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Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up (December 20, 2015)

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which takes a look at all of the goings-on in women’s wrestling, beginning with Monday’s Raw.

CharloteBeckyLynchOne day after cheating her way to a successful title defense against Paige, Charlotte teamed with Becky Lynch against Brie Bella and Alicia Fox. Team BAD (Naomi, Tamina, and Sasha Banks) was shown holding up signs in the crowd, but the main story was Charlotte and Becky, and mainly Becky’s protests against Charlotte’s increasingly villainous attitude, which, as we all know, began with Charlotte’s deceptive victory over Becky on November 30. The surreptitious tactics continued on Monday, as Ric Flair tripped up Alicia during their tag bout, allowing Charlotte and Becky to get the win. The interference happened unbeknownst to Becky, but it definitely made things interesting. More on this later.

The centerpiece of this past week was NXT Takeover:  London, which took place on Wednesday. Airing at an early time of 3PM EST (Noon PST), the event kicked off with Asuka defeating Emma in what was a spectacular match between two alums of the Illinois-based SHIMMER promotion. Now, I’m left wondering what direction they’ll take with Asuka now, because she was shown staring down Nia Jax during her interview, but in an exclusive video on, Dana Brooke, Emma’s partner in crime since April, stated that she and Emma are not done with Asuka. Hmmm. If so, we could see Adrienne Reese (best known as Athena on the indy circuit) make her televised NXT debut as Asuka’s partner.

NiaJaxvsBaileySpeaking of Nia Jax, her title opportunity against Bayley was the last match before the NXT Championship main event. Either outcome would have been fine with me, but I thought that WWE would put the title on Nia, but that was not the case, as Bayley picked up a submission win. First off, let me say that Nia Jax is what the Divas Division needed for years:  a villainous powerhouse with a lot of personality. Before Nia, the closest WWE had was Beth Phoenix, but even she isn’t as imposing as Nia. I do see Nia Jax receiving a huge push in due time, but in the meantime, what’s next for Bayley? Will it be Asuka? Dana Brooke? Or will we see Eva Marie in the picture again. Only time will tell.

Back to Charlotte and Becky. The tension continued to grow on SmackDown this past Thursday, when Becky competed against Brie Bella, doing so after Becky found out about Ric Flair’s interference. Even so, Charlotte appeared at ringside during the match and cheered Becky on. That wasn’t all the devious Divas Champion did, as Charlotte tripped up Brie, and this time, Becky caught this, but she capitalized and picked up the submission win. However, after the match ended, Becky confronted Charlotte regarding her actions, stating that she wants to win on her own merit. Charlotte stated that she wanted Becky to win, suggesting that Becky can’t win on her own. Again, time will tell regarding this angle, but I see Charlotte turning against Becky and becoming a full-fledged villainess before 2016 is ringed in. Either Charlotte will intentionally cost Becky a match, or she’ll flat out attack Becky. Or both; anything’s possible.

MichaelBennett&MariaKanellisNo Knockouts were in action, but websites reported that Mike Bennett and Maria Kanellis are finishing their time with Ring of Honor, and they could be TNA bound. If so, Maria Kanellis will be the latest former Diva to become a TNA Knockout, and she would be part of a long list that includes Gail Kim, Mickie James, Victoria/Tara, Brooke Tessmacher, and Taryn Terrell. Maria has been in wrestling since being part of WWE’s first established Diva Search in 2004, so we’re talking 11 years! She spent five years in WWE, which included being the final Diva to pose for Playboy, but she would never hold a title. Maria has spent the last few years as the heel valet for her real-life husband Mike Bennett, mainly at ROH, and she’d be definitely continuing that role should they go to TNA. However, I would love to see her compete as well, and hopefully go on to capture the Knockouts Championship!

Until next week!

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