The world of AEW wrestling witnessed an electrifying turn of events in the latest "AEW Dynamite" episode. The evening spotlighted a high-stakes four-way number one contender's bout where Toni Storm emerged triumphant, pinning Britt Baker.
This intense matchup also showcased the talents of Hikaru Shida and Nyla Rose. Storm's victory paves the way for her to challenge the indomitable Saraya for the coveted AEW Women's World Championship next week. However, the dramatic climax was not the sole highlight.
In a heart-stopping moment, Shida was left reeling as Baker took her down with a fierce Curb Stomp. Following the conclusion of their match, the pair's evident animosity culminated in a fierce altercation. This heated exchange of shoves and sharp words further strained their already fragile relationship.
Shida's subsequent tweet encapsulated her feelings: "Can't trust. I tried, but just can't." Their tumultuous dynamic has been the talk of the AEW circuit for the past month. Fans were on the edge of their seats when Shida and Baker barely missed a win against Saraya and Storm in "AEW Rampage," a mere day prior to AEW All In.
To thicken the plot, Baker came close to making Shida tap out during their battle at Wembley Stadium. It was during this face-off that Saraya seized the opportunity to pin Storm, securing her victory.
Shida-Baker Tension Mounts
Adding another layer to their relationship, Shida and Baker collaborated with TBS Champion Kris Statlander in the August 30th "Dynamite" episode.
Although Statlander led the trio to victory, the underlying tension between Shida and Baker was palpable. This feud traces its roots back to 2021. A historical turn of events saw Baker terminate Shida's year-long championship streak at Double or Nothing, inaugurating her own reign.
The wrestling community eagerly anticipates the next chapter in Shida and Baker's saga. Notably, Shida has steadfastly portrayed the babyface throughout her AEW journey. In a contrasting twist, Baker shifted to the babyface persona earlier this year, subsequent to Saraya and Storm's heel transition as they united to form 'The Outcasts' The question on everyone's mind now: What's next for Shida and Baker? Only time will tell.
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