Ring Of Honor’s Women of Honor tournament to name the promotion’s first ever women’s champion is in full swing, and one new face has been announced as a competitor—Tenille Dashwood.
Best known as Emma—and credited one of the pioneers of the “women’s revolution"—Dashwood took her talents to ROH where her in-ring mastery will be on full display. Her inclusion into the Women Of Honor Tournament seems a little last minute, but one competitor is happy to see her in one of the largest promotions in the world.
“Tanille has come to the right place as far as wanting to prove herself,” says Brandi Rhodes, who is a friend of Dashwood’s. “She feels like she has not had the chance to prove everything she can do as a wrestler."
Most hard-core fans will agree with the last statement. For years, Dashwood’s talents have kept her as a beloved female star among internet wrestling fans, and it’s not hard to see why. The 28-year-old Australian star has put on some memorable bouts with the likes of Paige and Asuka, but never quite got the full nod from the WWE. Now in Ring of Honor, a promotion known for high-end wrestling with some strong character work to boot, Dashwood will fit right in.
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Dashwood made her Ring of Honor debut on Feb. 9, 2018, at Honor Reigns Supreme after a brief stint on the indie scene. While her first match was a tag team bout alongside Mandy Leon, it was revealed shortly after that ROH has some big plans for her as a singles star and will feature her in the Women of Honor Tournament, making Dashwood’s debut very convenient as all eyes are on Ring of Honor and their recent highlighting of the women’s division.
The tournament has only recently begun, but it features some big names like Brandi Rhodes, Kelly Klien, and former Stardom Champion Mayu Iwatani. While Rhodes and Dashwood are friends, the former was quick to acknowledge that Dashwood won’t have an easy ride.
“She’s got some tough competitors in this competition," says Rhodes. "It's not going to be a clean sweep for her, I hope she knows that.”
Only time will tell how far Dashwood will go in the tournament, but one has to pick her as a favorite to go the distance in the Women of Honor tournament to crown the promotion’s first-ever women’s champion. Even if she doesn’t, her presence will definitely be felt in ROH as she’s given a chance to shine on a big stage.