Women’s wrestling has been golden lately: NWA Hard Times 2 sets three championships on the line, the TBS Championship Tournament concludes the quarterfinals, Skye Blue collects the AAW Women’s Championship, and much more. Let’s break it down in this week’s edition of Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up!
NWA Hard Times 2 Preview
The National Wrestling Alliance will hold its Hard Times 2 event this weekend, with three women’s matches confirmed.
Most recently, it was announced that Mickie James will defend her IMPACT Knockouts Championship against Kiera Hogan. James and Hogan previously locked up on the October 26th edition of Powerrr, which saw James take the victory. Now, the two fiery competitors will meet again on Saturday, December 4th in Atlanta at NWA Hard Times 2.
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Saturday, Dec 4th at #HardTimes2, @IMPACTWRESTLING Knockouts Champion @MickieJames will be defending her title against @AEW's @HoganKnowsBest3 ‼️
This makes EIGHT multi-company title matches in one night!?
— NWA (@nwa) November 29, 2021
Kiera Hogan previously competed at NWA EmPowerrr after leaving IMPACT Wrestling. During her time with IMPACT, Hogan captured the Knockouts Tag Team Championships with Tasha Steelz on two occasions. Now, Hogan vies for the Knockouts Championship against her hero, Mickie James.
This isn’t the first time the IMPACT Knockouts Championship will be defended in the NWA. Deonna Purrazzo successfully defended it against Melina at EmPowerrr back in August. Since then, Purrazzo feuded with the executive producer of the event, Mickie James. James then defeated Purrazzo at Bound For Glory in October to become a four-time Knockouts Champion.
Mickie James is also scheduled to defend the IMPACT Knockouts Championship against Deonna Purrazzo at Hard to Kill in January, but she must go through Kiera Hogan first at Hard Times 2 this weekend.
Also on the NWA Hard Times 2 card, Melina competes for the NWA Women’s Championship against the reigning champ, Kamille.
On this week’s NWA Powerrr, a special all-women’s episode of EmPowerrr was aired. The show kicked off with a Triple Threat match to determine the number one contender to Kamille’s NWA World Women’s Championship.
On the October 26th edition of EmPowerrr, Melina, Chelsea Green, and Kylie Rae competed in a triple threat match to determine the number one contender. Towards the close, Melina locked both her opponents in the California Nightmare submission, but Green and Rae were able to escape. As Green attempted her Unprettier finisher, Melina managed to sneak in a small package rollup for the win.
This victory earned Melina an NWA Women’s Women’s Championship title opportunity, now upcoming at Hard Times 2 against Kamille.
? THE BURKE IS ON THE LINE ?
Kamille will defend the NWA Women's
World Championship against the Living Legend@realmelina at #HardTimes2!
? Kamille (c) vs. Melina ?
? Get your tickets at https://t.co/YhcbNQe5Xl
? or watch LIVE on @FiteTV pic.twitter.com/6aWzVUpi2X
— NWA (@nwa) November 18, 2021
Speaking of title opportunities, the NWA Women’s Tag Team Championships are also on the line this weekend. The Hex defend against the team of Kylie Rae and Tootie Lynn, and Lady Frost and Natalia Markova.
Allysin Kay and Marti Belle recently defended their championships against The Allure on Ring of Honor television.
NWA Hard Times 2 airs December 4th on FITE TV, with an additional special in-ring tribute to Jazz taking place.
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TBS Championship Tournament Updates
The tournament to crown the first-ever TBS Champion continues forward as the quarter-finals near their conclusion.
First, let’s recap the round two matches:
Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida met on the November 17th edition of AEW Dynamite. The two former AEW Women’s Champions scrapped in a hard-fought bout, but it was the interference of Serena Deeb that changed the course of the match.
Tension has been heavily brewing between Shida and Deeb over the last few weeks. Deeb attacked Shida, further worsening her knee injury. Shida would become locked into the Stretch Muffler submission from Nyla, that targeted her weakened leg. She would have no choice but to tap out.
