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Riho also appears in World Wonder Ring Stardom, working in conjunction with her All Elite Wrestling commitments.

Riho in a file photo (Image credits: Twitter)

Riho is a Japanese professional wrestler signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The wrestler was born on June 4, 1997. She is a former AEW Women’s World Champion. She was trained by Emi Sakura from a very tender age. Riho also appears in World Wonder Ring Stardom, working in conjunction with her AEW commitments. She won the High Speed Championship in her first match for the promotion, and held the title for 351 days, dropping it to AZM in July 2020.

Name Riho
D.O.B June 4 1997
Height 1.55 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight 45 kg (99 lb)
Occupation Professional Wrestler
Debut 2006
In-ring name Black Cherry, Lee Ho, Riho, Riho-hime.

Early Life

Riho was born on 4th June 1997 in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, Japan. She was trained by Emi Sakura and debuted for her Ice Ribbon promotion in May 2006, at the age of nine. She would work for the promotion for the next six years, becoming its first Triple Crown Champion, having won the ICE×60 Championship, the International Ribbon Tag Team Championship and the Triangle Ribbon Championship once each. She also became a Jiyūgaoka 6-Person Tag Team, Sea Of Japan 6-Person Tag Team and UWA World Trios Champion, unifying the three titles in July 2010, teaming with The Great Kojika and Mr. #6. Riho left Ice Ribbon in September 2012 to join Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling, a new promotion founded by Sakura, who had left Ice Ribbon the previous January. In November 2014, Riho won the IWA Triple Crown Championship.

Early Career

In 2006, when Riho was only nine years old and still in elementary school, she and her older sister Seina began training professional wrestling under Emi Sakura at her Ice Ribbon dojo. She made her debut in an exhibition match at Ice Ribbon against Nanae Takahashi on May 29, 2006, in Shinagawa, Tokyo. In June 2010, Riho began making appearances for DDT Pro-Wrestling (DDT). On June 13, she teamed with Kenny Omega and Mr. #6 to defeat Mr. Strawberry, Muscle Sakai and O.K. Revolution for the Sea Of Japan 6-Person Tag Team Championship. 

In late 2010 and early 2011, Riho also made appearances for Union Pro Wrestling, where she performed under a mask and the character of Black Cherry, a storyline nemesis of Cherry. On September 23, 2012, Riho officially joined Emi Sakura’s Bangkok, Thailand–based Gatoh Move Pro Wrestling promotion. Riho made her in-ring debut for Gatoh Move on October 7 in Shinjuku, Tokyo, wrestling Emi Sakura to a ten-minute time limit draw.

All Elite Wrestling Debut

On May 25, 2019, Riho made her debut for All Elite Wrestling (AEW), competing in the six women tag-team match at Double or Nothing. On June 29 at Fyter Fest, she participated and won a three-way match. On August 31 at All Out, Riho defeated Hikaru Shida, advancing to face Nyla Rose on the October 2 episode of Dynamite to crown the inaugural AEW Women’s World Champion. On October 2, she defeated Rose to become the inaugural champion.

All Elite Wrestling

Riho made successful title defenses against Britt Baker on Dynamite, her mentor Emi Sakura at Full Gear, and in a four-way match against Baker, Shida and Rose on Dynamite. She successfully defended the title in a match against Kris Statlander, due to interference from the Nightmare Collective (Awesome Kong, Brandi Rhodes, Dr. Luther and Mel) against Kris Statlander, which caused Baker, Big Swole and Shida to fend off against the stable. Riho lost the AEW Women’s World Championship to Rose, ending her reign at 133 days. At the semi-finals of the American bracket, which aired on February 28 on B/R Live Riho lost to the former NWA World Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa. 

Riho faced Britt Baker with the stipulation being that if Riho won, she would earn a title opportunity and won the match. In the AEW Battle of the Belts Riho faced Baker for the AEW Women’s World Championship which Riho lost by submission. Riho participated in the AEW Owen Hart Cup and defeated Yuka Sakazaki in the qualifier match, she was defeated by Ruby Soho in the quarterfinals.

Championships and accomplishment

All Elite Wrestling

AEW Women’s World Championship (1 time, inaugural)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Ranked No. 8 of the top 100 female wrestlers in the PWI Women’s 100 in 2020 

Singapore Pro Wrestling

Queen of Asia Championship (1 time) 

World Wonder Ring Stardom

High Speed Championship (1 time).

 

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