AEW’s women’s title tournament kicks off with a bang on Dynamite

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On this week’s AEW Dynamite there was a lot of movement in the Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament. Thunder Rosa clashed with “Legit” Leyla Hirsch in the opening match of the tournament and the Japanese matches were announced. Plus the second the U.S. match between Serena Deeb and the returning Riho takes place next week.

Today, ahead of tonight’s opening bout @LegitLeyla vs. @thunderrosa22 on #AEWDynamite on TNT, for the first time ever we reveal the entire Women’s World Title Eliminator Tournament bracket on this Bracketology Special, the Super 16 hosted by @TonySchiavone24 pic.twitter.com/E5r0ZyU843

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 10, 2021

Leyla Hirsch vs Thunder Rosa officially got the women’s title tournament underway with a great match. But before the action, Rosa cut a promo stating that she was going to accomplish three things. Win the AEW women’s championship from Shida, get the NWA women’s title back from Deeb and break Britt Baker.

The match kicked off with a strong back-and-forth lockup as both competitors looked for the advantage. Hirsch and Rosa threw everything had at each other with a variety of mat-based offence and technical skills.

Hirsch caught Rosa with a swift and smooth hurricanrana followed by a big suicide dive. Back in the ring, Rosa attacked but Hirsch countered with a rolling armbar.

.@LegitLeyla is quick to gain control in the opening moments of this first-round match in the AEW Women's World Championship eliminator tournament.
WATCH #AEWDynamite NOW on @TNTDrama pic.twitter.com/TvgqbCfZEd

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 11, 2021

Rosa came out on top of an exchange of stiff blows. She continued the barrage of blows with several wince-inducing elbows, forearms and uppercuts.

.@thunderrosa22 continues her attack onto @LegitLeyla!
WATCH #AEWDynamite NOW on @TNTDrama pic.twitter.com/sCWeaX98K1

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 11, 2021

Hirsch answered back with two stiff bicycle kicks to the side of Rosa’s head and went for moonsault, but Rosa recovered, and Hirsch ate the mat. Rosa took advantage and hit Hirsch with the Thunder Driver for the win and on to the U.S bracket semi-final round.

This was a great match with two of AEW’s most technical wrestlers putting on excellent performances. Hirsch is becoming a great addition to AEW’s women’s division and her unique aura and style make her standout. She has a bright future in AEW if they chose to sign her, which they should. Thunder Rosa is one of the favourites to win the tournament and looked every bit the “final boss” she has proven herself to be over the last year.

After the match, AEW announced that the first round of matches in the Japanese bracket will air on YouTube on February 15th. The matches are;

Yuka Sakazaki vs Mei Suruga, Veby vs Emi Sakura, Maki Itoh vs Ryo Mizunami and Aja Kong vs Rin Kadukora.

Here is your official round one match bracket in the AEW Women's World Championship Tournament.
Watch the first round Japan bracket this Monday at 7/6c via our Official YouTube Channel ?? https://t.co/ORePd7qInT pic.twitter.com/SbJaAs1qFz

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 11, 2021

AEW also announced that their first-ever women’ champion, Riho will be making her long-awaited in-ring return next week. She will face Serena Deeb in a highly-anticipated match as the eliminator continues.

.@riho_gtmv has her first #AEW match in 11 months next week on #AEWDynamite against the current @NWA Women's World Champion @SerenaDeeb.
TICKETS are on-sale NOW via https://t.co/UN1cNj1kQq and start at $20 pic.twitter.com/qAEQLFSpPc

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) February 11, 2021

AEW’s Women’s World Championship Eliminator Tournament has started very well and provided many exciting and intriguing matchups. Next Monday and Wednesday can’t come fast enough.

What did you make of the show and who is your tournament winner? Let us know in the comments below. Stay tuned to Diva Dirt for all of your AEW news, reviews and updates.

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