Women’s wrestling went to war this past week: NXT WarGames showcased a hard fought battle, Willow named one contender for the ROH Women’s Championship, KiLynn King becomes the king of Capital Championship Wrestling, Liv Morgan competes for the RAW Women’s Championship, and much more! Let’s break it down in this week’s edition of Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up!
Women’s NXT WarGames Recap
WWE NXT WarGames started off with a strong showing from the women’s division inside the steel cage structure this past weekend.
NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose, and NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne (collectively known as Toxic Attraction), teamed up with Dakota Kai. Meanwhile, former NXT Women’s Champions Raquel Gonzalez and Io Shirai partnered with Kay Lee Ray and Cora Jade.
Heading into the matchup, Dakota Kai and Io Shirai became tied for the record of the most WarGames competed in, respectively of 3. Kai also headed in with an impressive 2-0 record inside the unforgiving structure, while Shirai went in 0-2. Conversely, this year marked the first WarGames match for half of the competitors: Mandy Rose, Gigi Dolin, Jacy Jayne, and Cora Jade.
Kay Lee Ray gained an advantage for her team after defeating Dakota Kai last week in a hard-fought ladder match. So, her team members would be the first to enter the match after the initial square-off between Kai and Ray.
Ray wielded a baseball bat into the ring, while Kai unleashed a bundle of kendo sticks to begin the match. The two fierce competitors battle back and forth until Ray dropped Kai onto a makeshift ladder of kendo sticks.
Cora Jade was then released into the matchup, to reap the 2-1 advantage for her team. Jade introduced her skateboard into the matchup, striking Kai with it. Ray and Jade would take control over Dakota Kai until Gigi Dolin evened the odds with a garbage can and brutal boot to the face of Jade.
Former NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai entered the fray next, bringing along another garbage can. Soon after, Jacy Jayne introduced a table into the steel structure, but would later regret it.
Jayne was placed on the table before Cora Jade climbed to the top of the steel cage, hitting a front flip senton onto Jayne through the table. Jade appeared to have dislocated her shoulder following this sequence, as she clutched her left arm. Denying medical staff, Io Shirai then popped Jade’s shoulder back into place as Raquel Gonzalez joined the matchup as the final member of her team.
Eventually, Mandy Rose would enter last, finally evening up the odds to four to four. Toxic Attraction and Dakota Kai gained momentum to take out Gonzalez, Shirai, and Ray, leaving Jade to fight alone with a dangling arm. However, this momentum became short-lived, as both teams force an all-out brawl.
Gonzalez then unleashed a powerbomb onto Jacy Jayne, before eating a kick to the face from Dolin. Meanwhile, Cora Jade seized the opportunity and secured the pinfall onto Jacy Jayne to earn the victory at WarGames.
Welcome to the Generation of Jade. ?@CoraJadeWWE pins @jacyjaynewwe to win WARGAMES for her team! #NXTWarGames @RaquelWWE pic.twitter.com/8xUiqz6XPW
— WWE (@WWE) December 6, 2021
RELATED: WWE NXT WarGames Results (12/4/21)
Rok-C & Willow Nightingale To Compete at ROH Final Battle
Rok-C’s opponent for Ring of Honor Final Battle has finally been determined. Competing in a number one contender’s match, Mandy Leon came accompanied by Angelina Love, as she looked to take on Willow. The winner would go on to face ROH Women’s Champion, Rok-C.
As expected, Leon utilized her alliance with Angelina Love to gain the upper hand as Love worked to distract the referee. Willow managed to reclaim momentum with a cannonball but quickly becomes unarmed after taking an Astral Projection from Leon for a two-count. Meanwhile, Angelina Love slyly reached for a chair, but is stopped by Quinn McKay and Chelsea Green. An abundance of the women’s division then step in, competing in a tug of war for custody of the chair. Max The Impaler then emerged, launching Love into a sea of the women.
Willow capitalized off of this distraction, hitting a superkick of Leon and slam on Leon to gain the pinfall.
. @mandyleonxo and @willowwrestles went to war in this match! An ending we did not see coming!! ?? @willowwrestles is heading to #FinalBattle to face @TheRokC_ for the ROH Women’s World Championship this Saturday LIVE on PPV & HonorClub!
Tickets: https://t.co/RUaolGnVUS pic.twitter.com/raax8fWSXV
— ROH – Ring of Honor Wrestling (@ringofhonor) December 7, 2021
Willow now goes on to face Rok-C for the ROH Women’s Championship at Final Battle: End of an Era event this Saturday, December 11th.
RELATED: MLW Announces Rok-C For Blood & Thunder 2022
All Hail The King of CCW
History was made over the weekend at Capital Championship Wrestling.
As a new all-women’s promotion, Capital Championship Wrestling began a tournament a few months ago to crown their inaugural champion. It started with eight, and now it was down to four at their recent “Legacy” event on December 3rd.
The semi-finals of the CCW Championship tournament concluded with two explosive matches between four fierce competitors. First, Willow Nightingale took on Christina Marie.
Marie, a powerhouse from Albany, previously defeated Max The Impaler in the opening round via disqualification. Nightingale, a superstar on Ring of Honor and MLW, beat Queen Aminata to advance to the semi-final round. In the end, Willow Nightingale overcome Christina Marie to then advance to the finals, where she awaited her opponent.
