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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.

Raw kicked off with the epic announcement of the very first ever all-women’s PPV, titled WWE Evolution. The event will feature women from the past, present, and future, and will feature four title matches and the finals of the Mae Young Classic. As for the in-ring action, Sasha Banks and Bayley won in tag team action, and Mickie James defeated Natalya, with Alexa Bliss concerned about her SummerSlam clash with Ronda Rousey. On SmackDown, Carmella ended up tapping out to Becky Lynch, and as a result, the two women will face off for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. And Carmella will have to go it alone, as before the match took place, James Ellsworth got fired by General Manager Paige, for putting his foot in his mouth yet again.

On NXT, pen was put to paper as Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane’s NXT Women’s Championship contest for Takeover was made official, and the program also saw Lacey Evans victorious as well. On Lucha Underground, Ivelisse’s chance to become Gift of the Gods Champion was snuffed out, when she, The Mack, and Son of Havoc lost a three-on-three match to Dragon Azteca Jr., King Cuerno, and Dezmond X–who later faced each other for the championship. The following night’s Impact saw Scarlett Bordeaux’s debut, Tessa Blanchard victorious over Rebel, and Kiera Hogan standing with Allie in her quest to go after Su Yung.

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More names were announced for the 2nd Mae Young Classic, one of the main ones being Karen Q. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Karen Q had been making a name for herself as part of the Women of Honor, mainly by becoming the first woman to defeat Kelly Klein (albeit by countout). Karen later turned heel and engaged in a memorable feud with another MYC combatant, Deonna Purrazzo, which included a victory over Deonna in a grudge match. She later entered the Women of Honor Championship Tournament, but was upset by Brandi Rhodes. I myself am still waiting for another Woman of Honor to suddenly join the MYC: Mandy Leon.

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Karen Q in a photo by Diva

Rumors are circulating that Madison Rayne may join the 2nd MYC. Madison returned to Impact Wrestling earlier this year, originally as a commentator but became involved in an angle with Tessa Blanchard. From that point on, Madison began a “comeback” angle that saw her pick up victories over Taya Valkyrie and Tessa, beating the latter twice, before challenging Su Yung for the Knockouts Championship at Slammiversary. At the event, Madison came up short, and was later placed in a coffin–a perfect way to write Madison off Impact permanently. As of now, the former five-time Knockouts Champion participating in the MYC is just a rumor, but a lot can change.

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Also, this past weekend saw the in-ring debut of Marina Shafir, one of the UFC Horsewomen. Marina competed for the first time in a NXT ring, doing so as a babyface with Nikki Cross as her partner against Aliyah and Rhea Ripley, with the babyface duo emerging victorious. Marina and Nikki had Xia Li (from the first MYC) in their corner, while Reina Gonzalez was in the heel corner. It was originally reported that both Marina and fellow UFC HW Jessamyn Duke would debut, but only the former ended up competing.

A new week begins with the continued countdown until SummerSlam weekend! Until next week!

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