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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 Extreme Rules.

Raw featured more drama involving Bayley and Sasha Banks, as their counseling continued, all the while, Nia Jax and Natalya defeated Alexa Bliss and Mickie James in tag team action. On SmackDown, lumberjills surrounded the ring as Asuka faced off against James Ellsworth. Though Asuka was victorious, Carmella did get the upper hand thanks to Ellsworth spraying a substance into the eyes of the Empress of Tomorrow. As a result, Paige informed Carmella that during her title defense at Extreme Rules, Ellsworth will be locked in a shark cage and hoisted above the ring.

On NXT, Shayna Baszler found herself confronted by Candice LeRae, who slapped the NXT Women’s Champion, leading to a brawl. Later on, Kairi Sane defeated Vanessa Borne, and staked her claim to the aforementioned title, referencing her Mae Young Classic victory over Shayna. That same evening on Lucha Underground, Ivelisse defeated Joey Ryan to capture one of the seven Ancient Aztec Medallions, putting her one step closer to possibly becoming Lucha Underground Champion. The following night’s Impact Wrestling saw Allie victorious over Shotzi Blackheart, only for Tessa Blanchard to attack her from behind. As a result, Tessa and Allie will face each other at Slammiversary, and speaking of the event, Su Yung continued her haunting mind games on Madison Rayne during an interview.

At Extreme Rules, Carmella managed to successfully defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Asuka, thanks somehow to Ellsworth, who actually escaped his cage. He ended up on the receiving end of another beating by Asuka, only for Carmella to send Asuka head first into the cage for the victory. The Raw Women’s Championship Extreme Rules match saw plenty of chaos; not only from champion and challenger, not only from Natalya and Mickie James, but from Ronda Rousey, who left her seat and went after Mickie and Alexa. Amidst the melee, Alexa Bliss emerged victorious, and one has to believe that Ronda will get a shot at her at SummerSlam next month.

The big news broke on Thursday that former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn would return and participate in the second annual Mae Young Classic. Six more names were announced later on, with one of them being NXT regular Rhea Ripley, who performed at last year’s tournament, marking the first returning combatant. Other names include Nicole Matthews, who is best known for her time in SHIMMER, where she is a former SHIMMER Champion and Tag Team Champion, as well as American Ninja Warrior contestant Kacy Catanzaro. International indy stars Jinny, Vernice Gabriel, and Io Shirai were also announced, totaling seven participants in the 2nd MYC.

Despite Bayley and Sasha’s current angle, neither of them were part of Extreme Rules. The reason is that the plans have the two Horsewomen facing off against each other at SummerSlam on August 19. If this happens, it will come full circle for both women, as they faced each other in Brooklyn three years prior, where Bayley won the NXT Women’s Championship as part of a double coronation, as Sasha was moved up to the main roster along with Charlotte and Becky Lynch. Despite the ongoing fights between the two women, face and heel roles have not been established, making this a very peculiar angle.

A new week and the fallout from Extreme Rules begins with Raw tomorrow, and Impact will have their final show before Slammiversary! Until next week!

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