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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 Money in the Bank.

Raw featured a triple dose of women’s action, beginning with Natalya defeating Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, and Ember Moon in a four-way match. Later on, Ruby Riott defeated Bayley in singles action, and a confrontation between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey ended with Ronda placing Nia in the armbar submission. On SmackDown, what was supposed to be a summit featuring the blue brand’s MITB participants turned into an announced eight woman tag team match when Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and The IIconics got involved. It became a 10-woman match when Paige added Carmella and Asuka, and it would be Asuka making Carmella submit for the victory.

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On NXT, Shayna Baszler and Nikki Cross went face to face just days away from their title confrontation, and later on, Bianca BelAir defeated Aliyah, and later interrupted Dakota Kai’s interview, leading to a match set for the next NXT. Lucha Underground returned with Aztec Warfare, with Mariposa as a participant, while Catrina and Kobra Moon made their presences felt. As for Impact, Tessa Blanchard defeated Kiera Hogan in a No Disqualification match.

At Takeover in Chicago, Shayna Baszler defeated Nikki Cross in a very entertaining bout to hold on to the NXT Women’s Championship. It was a match that saw Nikki use her manic demeanor in an attempt to disrupt Shayna’s flow, but she ended up on the receiving end of Shayna’s submission, opting to sleep instead of tap, while still smiling after her defeat. As for Money in the Bank the following night, Alexa Bliss climbed the ladder and became WWE’s second-ever Miss Money in the Bank, outlasting Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Natalya, Ember Moon, Naomi, and Lana.

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Regarding the events title contests, Asuka appeared to have Carmella beaten when all of a sudden, someone donning Asuka’s attire came out and provided an odd distraction. When the mask was removed, the person was revealed as none other than James Ellsworth, the longtime confidant of Carmella, making his return to WWE after several months. The distraction led to Carmella actually pinning Asuka, joining Charlotte Flair on that short list of women who have pinned Asuka in a WWE ring. As for the Raw title, a hard fought battle between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey ended with Alexa assaulting both combatants with her newly won case, and after this, she quickly cashed in and defeated Nia to win her fifth overall championship. Let’s stay on that, shall we?

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Many people were upset with Alexa winning MITB, and were even more upset when she cashed in and won the title. The list of people outraged at this includes this intrepid writer. I don’t get it. Alexa has been on WWE’s main roster for just under two years and she has been champion five times already. WWE couldn’t even let the title breathe for two months before giving it back to Alexa. And it amazes me that the main complaint had WWE being accused of centering the Women’s Division around the Horsewomen. Charlotte will be taking time off after the PPV, Bayley’s getting underused, they won’t let Sasha have an actual fulfilling title reign, and Becky Lynch (who was the proverbial bridesmaid in all three Women’s MITB matches) hasn’t been champion in almost two years. Come on now.

Speaking of Becky, as I said before, she has been in all three MITB matches, and they have all ended the same way: with Becky within reach of the briefcase and having it taken away. Now, one has to think that enough is enough for the Lass Kicker; we heard it in her promo this past Tuesday. She had been starting statements with “I was” for too long, she wants to start saying “I am” again, but that chance was once again taken from her at MITB. Now it was a member of the Raw roster that took it from her, but even so, she could still take it out on someone from SmackDown. Who should that someone be? None other than Charlotte. As I stated before, Charlotte will take time off after the PPV, so it would mark the perfect time for Becky to have enough and turn heel with a vicious assault to her longtime friend, with the claim that it was Charlotte’s fault that she lost.

We will see what happens, as a new week begins with the aftermath of MITB! Until next week!

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