Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #271 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #271

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, March 23, 2020
Welcome to another edition of WOMEN'S WRESTLING WEEKLY—a rundown of the events which have transpired in the world of women's professional wrestling over the past several days not just with the Superstars on WWE programming, but with Impact Wrestling's Knockouts, ROH's Women of Honor, and even a glimpse at the women on the independent circuit.

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WWE Monday Night Raw

Raw featured no women’s matches this week, however Becky Lynch delivered a credible promo towards Shayna Baszler, which maintained the intrigue of their WrestleMania 36 match.


WWE SmackDown

SmackDown featured no women’s matches this week, however Paige gleefully informed Bayley that she would be defending her SmackDown Women's Championship in a 6 pack match against Lacey Evans, Tamina, Naomi, Dana Brooke and Sasha Banks at WrestleMania 36.


WWE NXT UK

Kay Lee Ray vs Dani Luna

NXT UK once again hurt the credibility of their women’s division, with Kay Lee Ray taking on Dani Luna in what can only be described as an extended squash match.

Ray was never in a position to lose the match, whilst Luna didn’t look effective at all. Ray shrugged off Luna’s ineffective offense to hit her patented Gory Bomb, which allowed her to secure a very easy pinfall victory.

This was a bad match, with Ray looking solid at the expense of yet another challenger. Luna has potential, but it is currently being squandered in such poor matches.

Winner: Kay Lee Ray
Rating: 2/5

WWE NXT

There were no matches on NXT at all this week, which can be attributed to the concerns over COVID-19. For more information relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, check out this week’s edition of Triple Threat here, and check out Ethan Neufeld’s Doctor’s Report here.

Rhea Ripley did engage in a promo, stating how she has the advantage against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36 due to the event being relocated to the Performance Center. This was an engaging promo, with Ripley coming across as a star here.


AEW Dynamite

Hikaru Shida vs Kris Statlander vs Riho vs Penelope Ford

AEW elected to run a regular episode of Dynamite this week, although understandably there were no fans in attendance. This was a real shame, however the matches we were treated to more than made up for this. The women in this match didn’t disappoint, with the contest enhancing the burgeoning reputation of AEW’s women’s division.

A botched Hurricanrana from Penelope Ford aside, this was a rather exciting contest. Kris Statlander looked as impressive as ever, whilst Hikaru Shida and Riho more than carried their weight in the match. The finish had Shida execute her devastating Knee Strike on Ford to secure the pinfall victory.

This was a great match, with enough excitement on show to make up for the lack of a crowd. Shida continues to look like a real star, whilst episodes of Dynamite continue to be bolstered by the inclusion of stellar women’s matches.

Winner: Hikaru Shida
Rating: 3.5/5


Impact Wrestling

Kiera Hogan vs Lacey Ryan

Lacey Ryan put in an admirable effort against Jordynne Grace last week, therefore it was heartening to see her return this week against Kiera Hogan.

Hogan dominated this contest, however Ryan once again displayed the clear talent she has in the ring. Ryan attempted to finish the match off with a Frogsplash, however Hogan was able to move out of the way, before hitting a Head Kick and a Fisherman’s Neck Breaker for the pinfall victory.

This was a good match, which is positive for the Knockout’s division. Matches no longer feel boring and atrocious, and it is great to see interesting talent being used on a regular basis.

Winner: Kiera Hogan
Rating: 3/5


Ring of Honor TV

Session Moth Martina vs Sumie Sakai

This was quite simply torturous. Ring of Honor’s women’s division has been a complete failure, with no wrestler able to provide the division with the legitimacy it so sorely craves.

Session Moth Martina is frankly awful in the ring, and this was on full show against Sumie Sakai. This match took what felt like an eternity to finish, and a ref bump near the climax of the match did not help at all. After a tame fight over a steel chair, Martina was able to Headbutt Sakai and connect with a Yager Bomb for an extremely poor pinfall victory. This was awful to watch, which is a shame as Women of Honor promised so much.

Winner: Session Moth Martina
Rating: 0/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:
Hikaru Shida vs Kris Statlander vs Riho vs Penelope Ford

This match was exciting, fresh and gripping. Hikaru Shida continues to look like a true star in AEW, whilst every other wrestler in the match underlined how good they are inside an AEW ring.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:
Hikaru Shida

Hikaru Shida continues to go from strength to strength, and as her ranking in AEW rises, she is sure to be rewarded with a match against Nyla Rose for the AEW Women’s Championship.

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!



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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: DALLAS ALLSOPP

Dallas Allsopp is a writer with two main interests, Pokemon and wrestling. He has been writing for a few years for his own personal blogs and is now taking his passion for wrestling and putting it into his writing. You can follow him on Facebook.

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