PCB vs Team B.A.D. vs Team Bella (Three Team Elimination Match)
Before this big match even started, people were treated to a good video promo package, something you don't see every day (seriously, when was the last time a pay-per-view had a promo package for a Divas match?). Starting things off is Becky Lynch and Brie Bella while Team B.A.D. waits in the corner. Lynch starts off with a couple of nice hip tosses before Brie counters and pushes Lynch to the ropes. Before the Bella gets a chance to do some real damage, Tamina tags in for Brie and then proceeds to Superkick her.
Naomi and Sasha Banks take out the other Divas that are not tagged into the match as Tamina pulls Becky Lynch into the corner as all three members of Team B.A.D. punish Becky. The punishment continues as Tamina gets Becky out of the ring and the Samoan lifts Becky and drives her to the ring apron, leaving her further vulnerable. Charlotte then spears Tamina out of nowhere. The tides might be moving towards PCB's favor until Naomi and Sasha dive out of the ring onto Becky and Charlotte. The Bella Twins follow suit an hit suicide dives of their own to Team B.A.D. With everybody on the floor, Alicia Fox is on the top rope fighting with Paige when she pushes Fox out of the way and Paige does a front flip from the top rope, literally knocking every single Diva to the floor.
Shortly thereafter, everybody gets back to their positions in the ring as Tamina and Becky are the legal Divas until Brie Bella tags herself in place of Becky. Brie then connects a face-buster on Tamina and then pins her to then eliminate Team B.A.D., which leaves Team Bella and PCB to fight for supremacy. Right away, Nikki Bella hits Becky with the Rack Attack and goes for the pin only to have Paige and Charlotte break the pin. Paige then gets herself into the match and proving why PCB has been such a roll since the Divas Revolution has started, hitting Nikki with a variety of moves but the champ rolls out of the ring only to sucker Paige in and hit an Alabama Slam onto the floor, which many would figure would be the end of Paige for this match, at least for now.
Paige rolls back into the ring, just beating the ten count only to have Nikki keep viciously attacking her. Paige is in serious trouble if she doesn't get a tag. The next couple of minutes of the match is continuous assault on Paige with each member of Team Bella getting a turn at attacking her, kind of like how Team B.A.D. was doing to Becky earlier in the match. Give credit to Paige for hanging around this long despite the onslaught. Paige digs deep and gets a sudden urge of energy and pulls away from Alicia Fox and tags Charlotte in as the Hall of Famer's daughter takes out all of Team Bella. Charlotte then goes for her Figure Eight submission until Nikki breaks the hold. So far every body has had their moments to shine for a bit during this match except Becky Lynch. Getting the hot tag, Becky exchanges offense with Brie and dodges a missile dropkick from Brie and hits her with a pump handle slam to get the pin and victory for PCB.
I guess it was expected that PCB would get the win, that wasn't the reason why this match fell short of my expectations. Don't get me wrong, I thought this was a decent match, but it felt like I've seen this match before. That's because I have seen this match before or some variation of it. If this angle is to succeed, WWE needs to make these matches feel more special and not over-saturate us with the same thing over and over again. That's why The Usos' run in late 2014 lost so much steam. I hope that we get singles storylines involving these women, like they do in NXT, soon.
WWE Monday Night Raw
PCB vs Team Bella
A MizTV segment goes awry when Team Bella interrupts PCB's interview with The Miz and an impromptu match was announced and the action gets started during the commercial break. Charlotte works over Brie until Nikki comes in. Nikki and Charlotte continue their battle from the previous night attacking each other. Paige tags in and hits Nikki with a bunch of knees on the apron. Paige with a kick and a two count. Becky comes in and works on Nikki's arm.
Nikki turns it around on Becky but gets rolled up for a two count. The two go back and forth of each other. Becky continues working on Nikki's arm until Charlotte comes in and takes Nikki down by her arm. Paige comes back in but Nikki ends up hitting a spinebuster. They still keep Nikki from tagging and make more tags. Charlotte and Becky double team Nikki. Alicia and Brie run in but get taken out by Charlotte and Becky. Charlotte leaps out onto Team Bella as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Nikki has control of Charlotte. They end up on the floor and come back in. Nikki keeps up the attack and tags in Alicia. Fans decide to hijack this match doing the wave in the crowd. Paige finally gets the tag and unloads on Alicia. They go at it as the mostly smark crowd keep chanting "we are awesome" or "we want Sasha" again (Sasha fought in two hard matches the previous two nights. She deserves a break). Paige keeps up the attack on Alicia and knocks The Bella Twins off the apron. She goes for the PTO submission on Alicia and locks it in but Brie kicks her. Becky runs in for Brie but gets slammed on her face. Brie kicks Charlotte to the floor. Nikki runs in with a huge forearm on Paige while the referee is distracted. Alicia takes advantage, hits the scissors kick and gets the win for Team Bella. At least this keeps the feud relatively even-sided.
TNA Impact Wrestling
Velvet Sky vs Brooke Adams (TNA Knockouts Championship)
Brooke Adams is defending her Knockouts Championship to Velvet Sky on Impact. Sky starts off by Irish whipping Adams to the ropes, then clothes-lining her for an unsuccessful pin attempt. Sky then counters with a forearm to Sky coming from the top rope. Brooke and Sky then exchange strikes in one of the corners until Brooke connects with a side Russian leg sweep. Both Knockouts exchange offense and seems to be pretty evenly matched from the way they hit each other running the ropes to how they counter their every move.
Action spills out of the ring as The Dollhouse interfere and the match ends in disqualification so no title change tonight. They push Brooke into the ring and out comes Rebel to help even the odds and help Brooke. Or is she? Rebel backstabs Brooke, turning heel in the process, and as the three decimate the Knockouts champion, Dollhouse leader Taryn Terrell appears on the big screen, announcing the new member of the stable, Rebel.
