Pro Wrestling EVE made the following announcement via Facebook today:
It is with a heavy heart that today we announce that EVE Champion Rhia O’Reilly will be vacating the EVE Championship at our next weekend series of events that take place at The Resistance Gallery, London in May.
O’Reilly broke her leg and ankle during her March 12 EVE Championship defence against Sammii Jayne at XWA 46.
It was initially believed that O’Reilly would be able to return by May 20 however it has since been revealed in subsequent MRI scans that the 2 time EVE Champion’s injuries are more severe than first discovered with doctors now unable to give a return time table of recovery due to the severity.
O’Reilly’s nickname of “The Fightin’ Irish” has perhaps never been proven to be so true as it was on March 12 when O’Reilly fought almost the entire match with the aforementioned injuries in a brutal, hard hitting grudge match that saw O’Reilly go through tables, chairs and thumbtacks but there is no doubt that Rhia’s biggest fight is now ahead of her and her attempted recovery.
There is no doubt that O’Reilly has been the most sensational and incredible EVE ambassador and Champion following in the footsteps of former 3 time EVE Champion Nikki Storm (AKA Nikki Cross) and forged her own legacy that many people will have struggled to follow Nikki Storm as Champion, whilst Nikki Storm claimed to be the Best In The Galaxy, when Rhia took the EVE Championship from Nikki she then shone as brightest star in the galaxy.
We thank Rhia for all of her hardwork for EVE and look forward to working with her in a new role whilst she recovers.
With that we announce that EVE will crown a NEW Champion on our next weekend of events in a 16 Woman Tournament fought over 3 rounds.
Saturday May 20 will see 8 Quarter-Final Singles Matches take place.
Sunday May 21 will see the 8 winners separated into two Fatal 4 Way Semi-Final Matches with the winner of each match facing each other in the Tournament Final in the afternoons final match.
We will be announcing a new Quarter-Final Match every day, some here on the EVE Fan Page, some on the EVE Twitter account and some on the EVE Instagram beginning here on the fan page tomorrow.
Tickets for the weekend events are on sale now here.
Only 6 people have ever held the EVE Championship – Britani Knight ( AKA WWE’s Paige), Grappling Gold Medallist Jenny Sjodin, Alpha Female, Nikki Storm (AKA WWE NXT Nikki Cross), Emi Sakura and Rhia O’Reilly. On Sunday May 21st Rhia O’Reilly will officially hand over the Championship to whomever works and fights hard and follows her advice to become the new EVE Champion.