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Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which covers everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with the post-Mania Raw.

Evil Maryse 2016

Raw featured Charlotte’s Women’s Championship ceremony, as well as Sasha Banks in action against Summer Rae, but the stand out moment of the entire week came when Maryse made her WWE return, interfering on behalf of her husband, The Miz, leading to his IC Championship win over Zack Ryder. Maryse appeared and delivered a slap to Zack Ryder’s father after his confrontation with Miz, and the couple celebrated the victory together. The evil Maryse resurfaced on SmackDown, re-introducing herself as well as Miz before helping him defeat Ryder again. I was so happy to see Maryse back in WWE; it was, as I stated before, the true highlight of the week. But why is she back? Well, according to reports, Maryse will join the cast of Total Divas next season; one of three new cast members along with Lana and Renee Young.

JadeWomensChampionImpact Wrestling saw Jade capture the Knockouts Championship, doing so by defeating Gail Kim and Madison Rayne in a three-way match. The match was made due to Gail’s tit for tat with Maria Kanellis over crowning a #1 Contender. It was Maria who was the original #1 Contender weeks ago, but she decided to give up her shot and have The Dollhouse all fight for it, leading to Jade defeating Marti Bell and Rebel. Gail decided to have Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne fight for a title opportunity a week later, with Madison winning. As a result, Dixie Carter decided to have both winners face Gail, and Jade’s win came due to Maria’s interference.

Wednesday’s NXT was mainly recaps of Takeover, but the women were in action on Lucha Underground. Ivelisse defeated Kobra Moon in a spectacular match that kicked off the show, and Sexy Star finally faced her fears and brought the fight to the menacing Mariposa. Beforehand, Mariposa was part of a Trios Championship tournament; an odd alignment with her brother Marty the Month, and The Mack, who had his problems with both of them. After their defeat, the siblings attacked The Mack, prompting Sexy Star to come out and finally beat down Mariposa.

NataliaCharloteOther than Maryse’s appearance, Thursday’s SmackDown featured Natalya defeating Summer Rae, while continuing her budding angle with Charlotte. It was on Raw that Natalya confronted Charlotte, and it appears that the Queen of Harts will be first in line for the new WWE Women’s Championship. It’s no secret that Charlotte and Natalya make wonderful music together. I still consider their match at the first official NXT Takeover event in May 2014 as the best women’s match in WWE in the last five years. And it was just a month ago that they had a stellar match for the now-defunct Divas Championship at Roadblock. I do hope that Nattie wins the title; it’s been five years since she was last champion, and Charlotte has been champion for over six months now.

BrieBellaWrestlemania32Speaking of five years, today marks the fifth anniversary of the now-retired Brie Bella’s Divas Championship victory. It was on April 11, 2011 that Brie Bella won the Divas Championship from Eve Torres, and went on to hold the title for two months. Many expected Brie to appear on Raw and give a farewell to the fans, but it was decided that the sendoff at WM was more fitting. Brie is now an ambassador for WWE, and will appear on Total Divas.

A new week begins later tonight! I sense a match between Becky Lynch and Emma looming, after their confrontation on SmackDown. Until next week!

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