Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #329 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #329

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, May 3, 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

Asuka, Lana & Naomi vs Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Rhea Ripley

For what it's worth, I was pleasantly surprised by the level of competition within this match. Despite Asuka and Rhea Ripley carrying the contest in terms of high level performance, the remaining four women worked hard to carry their parts of the match. Shayna Baszler actually looked like her old self, whilst Naomi also had flashes of dominance. Ultimately, it was a Leg Drop from Nia Jax on Lana that secured the pinfall victory, but this was truly all about Ripley looking strong.

Winner: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler & Rhea Ripley

Rating: 3/5

Charlotte Flair vs Mandy Rose

Serving as punishment for Mandy Rose by a disgruntled Sonya Deville, Charlotte Flair ensured her return was marked with a win as she easily defeated Rose with a Natural Selection, despite the suggestion that she would fall to yet another refereeing error. Not great, but also not bad.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Rating: 2/5

AEW Dark: Elevation

Amber Nova & Diamante vs Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami

Once again, Leyla Hirsch and Ryo Mizunami teamed up to put in a solid performance. Diamante cannot tag with Ivelisse anymore as she is no longer under contract with AEW, therefore Amber Nova is admittedly a slight upgrade as a partner. Unfortunately for Diamante, consistency was not present for her and Nova, leading to Hirsch and Mizunami wrapping up the victory. All in all, this was an extremely entertaining and solid matchup.

Winner: Leyla Hirsch & Ryo Mizunami

Rating: 2.5/5

Tesha Price vs Kris Statlander

A much needed squash victory for Kris Statlander.

Winner: Kris Statlander

Rating: 2/5

Big Swole & Red Velvet vs Nyla Rose & Madi Wrenkowski

This was slightly disappointing, with the momentum of the match feeling rather non-existant. Never really getting out of first gear, this was not a great encounter to show off the burgeoning partnership between Big Swole and Red Velvet.

Winner: Big Swole & Red Velvet

Rating: 1.5/5

WWE NXT

Dakota Kai vs Mercedes Martinez

Honestly, I was upset to see Dakota Kai lose this encounter, even though it was via disqualification. Mercedes Martinez does not feel like the right name for Raquel Gonzalez to go up against in the first defence of her newly won NXT Women's Championship. However, the match itself was rather fun, with both women working hard to create an entertaining and intriguing narrative.

Winner: Mercedes Martinez (via DQ)

Rating: 3/5

Toni Storm vs Zayda Ramier

Yes, Toni Storm can afford a loss or two as she fights to overcome Zoey Stark, but this was a mistake. Zayda Ramier isn't bad, but Storm is too good to be losing to her. This match never really got going, which a real shame.

Winner: Zayda Ramier

Rating: 2/5

AEW Dark

Leyla Hirsch vs Renee Michelle

A fun and acceptable squash for Leyla Hirsch.

Winner: Leyla Hirsch

Rating: 2.5/5

Diamante vs Raychell Rose

Whilst not a full on squash, Diamante did enjoy the spoils in this contest.

Winner: Diamante

Rating: 2/5

Penelope Ford vs Ashley D’Amboise

Ashley D'Amboise looked great for the brief time she was in the ring, however, Penelope Ford was never likely to lose. Nor should she have lost.

Winner: Penelope Ford

Rating: 2/5

Kilynn King vs Dani Jordyn

Dani Jordan may have lost this match, but she can genuinely look to her performance as a positive. She worked hard, underlining the clear potential she has.

Winner: Kilynn King

Rating: 2/5

AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite

Penelope Ford vs Kris Statlander

This was a decent match to continue the narrative of a successful return from injury for Kris Statlander, however, it felt more like a contest that would be better suited to AEW Dark. That's not to say that both women didn't work hard, but there was a clear lack of tangible quality here.

Winner: Kris Statlander

Rating: 2/5

Impact Wrestling

Kimber Lee vs Taylor Wilde

Taylor Wilde returned to Impact this week, looking as if she had never lost a step in her time out. A Modified Indian Deathlock was enough for her to secure the win, but the post match shenanigans including Susan and Tenille Dashwood were also entertaining. Overall, this was not a bad segment.

Winner: Taylor Wilde

Rating: 2.5/5

WWE NXT UK

Meiko Satomura vs Aoife Valkyrie

I cannot explain how strong this match was, with both women working hard to put on the single greatest women's match on NXT UK. Meiko Satomura and Aoife Valkyrie worked a hard hitting match with numerous twists and turns, that was until Satomura was able to hit a Scorpio Rising and put Valkyrie away. This was certainly a strong match to highlight that NXT UK's women's division can put on solid matches. The next step is taking the NXT UK Women's Championship away from Kay Lee Ray.

Winner: Meiko Satomura

Rating: 4/5

WWE Friday Night SmackDown

Natalya & Tamina vs Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler

How many times will we get a variation of this matchup? It is absolutely rotten as an athletic contest, with this week's version once again coming across as an pure train wreck. Tamina managed to secure the win for her team following a Superfly Splash, but it was the biggest load of dross that you will watch this week. Avoid at all costs.

Winner: Natalya & Tamina

Rating: 1/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:

Meiko Satomura vs Aoife Valkyrie

Simply the best women's match in the history of the weekly NXT UK show. A must see if you like the British style of wrestling.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:

Sonya Deville

Sonya Deville cemented her heel turn as she brought back Charlotte Flair from suspension. The real question now is whether or not this association will continue, but I do look forward to seeing what Deville can acheive as a heel.

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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