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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.

It was a loaded Monday evening for the women, beginning with Sasha Banks defeating Sonya Deville, after which Absolution beat down Sasha. As for Bayley, she was at ringside until Sasha’s victory. Asuka appeared on Raw to address her choice to face SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania, only to be interrupted by Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. This led to Asuka defeating Mickie in a rematch of their encounter in Toronto back in November 2016, and later on, Alexa was backstage with Nia Jax, as Alexa claimed that she planned to have Nia face Asuka. After Nia’s victory over an enhancement talent, Alexa was shown revealing her true colors to Mickie, bashing Nia and revealing that she used her for months. This sent Nia into a rage, but Alexa and Mickie both got out of dodge in time.

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SmackDown saw Charlotte and Asuka in a face-to-face segment just two days after the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble winner made her decision, and later on, Carmella defeated Naomi in a one-on-one contest. Charlotte was in action herself in the Mixed Match Challenge; as she and Bobby Roode defeated Rusev and Lana to advance to the semifinals of the 12-week tournament. The following evening’s NXT saw Dakota Kai victorious against the evil Lacey Evans, but she would later be confronted by Shayna Baszler, who already attacked Dakota weeks prior. This brought out Ember Moon, who opted to defend her title against Shayna once again, this time at NXT Takeover: New Orleans; after which, she and Dakota took down Shayna.

Thursday’s Impact Wrestling saw new Knockouts Champion Allie being congratulated by Kiera Hogan, only for the now-heel Braxton Sutter to attempt to get back with Allie. Looking for a golden ticket perhaps? Later on, Rosemary and Taya had their grudge match, which ended in a double countout. However, the fight didn’t end there, as the women brawled outside the ring, with Taya again on the winning end of the fight.

Today is a special day for me: it’s my birthday! Today also marks the anniversary of a memorable moment in WWE:  the return of Saturday Night’s Main Event, which featured an important women’s wrestling swerve. On March 18, 2006, Trish Stratus and Mickie James were paired up against Candice Michelle and Victoria; Torrie Wilson was supposed to be Trish’s partner, but she was taken out by her former Vince’s Devils cohorts, opening the door for Mickie–whose obsession with Trish reached a breaking point–to replace Torrie. Trish and Mickie were defeated, and after the match, Mickie pretended to respect Trish’s boundaries, before again attempting to kiss her. After she was rebuffed one more time, Mickie brutally attacked Trish, giving us the heel turn we saw coming for months. It led to Mickie and Trish clashing at WrestleMania 22, with Mickie defeating Trish to capture her first of six championships in WWE. So here it is, 12 years later; Mickie is a heel once again with Alexa Bliss, and in the most ironic of twists, she’s part of the bullying of Nia Jax. What occurred on Raw is supposed to be the main thing that leads to an Alexa/Nia encounter for the title at WrestleMania. and that match should be made official on the next Raw.

Raw also saw the announcement of what was then known as The Fabulous Moolah Memorial Battle Royal. Following a video package honoring Moolah, the match was announced, and it was revealed that women from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT will participate. Now, one day after the announcement, there was a lot of backlash, as fans were upset over the Battle Royal having Moolah’s name on it. This was due to immensely unsavory allegations regarding the Hall of Famer, with stories of her that include holding down women’s wrestling, sabotaging her female trainees, stealing their money, and even forms of sexual abuse towards her female trainees. On Thursday, WWE removed Moolah’s name following the uproar, and the match is simply known as the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal. The battle royal was rumored for a while, though it is not known if it will serve as a replacement for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, or if both BRs will happen at WM.

A new week begins with Raw on Monday, as Alexa Bliss and Asuka will face each other. We will also see the continuous build to WrestleMania Weekend from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT! Until next week!

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