AEW Full Gear is set for November 19 and there are two big matches on the card that will impact the AEW world title picture. MJF is poised to take on Jon Moxley, and the finals of the AEW World Title Eliminator Tournament will solidify the top contender for the championship at AEW Winter is Coming. Once this show is over, it would be great to see the women get another tournament of their own to help elevate a new name in the division that is quietly showcasing a lot of well-prepared talent.
AEW has used tournaments to elevate a new contender for the women’s division in the past. Most recently, the TBS Tournament crowned Jade Cargill as that championship’s lone titleholder. Also, 2021 saw Ryo Mizunami defeat Nyla Rose to become the next contender for Hikaru Shida, losing in her bid to grab gold at AEW Revolution 2021.
Toni Storm has done a great job as champion with Thunder Rosa. She and Jamie Hayter are expected to have a great match at Full Gear, with many leaning toward Hayter getting her moment in the spotlight. Britt Baker and Saraya are paired up in what’s an important feud for the women’s division as well. Time is being invested at the top and a tournament to lead into Revolution 2023 would help keep that momentum going.
Imagine a title tournament filled with women who’ve never held the AEW women’s championship. An eight-woman field could feature Anna Jay, Athena, Penelope Ford, Serena Deeb, Willow Nightingale, Tay Melo, Yuka Sakazaki, and perhaps a special signing they bring in just for this tournament like Deonna Purrazzo.
That’s a field that would spark interest in any individual that’s watched AEW and asked for more out of the women’s division. Plus, with Storm, Baker, Saraya, and Hayter tied up in the main picture, this would help build a new contender while keeping the big names out of the way.
The AEW women’s division has quietly added some much-needed depth outside of the title picture. One way to elevate that into the eyes of viewers would be to build the next Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament around individuals who’ve never reached gold in the promotion. These ladies fit that bill while allowing the four biggest names in the group to go about their own angles at the same time.