Riho Expected Back in AEW by February

The first-ever AEW Women’s World Champion Riho is expected to return to AEW by February.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW is attempting to bring back Riho in time for her to participate in the AEW Women’s World Champion Eliminator Tournament.

The tournament, announced during the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite, will feature 16-women battling it out to become the number 1 contender for the AEW Women’s World Championship held by Hikaru Shida.

Riho is expected to be back in the United States and announced as a participant in the tournament by February. She is reportedly working towards getting past Japan’s quarantine procedures and travel restrictions.

There is some speculation that Riho and AEW’s attempts to get her back to the US would also require her to move permanently.

Riho was last seen in AEW back in February 2020, when she dropped the championship to Nyla Rose. Since then, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept her in her native Japan.

While she had originally worked some dates for the Japanese production STARDOM, she reportedly concluded her working relationship with them. This is being taken by some as another sign that she is going to become a full-time AEW talent.