It was reported by various sites a few weeks ago that Riho had left STARDOM, freeing the Japanese star to travel to America and return to AEW, but things aren’t going to be that easy due to COVID.
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that because she lives in Japan, Riho might not be returning to AEW anytime soon as COVID travel restrictions will make it a “hassle”:
“They can bring her in. The thing with her is she lives in Japan and then she’d have to quarantine to go back, and that’s a tough deal. If she was living here she’d be on TV every week. They do bring PAC back and forth, which is kind of a hassle. He comes here for a couple of weeks, then he has to quarantine for two weeks and then go home. Two weeks just to get home, it’s not worth staying home for a week if you’ve got to take two weeks to get home, so it’s really tough. It’s just a tough business right now, it’s a tough world. But that would be the same with Riho and I think that, like with PAC, I think they’ve got ideas for PAC to be in major matches, so it makes it worth doing, but Riho – it’s not like there’s going to be great major matches for her, so it’s kinda like, why put her through this I guess. They haven’t used CIMA and T-Hawk and Lindaman either for the same reason, or similar reasons, because it’s just not worth bringing them in for something that’s not major and then they have to quarantine and then bring them back. It’s just tough.”
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Riho has not wrestled since the March 18th episode of Dynamite, and it remains to be seen whether we are going to see her return to AEW anytime soon.