Nyla Rose now advances to the semi-finals of the TBS Championship tournament where she will face the winner of Ruby Soho and Kris Statlander. Statlander and Soho will officially conclude the quarterfinal round on December 1st on Dynamite.
Survive and advance…@NylaRoseBeast continues on to the semifinals of the TBS Women's Championship Tournament and ties @shidahikaru in all-time wins in #AEW, thanks in part to @SerenaDeeb. Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE NATIONWIDE on @tntdrama NOW! pic.twitter.com/1blZETDfky
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) November 18, 2021
Jade Cargill and Red Velvet also competed in their respective quarterfinal bout on the November 19th episode of AEW Rampage.
The week prior, Velvet interrupted Cargill’s one-year anniversary celebration with a vicious spear to her. In perhaps the most intense match in the tournament thus far, Red Velvet and Jade Cargill definitely brought the heat. Velvet fought valiantly, but Cargill’s dominance proved to be too much.
In the end, Cargill landed the Black Widow to secure the pinfall and her semi-finals slot in the tournament. Her semi-finals opponent would be determined on the November 24th edition of Dynamite.
.@Thee_Red_Velvet gave @Jade_Cargill all she could handle, but the #JadeBrand rolls on to the TBS Women’s Championship Tournament semifinals. Watch #AEWRampage NOW on @tntdrama pic.twitter.com/t7W2NKqKKs
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) November 20, 2021
Armed with the aid of Rebel and Britt Baker, Jamie Hayter headed into her quarterfinal match with Thunder Rosa pretty confident. However, disaster struck for the alliance of three.
Hayter tapped out to a submission hold, but she was ultimately saved when Rebel distracted the referee. The tides turned though, as AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker accidentally struck Hayter with a superkick intended for Thunder Rosa. Rosa would capitalize on this, and roll up Hayter into a pin for the victory.
Now, Thunder Rosa will face Jade Cargill in the semi-finals of the TBS Championship Tournament.
Here is an updated look at the brackets:
Round 2 Matches
- Thunder Rosa defeated Jamie Hayter
- Jade Cargill defeated Red Velvet
- Nyla Rose defeated Hikaru Shida
- Kris Statlander vs Ruby Soho (Scheduled for December 1st)
- Thunder Rosa vs Jade Cargill
- Nyla Rose vs (Winner of Kris Statlander vs Ruby Soho)
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New AAW Women’s Champion Crowned
AAW held their Windy City Classic XVI over the weekend with a couple of new title changes, including their women’s championship.
Heading into the event, Allysin Kay had been dominant as the AAW Women’s Champion, with four prior successful title defenses. Kay defeated All Elite Wrestling’s Kris Statlander to initially capture the championship back in July. Then, she went on to defeat Melanie Cruise, Jody Threat, Christi Jaynes, Skye Blue, and Nicole Savoy to retain the AAW Women’s Championship.
On November 26th, Kay once again met with a familiar face: Skye Blue. The two fierce competitors were no strangers to championship gold, but on this night, Skye Blue emerged victoriously. By defeating Allysin Kay, Blue begins her first AAW Women’s Championship reign and ends Kay’s 140-day title run.
The victory celebration was short-lived, however.
Skye Blue was joined by “The Brazilian Wonder-Woman” Christi Jaynes after the match. Jaynes rose Blue’s hand as a nod to her championship win, and appeared supportive of her victory. However, as the two wrestlers embraced, Jaynes struck the new AAW Women’s Champion in the face, and followed up with a powerful kick to the back.
Earlier in the evening, Jaynes defeated Charli Evans, Lady Frost and Sierra in a fatal-four-way to become the number one contender for the AAW Women’s Championship. This post-match beatdown sends a clear message to the new champion, Skye Blue. Christi Jaynes is coming for the AAW Women’s Championship.
And NEW AAW Women’s Champion Skye Blue!!! But wait…@Skyebyee @christijaynes
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— AAW Wrestling (@AAWPro) November 27, 2021
Jaynes and Blue recently met at NWA’s EmPowerrr event in August on the pre-show, where Skye Blue picked up the victory over Jaynes. Now, the two appear to be lining at championship match in the near future in Blue’s likely first title defense.
