AEW Rampage: Shida wins and will face Jamie Hayter

Hikaru Shida celebrates winning a match (photo courtesy of AEW)
Hikaru Shida celebrates winning a match (photo courtesy of AEW) /

On AEW: Rampage, Hikaru Shida put her Regina di Wave Championship on the line against The Bunny. On Dynamite, Jamie Hayter told Tony Schiavone that she would put the AEW Women’s World Championship on the line against the winner.

“I’m going to be the reigning and defending. Let me tell you something, I’m going to be taking a very, very close look at the Regina di Wave Championship match on Rampage. The thing is, it doesn’t really hold a candle to the AEW World Championship, does it? I’m going to give one of those girls the opportunity of a lifetime. Whoever wins that match they get to wrestle me for the AEW World Championship, if they dare.”

Excalibur explained that the Wave promotion in Japan is an all-women’s promotion. Shida became the Regina di Wave Champion this summer at their 14th anniversary show. Shida has defended the title in Japan and also on Dark Elevation against Emi Sakura, her former mentor.

Although Penelope Ford tried her best to help her friend, The Bunny beat Shida, it was to no avail. Shida hit the Katana to get the pin. After retaining the Regina di Wave title, Hayter came out to hold up her title in front of Shida.

It’s good to see multiple women’s storylines being told simultaneously to let the division shine. Shida is a former AEW Women’s Champion and is a fan favorite. She frequently splits her time between Japan and America, so putting her on television whenever possible is important.

Having her defend the title of another promotion not only gives that promotion more visibility but also shows that Shida is good enough to be a champion in multiple places. It gives Hayter a strong first opponent, too. Beating someone of Shida’s caliber is important to set the tone for Hayter’s title reign.

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No date has been set for when Shida versus Hayter will take place. It will be Hayter’s first title defense.