Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #305 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #305

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, November 16, 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

Shayna Baszler vs Lana

This served to simply set up the tease of Lana going through the announce table. Shayna Baszler won easily with a Kirifuda Clutch, but it is hard to justify this match taking place at all.

Winner: Shayna Baszler
Rating: 1/5


Asuka vs Nia Jax

It cannot be overstated just how much Asuka is being wasted as Raw Women's Champion. Her reign has faltered over the past few months, but this is down to the dearth of viable opponents for her to shine against.

Nia Jax was not going to break that trend, offering little in the way of interesting offense. It was hilarious to hear Byron Saxton call this a WrestleMania main event match, when in reality, it was not even worthy of the kick off slot to a B pay-per-view.

Shayna Baszler drew the disqualification in favour of Asuka, but quite frankly, I just didn't care.

Winner: Asuka (via DQ)
Rating: 2/5


WWE SmackDown

Liv Morgan vs Natalya vs Tamina vs Chelsea Green

Chelsea Green seemed primed for the victory in this match, but a broken arm shortly into the contest prevented that from coming to fruition.

Liv Morgan and Natalya tried hard to improvise, with Morgan coming across as a badass as she won the match, securing a spot on SmackDown's women's Survivor Series team.

I feel awful for Green, as this could now see her labelled as injury prone.

Winner: Liv Morgan
Rating: 2.5/5


Honourable Mention: Carmella

This was a great segment to underline how Carmella's new character means business. I highly approve of this new direction, as SmackDown sorely needs a strong option to face Sasha Banks that is not called Bayley.


WWE NXT

Toni Storm vs Candice LeRae

Candice LeRae elevated Toni Storm to her level in this contest, with both women putting on a solid performance.

LeRae and Storm had periods of the match in which they controlled the pace, but it was LeRae who was able to steal the victory with a roll up. This was in keeping with her heel character, whilst also giving Storm a loss that doesn't hurt her character.

Overall, this was a quality contest, with both women continuing their upward trajectory in NXT's women's division.

Winner: Candice LeRae
Rating: 3/5


WWE NXT UK

Xia Brookside vs Nina Samuels

This was just bland. In every single manner. Xia Brookside secured a pinfall victory via an Inside Cradle, but it was Nina Samuels who had the last laugh as she hit a Ninagoroshi on the floor.

Come on NXT UK. You can do so much better than this!

Winner: Xia Brookside
Rating: 2/5


AEW Dynamite

Tay Conti vs Red Velvet

I was genuinely surprised by the quality of this match, with Tay Conti evidencing what NXT are missing out on.

Red Velvet appears to be the standard opponent who loses to the flavour of the week in AEW's women's division, but she put in a great performance against the hard hitting Conti. A Gory Special transitioned into a knee shot led to a pinfall victory for the Brazilian.

Overall, this was a good match that actually elevated Conti. Hopefully she can rise up the rankings and challenge Hikaru Shida soon. I also like the internal conflict she had when Anna Jay threw a steel chair into the ring. That was impeccable storytelling.

Winner: Tay Conti
Rating: 3/5


Impact Wrestling

Tenille Dashwood & Madison Rayne vs Havok & Nevaeh

This was an average match, with neither team looking spectacular. It was interesting though to see how mismatched Tenille Dashwood and Madison Rayne were, which led to Havok and Nevaeh claiming the pinfall victory following a a Tombstone.

Whilst not great, it could have been so much worse.

Winner: Havok & Nevaeh
Rating: 2.5/5


Impact Wrestling: Turning Point 2020

Jordynne Grace & Tenille Dashwood vs Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary

This was the usual tag team fare from Impact Wrestling, with no real heat or fire evident during the match.

Jordynne Grace and Tenille Dashwood were unable to form a cohesive team, which is what caused them to fall to a Double Underhook Driver. This match wasn't pretty, fun, or the least bit exciting.

Winner: Taya Valkyrie & Rosemary
Rating: 2/5

Su Yung vs Deonna Purrazzo

Following Su Yung's surprise victory over Donna Purrazzo last month, the anticipation was high for this encounter. Purrazzo has been a star since she joined Impact Wrestling, therefore she should have been the clear favourite, however the No Disqualification stipulation favoured Yung.

The match was extremely entertaining, with the stipulation coming into force many times. Yung looked great, but Purrazzo looked even better as she ended the match with a Costra Nostra Piledriver for the pinfall victory.

This was a good match, allowing Purrazo to regain the momentum she lost when she initially dropped the Knockout's Championship.

Winner: Deonna Purrazzo
Rating: 3/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:
Toni Storm vs Candice LeRae

This was a great match to highlight how strong NXT's women's division is. Candice LeRae was solid as ever, but Toni Storm looked great in defeat.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:
Carmella

I like this new version of Carmella. She seems fired up and hungry, once again taking out Sasha Banks to reiterate the threat she poses in her quest for the SmackDown Women's Championship.

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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