The past week in women’s wrestling has been absolutely jam-packed: Alexa Bliss takes the last spot in the Women’s Elimination Chamber, A.Q.A. signs with AEW, Pro-Wrestling EVE is set for a celebration weekend, and much more. Let’s break it down in this week’s edition of Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up!
Elimination Chamber Updates
WWE is now set to feature three women’s matches on their upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view scheduled for Saturday, February 19th in Saudi Arabia.
As covered last week in Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, the Women’s Elimination Chamber match returns for the first time since 2020. There, six participants will compete to become the number one contender for the RAW Women’s Championship. As of last week, only five of the six entrants had been confirmed, but now, the final entrant in the grueling match has been revealed.
Prior confirmed for the match were Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, Liv Morgan, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H. Many speculated the return of an undrafted superstar to fill the spot, but a fellow RAW roster member has since taken the final slot in the Women’s Elimination Chamber Match. Former RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss now joins the fray of women vying for the number one contendership inside the unforgiving structure this Saturday.
Prior to beginning her journey back to RAW last month, Alexa Bliss was last seen on WWE programming at Elimination Chamber in September, following her loss to Charlotte Flair. There, “The Queen” would dismantle Bliss’ prized Lilly doll. This would leave Bliss distraught and written off of television for months.
After returning to RAW at the beginning of January, Alexa Bliss has undergone therapy following the loss of her Lilly doll. As documented on RAW, Bliss has gradually shifted away from the darker look she once held, to perhaps the return of “The Goddess”. For weeks, Bliss has learned to better control her anger, and now be at peace with the loss of Lilly.
In the final scene of therapy, Bliss’ therapist declared that she is now cured, or “at least as cured as she is going to be.” As a parting gift, the therapist presented a replica Lilly doll with the stuffing of the original Lilly inside. Bliss finally admitted that Lilly is really gone, and now Bliss is ready to return back to in-ring action.
However, the therapist lastly declared that he wants Bliss to keep Lilly (or the replica Lilly) by her side to confirm that she is really cured.
Alexa Bliss now enters the Elimination Chamber for the second time in her career. She previously appeared in the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber in 2018, successfully retaining her RAW Women’s Championship. She joins Liv Morgan as the only other woman with previous experience in the Elimination Chamber match.
With the final Elimination Chamber competitor now locked in, we also know who will be entering the match last. The five previously confirmed entrants competed in a lengthy gauntlet match on RAW where the winner would earn the opportunity to enter the Chamber last. It should be noted that Alexa Bliss did not compete in this gauntlet match, as her segment and announcement appeared later on RAW programming.
Rhea Ripley started it off against her former tag team partner, Nikki A.S.H. There, Ripley would win and advance on to then take on Liv Morgan. In a string of successful matches, Ripley outlasted Nikki, Liv, and Doudrop to reach the finals of the gauntlet match to then meet Bianca Belair. Ripley impressively endured over 44 minutes of ring time, before finally falling to Belair’s KOD finisher.
— WWE (@WWE) February 15, 2022
Officially now, Bianca Belair will enter the Women’s Elimination Chamber last on Saturday. She joins Rhea Ripley, Alexa Bliss Liv Morgan, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H in the chance to become the number one contender for the RAW Women’s Championship.
As mentioned last week, the RAW Women’s Championship will also be on the line in Saudi Arabia. Becky Lynch defends against WWE Hall of Famer Lita, in a first-time matchup. The winner of that match will presumably face the winner of the Women’s Elimination Chamber at WrestleMania this year. So, a lot is at stake this Saturday.
In addition, a third women’s match has now been added to Elimination Chamber.
On the Smackdown sides of the WWE, Ronda Rousey will challenge Charlotte Flair for the Smackdown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania, following Rousey’s victory at the Royal Rumble. Before these two go one-on-one though, they will collide in a tag team matchup at Elimination Chamber.
