Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #289 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #289

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, July 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

Ruby Riott vs Peyton Royce

Ruby Riott entered this match on the back of a tag team victory against The IIconics with Bianca Belair, therefore her confidence was at an all time high. This was increased further as Peyton Royce entered the match without the support of Billie Kay.

The match itself was ok, with Riott looking stronger than she has for a while. She hit a Riott Kick out of nowhere to give her the pinfall victory. This was a good way to keep Riott's momentum going.

Winner: Ruby Riott
Rating: 2/5

Kairi Sane vs Bayley

Kairi Sane entered this match knowing her WWE tenure was coming to an end, so she was determined to put on a strong performance to remind fans how talented she is.

Bayley performed well in this match, gelling well with Sane as they put on a strong match. There were numerous near falls, but Sane stole the victory by rolling Bayley up after countering a Bayley to Belly.

This was a solid match to highlight the strength at the top of WWE's women's division.

Winner: Kairi Sane
Rating: 3/5

WWE SmackDown

Alexa Bliss vs Nikki Cross

This was a great match considering we have had numerous rehashes of the same matches on SmackDown recently. If Nikki Cross was able to win, she would receive another shot at Bayley's SmackDown Women's Championship.

Despite being best friends and tag team partners, Alexa Bliss was not prepared to just roll over. She put a lot of effort into winning the match for herself, only for Cross to secure a pinfall victory following a sneaky roll up.

This was a good match, with the finish coming off well as Cross exploited her friendship with Bliss to lower her guard.

Winner: Nikki Cross
Rating: 2.5/5


There were no new women's matches this week.


Shotzi Blackheart vs Aliyah

This was a brief match, with Aliyah still unfortunately struggling with the crispness of her offense. Shotzi Blackheart tried hard to make the match entertaining, but Aliyah continues to be a detriment to her matches.

Blackheart secured the pinfall victory following a Senton, which was followed by Blackheart running over Robert Stone's other leg. This brought out Mercedes Martinez who brutalised her with a Big Boot. Overall the match was poor, but the post match shenanigans were fun to watch.

Winner: Shotzi Blackheart
Rating: 2/5

AEW Dynamite

Diamante vs Ivelisse

This was an average AEW women's match, with neither wrestler really looking overly strong. Both Diamante and Ivelisse are lesser known talents in AEW, therefore they had a point to prove.

With a fairly even match, Diamante was able to shrug off a close fall from Ivelisse following a Powerbomb to hook in a Cradle and secure a pinfall victory. The finish was flat, with the rest of the match coming off as so so. It wasn't bad by any means, but they could have easily put on a more entertaining match.

Winner: Diamante
Rating: 2.5/5

Impact Wrestling

Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz vs Havok & Neveah

This existed. That is the best description of this match that I can make. Havok and Neveah are presented as this badass team, however they don't feel like that at all. Thankfully this contest was short, with Tasha Steelz drawing the DQ finish by hitting Havok in the back with a steel chair. This didn't really present either team well, as it is usually a hellish trope to use a steel chair, therefore the DQ finish would have come off better if used by Havok. Regardless, this was ok. Nothing more, nothing less.

Winner: Havok & Neveah
Rating: 2/5

WWE Main Event

Bianca Belair vs Jessi Kamea

Another squash loss for Jessi Kamea, who it seems is only good enough for making other wrestlers look good on Main Event. Bianca Belair returned to Main Event this week, but hopefully only for a quick cameo before becoming a Raw regular. Hopefully.

Belair ended the match within 5 minutes, but it is notable that she didn't finish Kamea off as quickly as Shayna Baszler did last week. A KOD was all that was required to pin Kamea, with Belair looking good. It was just a shame to see her back on the C show.

Winner: Bianca Belair
Rating: 2/5

Kairi Sane vs Bayley

Kairi Sane and Bayley work well together, and it has to be agreed that Sane is much safer in the ring with Bayley than she is with Nia Jax. That aside, this was a frankly cracking match, with Sane picking up the admittedly surprising win. It was great to see Sane be pushed once more, even if it will be fleeting due to her reported return to Japan shortly.

Kairi Sane

Simply put, WWE will miss Kairi Sane's presence in WWE. She is an extremely talented wrestler who maybe should have been pushed harder than she was. She performed well this week and reminded fans of how talented she is. Thank you for your WWE tenure Sane. You have really entertained myself and the legion of fans you have accrued over the years.

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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