Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #283 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #283

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, June 15, 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

Asuka & Charlotte Flair vs Sasha Banks & Bayley vs The IIconics

This was a triple threat tag team match which acted as a great way to kick off Raw. Not only was it a great vehicle to highlight the strengths of all 6 women, it acted as a way to segue into a match between Asuka and Charlotte Flair later on.

The action was strong and exciting, with Asuka delighting in her moves and mannerisms. Flair was able to isolate Billie Kay for the pinfall, which ensured Sasha Banks and Bayley didn’t lose any momentum following their recent Women’s Tag Team Championship victory on SmackDown.

This was a fun little match to kick off Raw, whilst highlighting just how entertaining Asuka is. The IIconics looked good in defeat, whilst Flair looked good following her loss of the NXT Women’s Championship.

Winner: Asuka & Charlotte Flair
Rating: 3/5


Asuka vs Charlotte Flair

Asuka vs Charlotte Flair has always been a great matchup, and this match was yet another fabulous instalment in their rivalry. Not only was this a strong match, it acted as the main event of Raw.

Both Asuka and Flair dominated periods of the match, however it was the distraction from Nia Jax which allowed Flair to capitalise, hitting a Big Boot to secure a pinfall victory.

The action in this contest was off the hook, and was possibly one of the best main events in recent Raw history. The distraction from Jax was not great, but at least it allowed Asuka to be somewhat protected in defeat.

Winner: Charlotte Flair
Rating: 4/5


WWE SmackDown

There were no women’s matches on SmackDown this week.

WWE NXT UK

There were no new women's matches this week.

WWE NXT

Kacy Catanzaro vs Dakota Kai

Dakota Kai came off a loss at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, therefore it was vital for her to regain momentum this week to underline the threat she still poses to NXT’s women’s division.

Kacy Catanzaro started the match well, getting in a surprising amount of offense. Kai’s overwhelming power finally shone through as she was able to connect with a Scorpion Kick and GTK for the pinfall.

This was a solid match, however Kai should have defeated Catanzaro in a much more dominant fashion. Kai looked good, but she could have looked so much better.

Winner: Dakota Kai
Rating: 2.5/5


AEW Dynamite

Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander vs Nyla Rose & Penelope Ford

Hikaru Shida has been an absolute delight in AEW so far, with no single wrestler in AEW’s women’s division able to come anywhere close to her level. This is why it was surprising to see Penelope Ford be positioned as her next rival.

The tag match itself was entertaining, with Kris Statlander and Nyla Rose ably complementing Shida’s blistering offense. Ford ended the match prematurely as she struck Shida with her own AEW Women’s Championship to steal the pinfall victory.

This was a good example of the strong matches AEW can put on with it’s women’s division, although Ford seems a little too green to be challenging Shida one on one.

Winner: Nyla Rose & Penelope Ford
Rating: 3/5


Impact Wrestling

Tasha Steelz vs Susie

Tasha Steelz has underwhelmed somewhat since she debuted in Impact Wrestling, but this week she was able to put on a serviceable match with Susie.

Both wrestlers looked in control of the match at different times, but it was Steelz that ended up the victor following a Cutter on Susie for the pinfall victory.

This was a serviceable match, however both wrestlers are capable of better. This was an improvement on the general quality of 2019 Knockouts matches though, and surely Steelz will improve as she becomes better accustomed to the style of matches in Impact Wrestling.

Winner: Tasha Steelz
Rating: 2/5


Jordynne Grace vs Taya Valkyrie

This match was for the Impact Knockouts Championship, with Taya Valkyrie determined to reclaim her former prized possession. Jordynne Grace has been a solid Champion, however a strong performance here would validate her current reign.

The quality of the match itself was high, with both women putting in a strong effort. Valkyrie seemed poised to regain her title, only for Grace to lock in her Sleeper Hold. Despite the attempted interference of John E. Bravo, Valkyrie had no other option but to tap out.

This was a great Knockouts match, with Grace’s reign benefitting from such a strong defence.

Winner: Jordynne Grace
Rating: 3.5/5


WWE Main Event

Liv Morgan vs Natalya

Liv Morgan has felt neglected over the past few weeks, therefore it was heartening to see her return on Main Event against Natalya.

Morgan dominated the majority of the match, with Natalya getting in pockets of offense. The finish of the match had Morgan counter Natalya’s Sharpshooter into a Small Package for the deserved pinfall victory.

This was a good Main Event match, with Morgan continuing to look like a solid hand in Raw’s women’s division. Working with seasoned veterans like Natalya can only increase her skills in the ring, and as long as she can improve on the microphone, she can be considered a threat to Asuka’s Raw Women’s Championship.

Winner: Liv Morgan
Rating: 2.5/5

WWE Backlash 2020

Sasha Banks & Bayley vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs The IIconics

This match employed a representative from each team in the ring at once, which allowed for the match to stand out. Alexa Bliss was pushed heavily in the match, whilst Sasha Banks and Bayley underlined exactly why they are the current Women’s Tag Team Champions.

After a somewhat frenetic period of the match, Bliss was able to hit Twisted Bliss on Peyton Royce, only for Banks to steal the pinfall victory instead.

This was a solid match, with each team looking strong. Banks stealing the win fits her character, but at least Bliss looked stronger than she had done for a few weeks. This match was a great advert for WWE’s women’s tag team division.

Winner: Sasha Banks & Bayley
Rating: 3/5


Asuka vs Nia Jax

Asuka had the unenviable task of trying to get a good match out of Nia Jax, but this was not possible as the match was an undoubted stinker.

After a fairly even match in which Jax was once again booked strongly, the action spilled to the outside. This resulted in a double countout, therefore Asuka retained her Raw Women’s Championship.

This was just not entertaining at all. Asuka is an absolute delight in WWE, but she is not a miracle worker. It can be seen as a positive that Jax at least didn’t injure Asuka, but it is a damning indictment of her ability when that is considered a positive.

Winner: No Contest (Double Countout)
Rating: 1/5


MATCH OF THE WEEK:
Asuka vs Charlotte Flair

This match was quite simply one of the best Raw matches in recent history, acting as the perfect way to cap off Raw. Both Charlotte Flair and Asuka competed with a fire that is sorely missing from 90% of the roster.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:
Jordynne Grace

Jordynne Grace underlined her dominance over the Knockouts division with a dominant victory over Taya Valkyrie. Grace is the star the division needs, with her victory this week highlighting just how good she is.

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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