10 Women Wrestlers Who Should Challenge AEW's Hikaru Shida
All Elite Wrestling's women's division was beginning to heat up at the start of 2020, marked by the rise of Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida; promising upstarts like Big Swole and Kris Statlander; exciting international imports in Riho, Shanna, and Yuka Sakazaki; and a well-timed heel turn from Dr. Britt Baker. Then, the coronavirus super-kicked the world off its axis.
To the say the AEW women's roster is depleted right now would be an understatement. Many of the company's international stars are stuck overseas due to travel restrictions, including Bea Priestley, who looked set to begin a major feud with Rose before the global lockdown. And if that wasn't bad enough, Baker and Statlander both suffered injuries within mere weeks of each other, further decreasing the division's numbers.
While the likes of Penelope Ford have stepped up in their absence, and Swole and Baker continue to pump energy into their rivalry despite injury setbacks, there is still more that can be done. The rebuild has started in earnest with the recent signings of rookies Abadon and Anna Jay, while veterans Diamante and Ivelisse will make their Dynamite debuts this week. However, judging by Shida's latest promo, this appears to be just the beginning.
The current AEW Women's World Champion challenged any woman who thinks they are "strong enough, tough enough, and have enough passion" to come and take a shot at her.
With that in mind, here are 10 incredible women wrestlers from the North American indie scene who we believe AEW could (and should) hire.
AEW Dynamite, Wednesdays, 8/7c, TNT