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Published on September 6th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Exclusive: AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida On Why She Likes Working With AEW

AEW is a new professional wrestling league headlined by Cody, Chris Jericho, The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson), Kenny Omega, Hangman Page, Jon Moxley, Mr. Brodie Lee, Matt Hardy, MJF, Nyla Rose, Hikaru Shida and Brandi Rhodes. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a growing roster of world-class male and female wrestlers that is injecting new spirit, freshness and energy to the industry. The inaugural event under the AEW banner was the sold-out Double Or Nothing PPV in Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena in May 2019.

This weekend, on September 5th, AEW presented its All Out pay-per-view event. In the main event of All Out, the current holder of AEW’s highly-priced Dynamite Diamond Ring, Maxwell Jacob Friedman — MJF, for short — faced long-standing AEW World Champion Jon Moxley. Meanwhile, AEW Women’s World Champion Hikaru Shida battled NWA Women’s Champion Thunder Rosa, and the aforementioned Chris Jericho took on Orange Cassidy in the first ever “Mimosa Mayhem” match.

Following All Out, select journalists and media representatives had the opportunity to speak with AEW performers in a “virtual scrum,” myself included; several days prior I had the pleasure of asking a question to AEW President and CEO Tony Khan in a separate media event. Below is video of me asking a question to the aforementioned Hikaru Shida on September 6, 2020. More on All Out and AEW can be found via and

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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