The AEW Women’s World title match taking place on the New Year’s day edition of Dynamite will no longer involve Kris Statlander due to “prior commitments.”
As you’ll recall, Statlander earned a title shot by defeating Britt Baker last week on Dynamite.
The match against Riho was supposed to take place next week on TNT, but AEW announced on Friday via Twitter that it’s been postponed. The announcement states:
“Due to prior commitments, Kris Statlander will not be in Jacksonville to face Riho for the AEW Women’s World Championship on Wed, Jan 1st.
Riho will still defend her championship in a 4 way match w/ Nyla Rose, Britt Baker & Hikaru Shida
Statlander will still get her title shot on the January 8 edition of Dynamite, however, when she faces off against the winner of the upcoming 4-way match.
Kris’ prior commitment appears to be a Bar Wrestling show in Los Angeles.
Tony Khan commented on the matter via Twitter, writing: “Rather than force Kris to choose between her title shot or keeping her word on a commitment she made before signing here, we’re allowing her to do both. The champion Riho will defend vs. #2 Britt/#3 Shida/#4 Nyla in a 4 way title match. The winner defends vs. #1 Kris on January 8.”