All Elite Wrestling is positioning itself as an alternative choice to the skilled wrestling institution, and that features creating the most effective girls’s division. Yet Chief Branding Officer Brandi Rhodes mentioned followers should look ahead to the thrill to unfold.
“You never want to rush into things because you put unnecessary pressure on competitors that don’t need to be there. Each championship is unfolding as we go,” Rhodes instructed reporters at New York Comic Con on Friday. “Pretty confident that [AEW President] Tony Khan is on record saying he would want a women’s tag division. I want a women’s tag division.”
The first step towards that objective got here on the premiere episode All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite on TNT final Wednesday with the crowning of the primary AEW girls’s champion: Riho. The comparatively unknown Japanese wrestler defeated Nyla Rose as a part of the stay two-hour sequence debut.
“It was the unlikely candidate that won, so that’s very intriguing,” Rhodes instructed reporters. Rose, she added, “is obviously very angry. And there are all these hungry women chomping at the bit for a chance to win a championship. It’s going to play out very nicely.”
Dynamite debuted to stable scores final week, averaging 1.41 million viewers, in response to The Hollywood Reporter. The present ran concurrently WWE’s NXT, which has reportedly averaged about 1.1 million viewers.
Rhodes gave a lot of the credit score for the episode’s success to AEW’s newer expertise, together with Riho. “It was inspirational to see,” she instructed reporters. “It also gives me so much hope…. People will continue to be hooked because it was hard not to be connected to something on that show.”
Riho will not be solely comparatively unknown in wrestling circles she additionally is not a local English speaker. That language barrier might current a problem in her capability to attach with followers, however Rhodes mentioned she’s assured Riho can overcome it.
“It’s a huge challenge for someone like Riho, who just came over to the United States and doesn’t speak English. Translation will come mostly from Michael Nakazawa, but Riho is an incredible competitor, and you can get her story without her talking,” Rhodes mentioned.
Rhodes added that she had initially been rooting for Rose, who’s the primary trans lady wrestler to compete for a serious promotion’s girls’s world championship and was anticipated to be the winner. But by the tip of the match, Rhodes mentioned, she was cheering for Riho.
“I loved what I saw from her the other night. I felt the wave of emotion, her fight. I wanted her to win by the end,” she mentioned.
“The first finish, what I thought was the finish, I actually jumped because you can tell your story between the four corners of a ring,” she recalled. “And that match is absolutely a perfect example of that.”
AWE wrestler Awesome Kong, who competed within the Japanese circuit, additionally spoke at New York Comic Con and instructed reporters she associated to the language concern.
“I can identify with Riho because I was the talent that didn’t speak the language in Japan,” mentioned the American professional wrestler. “I’m very excited for the fans to kind of build a relationship with her because it’s going to take work from both sides to understand one another. It’s an exciting thing to build a relationship with a talent that’s outside of your comfort zone.”
Yet the professional wrestler mentioned the match spoke for itself. “The suspense of that match, you can cut the tension with a knife, and I was literally on the edge of my seat,” she mentioned.
Rhodes mentioned Dynamite is dedicated to being inclusive and listening to followers because it strikes ahead, however she tempered expectations concerning the close to future. “If we gave it to you all on night one, what would you have to work toward and look forward to? It’s important to build.”
All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite airs stay each Wednesday at eight p.m. ET on TNT.