Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #287 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #287

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, July 13, 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

Sasha Banks vs Kairi Sane

This was an entertaining match, with Kairi Sane looking as if she had never experienced a break from the ring. Her movements were crisp and she gelled well with Sasha Banks.

Kairi Sane locked in a Cloverleaf and looked likely to win, only for Bayley to interfere and cause the disqualification. It was a fitting end to the match considering the ongoing narrative between Bayley, Banks and The Kabuki Warriors, which helped make the disqualification finish mean something.

Winner: Kairi Sane (via DQ)
Rating: 2.5/5

Ruby Riott vs Billie Kay

This was simply a vehicle to show the current plight of Ruby Riott. She had struggled against Peyton Royce last week, yet it was Billie Kay who had her number this week.

Riott never really looked like winning, with Royce distracting Riott long enough for Kay to hit a Sit Out Spinebuster for the pinfall victory. This was an ok match, but it operates better as a means to an end for Riott’s character.

Winner: Billie Kay
Rating: 2/5

Asuka vs Bayley

If Asuka won this champion vs champion match she would earn a shot for herself and Kairi Sane at the Women’s Tag Team Championship next week.

Asuka and Bayley both proved why they are two of the most consistent performers on the roster as they put on a strong and entertaining match. Bayley played up to her heel persona whilst Asuka was able to use Sane to act as an equaliser to Sasha Banks. Sane took out Banks and Bayley to allow Asuka to capitalise and secure a pinfall victory.

This was a brilliant main event, with Asuka once again highlighting how she is the right woman to pick up the responsibility from Becky Lynch of being Raw Women’s Champion.

Winner: Asuka
Rating: 3/5

WWE SmackDown

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs Bayley & Sasha Banks

Despite seeing many variations of this match recently, this contest did not outstay it’s welcome. All four women were on fire, with Bayley and Sasha Banks once again looking a class above the rest of the women’s division.

After a match which slowly gathered momentum, Bayley stole the victory by rolling up Nikki Cross and using the ropes for leverage. Another match, and another fine example of Bayley rising to the challenge of continuing her annoying heel persona.

Winner: Bayley & Sasha Banks
Rating: 3/5

Naomi vs Lacey Evans

This was quite simply the worst segment and match in SmackDown history. The Karaoke Showdown was awful, and this match was even worse. Just awful. Awful, awful, awful.

Winner: No Contest
Rating: 0/5


There were no new women's matches this week.


Mia Yim vs Candice LeRae

Mia Yim and Candice LeRae came to the ring in street clothes which was a great old school touch. Their feud has been intense at times, therefore it felt appropriate.

The action was hard hitting, with both women fighting with a higher level of intensity than we have seen from them in quite a while. LeRae hit a Wild Ride off a table on the top rope onto a pile of chairs in a brutal spot to win the match by pinfall.

This was a violent match which more than surpassed my expectations. Yim looked strong in defeat whilst LeRae looks like a viable challenger to the NXT Women’s Championship.

Winner: Candice LeRae
Rating: 3.5/5

Mercedes Martinez vs Santana Garrett

This was the perfect way to reintroduce Mercedes Martinez to NXT. A squash match match against Santana Garrett allowed her to look strong, with a strong Fisherman’s Buster ending the match swiftly to put the rest of the women’s division on notice.

Winner: Mercedes Martinez
Rating: 2/5

AEW Dynamite

Nyla Rose vs Kenzie Paige & Kilynn King

This was a straight up squash match to reinforce how strong Nyla Rose can be. Mission accomplished, as she looked like an absolute badass! The post match promo itself was rather strong too.

Winner: Nyla Rose
Rating: 2/5

Impact Wrestling

Rosemary & Taya Valkyrie vs Kylie Rae & Susie

There wasn’t much heat to this match, but all four women at least put on a concerted effort to entertain. Kylie Rae and Susie worked well together, whilst there was clear tension between Taya Valkyrie and Rosemary.

Rae was able to isolate Valkyrie, locking in the STF To make her tap out. This was a decent match, functioning well as a way to start the show.

Winner: Kylie Rae & Susie
Rating: 2/5

Jordynne Grace vs Kimber Lee

Despite being a non title match, this was the perfect opportunity for Kimber Lee to stake her claim as a threat to Jordynne Grace’s Knockouts Championship.

Lee put on a credible performance, getting in more offense on Grace than most competitors have in a while. Grace was able to weather the storm though, hitting a Grace Driver to secure a pinfall victory.

This was a great Knockouts match, with Grace once again looking like the strong champion that Impact Wrestling deserves.

Winner: Jordynne Grace
Rating: 2.5/5

WWE Main Event

Bianca Belair vs Peyton Royce

The result of this match was never really in doubt. Bianca Belair has been wrestling exclusively on Main Event, carving out a niche for herself as a dominant wrestler.

Peyton Royce wasn’t much of a threat on paper, and this turned out to be the case during the match. Belair never looked like losing, hitting a KOD to easily secure the pinfall victory.

Whilst not a great effort overall, this was still better than some main roster matches. It’s just a crying shame that Belair is stuck on Main Event.

Winner: Bianca Belair
Rating: 2.5/5

Mia Yim vs Candice LeRae

This was a truly fabulous match, with a level of violence on show that is sorely missing from main roster feuds. Mia Yim lost nothing in defeat, whilst Candice LeRae underlined the threat she poses.

Nyla Rose

Nyla Rose immediately reminded fans why she is a threat to AEW’s women’s division. Not only did she destroy two women, she also set tongues wagging by hinting she has an x-factor in the form of a manager.

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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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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