Following an incredible main event match between Charlotte Flair and Naomi last week on Smackdown, tensions ran high. Flair defeated Naomi with a Natural Selection to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship, but Naomi found herself outnumbered after the match. Sonya Deville appeared and joined forces with Charlotte to beat down the former Smackdown Women’s Champion, until Ronda Rousey arrived to make the save. Flair and Deville then retreated up the ramp following a physical altercation between themselves and Rousey.
As a result, WWE officially created a third women’s match for their upcoming Elimination Chamber show. Ronda Rousey will now partner with Naomi to square off with the SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Sonya Deville.
— WWE (@WWE) February 12, 2022
In a moment of history-making, the 2022 Elimination Chamber event will mark the first time three women’s matches have been presented in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, twelve women are scheduled to be featured in those three matches.
WWE Elimination Chamber airs this Saturday, February 19th at 12pm est from Saudi Arabia.
Pro-Wrestling EVE Schedules International Women’s Day Celebration
One of the United Kingdom’s biggest wrestling promotions will be putting together a weekend spectacular in time for International Women’s Day.
Coming up on March 4th and March 5th, Pro-Wrestling EVE “presents a truly international cast of characters”, as detailed in their public statement.
March 4th will showcase “WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY!” with some enthralling matchups already announced. Perhaps most notably, the NWA Tag Team Champions Allysin Kay & Marti Belle will collide with EVE’s Tag Team Champions Skye Smitson and Rhia O’Reilly in a high-stakes, Winner Takes All matchup. The Hex travels abroad to take on The Uprising for the very first time in this Title Vs Title match.
In addition, newly crowned EVE Champion Jetta will defend her championship against Emersyn Jayne in EVE’s first-ever Iron Woman match. Newly crowned EVE International Champion Laura Di Matteo will compete against Ava White as well, in a non-title matchup on March 4th.
March 4th also marks the return of the SHE 1 Series for Pro-Wrestling EVE. Two qualifiers have been announced so far as of this writing. “The Renaissance Woman” will be returning to the United Kingdom to take on former EVE Champion, Charlie Morgan. Former EVE Tag Team Champion, Charli Evans will return to EVE to take on Riho in a qualifying matchup as well.
Max The Impaler makes their United Kingdom debut, scheduled to appear at both shows that weekend.
In addition to “WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY!”, EVE is scheduled to feature “BRAWL AT THE BREWERY” on March 5th with talent like Laura Di Matteo, Lana Austin, Millie McKenzie, Alexis Falcon, The Hex and more. No official matchups have been announced for the March 5th show, but WrestleZone will keep you updated on the card as more details become available.
IRON WOMAN MATCH
They're tied 1-1 but on Friday March 4 @229london Emersyn Jayne & EVE Champion @Jetta_wrestle get to make an emphatic statement by ending their in-ring rivalry with multiple falls as they clash in EVE's 1st ever Iron Woman match!
— EVE – Riot Grrrls of Wrestling (@ProWrestlingEVE) February 15, 2022
Pro-Wrestling EVE released the following statement on the exciting weekend:
“Get your tickets NOW to “WOMEN BEHAVING BADLY!” on Friday March 4 at 229 The Venue in Great Portland Street, London (Metropolitan, Circle and Hammersmith & City lines on London underground) where over 50% of tickets have already gone! Featuring America’s NWA Tag Team Champions Allysin Kay (Formally known as Sienna in Impact Wrestling) & Marti Belle against EVE Tag Team Champions THE UPRISING of “Fightin’ Irish” Rhia O’Reilly & “The Villainess” Skye Smitson in a Winner Takes All – Title vs Title Match!
Plus due to popular demand we’ve added a SECOND event on Saturday March 5 at Signature Brew, Blackhorse Road, E17 (London Victoria and Overground) featuring THE HEX, Max The Impaler, Fearless Charlie Morgan, Titanium Alex Windsor and more PLUS for a limited time only tickets are just £20!”
A.Q.A is All Elite
A.Q.A appears as a new star in All Elite Wrestling.
