At the culmination of the AEW All In 2023 pay-per-view event, a dazzling four-way face-off saw Saraya emerge triumphant, clinching the AEW Women's World Championship. She outshone formidable competitors like Toni Storm, Hikaru Shida, and Dr.
Britt Baker, D.M.D. However, the night saw this as the solitary women's match, a decision that drew attention and led to the AEW CEO, Tony Khan, addressing the choice during the post-show press meet. Tony Khan emphasized, "The primary objective for the card tonight was to showcase as many of our AEW top-tier stars as possible.
And in that pursuit, many of our standout performers, both male and female, did not feature in this show. As evidence, matches like Miro vs. Powerhouse Hobbs are lined up, and not to forget the much-anticipated Ruby Soho vs. Kris Statlander for the AEW TBS Championship, which is just around the corner at All Out 2023."
Tony Khan Lauds All In 2023 Pacing
He further praised the pacing of All In 2023, saying, "I genuinely believe the pacing of tonight's show has probably been the finest we've achieved.
Adding more would not only have posed a challenge but might have disrupted that pacing. Both our men's and women's divisions boast of extraordinary talent. The endeavor was to strike a perfect balance in the card, and I am confident we achieved that." Beyond the spotlighted AEW Women's World Championship match, few other women made appearances on this significant pay-per-view.
These included Julia Hart from House of Black, Saraya Knight (Saraya's mother), Ruby Soho from The Outcasts, the impeccable referee Aubrey Edwards, the charismatic ring announcer Dasha Gonzalez, and the ex-IWGP Women's Champion Mercedes Mone, previously recognized in WWE circuits as Sasha Banks.
Interestingly, just a few weeks prior on "AEW Dynamite," a fan's placard read, "Book The Women's Division Better." It seems to encapsulate a sentiment echoed by many, urging AEW to amplify its focus on the women's division. Whether this plea leads to a reimagined strategy remains to be seen.
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