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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 Survivor Series Weekend in Houston!

Image result for charlotte flairOn Raw, the last spot on Team Raw was up for grabs, and in the end, it went to Bayley, as she defeated Dana Brooke and Mickie James in a Triple Threat Match. Bayley joined Asuka, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, and team captain Alicia Fox on the team of red brand representatives. Meanwhile, things were shaken up on SmackDown the next night, as Charlotte defeated Natalya to capture the SmackDown Women’s Championship in an emotional outing that later saw her embraced by her two-time Hall of Fame father, Ric Flair. Charlotte was originally booked to be part of Team SmackDown in the women’s elimination match, but the win moved her to the Champion vs Champion match vs Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss.

 

NXT featured Ember Moon defeating Mercedes Martinez in a match that was made due to Mercedes’ comments about Ember coming up short in title opportunities. On Impact, Gail Kim made her announcement that she will retire and vacate the Knockouts Championship, and it was announced that a six woman tournament will be held to crown a new champion. The tournament will kick off on November 30.

Survivor Series Weekend in Houston kicked off with NXT Takeover: War Games, and it saw Ember Moon finally capture the NXT Women’s Championship in a Fatal Four Way Match! The match was months in the making, beginning with Asuka surrendering the title en route to her promotion to the Raw roster. Kairi Sane was the first entrant announced in the match after winning the Mae Young Classic in September, and a pair of qualifying matches were held on NXT, with Ember and Peyton Royce winning to advance. The last spot was determined in a battle royal, which was won by Nikki Cross. Ember won by pinning Cross, and after her victory, Asuka left her seat in the crowd and presented Ember with the title that she had been fighting for months to win.

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Asuka got down to business the next night at Survivor Series, which saw Team Raw defeat Team SmackDown in the women’s elimination match. The match saw Becky Lynch, the SD captain, as the very first elimination, with fellow Horsewoman Bayley taking her out. SD gained a huge advantage with the eliminations of Bayley (by Tamina), Nia Jax (by countout), and Raw captain Alicia Fox (by Naomi), only for Sasha to later eliminate Naomi. After Asuka eliminated Carmella, she was left on her own when Natalya ousted Sasha, but she managed to eliminate Tamina and Natalya to emerge as the sole survivor. In the Champion vs Champion match, Charlotte defeated Alexa Bliss in a fantastic match that saw both women deliver and give fantastic performances. Also, Maryse appeared in the crowd and cheered for The Miz during the IC vs US Champion match, which Corbin won. Raw won the Survivor Series overall, but the brands split the women’s matches.

Dana Brooke turning heel and attacking Asuka

This past Monday’s Raw saw the return of Dana Brooke’s villainous persona during her Triple Threat contest against Bayley and Mickie James. Dana turned heel when she attacked Asuka at ringside, doing so after Asuka checked on her when she was tossed outside. Realizing she made a major error in her actions, Dana attempted to escape, only for the Empress of Tomorrow to strike back with a spin kick, which ended up costing Dana the match. I had enjoyed Dana as a babyface since her turn in March of this year, though a small part of me wanted Dana to become a villainess again. I had hoped that the PPV would feature a continuation from Raw, with the evil Dana appearing and attacking Asuka, which would have resulted in a brawl and a countout elimination for Asuka. It would have kept Asuka strong and elevated Dana as a heel, but we saw neither hide nor long hair of Dana at the PPV.

Hard to believe, but Sunday marked exactly six years since Paige competed in her final pre-WWE match. Paige, 19 at the time and competing as Britani Knight, was the holder of the British Ladies Championship, and defended the title at the World Association of Women’s Wrestling (WAWW) event, The Return. Paige dropped the title to Liberty, with the loss coming after interference from the villainous Allison Danger, who defeated Paige’s mother, Saraya Knight, in a championship match that evening. Following her match, Paige went across the pond, reported to NXT, and the rest is history. Paige was backstage at Raw in Atlanta, but not used despite teases that she would return and possibly join Team Raw, which would leave Bayley off Survivor Series entirely.

A new week starts with the fallout from Survivor Series on Raw, SmackDown, and NXT! Until next week!

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