Formerly known as Zayda Ramier in WWE NXT, A.Q.A. took on Jade Cargill for the TBS Championship last week on AEW Dynamite. In her AEW debut. A.Q.A. unleashed an exemplary Shooting Star Press, but ultimately fell short in her efforts.
Her impressive performance, however, has earned her a contract with All Elite Wrestling. Tony Khan announced the signing last week via Twitter.
— Tony Khan (@TonyKhan) February 11, 2022
Sherri Martel Classic Announced For ‘Texas Showdown: Don’t Mess With Texas’
Reality of Wrestling has joined forces with World Class Pro Wrestling to bring a four-night extravaganza of pro wrestling, including the inaugural Sherri Martel Classic.
On April 2nd, legendary professional wrestler and manager Sherri Martel will be honored with the first annual Sherri Martel Classic at Southern Junction Texas. While full details of the structure and layout of the assumed tournament have yet to be announced, official talent has been revealed for the event:
- Promise Braxton
- Raychell Rose
- Danni Bee
- Gigi Rey
- Insidious One (Sid Mars)
- Kelsey Raegan
- Skylar Slice
- Myka Madrid
- Erica Torres
- Jordan Blu
- Jazmin Allure
- Heather Monroe
- Marti Belle
The full statement released by Reality of Wrestling can be viewed, here.
IMPACT Knockouts Champion Mickie James spoke with Denise Salcedo about her return to WWE, appearing in the Royal Rumble, her Texas Death Match with Deonna Purrazzo at Hard To Kill, her upcoming match at No Surrender against Tasha Steelz, and more.
“The Insidious” Sid Mars appeared on Toilet-side Wrestling Talk to discuss her parents’ first names, wedding dresses, her late start to wrestling fandom, first match thoughts, social media and more.
Former CCW Women’s Champion Marina Tucker chatted with A Wrestling Gal to discuss her WrestleMania debut last year (as a Miz & Morrison Bunny), her desire to be the best, her experience in sports broadcasting, our mutual love of SoMo, and much more!
Scottish Superstar Ashley Vega appeared on Scottish Wrestling Network to discuss interacting with GAWTV, her admiration for Mickie James, ring gear inspirations, wanting to wrestle for NWA, and more.
WWE Hall of Famer Lita joined Ring The Belle to discuss her upcoming match against RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch at WWE Elimination Chamber 2022, her appearance at the Royal Rumble, her iconic feuds with Stephanie McMahon, Chyna, Trish Stratus, and more.
WWR+: Galentine’s Day Massacre – January 13th
- Karen Bam Bam defeats Love Doug
- Edith Surreal defeats Kayla Sparks
- Shannon LeVangie defeats Paris Van Dale
- Delmi Exo defeats Little Mean Kathleen
- Tina San Antonio defeats JC Storm
- Ashton Starr defeats Jody Threat
- Allie Katch defeats Ashley D’Amboise
- No Disqualification: Alisha Edwards defeats Davienne
- The Kings Of The District (Eel O’Neal & Jordan Blade) defeat The Hardcore Geeks (Kennedi Copeland & Riley Shepard)
- IWTV Independent Wrestling World Championship vs. Rights To Uncharted Territory: AC Mack (c) defeats Willow Nightingale
IMPACT Wrestling: No Surrender – February 19th
.@RealTSteelz was victorious in the first-ever Knockouts Ultimate X match, Now she turns her attention towards #NoSurrender where she will challenge reigning champion @MickieJames with the gold on the line!
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) February 14, 2022
Capital Championship Wrestling: Battleground – February 19th
— Capital Championship Wrestling (@CCWAction) February 13, 2022
Vixens Wrestling Revolution: Tainted Love – February 25th
— Vixens Wrestling Revolution (@VWRProWrestling) January 25, 2022
Mission Pro Wrestling: No Debes Jugar – March 5th
— Mission Pro Wrestling (@MissionProWres) February 9, 2022