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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 and ending with Backlash.

Raw featured Ruby Riott victorious over Sasha Banks, while Bayley watched from backstage, continuing the friction between the two women. Later on, Natalya defeated Mickie James in a grudge match stemming from the events of the previous week, where Mickie continuously went after an injured Nattie. Ronda Rousey was in Nattie’s corner, and Alexa Bliss was in Mickie’s, but Bliss was run off by Nia Jax, who later celebrated in the ring with Ronda and Nattie in a very epic moment.

SmackDown featured Lana backstage with Rusev and Aiden English, telling her husband that something is holding him back. Or possibly someone. Hmmm. Later on, I and other curious fans received an answer to a question we’ve been wondering for a while: Is Absolution no more? After a recap of Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose belittling Becky Lynch was played, the pair met Paige in her office, and when SD’s new GM stated that she would give Mandy Rose her chance, Mandy was led to believe that it would be a title shot. Instead, Paige reminded Mandy that she would face Becky Lynch on the next SD, an announcement that stunned the pair, who assumed that Paige would be in their back pocket. Though they stood strong together on Raw, Paige kindly told her former partners-in-crime that Absolution is no more. SD was main evented by the women, just over one week after the women main evented Raw, and the match saw Charlotte, Becky, and Asuka victorious over Carmella and the IIconics.Image result for Kairi Sane, Shazza McKenzie

Wednesday’s NXT started with Kairi Sane defeating Shazza McKenzie, only to be encountered by her recurring foe, Lacey Evans. The so-called Lady of NXT appeared to want to make amends to Kairi, only to deliver a cheap shot to the Mae Young Classic winner. Later on, Dakota Kai was interrupted by Vanessa Borne during her interview, and Candice LeRae (despite having the welfare of husband Johnny Gargano on her mind) fought valiantly against Bianca BelAir, only to come up short. Thursday’s Impact featured a rematch between Taya Valkyrie and Kiera Hogan, which was interrupted by the evil Tessa Blanchard, who assaulted Kiera after interrupting her interview. Impact was main evented by a brutal grudge match between Su Yung and Rosemary, which Su won while Allie was held at bay by Su’s fellow suicide brides!

Sunday’s Backlash PPV saw a triple dose of women’s action, beginning with more of the drama between Sasha and Bayley. Bayley asked Sasha to be in her corner during her pre-show match against Ruby Riott, only for Sasha to confront Bayley over not being in her own corner on Raw, and stating that Bayley would be on her own. Bayley was defeated by Ruby on the pre-show, and the drama between the two Horsewomen has been dragged out too long for my liking. Something needs to happen. As for the main show’s title contests, both women successfully defended their titles. Nia Jax’s match was first, and after defeating Alexa Bliss, she gave an impassioned speech stating how proud she is not only of being champion, but of being herself and being different and standing out. There’s a report out from WWE that Alexa Bliss may have injured her shoulder during her match against Nia, though it’s not known whether it’s legit or scripted as part of a storyline. As for Carmella, she managed to defeat Charlotte Flair on her own in her defense, and she wasted no time boasting about it on the post show with Renee Young and Peter Rosenberg.

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In other WWE news, it’s rumored that the current angle between Ronda Rousey and Natalya will lead to a match between the two women, with Natalya turning heel to set up the feud. After two years as a villainess (which saw her reign as SmackDown Women’s Champion), Natalya turned face during her move to Raw as part of the shakeup, and it was after her victory over Mandy Rose (who moved–along with Sonya–to SD one day later), she was beaten down by Absolution before being saved by Ronda. The real life friends have been aligned together since then, but rumors have Natalya severing the partnership, with her reasons being jealousy of the attention Ronda has been getting. The rumored match is set to take place at SummerSlam. In indy women’s wrestling news, Kimber Lee (the former Abbey Laith in NXT) will challenge Su Yung for the Queens of Combat Championship on May 19 as part of a double feature for the promotion. Kimber recently appeared for Shine Wrestling, defeating LuFisto via DQ in a Shine Championship match, meaning that she was not crowned the new champion.

A new week begins with the fallout from Backlash, as well as more from NXT and Impact! Until next week!

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