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Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which details everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw and ending with Backlash.

SashaDanaRawThe continuation of the slow fracturing of the partnership between Charlotte and Dana Brooke took place on Raw, with the Women’s Champion ordering her protege to take notes during her match against Bayley, even giving Dana a clipboard. I doubt she learned much, as Charlotte was actually defeated by Bayley. After being slapped by Charlotte, Dana vowed to make things right, and decided to target Sasha Banks, who stated that she had some bad news. Thinking Sasha would be sidelined, Dana went after her, only to be placed in the Bank Statement. Sasha stated that the bad news was for Charlotte, and that she would be after her title. After this, WWE officially announced another title encounter between Sasha Banks and Charlotte for Clash of Champions on September 25. Clash of Champions (formerly known as Night of Champions from 2007-2015) will be the first solely Raw based PPV since the final New Year’s Revolution PPV in January 2007.

The last SmackDown Live before Backlash featured all six participants in the Women’s Six Pack Elimination Match at the episode’s beginning. Becky Lynch came out first, only for blue brand villainesses Natalya, Alexa Bliss, and Carmella to interrupt. After Nikki Bella and Naomi arrived, a six woman tag team match was set for the evening, with Carmella picking up the submission win for the heel side, at the expense of Nikki Bella.

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This Wednesday’s NXT featured the Full Sail debut of Ember Moon, as she faced off against Leah Vaughan. If you’re familiar with the indy scene, then you’ve heard of Leah Vaughan, who previously competed as Leah Von Dutch until late last year. Leah has competed in various promotions in multiple nations, including Shine Wrestling, Smash Wrestling, and NCW Femmes Fatales, the latter two being based in her native Canada. She is the latest among of crop of notable indy women to grace an NXT ring; a list that includes Santana Garrett, Deonna Purrazzo, and Tessa Blanchard.

Lucha Underground was back in action, with Sexy Star successfully defending the Gift of the Gods Championship against Taya. Meanwhile, Ivelisse challenged Catrina to a match at Ultima Lucha Tres, which is months from now. Catrina appeared from the darkness, and quickly accepted.

Thursday’s Impact Wrestling featured tag team action, with Gail Kim and Jade defeating Sienna and Allie, though this was due to Sienna attacking Allie during the match. Clearly, Sienna was still steamed over losing the Knockouts Championship to Allie in such inadvertent fashion, but it appears that Allie has some friends in Gail and Jade, as they consoled her after the attack. As for Maria, she was ordered to defend the Knockouts Championship at Bound For Glory on October 2 against the winner of a battle royal set to take place this upcoming Thursday.

Allie and Jade were in New Jersey on Saturday, competing against each other for Allie’s WSU Championship at Women Superstars Uncensored’s Resurgence 2 event. Allie was successful against Jade, but after her post-match boasting, she was challenged by Mercedes Martinez, who made her first WSU appearance since February 2013, with the match most likely set to take place on November 19.

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Sunday’s Backlash PPV was the first solely SmackDown based PPV since February 2007’s No Way Out event, as well as the first Backlash PPV since 2009. It was also the first Backlash PPV under the Smackdown brand; from 2004-2006, the PPV was a Raw event. Trivia aside, the event kicked off with the Women’s Six Pack Elimination Match, and it ended with Becky Lynch as the last woman standing, becoming the first SmackDown Women’s Champion. The first elimination in this fast paced match saw Naomi oust Alexa Bliss, only to be eliminated herself by Natalya. The Queen of Harts was eliminated by Nikki Bella, who was later rolled up and eliminated by the evil Carmella, who shoved Nikki after the pin. After being on the receiving end of a slap by Nikki, it was down to Carmella and Becky, and in the end, Becky made Carmella submit to the Dis-Arm-Her.

To say this was a long time coming for Becky Lynch would be an understatement. Of course, Becky is part of the four Horsewomen with Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Bayley, but she was the odd woman out for a long time. Despite being established as a top competitor in NXT’s Women’s Division, Becky was the only one of the quartet who never won a title. Charlotte, Sasha, and Bayley each had long reigns as NXT Women’s Champion, and on the main roster, Charlotte was WWE’s final Divas Champion and is a current two time holder of Raw’s Women’s Championship, which Sasha also held. One has to wonder if Becky’s feud with Natalya will be reignited due to this victory.

A new week begins tonight, as Sasha Banks and Charlotte will continue their build to Clash of Champions. Also, we’ll see Becky Lynch with her new title, as well as the crowning of a #1 Contender for the Knockouts Championship! Until next week!

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