Ring of Honor revealed the first participant in the 16-woman tournament to crown the first ROH Women’s World Champion, Sumie Sakai.
The 22-year veteran notably has an impressive history with the company as the inaugural, and longest-reigning, Women of Honor Champion.
At the ROH 16th Anniversary Show, Sakai defeated Hana Kimura in the first round of a tournament to name the first WOH Champion. Next, she beat Kagetsu and Tenille Dashwood en route to the finals. Finally, Sakai bested Kelly Klein at Supercard of Honor XII to win the title.
Sumie Sakai was instrumental in the initial success of the division. She brought a level of prestige to the WOH title. So, she was a no-brainer for the launch of the ROH Women’s World Championship.
ROH will kick off the first round of the tournament to crown their first women’s world champion at Quest For Gold in Philadelphia. They haven’t announced any other competitors yet, but they have promised to introduce some new faces who have never worked with the company.
Quest For Gold will take place at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, PA on Apr. 24.
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