Welcome to this week’s round up of all the action from WWE’s women’s divisions. WWE didn’t take the week off, so we’ve got a full week of programming to go through. Last column of the year, so let’s dive straight in.
Absolution def Bayley, Sasha Banks and Mickie James
They played a video package for the Royal Rumble match announcement, with added comments from the current roster, and tweets from people reacting to it. It looked to be the same one they played on last week’s SmackDown and Main Event.
Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James were serenaded by Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel singing a Mizmas carol. The less said about that the better, but it happened.
Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James vs Absolution
Sonya Deville got a good chunk of this match, against Bayley and Sasha Banks. Considering she also had a (pre-taped) title match on NXT this week something tells me WWE are really trying to get her established as a big threat. Mandy Rose got some in-ring time, it’s just a shame that commentary were so focused on what Rose looks like, rather than her ability. Sasha Banks took an awful lot of punishment from the whole of Absolution
I know the introduction of Absolution (and the Riott Squad on SmackDown) has been flawed in some ways, but it has opened up a lot of possibilities for new matches. Paige versus Bayley is one of those possibilities, and we got a look at it for the final section of the match. I like it as a potential feud, there’s a lot of potential there.
Of course, there was a brawl in the match, and it contributed to the result, at least in the sense of making sure there was no-one to break the pin. Bayley and Paige were legal. Bayley went to the top turnbuckle, Paige kicked her leg out from underneath her, dragged her out of the corner, and hit the RamPaige.
Overall, decent match, but I’m getting annoyed with the constant tags again. We get the Absolution are a faction, now can we have some one on one matches please. At the moment, the only one consistently getting one on one matches is Asuka.
Nia Jax and Enzo Amore are still having a thing. They almost kissed under the mistletoe this week, but Alexa Bliss saved us all and dragged Jax away to talk about the Royal Rumble.
Alexa Bliss did a Christmas address. It was apparently her gift to the WWE universe. She said 2017 has been the year of Alexa Bliss. She started the year as SmackDown champion, and will finish it as RAW champion. Her moment of the year, however, was Stephanie McMahon’s announcement of the Women’s Royal Rumble match, which Bliss gives herself full credit for.
Bliss said she would be watching the rumble match to see who her opponent is going to be. I guess that’s confirmation that the champions definitely won’t take part, and that the rumble will be for a WrestleMania match against one of them.
At that point, Asuka came out. I adore Asuka’s minimalistic promos, they suit her character so perfectly. She strolled down to the ring, in full garb, and said “I’m entering the women’s royal rumble match, and I will win because nobody is ready for Asuka”. Then she kicked, the terrified looking, Bliss in the face, and danced up the ramp to her music.
Ruby Riott def Naomi
Ruby Riott declared herself as an entrant in the Royal Rumble match. I’m a little confused b the declarations, considering the size of the rosters, I would have thought pretty much everyone would be in it (except the champions), plus a handful of NXT or surprise entrants.
This was a ridiculously short match. About a minute in, Liv Morgan, then Sarah Logan, got up on the apron. Naomi knocked Morgan off, but while dealing with Logan Ruby Riott kicked her in the back of the leg. Riott followed that up with a Riott kick, and got the pin. Less than two minutes.
Post-match, the Riott Squad started beating on Naomi, Charlotte Flair ran down to make the save. Flair managed to take down Riott and Morgan, but Logan kicked her down, and they all piled in. They threw Flair out of the ring to stand tall.
While they were still celebrating, Natalya’s music hit, and Natalya led Carmella, Tamina and Lana to the ring. They faced off, but as the numbers weren’t in the Riott Squad’s favour, they tried to back away. The others weren’t having that, and they brawled up the ramp until the Riott Squad ran away.
The post-match shenanigans took twice as long as the match.
Ember Moon def Sonya Deville
Ember Moon’s first title defence this week, and Sonya Deville was picked for it. That, combined with just how much of the offence Deville had in the match, shows how high WWE’s hopes are for Deville’s future.
The match was good, and both Moon ad Deville came out of it looking great. There is an argument that the new champion’s first defence could have been a little easier on her, but it certainly showed her to be a fighting champion. And the last few matches for Deville on NXT have really built her as a legitimate threat.
Ember Moon won, after a tough looking match, with the Eclipse.
After the match Kairi Sane came to the stage and she and Moon had a stage down. It looked like both of them were looking forward to the challenge of facing each other one on one. Fair enough, that should be a great battle. Suddenly, Shayna Baszler appeared behind Sane and slapped on a rear naked choke. It took three officials to get her off, then she walked out while staring at Ember Moon. Shayna Baszler has arrived.
In a backstage interview afterwards, Moon said she knew there would be a target on her back when she became champion. It doesn’t matter who the challenger is, she’s not hard to find, they just need to step in the ring.
No women’s division action on Main Event this week.
Good news and bad from this week’s house shows. It appears that Becky Lynch has finished filming, as she appeared at a show this week. Unfortunately, Paige suffered an injury at a house show. Her match had to be stopped for her to receive medical attention. She left the arena under her own power, but with help. Later updates indicated the injury is a minor stinger.
That’s it for this week, and this year. It’s been a good year for women’s wrestling, in and out of WWE, here’s hoping 2018 will be even better. I’ll be back next week with the round up of all the action from the first week of 2018 for WWE’s women. In the meantime, if there is anything you’d like me to cover, or anything you want to discuss, tweet me @manda_why. And a Happy New Year to one and all.