Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #277 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #277

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, May 4, 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

Nia Jax vs Asuka vs Shayna Baszler

What. A. Mess! This was the worst women’s effort all year, which is quite some achievement considering Lana has wrestled on Raw in 2020. Despite Nia Jax being completely outclassed as a performer by both Asuka and Shayna Baszler, it was decided she would be the last woman standing in the most pathetic attempt at a match in a long time.

Despite an encouraging opening, Jax decided to devolve the match into a mess by grabbing a ladder to take out Asuka. Despite the rules of a triple threat match stipulating no disqualifications, the match seemingly ended in a no contest with Jax victorious in the ring, whilst Asuka and Baszler lay prone on the outside.

This was insulting in so many ways, and leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Jax is still green, therefore it is soul destroying to see her prevail over better wrestlers.

Winner: No Contest
Rating: 1/5


Liv Morgan vs Ruby Riott

This was a rematch from last week’s contest, however once again there was very little time afforded for both wrestlers to put on a great match. Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott tried their very best, but were unable to succeed in the ring.

Within no time at all, Morgan had the match wrapped up as she countered Riott’s unconvincing offense into an Oblivion for the pinfall victory. This was a bad match, but both wrestlers are not at fault for failing to impress with limited time. Morgan continues to look strong going into Money in the Bank, however it is important her momentum is not cut off by Nia Jax next week. Stay away from that matchup Raw writers!

Winner: Liv Morgan
Rating: 2.5/5


WWE SmackDown

Mandy Rose vs Carmella

As a match, this was poor. However, as a way to advance the angle between Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, this actually succeeded.

Carmella and Rose tried to put on a good match, but it felt very by the numbers until the finish, with Deville’s distraction allowing Carmella to secure a pinfall victory with a Superkick.

Winner: Carmella
Rating: 2/5


WWE NXT UK

There were no new women's matches this week.

WWE NXT

Kacy Catanzaro vs Candice LeRae

Candice LeRae entered to a new entrance theme, with husband Johnny Gargano acting as her cheerleader for the night. Despite the new aesthetic, LeRae didn’t feel all too different from what NXT fans are used to.

LeRae controlled Kacy Catanzaro from the bell, as she was determined to underline how much she has changed. She was successful in showing a mean streak, but it was a swift Curb Stomp which ended the match with a pinfall in her favour.

Post match, LeRae snapped and locked in the GargaNo Escape, just to underline how much she has changed. This was a great visual, but the antics of Gargano himself took away from the overall impact of the beatdown. The match was ok as it established LeRae’s heel persona well, but Catanzaro left no impression whatsoever.

Winner: Candice LeRae
Rating: 2.5/5


Charlotte Flair vs Mia Yim

Mia Yim looked determined to prove she deserved to be in the ring with Charlotte Flair, competing with a sense of pride and fire that we have not seen from her in a long time.

The contest itself was rather even, with Yim getting some isolated pockets of control where it looked like she could actually have a chance of winning. Unfortunately, Flair’s overwhelming power spoke for itself, as she countered a Protect Ya Neck into a Figure Eight, with Yim left with no choice but to tap out.

This was a fabulous contest, with Yim’s credibility soaring through the roof. Flair looked motivated, whilst the NXT Women’s Championship continues to be seen as the most important women’s title in WWE.

Winner: Charlotte Flair
Rating: 3/5


AEW Dynamite

There were no women's matches this week.

Impact Wrestling

Rosemary vs Havok

This was a full metal mayhem match, which played to the strengths of both Rosemary and Havok. Instead of a Knockout’s Championship match, fans were treated to this contest instead, but Rosemary and Havok tried to make the best of a bad situation.

Following a brutal encounter in which both wrestlers had periods of brutal dominance, Rosemary used a steel pipe to great effect on Havok, securing the pinfall victory. This was a good match, and was much better than it had any right to be.

Winner: Rosemary
Rating: 2.5/5


WWE Main Event

Bianca Belair vs Catalina

Bianca Belair used the extra airtime this week to prove she is more than worthy of a place on the main roster, with Catalina acting as her victim for the week.

Despite a spirited effort from Catalina, Belair controlled the majority of the encounter, hitting a KOD for the pinfall after scouting out Catalina’s aerial offense. This was an entertaining match, and perhaps should have taken place on Raw instead of Main Event.

Winner: Bianca Belair
Rating: 2.5/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:
Charlotte Flair vs Mia Yim

This was a great match, especially when considering the quality of matches in an empty arena environment. Mia Yim looked stronger than she has for many months, whilst Charlotte Flair looked motivated and happy to be competing on NXT.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:
Liv Morgan

Another week and another victory for Liv Morgan, who is slowly turning into a complete performer. She may not be the best in ring talent, but she is entertaining and easy to root for. Keep up the good work!

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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