Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrecap (name pending). Every week I’ll be breaking down women’s wrestling on WWE and AEW.
This week marked the last week before WWE Survivor Series. Raw has boldly decided to feature Nia Jax, a member of Team Raw’s Survivor Series women’s team, heavily for the past few weeks. She’s the women’s division’s most hated heel. Not because she’s a great wrestler, but because of the multitude of injuries she has caused. You’d think that the WWE would eventually have to acknowledge it. If you’ve been watching Raw you are well aware of the NINE times she’s put Lana through the announce table.
There’s been many conspiracies as to why this has happened so many times. From the WWE purposely trying to injure Lana, to it being a punishment for Miro signing with AEW. My theory is that it’s WWE’s way of showing that Jax can work safely while also trying to get Lana over. That was until the news came through this week that Mandy Rose was injured by Jax, and Rose will no longer be competing in Survivor Series on Sunday. Which begs the question, will this story keep going or come to a head at Survivor Series? I hope it ends sooner rather than later, because I would hate to see someone’s career end.
Anyway speaking for going through announce tables, Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley had a highly anticipated and down right amazing match over on NXT. These two women are in my opinion at the top of the WWE roster and this match really showcased that. Ripley reportedly had 5 earrings ripped out during the match. In the end Shirai, in a move that excited me more than Nia Jax could in 9 weeks, power bombed Ripley through the announce table and maintained the women’s title. NXT’s women’s roster rarely disappoints and this was by no contest my favorite match of the week.
On the same night, AEW women’s division actually had a decent showing on Dynamite. Brandy was attacked backstage by Jade, continuing their feud and dragging out Shaq’s AEW debut. They even had a similar match to NXT, Thunder Rosa vs Serena Deeb for the NWA Women’s championship. While the match was great, I was a little thrown off by a comment made earlier by Jim Ross. While promoting AEW’s “community for women who love wrestling,” AEW Heels. Ross made the mark, “do they do bake sales?” While clearly an off handed comment, it still made me feel kind of weird. It’s no secret that AEW’s women’s roster clearly isn’t taken as seriously as it should be, but I do give them credit for their recent acknowledgement of its problems. It just brought me back to reality and left me wondering what they can do to fix it.
Finishing out the week on SmackDown there were two spots left on the women’s Survivor Series team. One was given to Bayley by Adam Pierce during a backstage promo with Natalya, who was not happy that Bayley was given the spot while she had to earn hers in a qualifying match with Tamina. The match ended after just a few minutes by submission, with Natalya rounding out the SmackDown Survivor Series team.
Later in the show Sasha Banks and Asuka where cutting a pretty entertaining in-ring promo featuring Asuka’s John Cena impression. The two where interrupted by Carmella, who for the third week in a row attacked Sasha Banks from behind. Carmella telling Banks that she “told her to watch her back.” I’m curious to see where this feud goes, though it doesn’t exactly excite me.
Overall this was a pretty solid week for women’s wrestling and we have a lot to look forward to on Sunday. Both of the Survivor Series teams are pretty solid. Raw rounded out their SS team with Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Lacey Evans, Peyton Royce & Lana. With Evans and Royce replacing Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke when they were removed after being injured during an attack from Jax and Baszler. On Friday Team SmackDown finished filling out their team with Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Bayley and Natalya. Hopefully the match won’t feature as much of Raw’s drama as we’ve seen in the last couple of weeks. I’m predicting Team Smackdown wins this one by a long shot. I’m excited for Sasha and Asuka’s match as well, but I don’t want to give a solid prediction for this. It’s going to be a great match either way, but my heart is saying Asuka takes this one. We’ll have to see how wrong I am next week!
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