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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 featured Alicia Fox replacing Mickie James as Alexa Bliss’ heavy, and she defeated Natalya in singles action. After the match, Alexa and Alicia took down both Natalya and Ronda Rousey, leading to Kurt Angle announcing that Ronda will face Alicia on the next Raw, marking Ronda’s first match on Raw. Later in the evening, Sasha Banks and Bayley continued showing their bond by defeating Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in tag team action. As for SmackDown, Carmella’s attempt to attack and embarrass Becky Lynch earned her the wrath of the returning Charlotte Flair, who ran off Carmella in defense of her fellow Horsewoman. Not only that, General Manager Paige put Carmella in a match against Charlotte, under the caveat that Charlotte will be added to the title match if she wins. Sure enough, Charlotte made Carmella submit, making the SummerSlam title contest a Triple Threat, much to the dismay of Carmella and (more notably) Becky. More on this later.

On NXT, Shayna Baszler defeated Candice LeRae, and attacked her afterwards. This brought out her SummerSlam challenger, Kairi Sane, who apparently ran off Shayna, only for the sinister champion to attack Kairi. On Impact, Allie and Kiera Hogan defeated Su Yung and her undead bride, only for Tessa to attack Allie post-match. Clearly that issue is not over, despite Tessa defeating Allie, and later on, Scarlett Bordeaux made an interesting impression on a male interviewer, while continuing her quest to bring sex appeal back to women’s wrestling.

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The last batch of Mae Young Classic II combatants were announced, and leading the latest group is none other than Allysin Kay, an indie sensation who most recently competed in Impact as Sienna. Among the many championships she held was the Knockouts Championship, and she has competed in promotions such as Shine Wrestling, Queens of Combat, and Women Superstars Uncensored, where she served as one-third of the villainous Midwest Militia with Jessicka Havok and Sassy Stephie. The latest batch included returning combatants Rachel Evers and Xia Li, as well as the already signed MJ Jenkins and Chilean sensation Zatara. MJ also made appearances for Impact Wrestling, and has competed in Queens of Combat.

There have been many reactions to Charlotte being added to the SmackDown Women’s Championship match, and most of them are quite negative. Many, myself included, felt that SummerSlam would be Becky’s shining moment, something she’s had very few of–other than becoming the first SmackDown Women’s Champion. Becky lost the title in December 2016, and hasn’t really been in the picture since then, and many fans jumped for joy when she got her one-on-one shot. Then Charlotte returned and was added to the match, and now the consensus is that Charlotte will capture the title, especially with Evolution just a couple of months away. Becky appearing to glare over Charlotte being added leads many to believe that she’ll be turning heel after SummerSlam, which could lead to a singles rivalry heading into September’s Hell in a Cell. WWE may not be done tweaking with the title match, as a recent rumor has Asuka possibly being added and making it a Fatal Four Way.

Impact Wrestling’s Katarina on ABC’s To Tell The Truth

I have to mention this. I got caught up on the ABC game show, To Tell The Truth this past Friday, and who do I see on the program but Impact Wrestling’s very own Katarina! The episode originally aired on June 29, and Katarina was featured in the episode’s final challenge, which had the former two-time Knockouts Champion as one of three women claiming to be Gal Gadot’s stunt in the film, Wonder Woman. Of course, she wasn’t, but Katrina looked the part of a very fierce warrior in her appearance.

A new week begins with the penultimate shows before SummerSlam weekend, which will include Ronda Rousey’s Raw in-ring debut! Until next week!

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