AEW presented a special Friday night edition of Dynamite this week, just two days before the amazing looking Double Or Nothing PPV (You can read our full preview here).
On that show, a celebration was held to mark Hikaru Shida enjoying a Women’s Championship reign lasting a full year, a milestone she passed earlier this week.
As part of this celebration, AEW surprisingly presented the champion with a completely new championship belt design ahead of her defence against Dr. Britt Baker at Sunday’s show.
Of course, the ceremony was interrupted by Baker who came out to talk trash to the champion ahead of their clash. Most observers predict that Baker will be crowned the new champion on Sunday.
The championship belt itself is not dissimilar to the original version. The basic design remains familiar but the main plate has been significantly enlarged and has now been jewel encrusted.
A strong upgrade that potentially signposts a division that is also about to be given a similar shot in the arm.