In one corner, we have the former AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida in pursuit of her 50th win, a feat not yet accomplished in the Women’s Division in All Elite Wrestling. In the other corner, we have “The Woman Of 1,000 Holds” Serena Deeb, a former NWA Women’s World Champion, and widely respected as one of the premiere wrestlers on the planet today.
Shida, as the AEW Women’s World Champion, set an incredible standard for any future champions in the division. Over the course of 372 days, Hikaru successfully defended her title on eight occasions over Penelope Ford, Thunder Rosa, Big Swole, Nyla Rose, Anna Jay, Abadon, Ryo Mizunami, and Tay Conti. That title run also stands as the longest one across all divisions in All Elite Wrestling, with only Kenny Omega’s current reign as Men’s World Champion in the realm of breaking the record, that is if he holds onto the title for (roughly) another 65 days.
Deeb, in her role as NWA Women’s Champion, also laid down a great track record with wins over former AEW Women’s World Champion Riho, Thunder Rosa, Leyla Hirsch, Allysin Kay, Tay Conti, and Red Velvet before losing the title in June. It was an impressive 228 day reign highlighted on AEW programming, and showcased why Deeb, after 15 years in the ring, may be at her best yet. Contending with an injury earlier in 2021 may have slowed Serena down a bit at first, but she quickly got back into form, and is quite ready for this first-ever match-up of two former champions!
Will Deeb be a roadblock in Hikaru’s pursuit of 50 wins? Or will Serena fall just as 49 other women before here have? Tune into DYNAMITE to see if the former AEW Women’s World Champ hits the milestone!