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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.

Coming off a Backlash PPV that saw both Women’s Championships successfully defended, the theme for both Raw and SmackDown was the Money in the Bank PPV, which will take place in five weeks. The event will feature the third-ever Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match, due to a rematch of the first taking place over a week after last year’s event. With PPVs being dual-branded yet again, the MITB matches are competed in the same format, with Raw and SmackDown featuring qualifying matches. On Raw, former NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon defeated Ruby Riott and Sasha Banks in a Triple Threat Match to become the first to qualify, while Charlotte Flair defeated Peyton Royce on SmackDown to make her first appearance in the Women’s MITB match. Also on SmackDown, Mandy Rose picked up a huge upset victory over former SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, despite Paige banning Sonya Deville from appearing in Mandy’s corner.

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On NXT, Dakota Kai defeated Vanessa Borne in a match made due to their confrontation on the previous week’s show. Speaking of confrontations, NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler appeared after the match and took down Vanessa, while Dakota ran off, still fearful of the evil and sadistic Queen of Spades. The following evening’s Impact featured no women’s action, but it included a pair of vignettes:  one with Tessa Blanchard detailing her career and her drive to take over the Knockouts Division, and one with Allie receiving an ominous message from Su Yung.

A recent report revealed that Ronda Rousey is scheduled to wrestle at Money in the Bank on June 17, but her opponent has not been announced. Ronda, as we all know, made her highly anticipated WWE debut at this year’s Royal Rumble, and her in-ring debut came at WrestleMania last month; a victorious effort with Kurt Angle as her partner against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Unlike Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey has been appearing on Raw on a near-weekly basis, and even gets physically involved. Regarding her latest PPV bout, though nothing’s official, one has to figure that Ronda will be in tag team action again, this time with Natalya as her partner against Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. This would stem from the day of the Superstar Shakeup, where Ronda came to Natalya’s aid and did so again when Mickie James was targeting the Queen of Harts.But, as most of you saw on the latest edition of Monday Night Raw that Rousey will actually face Nia Jax for the Women’s Title.

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It was announced that Total Divas will be back for two more seasons, and the eighth season will bring back Paige as a regular cast member. Paige was part of the cast between Seasons Three and Six, and one would believe that the show would follow Paige’s return and her injuries that led to her retirement last month. Paige currently serves as SmackDown’s babyface General Manager; a role she began portraying in post-WM SmackDown. Also joining the cast is Sonya Deville, who has been part of the main roster for only six months now. Other than her journey to WWE, TD viewers will also learn more about Sonya’s MMA background, and her making history as WWE’s first openly gay female competitor. Plus we’ll also see her close friend Mandy Rose more often; Mandy was a regular cast member during Season Five.

A new week begins with more Women’s MITB qualifying matches on Raw and SmackDown, plus more from NXT and Impact! Until next week!

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