AEW Women’s World Championship will be defended at All Out. The first team qualifies for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament finals. MCW announces first-ever all-women’s event, and more! Let’s break it down in this week’s edition of Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up!
Women’s Title Match Added To AEW All Out
Toni Storm and Thunder Rosa will collide once again.
Last week on AEW Dynamite, number one ranked Toni Storm took on a returning “Mother Effing King” KiLynn King. In a back and forth matchup, Storm and King battled. In the end though, Toni Storm landed a hip attack and a DDT to clinch the win.
Following this matchup, Toni Storm learned that she would be granted another AEW Women’s World Championship opportunity. This time, at AEW All Out on September 4th against Thunder Rosa.
Storm previously challenged Thunder Rosa at the Forbidden Door pay-per-view in June, falling short in her efforts. Throughout the weeks following, Storm and Rosa kindled a friendship and eventual tag team of “ThunderStorm”, who would then prevail on several occasions as a tag team. Now, Toni Storm will battle her partner once again.
Can she pull out the victory this time?
A hard-fought victory for Toni Storm, and #AEW Women's World Champion Thunder Rosa is keeping a close eye on the number 1 contender for the championship! Watch #AEWDynamite LIVE on TBS right now! pic.twitter.com/0V3kNfPOP3
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) August 18, 2022
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WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tourney, Toxic Attraction Pulled From Bracket
The WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament continued this week with a bit of a shakeup to the right side of the bracket.
Initially, eight official teams across RAW, Smackdown, and NXT would compete. However, injuries would prevent not one, but two stints of an NXT presence in the tournament. Nikkita Lyons and Zoey Stark of NXT were originally slated to make their main roster debuts last week against Natalya and Sonya Deville in an opening-round contest. WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels announced a change of plans though.
According to Michaels, Zoey Stark sustained an injury during her NXT Women’s Championship match last week on NXT 2.0. There, reigning champion Mandy Rose strategically targeted Stark’s surgically repaired knee, using Stark’s own knee brace against her. The extent of Stark’s injury is unknown at this time. Nikkita Lyons was also announced as “medically unavailable”, per Shawn Michaels. Therefore, Stark and Lyons would be replaced in their opening round matchup by Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne).
BREAKING: @ShawnMichaels provides an update on tonight's WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Tournament matchup. #SmackDown https://t.co/jmhTsYrV5r
— WWE (@WWE) August 19, 2022
Last Friday on Smackdown, Toxic Attraction made their official blue brand debuts. Competing against WWE veterans Natalya and Sonya Deville, Dolin and Jayne looked confident in their main roster opportunity. Jayne would isolate Natalya by throwing her partner Sonya Deville into the outside barricade. Subsequently, Jayne managed to sneak in a tag from her partner Gigi Dolin. As Natalya applied her signature Sharpshooter to Dolin, Jacy Jayne reversed it into a rollup pinfall for the victory. Toxic Attraction would then advance to the semi-finals of the tournament…
….But not for long.
Following their impressive victory in the quarterfinals, Gigi Dolin, unfortunately, sustained injuries, rendering her unable to further compete in the tournament. So, Toxic Attraction would be forced out of the tournament. In turn, a “Second Chance” Fatal 4-Way match will occur this week on Smackdown to determine their substitutes. The winner of that bout will then go on to compete against Raquel Rodriguez & Aliyah in the semifinals the same night.
Officially, the four teams competing in the “Second Chance” match are Dana Brooke & Tamina, Shotzi & Xia Li, Nikki A.S.H. & Doudrop, and Natalya & Sonya Deville.
BREAKING NEWS: Due to injuries suffered by @gigidolin_wwe, Toxic Attraction is out of the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship Tournament.
A "Second Chance" Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match will occur this Friday on #SmackDown. pic.twitter.com/HaQFBuSnXn
— WWE (@WWE) August 22, 2022
Meanwhile, on Monday Night RAW, the first semi-finals match of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship tournament concluded. IYO SKY and Dakota Kai would battle Alexa Bliss and Asuka in perhaps the most anticipated matchup of the tournament.
A recap of the closing moments of the semi-finals bout can be read below, courtesy of our live coverage page.
After the break, Bliss manages to tag in Asuka. Asuka lands a flurry of strikes to Sky, capped with a German suplex. Sky kicks out after a running knee. After a distraction from Kai, Sky lands a springboard dropkick. Bliss breaks up the pin. Asuka and Kai exchange kicks. Asuka misses a hip attack and gets hung up in the ropes. Kai blasts her with a running boot. Asuka kicks out. Bliss double DDTs Kai and Sky.
