The inaugural Ring of Honor Women of Honor Champion, Sumie Sakai, has re-signed with the company
Sakai is a mainstay of the ROH women’s division, having been the victor in the production’s first women’s match back in 2002.
She became the inaugural ROH Women of Honor Champion (renamed the Women of Honor World Championship) in 2018 after beating Kelly Klein. She held the title for 251 days, making her the longest-reigning champion to date.
The Japanese born Sakai was trained by Lioness Asuka and Jaguar Yokota and has won numerous championships in her home country. She also has a third-degree black belt in judo and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
ROH has been having limited, pre-taped shows due to the pandemic. Sakai’s last appearance on ROH was pre-pandemic, in February, where she lost a match to Session Moth Martina.
The title that Sakai won first and held for so long was retired back in January 2020. A new women’s title, the ROH Women’s World Championship, was to be introduced via a tournament that was to start during the Quest For Gold event last April but got canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.