Hikaru Shida: I Could Have Done More With The AEW Women's Title
Shida reigned as champ throughout the ‘pandemic era’ of AEW
Hikaru Shida has the distinction of being the longest reigning AEW Women’s World Champion in title history, reigning for 372 days from May 2020 to May 2021.
But although the reign was long, with Shida carrying the division through the pandemic era, it was a little underwhelming, and Shida herself has admitted she could have done more as champ:
“After losing the title, I was very frustrated,” Shida told Justin Barasso of Sports Illustrated “I thought I could have done more and been better as champion. So this tournament for the TBS title means a lot to me. It is a great opportunity to get back to the top. I have been learning so much from Kenny Omega and Dustin Rhodes, and they teach about what it takes to be on a TV show. Being on TV is something an actress does, so I took acting classes. And my English has got so much better from watching Sherlock Holmes on BBC.”
Shida recently became the first woman in AEW to achieve 50 wins in the promotion.