Jazz will headline the first ever Women’s Wrestling Hall Of Fame. Willow Nightingale is officially All Elite. IWGP Women’s Championship Tournament finals set, and more! Let’s break it down in this week’s edition of Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up!
Women’s Wrestling Hall of Fame Set To Commence
The inaugural Women’s Wrestling Hall of Fame will culminate later this fall with WWE Legend Jazz set to headline.
In partnership with the International Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame, Documentarian Christopher Annino will aid in launching the first official Women’s Wrestling Hall of Fame (WWHOF). Based in Albany, NY the IPWHF will feature a designated area for some of the debuting association’s plaques and respective honors.
Though it will be mainly a virtual Hall Of Fame, Annino recently spoke with Slam Wrestling, unveiling the organization’s plans for its first official Hall of Fame class and its mission statement. “Establishing this Hall of Fame is important to chronicle the accomplishments of women who have not yet received proper recognition or been documented in the history books,” Annino said.
WWHOF will aim to “educate, promote, and preserve the history of Women’s Wrestling”, per their official website. In addition, Annino noted that the organization will be inclusive to four different aspects of women’s wrestling: pioneer, amateur, professional and non-wrestling.
With nods to Olympic style, freestyle, and NCAA athletes, the amateur category will honor females with significant contributions in those departments. The pioneer category will be female wrestlers who served as trailblazers and helped pave the way. Professional wrestlers who made impressive contributions will also be honored. Lastly, the WWHOF also recognizes females in non-wrestling roles such as referees, coaches, managers, valets, promoters, executives, broadcasters, journalists, announcers, and historians.
— Greg Oliver (@gregmep) October 20, 2022
The Women’s Wrestling Hall of Fame will hold its first induction ceremony on December 17th at the former ECW Arena. During the Icons of Wrestling Convention, the first class will be honored, with former WWE Women’s Champion Jazz headlining the inaugural class.
In addition to Jazz, the following talent will also be honored among the 2023 inductions:
- Cora Livingston (Pioneer)
- Mildred Burke
- Debrah Ann Miceli (Madusa)
- Beverly “Hammer” Shade
- Babs Wingo (Pioneer)
- Marva Scott
- Ethel Johnson
- Luna Vachon
- Toni Rose & Donna Christanello (Tag Team)
- Susan “Tex” Green (Pioneer)
- Rita Marie Chatterton (Referee)
- The entire Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling (GLOW) promotion
- 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Iryna Merleni
More on the WWHOF and its founding members can be found on the organization’s website.
IWGP Women’s Championship Finals Set
The finals of the IWGP Women’s Championship Tournament are now officially locked in.
This past weekend, the semi-finals of the IWGP Women’s Championship Tournament concluded on the first night of Goddesses of Stardom Tag League on October 23rd. There, former WWE NXT Women’s Champion KAIRI capitalized on her first-round tournament bye, defeating Jazzy Gabert with her Insane Elbow.
The former “Alpha Female” initially beat Ava White at Royal Quest II on October 2nd to advance to the semi-finals, rounding out the International portion of the bracket. Elsewhere on the home side of the tournament, their respective opening rounds began in Japan on October 22nd.
Former World of Stardom Champion Utami Hayashishita first defeated Himeka to advance. Later, Mayu Iwatani battled Momo Watanabe in the final opening round. In the end, Iwatani defeated her former rival.
Mayu vs KAIRI! History will be made on November 20 at NJPW x Stardom Historic X-Over! pic.twitter.com/huBu2mcjwI
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) October 23, 2022
On November 20th, Kairi and Mayu Iwatani will now meet at NJPW x Stardom Historic X-Over in the tournament finals. There, the winner will be crowned as the inaugural IWGP Women’s Champion.
Willow Nightingale Is All Elite
Willow Nightingale is officially All Elite.
Upon defeating Leila Grey last Friday on AEW: Rampage, “The Babe With The Power” received some good news from announcer Tony Schiavone. Nightingale has now officially earned a contract with All Elite Wrestling.
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) October 22, 2022
Nightingale recently challenged Jade Cargill for the AEW TBS Championship earlier this year but fell short in the bout. In the weeks following, Nightingale assumed more frequent appearances in AEW, before solidifying her contract with the company.
Taya Valkyrie Set To Defend MLW Featherweight Championship
Last week, Major League Wrestling announced a major upcoming title defense.
Reigning MLW Women’s World Featherweight Champion Taya Valkyrie will compete at the company’s FIGHTLAND ’22 event with her title on the line. Initially, MLW declared the bout as an open contract, with Valkyrie set to compete against an unknown opponent.
That open challenge has since been answered by Trish Adora. Recent hailing at number 50 on the PWI 500 list, Adora remains one of the hottest free agents in professional wrestling. Now, she will meet Taya Valkyrie in hopes of capturing the MLW Women’s Featherweight Championship.
October 30th will mark the second-ever match between “La Wera Loca” and “The Afro-Punk,” as the two first locked up at Garden State Pro Wrestling earlier this July. There, Valkyrie successfully retained her AAA Reina De Reinas Championship.
The “Afro Punk” Trish Adora is marching into the 2300 Arena this Sunday on a collision course with destiny.
— MLW Underground on REELZ (@MLW) October 25, 2022
Valkyrie first claimed the Featherweight Title in May 2022 by overcoming Holidead on an episode on MLW Fusion. In the months following, she went on to successfully defend her championship on multiple occasions. Last month, she defeated Chelsea Green and Deonna Purrazzo in a triple-threat match at The Wrestling Showcase to retain. Most recently, Valkyrie tackled Lady Flammer at MLW Super Series, again walking out with her title. Next, she awaits Trish Adora.
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