The issues between Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida have raged on-and-off for nearly a year, since before Shida defeated “The Native Beast” for the AEW Women’s World Title at DOUBLE OR NOTHING 2020. They have pulled in other women such as Dr. Britt Baker, Kris Statlander, Penelope Ford, as well as Thunder Rosa, and have led to Rose getting one championship rematch at FULL GEAR 2020 in which she was unsuccessful in reclaiming the title.
That has not stopped Nyla and Vickie Guerrero from perpetually making their presence felt not just in Shida’s life, but in the life of almost everyone in the AEW Women’s division. Just look at the aftermath of the World Title Match at REVOLUTION 2021 between Shida and Ryo Mizunami; Rose, Baker, and Maki Itoh all hit the ring to attack the participants and it was only the arrival of Thunder Rosa that evened the odds.
This past Wednesday on DYNAMITE, as can be seen in the video embedded above, it was the longest reigning champion in All Elite Wrestling who had to insert herself into Rose’s life this time. Humiliated after losing to Tay Conti, the former champ began to assault the judo black belt which brought out Hikaru Shida to counteract the sneak attack.
Then something rather unexpected happened, The Bunny hit the ring to target the Women’s Champion and, through the voice of Big Money Matt Hardy, declared that the Women’s World Title Eliminator was a sham because it did not include The Bunny. It had only been 24 hours since The Bunny had returned to active competition with a victory over Jazmin Allure on AEW DARK, her first bout since September 4th, and Hardy laid the blame for that at the feet of AEW overlooking her, The Butcher, and The Blade.
Clearly that would be the case no more as The Bunny and Nyla would, in the words of Excalibur, “lay waste to Tay Conti and Hikaru Shida”. Bunny inserted herself back into the Women’s division with a vengeance, and this week on DYNAMITE she takes her first official stab at the heart of the roster in a tag team affair with Rose as her partner.
Conti and Shida will unite in opposition to Bunny/Rose, and the pair got in their first reps as a team Monday night on DARK: ELEVATION with a victory over Jazmin Allure and Tesha Price. Although they will be facing another nascent team in Nyla and The Bunny, it is a pair with a great deal of experience individually and a ravenous hunger to take away that which Hikaru Shida has fought so hard to hold onto for over 310 days.
Which pair will make their territory this Wednesday night on TNT?