Hikura Shida has signed with AEW today as the company looks to expand its women’s roster. It’s a creative choice in talent relations as a lot of the talent known to Western fans are tied up with World Wonder Ring Stardom and therefore ROH.

Shida had beaten her own path in Joshi over the last five years, she became Oz Academy Openweight Champion last year and her title match with fellow AEW signee Aja Kong was voted match of the year by Oz Academy fans.

Shida has a healthy acting portfolio and had a straight-ahead technical brawling style that relies on high impact strikes. She is a high-quality signing at the upper echelon of women’s wrestling and adds incredible depth to their roster already brimming with talent.

The current AEW Women’s division is composed of Aja Kong, Allie, Bea Priestley, Brandi Rhodes, Britt Baker, Hiraku Shida, Kylie Rae, Nyla Rose, Penelope Ford, Sadie Gibbs, and Yuka Sakazaki.

Below is the trailer for the upcoming AEW / CEO Fighting Game Championship event at the Dayton Beach Ocean Center on June 29. The show is being called “Fyter Fest” and is billed as “The most luxurious gaming and wrestling festival of all-time.” Tickets for the upcoming event will go on sale in early May. More information will be available soon on Fyter Fest event website.

 Co-written with James TruePenny – All pics and videos courtesy of All Elite Wrestling and CEO.