Welcome to this week’s round up of all the action from WWE’s women’s divisions. Another busy week in the Mae Young Classic, a big change in a title match, and a big announcement. It’s been all go this week.
Emma and Nia Jax def Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss
After a recap of Nia Jax’ actions last week, she was shown asking Kurt Angle why Sasha Banks is getting a title shot before she does. Angle explained it’s Banks contractual rematch, and that randomly taking people out isn’t how you get opportunities. Jax said she could feel the whole women’s division trembling when she held the title up, at the thought of her becoming champion.
Emma interrupted to say no-one was talking about Jax after last week’s RAW, everyone was talking about her, the woman who single-handedly started the women’s revolution. She’s thinking of starting a new hashtag #GiveEmmaAChanceAtTheWomensTitle (much too long to be an effective hashtag).
Jax threatened to make the hashtag #PutEmmaInTheHospital is she didn’t get out of there in five seconds. Angle split them up by saying he would put them in a tag match against Bliss and Banks (I’m sure those two were thrilled about teaming). If Jax and Emma win the Women’s Championship match at No Mercy becomes a fatal four-way.
Later, Banks and Bliss had a locker room conversation. Alexa Bliss tried to engineer camaraderie with Banks. She started by saying she didn’t like the situation any more than Sasha Banks did, with Emma and Jax trying to stick their noses into their match at No Mercy, and finished by telling her she thought Emma and Nia Jax were jealous of them, because neither had ever been RAW women’s champion.
Sasha Banks said she knew Bliss needed her tonight, because if the other two succeeded in getting into the match , then Bliss’ chances of retaining dropped dramatically. Bliss pointed out, the odds of Sasha Banks winning at No Mercy also dropped if the match becomes a four way. Alexa Bliss then told Banks to check her Boss ego at the door because she’s the champ, and Banks needs to get over it. Banks got right up in Bliss’ face and told her they would win this match, then she’d make her scream at No Mercy, when she makes her tap out.
Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax and Emma
So, two teams comprised of women’ who don’t appear to like each other, which always makes things a little more interesting. And there’s a lot at stake. However much Banks and Bliss dislike each other, they are both best served by having a one on one match rather than a fatal four-way. Nia Jax and Emma need to win to be in with any chance of the title shot. Jax may have a shout for her own opportunity in the near future, but it’s not a guarantee, and Emma has no claim on a shot yet.
Whatever their professional, or personal, feelings about each other, the teams managed to work well together to start with. There was even some double team action from Banks and Bliss. Emma took a lot of punishment as Banks and Bliss did a good job of isolating her for a lot of the match. She wouldn’t have been in there in the first place if she hadn’t tagged herself in thinking she could get an easy pin off the back of Nia Jax hard work. Eventually she made it back to Jax, who came in to face Alexa Bliss.
After Bliss tried pushing and slapping Jax, and they’d taken a moment to scream at each other Jax showed Bliss how dominant she is capable of being. She would have pinned her off a Samoan drop if Sasha Banks hadn’t broken it up. Bliss brought in Banks, and she didn’t fare much better. She did get in a shining wizard on Jax, but it barely kept her down for two.
Emma stole Nia Jax’ glory at the end of the match. She tagged herself if after Jax had already incapacitated Sasha Banks, and stole the pin without having to add a single move. The title match at No Mercy will now be a fatal four-way.
Nia Jax let Emma know exactly how she felt after the celebrations were done. She picked her up and delivered a Samoan drop to her temporary tag team partner.
Natalya def Carmella
The match took two attempts to get going. The show actually opened with Carmella and James Ellsworth in the ring, but that turned into a Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon segment. Once that was done, Natalya made her way to the ring and they were off.
They started by doing a nice bit of wrestling, then it degenerated into a slapfest and Carmella escaped to the outside. By the time we got back from the ad break, they were wrestling again.
I think it might have been a good match, if it had been given a bit of time to develop. Just as it felt like it was getting going, James Ellsworth dropped the Money in the Bank briefcase into the ring.
