Riho, who is the first-ever AEW Women’s World Champion, is reportedly suffering from an arm injury as she recently took to her Twitter and posted a photo of her right arm in a sling and the caption, “I’m taking a rest a little.”
Riho last competed for AEW at the Battle of the Belts special on January 8th, where she came up short against AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. in an AEW Women’s World Title Match. Prior to the AEW Women’s World Title Match, Riho was competing on AEW programming on a regular basis as she wrestled in over 10 matches from November to January, with her last AEW television match taking place on the January 7th episode of Rampage, when she teamed with Ruby Soho to defeat the AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker and her partner Jamie Hayter.
There’s no word yet on where and how the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion suffered the arm injury as well as the severity or the extent of her injury and how long she will be kept on the shelf due to the injury, but updates will be provided once it has been made available.
During the premiere episode of AEW Dynamite in October of 2019, Riho became the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion when she defeated Nyla Rose. Riho held the AEW Women’s World Title for 133 days before losing it to Nyla Rose in February of 2020.
This is not the first time that Riho had been absent from AEW TV in the past year or so as she wasn’t on AEW TV as well this past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as the travel restrictions for the COVID-19 pandemic were eased up a bit, there was still the issue of the AEW Star having to travel back and forth from the U.S. to Japan and the issue of Riho having to be in quarantined for two weeks but she did return to the U.S. to compete in the AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament.
You can check out Riho’s tweet below:
I’m taking a rest a little. pic.twitter.com/CSx3UJswtK— RIHO 里歩 (@riho_gtmv) January 28, 2022