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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.

Raw was pretty underwhelming for the most part regarding the women. What was supposed to be a match between Sasha Banks and Nia Jax became a brawl involving Raw’s women, with Bayley being the last to join in. Meanwhile, SmackDown was coming off Carmella’s controversial Money In The Bank win, and after careful thought, Daniel Bryan decided to strip Carmella of the briefcase and do that whole historic match all over again! That’s right, a Women’s Money In The Bank match will happen on SmackDown this upcoming Tuesday! Along with that, Lana and Naomi will again fight for the title! I swear, SD is just kicking Raw when they’re down.

On NXT, Ember Moon returned to the ring and defeated Peyton Royce, and later on the program, Sonya Deville–now an established heel–defeated Rachel Evers via submission. On Lucha Underground, we finally saw some female participation in the Cueto Cup Tournament, as Mariposa main evented the program against Fenix. Despite a game effort, Mariposa came up short against the Triple Crown Champion, and we saw some suggested affection from Melissa Santos towards Fenix. Very interesting. On Thursday’s Impact, Laurel Van Ness and Sienna defeated Allie and Rosemary, as the countdown to Slammiversary continued on.

Happy birthday to former WWE superstar Layla Young, who turned the big 4-0 on Sunday! Layla enjoyed a lengthy WWE career, which began with winning the Diva Search in 2006. She was moved to ECW in early 2007 and became part of Extreme Exposé, a dance trio that consisted of herself, Kelly Kelly, and Brooke Adams. Following Brooke’s departure, Layla became a villainess and engaged in a feud with former partner Kelly on ECW, before moving to Raw and later back to SmackDown, where she began her best known role as one-half of LayCool in 2009. She became the final woman to hold the original WWE Women’s Championship in 2010, but 2011 would see Layla sidelined due to an ACL injury, following Michelle McCool’s retirement.

Layla returned at Extreme Rules in 2012; winning the Divas Championship from Nikki Bella and becoming the last woman to have been a Women’s and Divas Champion (until Charlotte in 2016). She served as a babyface throughout 2012, but 2013 would see Layla slowly turn heel against new champion Kaitlyn, with her obsession with the Divas Championship serving as Layla’s villainous motive. Though the original plan was kiboshed, the evil Layla turned against Kaitlyn later in the year, when she prevented Kaitlyn from regaining the title from AJ Lee. Layla spent the remainder of her WWE career as a villainess, including feuding and later teaming with Summer Rae in 2014. Layla retired from wrestling in the summer of 2015.

A new week begins with Raw, and I do hope we get an announcement regarding the Raw Women’s Championship being defended at Great Balls of Fire on July 9. Of course, the centerpiece of this upcoming week is the SmackDown Women’s Money In The Bank rematch, but NXT has a spectacular women’s bout as well:  Asuka vs Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing Match for the NXT Women’s Championship. Until next week!

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