Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #342 | Smark Out Moment

Women's Wrestling Weekly Recap & Review #342

Posted by Dallas Allsopp Monday, August 2, 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

Natalya & Tamina vs Eva Marie & Doudrop

The shameful thing about this match is how Natalya's ankle injury was the most interesting thing that happened. This clearly affected the overall quality of the contest, but honestly, it was never going to be a five star classic. I do hope, however, that Natalya comes back soon and doesn't spend too much time out on the sidelines.

Winner: Natalya & Tamina

Rating: 1.5/5

Nikki A.S.H. vs Charlotte Flair

Where do I start with this match? It was uneven, uninteresting, and gave me no confidence at all that Nikki A.S.H. will be presented as a strong Raw Women's Champion. It was positive that this was the main event, but even the post match promo was poor.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

Rating: 1.5/5

AEW Dark: Elevation

Yuka Sakazaki vs Amber Nova

Squash City!

Winner: Yuka Sakazaki

Rating: 2/5

Thunder Rosa vs Myka Madrid

Squash City!

Winner: Thunder Rosa

Rating: 2/5

The Bunny & Madi Wrenkowski vs Kris Statlander & Tay Conti

Tay Conti and Kris Statlander continued their rich vein of form by dispatching of The Bunny and Madi Wrenkowski, who both offered some decent resistance. As a match that wasn't a basic squash contest, I did enjoy this, and would genuinely like to see what they could do in a rematch.

Winner: Kris Statlander & Tay Conti

Rating: 2.5/5

WWE NXT

Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro vs Franky Monet & Jessi Kamea

As much as I enjoy NXT's women's division, there is some level of apathy shared by some fans for what is essentially the lower to midcard of said division. Franky Monet continues to show some good character work, with the Robert Stone Brand angle coming across well. I just didn't enjoy the offense from Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro, but it was at least an acceptable contest. All four women are capable of better.

Winner: Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro

Rating: 2.5/5

AEW Dark

Red Velvet vs Alejandra Lion

Squash City!

Winner: Red Velvet

Rating: 2/5

Abadon vs Killa Kate

Squash City!

Winner: Abadon

Rating: 2/5

Diamante vs Big Swole

Diamante picked up the admittedly shocking win over Red Velvet this week, with both women putting on an extremely credible performance. Better than the standard Dark squash match, I was pleasantly pleased with their efforts.

Winner: Diamante

Rating: 2.5/5

AEW Wednesday Night Dynamite: Fight for the Fallen 2021

Julia Hart vs Thunder Rosa

Squash City!

Winner: Thunder Rosa

Rating: 2/5

Impact Wrestling

Kaleb with a K vs Taylor Wilde

Not a groundbreaking contest, with Taylor Wilde at least looking strong.

Winner: Taylor Wilde

Rating: 2.5/5

WWE NXT UK

Jinny vs Aoife Valkyrie

Jinny put on a rather impressive performance here, underlining just why she came to NXT UK with a level of excitement, mainly from her days with Progress. Aoife Valkyrie certainly worked hard, but she was unable to capitalise and fell to Jinny. Hopefully this will be the start of some truly memorable matches on NXT UK for Jinny, and not another false dawn.

Winner: Jinny

Rating: 3/5

Stevie Turner vs Aleah James

Unlike the previous match, this wasn't overly exciting. Stevie Turner looked good, but nowhere near the level of NXT UK Women's Champion, Meiko Satomura.

Winner: Stevie Turner

Rating: 2/5

WWE Friday Night SmackDown

Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks vs Carmella & Zelina Vega

This was a clear case of David vs Goliath, with Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks offering much more in terms of ring talent than Carmella and Zelina Vega. Surprisingly, the heels were more than able to take the fight to Belair and Banks, but the overall strength of The Boss prevailed. Whilst the match was fairly entertaining, it was clearly a set up for Banks' heel turn.

Winner: Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks

Rating: 2.5/5

MATCH OF THE WEEK:

Jinny vs Aoife Valkyrie

This was a surprisingly fun match, with Jinny coming across extremely well.

WOMAN OF THE WEEK:

Dakota Kai

Yes, the betrayal of Raquel Gonzalez has been a long time coming, but nevertheless, this was a fun segment that truly put over King Kota as a monster!

MOMENT OF THE WEEK:

Sasha Banks' Heel Turn / Dakota Kai's Betrayal of Raquel Gonzalez

Certainly a week for betrayals, both Sasha Banks and Dakota Kai deserve the plaudits for their successful turns.

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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