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Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

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

With WWE entering the brief month of February, this past Monday’s Raw revealed the five challengers in WWE’s very first Women’s Elimination Chamber. We knew that Alexa Bliss (despite her attempted protests) will be defending inside the Chamber; that was announced the day after the Rumble. Her five challengers are Mickie James, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville. This left many (myself especially) asking, “What about Nia Jax?!” Nia will be facing Asuka at the event, and if she wins, she’ll have an opportunity at the Raw Women’s Championship. As for Raw’s in-ring action, Bayley was defeated by Asuka, and Nia defeated an enhancement talent, while also proclaiming that she’ll defeat Asuka.

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Tuesday’s SmackDown saw Charlotte defeat Liv Morgan, while revealing her plans to take down the Riott Squad one-by-one. Speaking of Mandy Rose, she made an impression as Goldust’s partner in the Mixed Match Challenge, but they were defeated by Jimmy Uso and Naomi. They were the first SD duo to actually win a MMC match; the other three matches were won by Raw teams. Rusev and Lana came out and proclaimed themselves as the top married team in WWE, and they stated that they’ll prove it when they face Bayley and Elias in Week 5.

On NXT, Shayna Baszler continued making her case for the NXT Women’s Championship, while Candice LeRae again followed the words of the late Tammy Wynette, and stood by her man, Johnny Gargano, as he was confronted by Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega. As for in-ring action, Bianca BelAir won her match against an enhancement talent, and in near record time. The following evening’s Impact saw Kiera Hogan face Laurel Van Ness again, this time for the title, but with Laurel winning. Hania defeated Amber Nova in singles action, and she was taken down by Rosemary.

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This past Saturday, Celeste Bonin (the former Kaitlyn in WWE) competed in her first match since January of 2014, doing so at the Florida-based Coastal Championship Wrestling promotion. At their Breaking Chains event, Celeste was introduced under her real name and competed in the main event against Rachael Ellering, who is one of the names from the Mae Young Classic. Celeste received “You still got it!” chants from the crowd, and as the match progressed, Rachael adopted a bit of a vicious heel persona; mainly being portrayed as someone who didn’t want to be upstaged by Celeste. The former Divas Champion emerged victorious with a spear, but not before she put Rachael through a table!

This was the week for former WWE stars to make impacts, as Tenille Dashwood (the former Emma) made her Ring of Honor debut and teamed with Mandy Leon in a winning effort against Stacy Shadows and Kelly Klein. Tenille was announced as the final entrant in the highly anticipated Women of Honor Championship tournament, with Stacy Shadows being her first round opponent. Mandy will face off against Impact Wrestling Knockout Madison Rayne, and Kelly Klein will compete against Bonesaw Brooks.

Back to Nia Jax. Many of us expected Nia to be in the first Women’s Chamber Match; after all, it was made for her. Nia stands at 6′ and weighs about 250, so she can definitely take bumps in that Chamber. Plus, Nia has clearly been underutilized in the near three years she’s been in WWE, having only received two PPV title shots since her main roster call-up. Now according to reports, there are rumors that Nia actually will challenge for the Raw title at WrestleMania, with those same reports stating that Asuka will jump ship and go after Charlotte and the SD title. As for Ronda Rousey, there are still reported plans for her and Stephanie McMahon to face each other in a mixed tag at WM, with Ronda’s partner (hopefully) being The Rock.

A new week begins with Raw and the countdown to the Elimination Chamber PPV continuing on! Until next week!

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