Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #331 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #331

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, May 17, 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, Nia Jax, & Shayna Baszler vs Asuka, Mandy Rose, & Dana Brooke

I was bitterly disappointed with this match, as it felt inconsequential when compared to the appearance of Alexa Bliss halfway through the contest. When the attention is on Bliss and her friend Lilly, fans have no reason to care about the action going on in the squared circle. Very disappointing.

Winner: Asuka, Mandy Rose, & Dana Brooke

Rating: 1.5/5

Rhea Ripley vs Asuka

Rhea Ripley completely underlined how dangerous she is by destroying Asuka, winning in a manner that was cleaner than I had anticipated. Both women worked hard to create a sense of intrigue to their match, which genuinely contributed to a better than average episode of Raw. One Riptide was all it took for Ripley to put herself in the driver's seat for WrestleMania Backlash, with Charlotte Flair looking on with a sense of reverance and fear.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Rating: 3/5

AEW Dark: Elevation

Thunder Rosa vs Renee Michelle

Squash City.

Winner: Thunder Rosa

Rating: 1.5/5

Leyla Hirsch vs Dani Jordyn

Squash City 2: Electric Buggaloo.

Winner: Leyla Hirsch

Rating: 1.5/5

Jade Cargill vs Reka Tehaka

Yet another mediocre squash.

Winner: Jade Cargill

Rating: 1.5/5

Britt Baker vs Raychell Rose

Another squash, but this one at least felt useful in building up Britt Baker for her tilt at the AEW Women's Championship.

Winner: Britt Baker

Rating: 2/5

Tay Conti vs Madi Wrenkowski

Yet another squash. I miss competitive matches on Elevation.

Winner: Tay Conti

Rating: 2/5

WWE NXT

Raquel Gonzalez vs Mercedes Martinez

This contest was much better than I expected, purely due to the relative inexperience of both women. Raquel Gonzalez has settled in as NXT Women’s Champion, which was evident with the calm and measured approach to this matchup. Her patented Powerbomb ended proceedings, but both women can be happy with their efforts.

Winner: Raquel Gonzalez

Rating: 3/5

AEW Dark

Willow Nightingale vs Diamante

Willow Nightingale once again came across as a terrible wrestler. One to miss.

Winner: Diamante

Rating: 1/5

Nyla Rose vs Ashley D’Amboise

Squash City.

Winner: Nyla Rose

Rating: 1.5/5

Kris Statlander vs Julia Hart

This was a squash match done right, as Julia Hart at least good in defeat.

Winner: Kris Statlander

Rating: 2/5

Big Swole & Red Velvet vs MK Twins

This was a welcome breath of fresh air as we had a competitive contest, with MK Twins looking strong in defeat. Big Swole and Red Velvet deserved the victory, but they had to work for it. Not a bad effort overall.

Winner: Big Swole & Red Velvet

Rating: 2.5/5

AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite

Thunder Rosa vs Jazmin Allure

Thunder Rosa used this contest as a vehicle to underline how much of a threat she poses to Serena Deeb's NWA Women's Championship. I love to see Rosa fired up, and Jazmin Allure genuinely stood no chance here.

Winner: Thunder Rosa

Rating: 2/5

Impact Wrestling

Rosemary vs Havok

Whilst Rosemary was the better performer in this match, the spoils went to Havok. This isn’t the worst thing, admittedly, as Havok has shown some real improvement in the ring.

Winner: Havok

Rating: 2.5/5

WWE NXT UK

Isla Dawn vs Emilia McKenzie vs Dani Luna vs Meiko Satomura vs Jinny

Granted, the opening section of this match was poor, but it really started to heat up once Meiko Satomura joined. It was clear she was going to win this contest and go on to face Kay Lee Ray, but it was at least an interesting match. The post match actions were great, with Kay Lee Ray using the respect shown by Satomura against her, delivering a Superkick heard all around the UK.

Winner: Meiko Satomura

Rating: 3/5

WWE Main Event

Nikki Cross vs Naomi

It was lovely to see Nikki Cross return to the ring this week, with the Scottish star proving she can more than go in a WWE ring. It was even better to see her defeat Naomi, who has been quite established on Raw as of late. A Twisting Neckbreaker was enough for the much needed pinfall victory.

Winner: Nikki Cross

Rating: 2.5/5

WWE Friday Night SmackDown

Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs Natalya & Tamina

This was only just a step above the standard match these two teams usually have, but commentary tried their best to make it seem important. Natalya and Tamina have now ended the largely uninspiring reign of Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, but I fear we will have more rematches before a better team is considered for the Women's Tag Team Championship.

Winner: Natalya & Tamina

Rating: 2/5

WWE WrestleMania Backlash 2021

Bianca Belair vs Bayley

Admittedly, this match had the potential to be a stinker, if only due to the fact that the build has been pretty piss poor. But thankfully, both women worked hard to put on an entertaining contest. Bianca Belair managed to outwit Bayley by using her braid in a pinfall for the victory, which has done wonders for the credibility of the fledgling SmackDown Women’s Champion. All in all, this was a solid bout.

Winner: Bianca Belair

Rating: 3/5

Rhea Ripley vs Asuka vs Charlotte Flair

Easily one of the more intriguing contests of the night, I was highly excited by the prospect of Rhea Ripley firmly planting her flag into the women’s division on Raw. She did just that, pinning Asuka to retain her Raw Women’s Championship, whilst also showing just how canny and wise she is to outwit Charlotte Flair. Although Asuka taking the pinfall twice in one week is bad, it does at least appear that we will get Ripley vs Flair at Hell in a Cell.

Winner: Rhea Ripley

Rating: 4/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:

Rhea Ripley vs Asuka vs Charlotte Flair

This was a stunning match to watch, with all three women coming across as absolute stars.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:

Rhea Ripley

Pinning Asuka twice in one week, whilst also outwitting Charlotte Flair in a title match is no easy feat!

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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