The one-year reign of Hikaru Shida is now over as Dr. Britt Baker, DMD, submitted the AEW Women’s Champion at Sunday’s Double or Nothing to win the title.
In a battle that featured a flurry of near falls and submission attempts by both women, Baker followed up a crucifix pin near fall with the Lockjaw, getting Shida to tap out.
It appeared Baker was done after taking an accidental crutch shot by Rebel that was intended for Shida, but the champion reversed it. However, Baker kicked out, later surviving a falcon arrow for another two count.
Baker had her own moment earlier in the match as she hit a curb stomp onto the Women’s title belt that was brought into the ring by Rebel, but Shida kicked out.
Baker becomes the fourth Women’s champion in company history, following Riho, Nyla Rose and Shida.
Shida won the title at last year’s Double or Nothing by defeating Rose and had eight successful title defenses befor Sunday night.