Riho put her AEW Women’s World Championship on the line against her trainer, Emi Sakura, at AEW Full Gear in Baltimore, MD at the Royal Farms Arena. They showed a video package to let fans know their history. Sakura trained Riho for years beginning when Riho was 9 years old. Riho was very emotional as the match got started.
There were several near falls including one late in the match when Riho executed a northern lights suplex. Moments later, she hit a double stomp off the top rope and went for a pin but Sakura bridged out of it.
Sakura broke free and hit a backdrop driver and then a torture rack into a pancake slam type of move. Riho was able to break the pin attempt by getting her foot on the bottom rope. Riho won the match after getting the pin with a crucifix. This was very fast-paced, especially in the final minutes. Sakura raised Riho’s hand after the match.
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