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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 burning question for fans, now that WrestleMania is in the books, was simply: “What’s next?!” WrestleMania weekend saw two new female champions crowned, and one of the two was a new Raw Women’s Champion Nia Jax, whose celebration was abruptly cut by the former champion, Alexa Bliss, and Mickie James. Bliss stated that she has a rematch clause and she’ll use it in due time, but it was at that moment that Nia not only cut off her former friend, she introduced her tag team partner for the evening: Ember Moon! The now-former NXT Women’s Champion made her main roster debut and teamed with Nia in defeating Bliss and Mickie, with Moon’s Eclipse finishing off Alexa. Post-WM Raw actually kicked off with Stephanie McMahon’s attempt to let bygones be bygones with Ronda Rousey, but Ronda wasn’t buying it, and she put Stephanie in the same submission that befell her a night earlier.

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Not to be topped, SmackDown saw Charlotte speak about her career defining victory over Asuka, and she was wondering who could be next. Lo and behold, The IIconics, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, made their main roster debut, and verbally assaulted Charlotte before turning physical towards the champion. Shortly after their vicious assault, Carmella came out and made another attempt to cash in her MITB case, and this time, it was successful, as WWE’s first Miss Money In The Bank became the new SmackDown Women’s Champion! Later on, Naomi was basking in the glow (no pun intended) of winning the inaugural WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, but Natalya’s interruption led to the two of them facing each other, with Naomi winning.

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Elsewhere, Lacey Evans’ attempt to make a statement through Kairi Sane on post-Takeover NXT fell flat, as the inaugural Mae Young Classic winner defeated the “Lady of NXT.” Thursday’s Impact Wrestling was main evented by the Demon’s Dance between Rosemary and Taya, a match that was months in the making. In the end, the Demon Assassin was victorious over Lucha Royalty, and one has to believe that the Knockouts Championship is next on the horizon for Rosemary.

So the first shows after WM saw three NXT women called up: Ember Moon, Billie Kay, and Peyton Royce. Not surprised about the renamed IIconics, as many (myself included) expected them to be promoted for months, with Peyton’s participation at WM being the biggest factor. Regarding Ember, I thought that they would have her get her rematch against Shayna Baszler before a promotion to the main roster, but Ember being on the Raw brand could be very interesting. The same could be said for the IIconics, as they could make a major impact on SmackDown.

Also, this week saw Paige finally announce what we all figured for months: she has to retire. Paige made her heartfelt and emotional announcement on Raw this past Monday, fittingly in the same city (New Orleans) where she was called up and won the Divas Championship on her first night. Paige suffered a career threatening neck injury at a live event months ago, and it was reported as being severe enough to keep Paige from continuing as a wrestler. She thanked the fans for supporting her, and gave special shoutouts to Edge (who announced his retirement publicly seven years ago) and Daniel Bryan (who did the same two years ago but is now back in action). In a huge surprise, Paige resurfaced on SmackDown and was announced as the blue brand’s new General Manager, replacing Bryan. Paige joins Stephanie McMahon, Vickie Guerrero, and AJ Lee on the short list of female GMs, and she’s acting as a babyface in her current role.

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Which brings us to the Superstar Shake-Up? Who’s going from Raw to SmackDown and vice versa? A thought I had was Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville possibly going to SD, which could make Paige a heel again and have her be in Absolution’s back pocket, but the call-up of The IIconics, IMO, will most likely keep Paige’s former allies on Raw. Even so, other women could be switched. Bliss taking the pin in the tag match could mean a return to the blue brand, though she does have a title rematch waiting for her. Maybe Bayley or Sasha go to SD, maybe Becky Lynch or Charlotte go to Raw. In any event, the Superstar Shake-Up should be very, very interesting!

It all takes place this upcoming week, as well as another edition of NXT and the last Impact before the Redemption PPV! Until next week!

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