Carmella allowed herself to be distracted by screaming at Ellsworth, and Natalya rolled her up for the pin.
After the match, Carmella called Ellsworth the sorriest excuse for a human being she has ever met. She said a lot of unpleasant things to him, some of it was fine, some was a bit below the belt. Importantly, she then said they were through, and left him in the ring. I hope she means it.
Later in the show Ellsworth caught up with Carmella backstage, agreed with all the horrible things she said about him and begged for another chance. She said, from now on they’re doing things her way, kissed him, then slapped him and walked off.
Sonya Deville def Zeda
Good to see both Deville and, Mae Young Classic competitor, Zeda on NXT. Sonya Deville is being built up as a real threat on NXT, and I’m thrilled to see it. Before the match one of her hype videos was shown, just to signpost her importance.
The match itself was a two minute job designed to make Deville look strong. It wasn’t that Zeda was made to look bad, just that Deville was better.
Sonya Deville won the match via submission.
Ruby Riot asked William Regal for a handicap match against Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. He refused, but told her she could have a tag team match against them next week if she can find a partner.
This episode was also the farewell to Asuka. I was given the respect of being the final segment of the episode.
William Regal brought Asuka out to the ring. The crowd were keen to show their appreciation. She had to let the crowd chanting die down before she could talk, and she had to stop once when the chanting got too loud.
She said, ‘I have been in NXT for almost two years. I have fought so many great superstars. I love NXT. I’ve grown so much here. I am grateful for NXT.’
William Regal said, ‘Asuka since becoming the NXT women’s champion you have done nothing but defend that title with honour. You have been willing to risk everything to defend that title, which was evident at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn. I can honestly say that you are one of the greatest champions in WWE history.’ He then announced that he and Asuka have started negotiations with the general managers of RAW and SmackDown. But it’s a bittersweet moment because Asuka will be stepping down as NXT women’s champion. ‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for Asuka because the rest of the world will know what we already know’ –
Asuka finished, ‘No-one is ready for Asuka’.
The crowd chanted ‘Thank you Asuka’ as the stage filled with the NXT locker room, and what looked like most of the Mae Young Classic competitors.
Asuka’s last message to the NXT universe was, ‘You are NXT, I am NXT, and wherever I go NXT comes with me’.
Ember Moon stepped to the front of the crowded stage and made her way to the ring. She and Asuka smiled at each other, swerved a handshake, and hugged.
Triple H appeared, hugged Asuka and gave her some flowers. It’s well documented that he’s incredibly proud of her. He grabbed a mic and said, ‘One more time I give you the undefeated, 523 day reigning, NXT women’s champion, The Empress of Tomorrow, Asuka’.
The show ended with both the crowd, and the people on the stage, chanting ‘Thank you Asuka’.
No women’s division action on Main Event this week.
Mae Young Classic
The second batch of four episodes was released on WWE network this week. Episodes five and six were the second round, episode seven the quarter-final, and episode eight the semi-final. I did the reviews of these for Rear View Reviews, and it seems silly to summarise them here, so here are the links.
Episode 5 – Rachel Evers vs Abbey Laith
Piper Niven vs Serena Deeb
Princesa Sugehit vs Mercedes Martinez
Kairi Sane vs Bianca Belair
Episode 6 – Toni Storm vs Lacey Evans
Shayna Baszler vs Mia Yim
Rhea Ripley vs Dakota Kai
Nicole Savoy vs Candice LeRae
Episode 7 – Abbey Laith vs Mercedes Martinez
Candice LeRae vs Shayna Baszler
Toni Storm vs Piper Niven
Kairi Sane vs Dakota Kai
Episode 8 – Mercedes Martinez vs Shayna Baszler
Kairi Sane vs Toni Storm
That’s it for another week. I’ll be back next week with the Mae Young Classic final result, and all the action from the rest of the week in WWE’s women’s divisions. In the meantime, if there is anything you’d like to discuss, of anything you think I should cover, tweet me @manda_why.