All Elite Wrestling's Women's Title Eliminator Tournament officially kicks off on this week's episode of Dynamite, as former NWA Women's Champion Thunder Rosa faces Leyla Hirsch in the first match announced on the US side of the bracket.
Not further bouts have been confirmed and we're still awaiting confirmation of when and where, exactly, the other matches will air, particularly those being recorded in Japan. Dave Meltzer had no answers on today's episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, though he did say that Tony Khan has informed him he has "something cool" planned for the tournament.
This could mean anything. Matches getting a guaranteed 10-15 minutes of airtime on Dynamite? Cool. Maki Itoh winning the whole thing? Also cool. Using the competition to kickstart an upturn in AEW's most undercooked division? Carlito, mate.
Women's World Champion Hikaru Shida will defend her belt against the eventual winner. She is currently in Japan helping produce matches for the bracket's Joshi side, which sees Yuka Sakazaki, Aja Kong, Ryu Mizunami, and Emi Sakura return to the promotion. Riho is set to mount a comeback on the US side, with further match announcements to follow.