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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.

The week began with Asuka’s Monday Night Raw debut against Emma in a rematch from TLC. Much like the PPV, both women showed out and stole the show, and just like the PPV, Asuka emerged victorious. Much, much more on Emma later, as the night also featured a three way match between Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Alicia Fox, with the winner becoming the captain of the Raw Women’s Team at Survivor Series. Shockingly, Alicia defeated two of the Horsewomen to get the captaincy. SmackDown’s captaincy was decided in a Fatal Five Way match, with Becky Lynch winning by making Carmella submit. This was portrayed as redemption for Becky, as she participated in last year’s match for SD and was the last blue brand female eliminated.

On NXT, the final spot in the NXT Women’s Championship Fatal Four Way was decided in a battle royal pitting mostly combatants from the Mae Young Classic, and a few established members. General Manager William Regal announced that Nikki Cross would be entered in the battle royal; receiving a second chance due to Taynara Conti’s interference in Nikki’s three way match. Nikki gained retribution by eliminating Taynara, and then went on to win the battle royal by lastly eliminating Billie Kay. So Nikki will compete against Ember Moon, Peyton Royce, and Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane for the title at NXT Takeover:  War Games in Houston, which takes place on November 18.

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A huge shocker of a headline broke early on Sunday, as it was announced that WWE had released Emma. Emma was signed by WWE all the way back in 2011, and after some jobber appearances on NXT, she got over in early 2013 with a “clumsy dancer” gimmick. The babyface gimmick led to some elevation on NXT, as well as a history making NXT Women’s Championship encounter with Paige on NXT Arrival in February 2014; the very first of the long list of NXT specials that aired during the first week of the WWE Network’s launch. Emma was later promoted to the main roster, and served as Santino Marella’s last love interest; joining Maria, Beth Phoenix, and Tamina on that list. Emma was nearly fired due to a shoplifting incident that summer, but fan outcry prompted WWE to bring her back.

2015 saw Emma moved back to NXT, where she underwent a steady villainous transformation. Emma’s heel turn was motivated by her belief that her attempts to please the fans got her nowhere, and she attempted to convince Bayley of that as well. In the months following her heel turn, the evil Emma aligned with newcomer Dana Brooke for nearly a year, with the alliance transitioning through Emma’s return to the main roster last year. Emma was sidelined due to injury, and the latter half of the year saw promos for a new gimmick, known as Emmalina. “Emmalina” finally debuted that December, only for her to announce that she was going back to her Evil Emma gimmick. Emma spent most of this year playing a delusional character who believed that she started the Women’s Revolution. She also complained about not getting chances, which was based on real life. Emma’s matches against Asuka served as her last ones in WWE after six years.

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Emma wasn’t the only woman released from WWE, as Summer Rae was also cut. Summer was signed at about the same time as Emma, and she spent time as a ring announcer on NXT before turning heel and attacking Paige. After feuding with Paige, Summer aligned with Sasha Banks to form the “Beautiful Fierce Females” group, which later included Charlotte. She was called up to the main roster in April 2013, serving as Fandango’s dance partner and manager. Summer mostly served as a manager during her tenure, serving as a villainous valet for Fandango, Rusev, and Tyler Breeze. When she did compete, she feuded with Natalya after joining the cast of Total Divas, and engaged in a feud with Layla before aligning with her to form The Slayers. Summer was drafted to Raw in last year’s draft, but had been sidelined due to injury and hadn’t returned to TV since then. In 2015, Summer made history as the first female superstar to star in a WWE Studios film, when she co-starred with The Miz in the fourth Marine film, playing the evil Rachel Dawes.

For obvious reasons, the Horsewomen vs Horsewomen match will not happen at Survivor Series as (supposedly) originally planned. However, after Ronda Rousey’s appearance at the Performance Center was publicized, it was reported that the match will happen, but at WrestleMania 34 on April 8, 2018. Fans (myself included) have been wanting this for several months, and the teases began when Ronda appeared with Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke in attendance at the Mae Young Classic, where they confronted Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Bayley twice. Clearly, Ronda’s group will be the villainesses in this bout, though, I don’t expect them to be overly heelish.

A new week begins with the continued build to Survivor Series weekend, and will feature the final Impact before Bound For Glory! The week will end at BFG in Ottawa! Until next week!

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