Later in the evening, KiLynn King squared off with Masha Slamovich in perhaps the most tense match of the tournament. Both competitors brought forth an admirable effort, but it was KiLynn who emerged victoriously. She then advanced to the finals against Willow Nightingale, where these two would meet to determine the first-ever CCW Champion. In the end, a new champion was crowned. All hail the King of Capital Championship Wrestling: KiLynn King!
Tonight we celebrate the NEW and FIRST EVER Capital Championship Wrestling Champ @KiLynnKing ..
History has been made, and who better to make it than ‘The Mother Effing King’..#MOTHEREFFINGCHAMP pic.twitter.com/F6Oh7Eb9HV
— Capital Championship Wrestling (@CCWAction) December 5, 2021
KiLynn King becomes the first-ever CCW Champion, but she’s not the only one with gold. Last month, The Renegade Twins defeated Blonde Force Trauma (Ray Lyn & Heather Monroe) to become the inaugural CCW Tag Team Champions.
With their new champions officially crowned, Capital Championship Wrestling looks to expand the continue forward with the competition going into 2022.
RAW Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch vs Liv Morgan
RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch finally came face to face with Liv Morgan for her championship this past week on Monday Night RAW.
Marked on the official 17-year anniversary of Trish Stratus and Lita’s main event match on RAW, Liv Morgan and Becky Lynch also squared off in the main event last night. This occasion also marked Morgan’s first singles championship match.
Lynch assumed control early on in the matchup, leading with a headlock and kicking Morgan out to the floor. Morgan would then flip the script into her favor with a suplex and a fury of forearm strikes. Morgan later delivered a missile dropkick, followed by her Ring of Saturn submission.
Becky Lynch would escape to lock in her own Dis-arm-her submission before Morgan broke it with a reach for the ropes. Lynch countered with an attempted Man-Handle Slam, which Morgan swiftly avoided. Lynch then shifted her momentum by leveraging the bottom rope to gain the pinfall over Morgan. This win comes very parallel to her recent victory over Charlotte Flair.
Nevertheless, Becky Lynch retained the RAW Women’s Championship, as Liv Morgan and the crowd were left in disbelief. Morgan doesn’t appear to be finished though, as she audibly mouthed “it’s not over” as RAW went off the air.
Perhaps Morgan will get her rematch at the Day 1 pay-per-view?
She gave it her all, but @YaOnlyLivvOnce knows it's FAR from over between her and @BeckyLynchWWE. #WWERaw pic.twitter.com/D7fpjHpelA
— WWE (@WWE) December 7, 2021
RELATED: WWE RAW Results (12/6/21)
RAW Superstar Liv Morgan appeared on Out of Character to discuss feuding with Becky Lynch, mentioning her “friends” being gone in a promo, living on a farm and starting a self-care line.
NWA Women’s Tag Team Champions The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay) chatted with The Battleground Podcast to discuss what led them to forming The Hex, winning the NWA Women’s Tag Team titles, working with legends such as Mickie James, Gail Kim and Madusa, their BIG match at NWA Hard Times 2 and more!
Girl Fight Champion Billie Starkz joined The Hot Tag Hooligans to discuss Cosmic Christmas, her upcoming battle with Effy, being ranked in the PWI 500 and 150 and more.
Bronwyne Billington, the daughter of the Dynamite Kid, recently spoke with Spencer Love of Love Wrestling about her work as a manager, her legendary father, Bad News Brown, an incident managing Harry Smith in the UK, and more!
NWA star Paola Blaze appeared with Candace Cordelia of Pro Wrestling Illustrated to discuss her early experiences as a professional wrestler, competing in the NWA, dream opponents, living the “RV Life” with her husband, and much more.
Lead commentator of Pro Wrestling EVE Leah Owens chatted with A Wrestling Gal about The Golden Girls, her in-ring return at Wrestle Queendom 4, transitioning into her role as a commentator, her inspirations in the broadcasting world, and more
Former NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai recently chatted with Sports Illustrated about competing in her third WarGames Match, her recent match at Halloween Havoc, a potential rematch with Sasha Banks and more.
The First Lady Of Professional Wrestling Maria Kanellis-Bennett appeared on In & Out The Locker Room and shared experiences from her career, inspirational figures she’s encountered, advice she’s received along her journey, mental health, and much more.
WOMEN’S WRESTLING RESULTS:
Capital Championship Wrestling: Legacy
- CCW Title Tournament Semi-Final: Willow Nightingale defeated Christina Marie
- CCW Title Tournament Semi-Final: KiLynn King defeated Masha Slamovich
- Kat Spencer & The Renegade Twins (Charlette & Robyn) defeat Gabriella, Kayla Sparks & Mother Endless
- CCW Title Tournament Final Match (vacant): KiLynn King defeated Willow Nightingale
National Wrestling Alliance: Hard Times 2
- NWA World Women’s Tag Team Championship Four Way: The Hex (Allysin Kay & Marti Belle) (c) defeat Jennacide & Paola Blaze (w/Taryn Terrell) and Kylie Rae & Tootie Lynn and Missa Kate & Natalia Markova
- NWA World Women’s Championship: Kamille (c) defeated Melina
- IMPACT Knockouts Championship: Mickie James (c) defeated Kiera Hogan