Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #276 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #276

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, April 27, 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

Shayna Baszler vs Indi Hartwell

This match was a sheer delight, as Shayna Baszler once again imposed herself on Raw’s women’s division.

Baszler dominated Indi Hartwell in less than a minute, breaking Hartwell’s arm to cause a ref stoppage.

Baszler continues to look strong as she heads into Money in the Bank, and her character has been suitably rehabilitated following her WrestleMania 36 loss.

Winner: Shayna Baszler
Rating: 2.5/5


Kairi Sane vs Nia Jax

This was another short match, however it had no exciting element whatsoever. This was mainly due to the fact that Nia Jax remains as green as ever, and Kairi Sane should not be jobbing to her so easily.

Jax attempted a form of a Buckle Bomb during the match, however Sane landed awkwardly in a hard to watch spot. This was followed up by Sane missing the Insane Elbow, with Jax successfully pinning her following a Samoan Drop.

This was not fun at all, however it does maintain the momentum that Jax has moving into Money in the Bank.

Winner: Nia Jax
Rating: 1/5


Liv Morgan vs Ruby Riott

3 minutes was not enough time for this match to adequately tell the story between Ruby Riott and her former stablemate, Liv Morgan. In an attempt to cram as many matches as possible onto the show, some time had to be cut from other matches.

Riott put up a good fight, but Liv Morgan continues to ride the crest of a wave in WWE. Morgan was able to hit a Flatliner for the pinfall victory, which gave her yet another impressive victory. The match was good, but could have been so much better with more time.

Winner: Liv Morgan
Rating: 2/5


Kayden Carter vs Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair provided the NXT Women’s Championship with exposure this week as she took on Kayden Carter. Instead of showcasing what Carter can do, it felt like a match designed purely to put The Queen over as untouchable.

Charlotte dominated from the bell, and ended the match near the 3 minute mark with a Spear and a Figure Eight. The match was ok, only because Carter wasn’t provided with much of an opportunity to shine.

Winner: Charlotte Flair
Rating: 2/5


Bianca Belair vs Santana Garrett

Bianca Belair took on Santana Garrett in a match which allowed her to showcase her skills. Belair has been floundering since she moved to Raw, however this match allowed her to look strong.

After dominating the majority of the match, Belair hit a devastating KOD for the pinfall victory. This was a good match, and it was great to see Belair’s undoubted skills showcased on Raw.

Winner: Bianca Belair
Rating: 2.5/5


WWE SmackDown

Lacey Evans vs Sasha Banks

Lacey Evans seems to have improved significantly on SmackDown, and that is mainly due to the calibre of wrestlers she has been competing against. In Sasha Banks, she has the perfect opponent to make her look good.

This is exactly what happened this week, with Banks and Bayley using mind games against Evans, only for Evans to prevail anyway. Miscommunication between Banks and Bayley allowed Evans to hit the Women’s Right for a pinfall victory.

This was a solid match, with the result of the contest keeping Evans in contention for the Money in the Bank match. The issues between Bayley and Banks continue to be hinted at, which also added to the quality of the match.

Winner: Lacey Evans
Rating: 3/5


Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs Carmella and Dana Brooke

This was a lethargic main event match on SmackDown, as it felt like a typical house show match. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are great Women’s Tag Team Champions, but Carmella and Dana Brooke were not the best opponents for them to face.

Bliss and Cross dominated the match, and isolated Carmella in the ring. This allowed them to hit a Double DDT for the pinfall victory. This was a disappointing match, but Bliss and Cross will have better matches with stronger opponents.

Winner: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross
Rating: 1.5/5


WWE NXT UK

There were no new women's matches this week.

WWE NXT

Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart vs Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez

This was a solid tag team match, with Dakota Kai and Rachel Gonzalez impressing against Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart. The action was solid in the ring, however Blackheart felt like an afterthought in the overarching feud.

Gonzalez was able to exert her dominance by hitting a Chokeslam on Blackheart to pick up the pinfall victory. This was a good match, and it was also a solid way to extend the overall storyline between Kai and Nox.

Winner: Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez
Rating: 3/5


Mia Yim vs Jessie Kamea

Mia Yim used this match as an opportunity to show what she is capable of, therefore her swift victory against Jessie Kamea proved she is capable of putting on great performances. Yim easily dominated the match, securing the pinfall victory with a Protect Ya Neck.

This victory sets Yim up for her upcoming match with Charlotte Flair, and if she can put in a strong performance, she may be able to propel herself into contention for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Winner: Mia Yim
Rating: 2.5/5


AEW Dynamite

There were no women's matches this week.

Impact Wrestling

Kylie Rae vs Kiera Hogan

This was a solid and competitive match, with Kylie Rae and Kiera Hogan both determined to rise in the rankings for the Knockout’s Championship. It was a fairly even contest with both wrestlers looking strong, but it was Rae who looked better.

Rae was able to lock the STF on Hogan, with the trash talking Hogan left with no choice but to submit. This was a strong match which left both women with stronger reputations than they had when they entered the match.

Winner: Kylie Rae
Rating: 3.5/5


WWE Main Event

Asuka vs Catalina

This match served primarily as a showcase for the exciting character that Asuka has developed. She looked strong, interesting and motivated, as she methodically took her time in defeating Catalina. A stiff Head Kick was followed up by an Asuka Lock, with Catalina left with no option but to submit.

This was a surprisingly entertaining Main Event match, and arguably would have fit better on this week’s episode of Raw.

Winner: Asuka
Rating: 3/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:
Kylie Rae vs Kiera Hogan

This was a very competitive match, with both wrestlers looking like true stars. I am so happy to see Impact’s Knockout’s division flourish in 2020.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:
Kylie Rae

Kylie Rae has thrust herself into contention for the Knockout’s Championship, and it is clear she will be a threat to Jordynne Grace if given half the chance. She is still finding her feet in Impact, but she looks better with each performance.

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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