Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #323 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #323

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, March 22, 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

Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs Naomi & Lana

Rather than be an entertaining bout between two teams that actually care about battling for contention in the quest for the Women’s Tag Team Championship, this came across as a vehicle for Asuka’s return.

Dana Brooke managed to hit a Spinning Neckbreaker for the pinfall victory, but this match never really got out of first gear.

Winner: Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke

Rating: 2/5

Asuka vs Shayna Baszler

How to ruin a return in one night? Just use this match as a blueprint. Not entertaining at all.

Winner: Asuka

Rating: 1.5/5

AEW Dark: Elevation

Big Swole vs Skyler Moore

Big Swole defeated Skyler Moore in a fair contest, hitting a Dirty Dancing to secure the the spoils. The issue with this contest is the fact Swole should have enjoyed a squash victory here, but at least the match was entertaining enough.

Winner: Big Swole

Rating: 2/5

Tay Conti vs Ashley Vox

Tay Conti once again excelled, defeating Ashley Vox with ease. As fun as it is to watch her dominate, she needs to do something with more substance on Dynamite.

Winner: Tay Conti

Rating: 2.5/5

Dani Jordyn vs Red Velvet

Dani Jordyn and Red Velvet didn’t put on much of a match here, with both women failing to make a positive impression. Red Velvet won following Just Deserts, but in all honesty, I just did not care for these two.

Winner: Red Velvet

Rating: 2/5

Ray Lyn vs Abadon

Abadon. Squash. Entertaining.

Winner: Abadon

Rating: 2.5/5

Diamante vs Layla Grey

Diamante. Squash. Mediocre.

Winner: Diamante

Rating: 2/5

Riho vs. Maki Itoh

Serving as the main event for the first ever episode of AEW Dark: Elevation, both Riho and Maki Itoh put on a splendid contest. The action was frenetic and entertaining, whilst also displaying some of the more hidden talents in AEW’s women’s division, considering how little they have featured on the product as of late.

Riho won with a Double Knee Strike, but both women can come away from this match with their reputations enhanced.

Winner: Riho

Rating: 3/5

Impact Wrestling

Tenille Dashwood, Deonna Purrazzo, Susan, Kimber Lee & Fire 'N' Flava vs Jordynne Grace, Jazz, Havok, Nevaeh, ODB & Alisha Edwards

This match featured way too much chaos to find it interesting, but it served as a way to get multiple storylines featured on the show.

Jazz submitted Kimber Lee with an STF to give the faces some real momentum, but with more time and better direction, this could have been a much better contest.

Winner: Jordynne Grace, Jazz, Havok, Nevaeh, ODB & Alisha Edwards

Rating: 2/5

AEW Dark

Leyla Hirsch vs Savannah Evans

Leyla Hirsch once again displayed her submission talents as she easily put away Savannah Evans. Hirsch was great to watch here, whilst Evans didn’t put a foot wrong in defeat.

Winner: Leyla Hirsch

Rating: 2.5/5

Tesha Price vs Penelope Ford

This was a match that existed. It neither stunk out the joint or came across well, but at least Penelope Ford didn’t let Jim Cornette get to her.

Winner: Penelope Ford

Rating: 2/5

Kilynn King vs Jazmin Allure

This too was a match that failed to make a real impression, with Kilynn King securing the pinfall victory in rather unremarkable fashion.

Winner: Kilynn King

Rating: 2/5

Vertvixen vs Madi Wrenkowski

Madi Wrenkowski put in a much stronger effort this week, defeating Vertvixen in the most competitive women’s match of the night. Vertvixen didn’t look bad, but this was all about Wrenkowski.

Winner: Madi Wrenkowski

Rating: 2.5/5

AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite

Jade Cargill vs Dani Jordyn

This was 110% a trip to Squash City. Jade Cargill impressed as she easily defeated Dani Jordyn, looking like a real threat to the rest of AEW’s women’s division.

Winner: Jade Cargill

Rating: 2.5/5

Britt Baker vs Thunder Rosa

This. Match. Was. Amazing!

I genuinely believe this was the single greatest women’s match in AEW history, featuring a high level of violence that actually justified the use of the Lights Out stipulation. Both women bled, but Britt Baker bled in such a manner that her facial reactions are now iconic.

Thunder Rosa finally secured the pinfall victory by sending Baker through a table in a sick bump, signalling the end to the best women’s match of the year so far. The level of brutality here was matched by perfect in ring psychology. If you haven’t watched this match, do so now!

Winner: Thunder Rosa

Rating: 5/5

WWE NXT

Dakota Kai vs Zoey Stark

Dakota Kai reinforced just how talented she is in the ring this week by elevating Zoey Stark. Both women worked hard to create a hard hitting bout, but it was Kai who looked unbeatable, racking up a pinfall victory following a Go To Kick.

Winner: Dakota Kai

Rating: 3/5

WWE NXT UK

Meiko Satomura vs Dani Luna

Meiko Satomura regained her momentum here with a swift victory over Dani Luna, who offered no tangible resistance at all.

Winner: Meiko Satomura

Rating: 2/5

WWE Friday Night SmackDown

Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax

This was an awful match, with Nia Jax once again looking reckless in the ring. Sasha Banks retained her SmackDown Women’s Championship, but it almost came at the cost of her health.

Winner: Sasha Banks

Rating: 1.5/5

Bianca Belair vs Shayna Baszler

Serving to make Natalya and Tamina look dangerous, this was a piss poor excuse of a match. Both women deserve much better.

Winner: No Contest

Rating: 1/5

WWE Fastlane 2021

Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair

Although this contest was not flat out bad, it was certainly a huge disappointment. However, I didn’t expect much from this contest, so maybe I should go easier on both teams.

Shayna Baszler stole the victory by capitalising on the capitulation of Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. Despite WWE having the opportunity to make fans care about the SmackDown Women’s Championship feud, this match failed to make anyone care about that feud or the Women’s Tag Team Championship.

Winner: Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

Rating: 2/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:

Britt Baker vs Thunder Rosa

This was certainly the best women's match of 2021 so far.

WOMEN OF THE WEEK:

Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa

Neither woman can be separated by how strong their performance was this week, and after the brutality of the match left it's mark on them, both women deserve this week’s accolade.

DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE WEEK:

Sasha Banks' feud with Bianca Belair

Simply put, WWE has dropped the ball on what should have been a fairly easy feud to book.

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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