Friday's late-afternoon edition of AEW Rampage will see the return of two popular Japanese wrestlers as Riho takes on Yuka Sakazaki in the seventh Owen Hart Tournament qualifying match.
This will be the first action of any kind for the former AEW Women's Champion since her unsuccessful challenge of then-champion Britt Baker at January's Battle of the Belts. She revealed in late-January that she suffered a broken right collarbone and was recovering in Japan.
This will be Sakazaki's first AEW match since July 2021 when she won four straight before heading back to Japan. It was revealed earlier this week that she was returning to the U.S. for AEW action.
According to Cagematch records, this will be their first-ever singles meeting in any organization.
The winner will join Baker, Ruby Soho, Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter, Hikaru Shida, and Red Velvet with one additional qualifying match remaining. The tournament itself begins a week from Wednesday.
Here's the current lineup for Friday's show which will start at 5:30 PM Eastern due to the NHL playoffs on TNT:
- Britt Baker & Jamie Hayter vs. Toni Storm & Ruby Soho
- Hook vs. TBA
- Owen Hart Tournament qualifier: Riho vs. Yuka Sakazaki