ROH announces the re-signing of former Women’s Champion Sumie Sakai

Sumie Sakai signs a new agreement with Ring of Honor

Ring of Honor has announced that Sumie Sakai has signed a new agreement with the company. 

Sakai has been with ROH since the company began in 2002 and was ROH’s very first Women’s World Champion.  She held the title for 251 days, which is still currently a company record. 

You can read ROH’s announcement below:


Ring of Honor is pleased to announce that Sumie Sakai has re-signed with the company.

Sakai has been synonymous with women’s wrestling in ROH since the company’s inception. 

She was victorious in the first women’s match in ROH in 2002 and went on to become the inaugural women’s world champion in 2018, holding the title for a record 251 days.

In addition to her accomplishments in ROH, Sakai also has won championships in Japan and earned a third degree black belt in judo along with a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Daniel Gracie.

Sakai, who was trained by the legendary Lioness Asuka and Jaguar Yokota, is also a head trainer at the Worldwide Wrestling Dojo in Bristol, Pa.