Women of the WWE – weekly round-up – w/b February 26

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Amanda covers NXT and WWE's Women's Division for Kayfabe Today.
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Welcome to this week’s round-up of all the action from WWE’s women’s divisions. With the final PPV before WrestleMania taking place this weekend, everything has that build to ‘Mania weekend feel to it. But, RAW need to get through Fastlane first, so let’s start with the build to that.

 

RAW

Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair def Bayley and Sasha Banks

This match was billed as Sasha Banks and Bayley versus Charlotte Flair and Dana Brooke. Flair and Brooke were first out. Flair said she was surprised at Bayley for being selfish and not giving the title back, then said she’d known Bayley was like this the whole time. Bayley didn’t care how she won the title, she didn’t mind if she cheated… and so on. Eventually Bayley’s music hit and she made her way to the ring.

Bayley said that now she’s achieved one dream she’s moving on to the next one. And her next dream is walking into WrestleMania as champion.

Sasha Banks came out at that point and said Bayley was everything Flair wants to be and more deserving than Flair will ever be. It all got a bit playground insults, then she reminded Flair that they had a tag team match due to start now. Flair agreed but said that it was not Dana Brooke who would be her tag partner, but Nia Jax. Dana Brooke looked like a kicked puppy as Jax’ music hit, but she stuck around as the match got underway.

Charlotte Flair let Nia Jax tenderise both Sasha Banks and Bayley before she got anywhere near the action. Bayley and Banks work fairly well together, with frequent tags and clever use of their speed and agility. But, as ever, Jax just powered through them for the most part. When Flair got in things were more even, but these women have faced each other a lot, and I just felt like I’d seen this match before.

Dana Brooke tried to grab Bayley’s leg from outside the ring and missed, then took a Bayley to belly on the outside when Bayley threw Flair out and followed her. That was enough for both Brooke, who went to the back, and Flair, who tagged Jax back in.

It was a decent length match, and everyone got what they needed to out of it, I’d even go so far as to say it was pretty good. But RAW really needs some new blood in the women’s division now.

In the end, Nia Jax pinned Bayley following a guillotine leg drop.

Backstage Sasha Banks said no-one deserved it more than Bayley, Bayley said she needed eyes on the back of her head to look for Flair’s dirty tricks. Banks said she wouldn’t have to worry because she’ll be in her corner. Stephanie McMahon came over and, after accusing Banks of spotlight stealing or lacking faith in Bayley’s abilities, revealed that Sasha Banks will have a match with Nia Jax at Fastlane.

 

SmackDown

Becky Lynch def Mickie James – Two falls to One

The opening segment of SmackDown this week was Miz TV, featuring John Cena. Not obviously a women’s division segment, but it was the clearest indicator yet that Nikki Bella and John Cena vs Miz and Maryse will be happening, presumably at WrestleMania. After Miz and Cena did their trash talking (excellent segment by the way, do give it a watch) Maryse accused Cena of having a big ego and a small package, and slapped him. Cena laughed and told her she’d made the biggest mistake of her life. Nikki Bella’s music hit and Bella ran down to the ring. Miz and Maryse were out of harm’s way by the time she got there, but she grabbed a mic and said, ‘You mess with my man, I’m gonna break you bitch, you hear me?’ Much as I have a personal dislike of mixed tag matches, this one might just be fun to watch.

Becky Lynch vs Mickie James – Two out of Three Falls match.

I like these two together, I feel like I’m watching a wrestling match more than a spectacle. I’m not a fan of the ‘straight fire’ stuff but I’ll happily overlook it (in the same way I like Roman Reigns but hate the superman punch). The majority of the match took place before any falls were recorded, and it was all good.

Mickie James got the first fall, via pin, following a DDT

Becky Lynch got the second fall soon after, via pin, from a roll-up

Alexa Bliss made her way to the ring and climbed onto the apron to distract the referee while Lynch had James covered. Lynch went to talk to the referee, stepped out of the way when James tried to attack her from behind, and James knocked Bliss off the apron.

Mickie James went for a fast roll-up, Lynch got out of it and applied the Dis-Arm-Her and Mickie James tapped out to give Lynch the third fall, and win, via submission.

In a backstage interview, Alexa Bliss first called out Dasha Fuentes for asking her about Becky Lynch instead of her title win last week, then gave an excellent fake Oscar’s style speech before being interrupted by Natalya. Natalya dismissed Fuentes compared herself and Bliss for a bit, then said it was all about Bliss, until she takes the title from her.

Natalya inserting herself into the title picture makes sense for her. The feud with Nikki Bella must be over, or near enough, especially with Bella apparently cutting back significantly after WrestleMania. There is no natural feud for Natalya to step into, so putting herself in the mix for the title seems like her only option.

After a truly excruciatingly cringe-inducing backstage segment It was announced that Nikki Bella and John Cena will face Carmella and James Ellsworth on next week’s show. I just don’t know what to say about that.

 

NXT

Asuka (C) def Peyton Royce to retain the NXT Women’s Championship

Peyton Royce has stepped up a lot in the NXT women’s division. She gave herself a credible chance in this match by injuring Asuka’s shoulder, slamming it against the ring post. With the champion weakened they were much more on a level and it turned into a decent match. It was always unlikely that Asuka’s record breaking undefeated streak was going to end on a standard episode though. The finish came via the Asuka lock as so many finishes have before.

The match was great, well worth watching, but most interesting was the post-match shenanigans. Billie Kay attacked Asuka after the bell and the double team beat-down started. When Royce and Kay started trying to inflict further damage on Asuka’s shoulder, Ember Moon intervened. She dealt with Royce and Kay then stood toe to toe with Asuka as the champion acknowledged her help. As Asuka started to walk away she turned back and they had a little stare down while Asuka held the belt aloft.

Finally, Asuka versus Ember Moon is drawing closer. It’s taken much longer than I expected it to, but I think it will be worth the wait.

 

Main Event

No women’s division action on Main Event again this week.

 

Fastlane Preview and Predictions

Bayley (C) vs Charlotte Flair – RAW Women’s Championship match

Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax

The RAW women’s division can only sustain two women’s matches in its current state, so it’s good that we’re getting both of them. In coming months, it is to be hoped that the roster will grow enough for three, but two is still better than one.

Bayley (C) vs Charlotte Flair – RAW Women’s Championship match

I really don’t want them to do the same thing with Bayley’s title run that they did with Sasha Banks, ie. Win on RAW, lose on PPV, repeat. But Charlotte Flair’s PPV winning streak is quite incredible now, and I really can’t see it ending at a minor PPV like Fastlane. Especially not with WrestleMania less than a month away now. I think Flair wins here and probably walks into WrestleMania as the champion.

Prediction: Charlotte Flair

Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax

The last time they fought on PPV it was little more than a squash match. I don’t think it will be so clear cut this time round. I do, however, think the result will be the same. Sasha Banks heel turn is coming, it’s got to be on the cards and I think she needs to hit a real low point first. And Nia Jax needs the win to insert herself more fully into the title picture. I can’t see any other outcome (but my track record is, admittedly, not great).

Prediction: Nia Jax

 

That’s it for another week. I’ll be back next week with the Fastlane results, and everything else from WWE’s women’s divisions. In the meantime, if there is anything you’d like me to cover, or anything you want to discuss, tweet me @manda_why.

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