After a combo move, Asuka traps Kai in a submission hold. Sky breaks it up. Bliss tries Twister Bliss but Kai gets her knees up. Kai misses a boot in the corner. Sky gets a blind tag. Asuka traps Kai in the Asuka Lock. Kai taps. Asuka lets go and celebrates but Asuka isn’t legal. Sky rolls up Asuka for the win.
Winners- Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky
In the end, IYO SKY and Dakota Kai would secure their spot in the finals of the tournament.
#IYOSKY and @ImKingKota are heading to the FINALS!#WWERaw pic.twitter.com/a6yTNK1gfx
— WWE (@WWE) August 23, 2022
Next week on RAW, the finals of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Tournament will occur. Additionally, the winners of the tournament will be crowned the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. IYO SKY and Dakota Kai await their opponents, who will be determined on Smackdown this week.
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Final Competitor Announced In NWA Burke Invitational
The final entrant has officially been confirmed for the NWA 74 Burke Invitational.
On August 27th in St. Louis, Missouri, ten competitors will battle for an NWA Women’s World Championship title shot on night two of NWA 74. Current champion Kamille will also defend her title against Taya Valkyrie on night one. In addition, the victor of that title match will defend “The Burke” against the winner of the Burke Invitational the following evening on night two.
The National Wrestling Alliance has unveiled participants in this year’s Burke Invitational throughout the last few weeks. In 2021, the NWA held their inaugural Women’s Invitational at the first-ever Empowerrr event. There, “The Hot Mess” Chelsea Green outlasted all of her competitors to secure the win. She would go on to challenge Kamille for the NWA Women’s Championship the next night, falling short in her efforts.
This year, the Women’s Invitational was renamed to The Burke Invitational, in honor of legend Mildred Burke. As revealed by the National Wrestling Alliance last week, Taryn Terrell rounds out the competitors in this year’s match. Last year, Terrell accompanied Jennacide to the Women’s Invitational. In 2022 Taryn will enter as a competitor herself.
The full list of entrants in the 2022 Burke Invitational are below:
- Samantha Starr
- KiLynn King
- Tootie Lynn
- Missa Kate
- Max the Impaler
- Madi Wrenkowski
- Angelina Love
- Natalia Markova
- Taryn Terrell
Taryn Terrell enters the Burke Invitational at #NWA74! ?
Stunt woman, champion, manager of wrestlers and brands. The only thing @IAmTarynTerrell hasn't done yet is winning 'The Burke.' If she can win the gauntlet… she has her chance!
? @FiteTV pic.twitter.com/01iO5qDq6c
— NWA (@nwa) August 21, 2022
MCW Announces First All-Women’s Event
Maryland Championship Wrestling has announced its first-ever all-women’s event: Ladies Night.
On Friday, September 16th MCW will hold “Ladies Night”, with a field of stellar competitors. Amongst the participants, former MCW Women’s Champion and WWE Superstar Melina Perez makes her return to the promotion. The full list of competitors, as announced by MCW, are below:
- Amber Rodriguez
- Dani Mo
- MCW Women’s Champion: Gia Scott
- Katie Arquette
- Kelsey Raegan
- Leila Grey
- Mandy Leon
- Ray Lyn
- Queen Aminata
- Vita VonStarr
- Vicious Vicki
- Brittany Blake
- Adena Steele
- Zoey Skye
- Trish Adora
- Melina Perez
The field of competition has been set for Friday September 16th and #MCWLadiesNight – #MCW’s First All Women's Wrestling Event feat. former #WWE Diva @RealMelina, current Womens Champion @TheGiaScott, @Ray_lyn & MORE???
Tickets are on sale now https://t.co/ZOwx6qQdZB pic.twitter.com/DlfBJMELkV
— MCW Pro Wrestling (@MCWWrestling) August 17, 2022
IMPACT Knockouts Gisele Shaw joined Denise Salcedo to discuss her time with the promotion so far, why she recently decided to come out as a transgender woman, her journey, and more.
Former FCW Women’s Champion Mazzerati appeared on Women’s Wrestling Talk to speak about her experience in stunting, maintaining multiple jobs, Reggae music, her vibrant hair colors, and more!
Knockouts Tag Team Champion Chelsea Green spoke with It’s Samira about who she wants to face as VXT, her rivalry with Mickie James, strategy against Kamille, and more.
“Savage” Chantal chatted with The Hot Tag Hooligans about the hardships of COVID for Canadian performers, the Canadian Independent Scene, growing as a performer, being a dog rescuer and more.
wXw Germany: Femme Fatales – October 1st
Takeover Europe & Collect pic.twitter.com/HnZCNVfFmQ
— Amale D. (@AmaleFrenchHope) August 19, 2022