Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #315 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #315

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, January 25, 2021

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

Charlotte Flair vs Peyton Royce

This match was punctuated by the arrival of Lacey Evans, who was accompanied by Ric Flair. Wearing one of Flair's robes was a tasteless action, and one that actually took away from the quality of this match. Charlotte Flair worked hard, but Peyton Royce offered little to the contest. Flair won by submission after locking in her patented Figure Eight, keeping it locked in after the match to send a message to Evans. This match was ok, but I would have preferred a more competitive outing.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Rating: 2/5

Mandy Rose vs Shayna Baszler

This match was all about Shayna Baszler beating the piss out of Mandy Rose, which is exactly how The Queen of Spades should be booked. A Kirifuda Clutch secured the submission victory, providing even more momentum as we head towards the Royal Rumble.

Winner: Shayna Baszler

Rating: 2/5

Asuka vs Alexa Bliss

As an athletic contest, this was not a fantastic match. However, it fully deserved it's main event slot for featuring the debut of Alexa Bliss' in ring evil counterpart. Similar to how Bray Wyatt can tap into the powers of The Fiend, Bliss can now seemingly transform mid-match into a darker version of herself. A Sister Abigail secured the pinfall victory, however the future looks bright for Bliss. The only negative here was the apparant lack of respect for Asuka, who looked weak by being intimidated by Bliss.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

Rating: 2.5/5

Impact Wrestling

Kimber Lee & Susan vs Jordynne Grace & Jazz

Despite not being an exciting match, the seeds of a heel turn from Jordynne Grace were well and truly sown this week. Susan stole the victory for her team with a rollup, pinning Jazz after Deonna Purrazzo had hit her with the Knockout's Championship. Jazz taking the pinfall is sure to enrage Grace, leading to a split that will hopefully provide us with some exciting encounters.

Winner: Kimber Lee & Susan

Rating: 2/5

AEW Dark

Marti Daniels vs Shanna

The finish to this match was a mess, as Shanna attempted to pin Marti Daniels after a Tiger Suplex, but her shoulders weren't actually down. The spot was repeated, but it didn't look great.

Winner: Shanna

Rating: 1.5/5

Big Swole vs Alex Gracia

Both women looked great here, with Big Swole winning the match after punching Alex Gracia in the face. It is fantastic to see Gracia featured on AEW Dark each and every week as I feel there is some real potential for her to be a star for the company.

Winner: Big Swole

Rating: 2/5

Ivelisse & Diamante vs Tesha Price & Katalina Perez

This was the standard Ivelisse and Diamante tag team match, however that is not to say it is a bad thing. They controlled the match, picking up the victory after Ivelisse kicked Katalina Perez in the face.

Winner: Ivelisse & Diamante

Rating: 2/5

AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite

Penelope Ford vs Leyla Hirsch

Penelope Ford relied on interference from her fiance to win this match, with Kip Sabian holding on to Leyla Hirsch's boot to allow Ford to pin her. This match was yet another example of the fine heel work from Ford and Sabian, whilst also showcasing the clear talent that Hirsch has.

Winner: Penelope Ford

Rating: 2/5

WWE NXT

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs Mercedes Martinez & Toni Storm

This was the first match from the quarter finals of the women's Dusty Rhodes Classic, with both teams determined to put on a strong contest. Mercedes Martinez and Toni Storm were the slight favourites for this match, but the more experienced team of Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter managed to upset the applecart.

Catanzaro was able to capitalise on some communication issues between Storm and Martinez, hitting a Corkscrew Splash for the pinfall victory. This was a fine match to kick off the women's Dusty Rhodes Classic, and all four women should be proud of their efforts.

Winner: Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter

Rating: 2.5/5

WWE NXT UK

Kay Lee Ray vs Jinny

Kay Lee Ray's NXT UK Women's Championship was on the line here, with Jinny hoping to end the rather dull reign of the Champion. Unfortunately, this match was rather uninspired and mediocre, with Ray taking advantage over confusion with the title to hit a Gory Bomb for the pinfall. The mediocre reign of the Scottish star continues, I'm afraid.

Winner: Kay Lee Ray

Rating: 2/5

WWE Friday Night SmackDown

Charlotte Flair & Asuka vs The Riott Squad

Once again, this match seemed designed to simply allow Billie Kay to cost The Riott Squad the match. In a (not so) surprise development, The Riott Squad appeared to have the win secured, only for Kay to inadvertently distract the referee. This led to the Women's Tag Team Champions picking up the victory. Whilst not a bad match, this could have been so much better.

Winner: Charlotte Flair & Asuka

Rating: 2/5

WWE 205 Live

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs Gigi Dolan & Cora Jade

This was unfortunately a very simple and predictable match, with Gigi Dolan and Cora Jade failing to really make an impression. Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell progressing was the right choice, but there is no way that they can be considered favourites on this performance alone.

Winner: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell

Rating: 2/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:

Asuka vs Alexa Bliss

It wasn't a great week for women's wrestling, however this match was the best of a bland bunch. In terms of athleticism and in ring quality, this wasn't mind blowing. But as a spectacle, it was the most enjoyable bout of the week.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:

Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss' current character may not appeal to everyone, but it cannot be denied that she puts her heart and soul into her performances. Fully embracing the dark side of her character during her match with Asuka was a stroke of genius, and I cannot wait to see if she has a huge impact on the women's Royal Rumble this weekend.

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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