Tony Khan books new qualifier with returning wrestler at AEW On Rampage

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AEW President, CEO, Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer Tony Khan has announced another qualification for the Owen Hart Foundation Women’s Tournament.

Khan announced today that Friday’s AEW Rampage on TNT will feature Riho against Yuka Sakazaki.

The winner of Riho vs. Sakazaki on Rampage will join these 6 confirmed participants for the women’s tournament – Toni Storm, Jamie Hayter, Hikaru Shida, Red Velvet, Ruby Soho and Britt Baker.

The 5 confirmed entrants for the Owen Hart Foundation Men’s Tournament so far are Darby Allin, ROH World Television Champion Samoa Joe, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and ROH World Tag Team & AAA Tag Team Champion Dax Harwood. Wednesday’s Rampage will feature two more men’s qualifiers – Jeff Hardy vs. Bobby Fish and Dante Martin vs. Rey Fenix.

The men’s 8 and women’s 8 tournaments are scheduled to begin on May 11 at AEW Dynamite at UBS Arena in Long Island, NY. The finals will then take place at AEW Double Or Nothing on May 29, and Dr. Martha Hart will be there live to present the Owen Cup trophy to the winners.

Sakazaki originally worked on the first AEW Double Or Nothing pay-per-view in 2019, teaming up with Aja Kong and Emi Sakura for a loss to Riho, Ryo Mizunami and Hikaru Shida. She has worked 12 more matches since then, most recently competing in July 2021 with a win over KiLynn King on Elevation, a win over Penelope Ford at Fyter Fest Dynamite, a win over Amber Nova on Elevation and a win over Dani Jordyn on Elevation .

Friday’s AEW Rampage on TNT will have a special start time of 5:30 p.m. ET due to the NBA playoffs. The episode will be taped tomorrow from the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, after Dynamite goes off the air. You can click here for the current Dynamite lineup.

Below is the updated lineup for Friday’s Rampage:

This is shaping up to be an exciting card for Friday Rampage on TNT at the special early start time, including: -Owen Hart Cup Qualifier: Yuka vs. Riho -HOOK-@RealBrittBaker/@jmehytr against Toni Storm/@realrubysoho
+ tomorrow we have a great card for #AEWDynamite on TBS @ 8pm ET/7pm CT! https://t.co/bDX9EcnrdI

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