Riho made her return to AEW television after spending a lot of time in Japan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She relocated to the United States as well. It seems Riho could have heat on her as well for an interesting reason.

While still being contracted to AEW, Riho has also worked for Stardom. Tony Khan permitted her to do this, but it didn’t come without some controversy.

According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, Riho might have managed to catch heat due to her working in Stardom while still being contracted to AEW. She wasn’t allowed to lose, and while he didn’t hear about any heat directly due to this, he did off-handedly admit that there was some.

“The only thing I remember is when Riho went back to Japan during the start of the pandemic she was working for Stardom every night and they, you know so AEW allowed that. So, I don’t think it was that bad. Eventually Stardom did stop using Riho, because of the fact that they just felt, because she wasn’t allowed to lose because she’s under contract with AEW and AEW had agreed to it that they, at some point, couldn’t book someone who couldn’t lose. So, they stopped using her.


I never heard of any specific heat, between … I never heard that story. I’m not saying it’s not true, it very well could be. I do know that there was some, and based on, you know I know people in that company and I haven’t heard anything like that. I can ask, but it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”

The first-ever AEW Women’s World Champion earned the right to challenge Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s Championship at Battle of the Belts. This came after she beat Baker on AEW Rampage. We will have to wait and see if Riho will be able to beat Britt Baker once again.

Transcription by Ringside News

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