garnering experience against a laundry list of opponents from coast-to-coast, and outside the United States, before each of their journeys brought them to All Elite Wrestling.
Penelope was All Elite almost from jump street, making her debut in the Women’s Casino Battle Royale during the ALL OUT 2019: BUY-IN, while Leyla did not enter into the auspices of AEW until October of 2020 when she fought Serena Deeb for the NWA World Women’s Title on DYNAMITE.
Now, live this Wednesday night, by a twist of fate outside of their control, Leyla Hirsch and Penelope Ford will lock horns for the first time in nearly three years. While their roads may have started in the same place, albeit a few years apart, and may have converged here in AEW, their respective experiences in professional wrestling have taught them both very differently lessons and now each woman will bring those lessons to the ring on DYNAMITE!