Ryo Mizunami Almost Retired in 2019, AEW Match Changed Her Mind

Japanese women’s wrestler Ryo Mizunami almost retired back in 2019, but a match on AEW changed her mind.

Mizunami, who has been announced for the Japanese bracket of the AEW Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament, was recently on a live stream with current AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida and Baliyan Akki.

On the stream, she revealed that she had been considering retirement in 2019. Back then, she was booked into a six-woman tag team during the AEW Double or Nothing event.

“When she was doing the AEW show, she was planning to retire,” said Akki who was translating for Mizunami.

“In 2019, she, in her heart, 100% decided she’s just going to retire after this,” he said, referring to AEW Double or Nothing.

“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,” continued Akki.

“If there’s a world out there that is this wonderful and I have this much fun again wrestling, I’m not going to go out. She decided to postpone her retirement,” he added.

For the first round of the Japanese bracket of the tournament, Mizunami will be squaring off against Maki Itoh. The matches are already taped and will begin airing this Monday night (Feb 15) on AEW’s YouTube channel.