Not much is to be said of this match (even if it was for the Knockouts championship), but the biggest story is obviously Rebel suddenly turning heel and joining forces with the Dollhouse, totaling their ranks at four. I like this setup as it now makes the Dollhouse a bigger stable (not that Rebel has done anything that amazing that would further enhance the group) and it gives off the illusion that they'll be a bigger threat to everyone else in the Knockouts Division.
Charlotte vs Emma vs Becky Lynch vs Dana Brooke
With all four women not getting the nod to fight for the NXT Women's Championship against Sasha Banks, a Fatal-Four Way match against each other is a nice substitute match so that they can showcase their talents in front of 15,000 people in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Action begins with Charlotte and Lynch throwing Brooke and Emma out of the ring and the two babyfaces shift their focus to each other, taking out the two heels whenever they would try and re-enter the ring. Lynch gains the upper hand and has Charlotte pinned to the floor, but then the roles are reversed and Charlotte is in control. Emma and Brooke come back and attack the other two, throwing them out of the ring as well. The two heels go outside and attack Charlotte with malicious intent on keeping her down on the floor for the rest of the match.
Back from commercials and Emma and Brooke are attacking a fallen Becky Lynch in the corner. They continue kicking her while she's down on the floor, then thwarting Charlotte's attempt at getting back in the ring just to continue dominating Becky by hitting a double suplex her. Brooke then goes and attacks Charlotte but then Emma is able to get a pin attempt on Becky and Brooke breaks the pin. There's now dissension between the two heels and Charlotte takes advantage by suplexing the two of them at the same time, attempting several unsuccessfully.
Becky comes back and seemingly is taking control of the match and looks like she could be on the way to a win, but Emma is back and is able to hit the Emma-mite sandwich to Charlotte and Becky and pins Becky to get the win. Reportedly, that was not the intended finish and it seemed like for a second the crowd was kind of confused as to whether or not Emma was supposed to win. These kinds of things watered down the match, but it was still a nice decent match.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte vs Nikki and Brie Bella
Going back to what I wrote earlier about seeing the same match over and over again, we get Raw's match except no Paige or Alicia Fox. The only other thing different is that Team B.A.D. is on guest commentary.
Charlotte and Nikki Bella start the match vying for inside control until Charlotte lets Becky Lynch tag in and both NXT standouts clothesline the Divas Champion. Nikki and Lynch have a similar exchange which resulted in Brie being tagged in the Bella Twins hitting and throwing Lynch to the mat. The flame headed Diva quickly gets back up and hits Brie with several leg drops, then having Charlotte tag in and try to do the same but Brie rolls out of the way.
Brie then regains her composure and takes control of the match, using some sort of modified single leg crab except Brie is on the mat and driving her foot to the let put pressure on it. Charlotte manages to find a small window of opportunity when she's put into a corner and pushes Brie out of the ring. As Charlotte crawls to tag Becky in, Nikki tries to attack the female Flair but flies out of the ring. Nikki then pulls Becky out and Brie comes back only to have Charlotte do a roll-up pin for the win.
WWE Tough Enough
Sara and Amanda each have a match against Alicia Fox
Well, I can't say it was a fun ride watching this season of Tough Enough. I'm not going to give my opinion of the finale between Sara and Amanda because I already did so in a TRIPLE THREAT article between Ben Guest, Jakob Jager, and myself. You can check it out by clicking here.
The final challenge is simple: have a match against former Divas Champion and current Team Bella member Alicia Fox. Amanda's match started off with both women slapping each other once and then just rolling around for dominance. Alicia dominates for the majority of the first half of the match until Amanda reverses an Irish Whip into a hurricarana. That was unexpected. Amanda even goes for a sunset flip pin attempt to get the victory, albeit unsuccessfully, later on hits Fox with a corner springboard bulldog. Amanda's giving Alicia Fox a run for her money. Both women have a really good back and forth second half, but Fox ends up connecting Amanda with the Scissor Kick to get the pin and victory. For a two and a half minute match, this was surprisingly good.
As for Sara, her match begins with nothing more than headlocks and taunting until Sara hits Fox with a shoulder tackle which forces her to retreat to the corner, but Sara takes advantage of this moment of weakness and connects a few kicks -Daniel Bryan style- to Alicia. Fox then takes control of the match and hits Sara with a suplex, celebrating and showing off to the crowd which allows Sara to do quick roll-up pin attempt. Fox kicked out but Sara didn't let her emotions get the best of her and almost immediately connects with a side Russian leg sweep. She then tries to get Fox to submit to an arm bar, one that Sara is doing to Fox's right arm but is going through the motions to Fox's left (which makes the submission utterly futile and ineffective). This gives Alicia Fox the chance to thump Sara in the eyes and allows her to hit Sara with her finisher for the pin and win.
After all finalists were done with their matches, at the end of the show, we find out who gets to go home with the one-year, $250,000 WWE contract. For the men, Josh beats ZZ. As for the women, in a bit of a surprise, we find out Sara is the women's Tough Enough winner. I can't say that she was the best out of all the women and at best, she is a long shot at being able to make something out of the one-year contract. If I'm judging solely on the matches in the final, I would have picked Amanda because at the very least she was able to have a good match and connect on some complex moves for someone who has had as little training time as Amanda has. But I digress. Congrats to Sara and I hope she takes advantage of the opportunity.
So there you have it, the breakdown for the week in women's wrestling. What were some of your favorite and least favorite moments from these women? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
MATCH OF THE WEEK: PCB vs Team B.A.D. vs Team Bella (SummerSlam)
WOMEN OF THE WEEK: Charlotte and Becky Lynch