Madi Wrenkowski def. Leva Bates
It's been almost two years and Bates is still doing the dumb librarian gimmick. I know she isn't in action often nowadays (and thankfully so because she isn't very good), but she's never going to be taken seriously until she ditches it. As for Wrenkowski, she's been in Dark a handful of times in the last few times and has shown signs of potential, so I was actually pleasantly surprised that she picked up the win here. The match was wisely kept on the shorter side.
AEW World Women's Champion Hikaru Shida, Mei Suruga and Rin Kadokura def. Emi Sakura, Veny and Maki Itoh
This was a nice showcase for some of the joshi wrestlers we've seen compete in the Japan side of the AEW World Women's Championship Eliminator Tournament bracket on the last two shows. As I've said before, Shida's presence on the past two shows would explain why she's been off Dynamite for almost two months. This was a well-wrestled affair that received plenty of time and was entertaining for its wrestling and comedic moments. It won't be for everyone, but at least they didn't go overboard with it. I can almost guarantee we'll be seeing some of these women again in AEW once it becomes easier to travel to the United States.
Nyla Rose def. Tay Conti in an AEW World Women's Championship Eliminator Tournament First-Round Match
Conti's Dynamite debut was actually against Rose back in September. Conti has come a long way since then, but this went pretty much the way I thought it would with Rose dominating a majority of the match. I'm glad Conti was able to score some offense and look good in defeat, but as a former AEW World Women's Champion, Rose advancing to the next round was a no-brainer. She'll face Britt Baker in the quarterfinals.
Yuka Sakazaki def. Mei Suruga in an AEW World Women's Championship Eliminator Tournament First-Round Match
I'm not familiar with Suruga at all, but I remember Sakazaki from the appearances she made on Dynamite in 2019 and 2020. This set the tone for the rest of the first round matches in the Japan side of the bracket well as it was an entertaining outing with good showings from both ladies. I didn't have a strong preference to see either woman win, but Sakazaki made more sense just because she's already been somewhat established with the AEW audience.