Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #325 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #325

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, April 5, 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

Naomi vs Shayna Baszler

Simply not a good enough contest to hold two weeks before WrestleMania, this was just not entertaining. Naomi rolled up Shayna Baszler for the pinfall victory, but she gained absolutely no credibility as a result.

Winner: Naomi

Rating: 1.5/5

AEW Dark: Elevation

Leila Grey vs Penelope Ford

Unfortunately for fans, this was an extremely paint by numbers match. Penelope Ford was victorious following a Double Knee Gutbuster, but the clear lack of ring presence was evident in both women here.

Winner: Penelope Ford

Rating: 1.5/5

Alex Gracia vs Thunder Rosa

Thunder Rosa was once again a star here as she controlled the match, but Alex Gracia once again failed to show any clear development. I wish Gracia was able to take on some of Rosa's natural talent, as it is clear there is some potential there. It just needs unlocking as a result of more encounters with established talent. A Thunder Driver from Rosa was enough for a poor victory.

Winner: Thunder Rosa

Rating: 2/5

Leyla Hirsch vs Vipress

This was all about Leyla Hirsch, who once again looked like a star. An Armbar followed a series of Suplexes, giving Hirsch the well deserved victory.

Winner: Leyla Hirsch

Rating: 2/5

Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida vs Jazmin Allure & Tesha Price

Squash City!

Winner: Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida

Rating: 2.5/5

Kilynn King vs Ryo Mizunami

Easily the most competitive and entertaining match of the night, both women worked hard to create an interesting dynamic. Kilynn King tried to absorb Ryo Mizunami's stiff offense, but finally fell to a Top Rope Leg Drop. Overall, this was a fine match to showcase on Elevation.

Winner: Ryo Mizunami

Rating: 2.5/5

Impact Wrestling

Fire 'N' Flava vs Havok & Nevaeh

This was all about Nevaeh turning on Havok, which was admittedly entertaining. The problem was that this made the match seem inconsequential, which is a real shame.

Winner: Fire 'N' Flava

Rating: 2/5

AEW Dark

Jazmin Allure vs Madi Wrenkowski

This was a fair back and forth contest, allowing both women to look effective. Madi Wrenkowski prevailed with a Reality Check, giving her an overall winning record in AEW of 3-2.

Winner: Madi Wrenkowski

Rating: 2/5

Vipress vs Diamante

Diamante looked strong here, which is a real positive as she has potential as a singles star. She won via submission, which drilled home how strong she can be. Now just keep her away from Ivelisse and her reported heat with management.

Winner: Diamante

Rating: 2/5

Big Swole, Red Velvet & Kilynn King vs Vertvixen, Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo

Overall, I found this to be a fun little contest, with all four women looking strong. Red Velvet's light shone brightest, however, as she secured the victory for her team.

Winner: Big Swole, Red Velvet & Kilynn King

Rating: 2.5/5

AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite

The Bunny & Nyla Rose vs Tay Conti & Hikaru Shida

Unfortunately, this match didn't really click for me, which is a real shame as there was a real chance of this contest being a sleeper hit. The Bunny stole the pinfall victory for her team, but this was not an effective manner to build her up.

Winner: The Bunny & Nyla Rose

Rating: 2/5

WWE NXT

Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell vs Gigi Dolan & Zeda Ramir

Squash City 2: Electric Bugaloo.

Winner: Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell

Rating: 2/5

Zoey Stark vs Raquel Gonzalez

This was a hard hitting match designed to maintain Raquel Gonzalez's momentum. Both women worked hard, but the irrepressible Gonzalez was not to be denied victory as she put away Zoey Stark with a One Armed Powerbomb. All in all, this was a spirited match that benefited the overall show.

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez

Rating: 3/5

Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter vs Xia Li

Simply a match to showcase Xia Li's strength, which is not to be sniffed at. She looked strong, whilst Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter lost nothing in defeat.

Winner: Xia Li

Rating: 2/5

WWE NXT UK

Aoife Valkyrie vs Stevie Turner

This was a decent, if unspectacular match to showcase both women. Stevie Turner is the former Bobbi Tyler, and both women tried their best to put on a decent showing. The match was fairly even, but it was Aoife Valkyrie who hit a Flying Axe Kick for the pinfall victory.

Winner: Aoife Valkyrie

Rating: 2/5

WWE Friday Night SmackDown

Natalya vs Shayna Baszler.

Pure trash. Natalya won with a rollup, but there was absolutely nothing to enjoy about this so called contest.

Winner: Natalya

Rating: 1/5

Bianca Belair vs Carmella

Carmella was fired up for this contest, taking the fight to Bianca Belair before the bell even rang. Unfortunately for The Untouchable One, she was unable to overcome the overwhelming strength of The EST of WWE, who hit a KOD for the pinfall victory. Overall, this was a solid and entertaining match.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Rating: 3/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:

Zoey Stark vs Raquel Gonzalez

Fans were not blessed with a great week of wrestling, however, this match was the best of the bunch.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:

Raquel Gonzalez

By completely destroying Io Shirai, Raquel Gonzalez put Shirai's NXT Women's Championship in the greatest jeopardy since she won the title.

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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