Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #278 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #278

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, May 11, 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

Liv Morgan vs Charlotte Flair

This match should never have been booked, as Liv Morgan’s burgeoning reputation did not need to be hindered. Thankfully, Morgan put in one of her best performances yet against Charlotte Flair, a wrestler she has quite the history with.

Morgan insisted on the match, and wrestled with fire and passion, often looking more motivated than Flair. However, Flair’s overwhelming talent proved to be the difference, as she managed to shrug off an Oblivion to lock in the Figure Eight, with Morgan left with no option but to tap out.

It was a shame to see the impact of the Oblivion diminished, but regardless, Morgan looked strong here. Without a doubt, this is further proof of the potential she has to become a mainstay of the Raw Women’s Championship scene. Flair, and by extension the NXT Women’s Championship, looked stronger than ever in victory.

Winner: Charlotte Flair
Rating: 3/5


WWE SmackDown

Mandy Rose vs Sonya Deville

This was the first match of the feud between Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, therefore it was evident there was a sense of apprehension within the early stage of the match. Both wrestlers were determined to grab the upper hand, but it was Deville that was able to draw first blood.

The contest was fairly even, but it was Rose who looked like a woman possessed as she slammed Deville into the stairs and over the announce table. Rose attempted to end the match with a V-Trigger, only for Deville to counter into a Cradle for the pinfall victory.

Both women should be commended for their efforts here. They looked stronger than ever before, whilst their feud is captivating and compelling. This is only the start, and I cannot wait to see what we are in store for next.

Winner: Sonya Deville
Rating: 2.5/5


Lacey Evans & Tamina vs Bayley & Sasha Banks

Tamina attempted to take her runaway momentum with her into Money in the Bank, which is exactly what she achieved here.

Teaming with Lacey Evans, Tamina looked strong and dominant as she swatted away the team of Bayley and Sasha Banks. A Superkick followed by a Samoan Drop on Bayley was enough for Tamina to secure the pinfall victory.

This match wasn’t good, but it wasn’t as bad as recent Tamina matches. It made Tamina look stronger going into her SmackDown Women’s Championship match at Money in the Bank, so at least something positive was achieved.

Winner: Lacey Evans & Tamina
Rating: 2/5


WWE NXT UK

There were no new women's matches this week.

WWE NXT

Xia Li vs Chelsea Green

Why oh why does NXT insist on pushing Chelsea Green? This was a swift squash match designed to make Green look strong, but ironically it showed just how green she is in the ring.

Green hit yet another disgustingly ugly Unprettier for the pinfall victory, making Xia Li look useless in the process. I hate to criticise the performances of certain wrestlers, but Green is detracting from the overall quality of NXT. This match was ugly. Bowling show ugly.

Winner: Chelsea Green
Rating: 1/5


Charlotte Flair vs Io Shirai

This was a highly anticipated dream match, with Charlotte Flair and Io Shirai sure to put on a classic. Unfortunately, this contest wasn’t the barnstormer we expected, but it was entertaining nonetheless.

Shirai looked strong throughout the match, which will have endeared her to current and new fans of NXT. Shirai looked to have a good shout of winning the match, but Flair caused a DQ by using a kendo stick.

This wasn’t the ending the match deserved, but at least Rhea Ripley returned post match to chase off The Queen. This was a good match, but a more decisive match finish would have made it even better.

Winner: Charlotte Flair
Rating: 3/5


AEW Dynamite

Nyla Rose vs Kenzie Page

Nyla Rose returned to Dynamite this week in search of a squash victory, and that is exactly what she achieved. 3 Beast Bombs ended the match early, with Kenzie Paige looking like a murder victim in the process.

Rose underlined how dangerous she is here, and this match was evidence of how to book an entertaining squash match.

Winner: Nyla Rose
Rating: 3/5


Impact Wrestling

There were no Knockout's matches this week.

WWE Main Event

Kairi Sane vs Ruby Riott

Ruby Riott had more time to prove her ability here than she has received on Raw, with Kairi Sane the perfect opponent to make her look good.

This was a fun little match, as Riott and Sane both had sections of the match which they controlled. Sane looked fired up, whilst Riott looked more motivated than we have seen her in quite a while. Sane was able to isolate Riott and hit an Insane Elbow for the pinfall victory.

This match continued the run of solid matches on Main Event, with Sane looking strong whilst Riott looked relevant for the first time in weeks.

Winner: Kairi Sane
Rating: 2.5/5

WWE Money in the Bank

Bayley vs Tamina

Despite the efforts of Bayley, this match was disastrous. Tamina had no business being in a SmackDown Women’s Championship match in 2020, and she carried herself like she didn’t believe she deserved the opportunity.

After an extremely turgid contest, Bayley was able to capitalise on a distraction from Sasha Banks to pin Tamina with a Crucifix.

Bayley deserves better than matches with Tamina, so hopefully we can now move onto the long awaited collision between Bayley and Banks. This was simply a bad match.

Winner: Bayley
Rating: 1/5


Asuka vs Shayna Baszler vs Nia Jax vs Dana Brooke vs Lacey Evans vs Carmella

It is hard to describe the carnage that occurred in the Climb the Corporate Ladder Money in the Bank match, however what is easy to describe is the entertainment value. With numerous fun and interesting spots, the women definitely contributed to a memorable match.

Each of the women involved had moments to shine, with Dana Brooke’s capture of a fake briefcase making me laugh more than it should have.

Shayna Baszler’s performance was disappointing, as she never felt like a threat. She even disappeared for the climax of the match, which makes it hard for her to be taken seriously going forward.

Asuka winning the briefcase was a good choice, as she was the most entertaining part of the match. She is a credible star, therefore the threat of a cash in is a very real and dangerous proposition. As a match, it is hard to judge. But as a piece of art, it was suitably fun and entertaining.

Winner: Asuka
Rating: 3/5 (For Entertainment Only)


MATCH OF THE WEEK:
Liv Morgan vs Charlotte Flair

This was a solid match, with Liv Morgan being suitably elevated by standing up to Charlotte Flair. Despite losing, she looked stronger, and was in no way buried. The match was entertaining, which is exactly what Raw needs at the moment.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:
Asuka

Asuka winning the briefcase allows her to regain the mystique she had when she won the 2018 Royal Rumble. She is a strong competitor who has put in a lot of effort in WWE within the last 12 months.

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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