Skye Blue is no stranger to the Illinois wrestling scene where AAW is based. Also holding the Zero1 USA Women’s Championship and formerly named the CSW Women’s Championship, Blue thrives in her residing Chicago area. Additionally, she impressed many to earn her #74 ranking on this year’s PWI Women’s 150 list.
Christi Jaynes also ranked #110 on the 2021 PWI Women’s 150 list. She currently holds the RCW Phoenix Championship, and she also held the SWE Women’s Championship up until June of this year.
Of the other female talent featured on Windy City Classic XVI, Allysin Kay ranked the highest on the PWI Women’s 150 list, at number 25. She’s also half of the NWA Women’s Tag Team Champions, with Marti Belle.
Charli Evans recently returned to the United States at Game Changer Wrestling, and has been making waves in many appearances over the last two months. She ranked 87.
Lady Frost recently signed with IMPACT Wrestling, and has made many incredible showings in independent promotions, NWA, and IMPACT this year. She ranked 52.
Sierra currently holds four championships on the independent circuit. Most recently, she captured the OVW Women’s Championship. Moreover, she holds the DPW Championship, the WPW Women’s Championship. and the RCCW Heartbreaker’s Championship.
AAW returns on December 30th, with a notable return of All Elite Wrestling’s Ruby Soho.
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— AAW Wrestling (@AAWPro) November 30, 2021
WWE Hall of Famer Madusa recently appeared on Battleground Podcast to talk about getting into the WWE Hall of Fame, wrestling in Japan and her history with Bull Nakano, if the rumors are true that she’s working for NWA, the infamous trashcan moment, getting married at Graceland and more.
Knockouts Knockdown Tournament winner Mercedes Martinez joined Women’s Wrestling Talk to discuss whether she would do a 75-minute Iron-Women Match again, her 21-year journey, equal pay for women wrestlers, and more.
PCW Ultra Women’s Champion Viva Van recently spoke with Kickin’ Back With Kat about never getting up, family, wrestling Nyla Rose, Pokémon, and much more.
“The Man-Made Monstress” Kelsey Raegan recently chatted with A Wrestling Gal to discuss her cover of Ink Barbie Magazine, her experience in modeling, snakes, Greek mythology, competing in a five-way deathmatch, and much more!
Former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Rhea Ripley joined Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT to talk about how Tegan Nox saved her WWE career twice, her partnership with Nikki A.S.H, differences between being in NXT and on RAW, and more.
“The Leader of the Emo Heads” Brooke Havok chatted with Alicia Atout about training with Cody Rhodes, pushing through injury, appearing on AEW, loving emo music, Crocs at gyms, and her love of Bang Energy drinks.
Former IMPACT Knockout Katie Forbes appeared on XeniaDidThat to talk about mean comments, WWE Summerslam, Instagram bans, long-term storylines, and much more.
All Elite Wrestling star Thunder Rosa appeared on Busted Open Radio to discuss her TBS Championship Tournament match with Jamie Hayter, her last year in wrestling, her friendship with David LaGreca, and more.
WOMEN’S WRESTLING RESULTS
Ladies Night Out 11
- The Renegade Twins (Charlette Renegade & Robyn Renegade) defeat La Rosa Negra & Sahara Se7en
- Lady Frost defeated Alisha Edwards
- Fatal Four Way: Diamante defeated Amber Nova and Freya The Slaya and Kolbe Max
- Jordynne Grace defeated Kiera Hogan
- Unify Women’s Championship Match (vacant): Jennacide defeated Jamie Senegal – TITLE CHANGE !!!
- Mercedes Martinez defeated Vipress
- Texas Tornado Tag Team: Ella Envy & Kenzie Paige defeat Dream Girl Ellie & Riley Rockette
- Thunder Rosa defeated KiLynn King
- Savannah Evans defeated The WOAD
- Ladies Night Out Championship: Ivelisse (c) defeated Chelsea Green
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