Lita and Becky Lynch win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Jamie Hayter gears up for a high-profile title defense. Mickie James and The Death Dollz retain their championships at IMPACT’s No Surrender. Valentina Rossi chats with WrestleZone, and more! Let’s break it down in this week’s edition of Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up.
Team Bextreme Captures Tag Team Gold
For the first time since 2006, Lita holds championship gold.
On Monday’s edition of RAW, the WWE Hall of Famer teamed with Becky Lynch to challenge Damage CTRL (Dakota Kai & IYO SKY) for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
As expected, Kai and SKY were accompanied by their faction leader, Bayley, for the bout. Hoping to pull momentum back in favor of Damage CTRL, “The Role Model” also interfered several times in the match. Eventually, though, a surprise appearance from WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus evened the odds for Lita and Lynch. The 7-Time Women’s Champion charged down the ramp to an enormous ovation, before grounding Bayley with a series of punches. Stratus then made her way to the other corner of the ring, embracing her “Team Bestie” partner.
After Stratus later neutralized Bayley with a Chick Kick, Lynch trapped Kai in a Dis-Arm-Her. This allowed Lita to successfully land a moonsault on SKY to gain the pinfall victory. Therefore, Becky Lynch and Lita are the NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
With this tag team title win, Lynch becomes a Triple Crown Champion in WWE. Lita also begins her first championship reign in nearly 17 years. Following their victory, Lynch, Lita, and Stratus spoke with WWE’s Cathy Kelley, revealing that Stratus was a part of their plan all along.
“I’ve seen what Bayley has been doing and how the numbers game has caught up to Becks for what, I don’t know, months on end at this point. So, [we] put a plan together, and there was one person on the list,” Lita said.
Lynch went on to praise Lita and Stratus, admitting that sharing the crowning moment with them meant a lot to her. “For me, this is really surreal because these two women change the game for all of us to be able to do what we do. For me to have main-evented WrestleMania, it all started with these two being the first two to main event on RAW. Tonight, the fact that we have both of them here in the main event of RAW and that we were able to walk out as tag team champions, it means a lot to me. I think 15-year-old me wouldn’t believe this and I barely can right now.”
Jamie Hayter Set To Defend AEW Women’s Championship At Revolution
This Sunday, Jamie Hayter will have her first pay-per-view title defense.
Last week on AEW Dynamite, Saraya continued her mean streak, defeating Skye Blue with her signature PTO submission. Instead of reveling in her victory, Saraya’s ally Toni Storm joined her in the ring with two cans of spray paint. Before the duo could brand Skye Blue with the paint, though, Jamie Hayter and Britt Baker rushed down to the ring, forcing Saraya and Storm to retreat. As Saraya and Storm fleed up the entrance ramp, Ruby Soho emerged, pointing down to Hayter, signaling her desire for a title shot.
Following the series of events, Hayter and Baker appeared in a backstage interview with Tony Schiavone. “We are pissed,” Hayter said. “Saraya is getting a little bit too big for her britches for my liking. She thinks she can just walk on in here, do whatever she wants, and wreak havoc and destroy everything that Britt, me and all the women in this division have created. I don’t like that, okay?”
“I saw her gazing at my belt when we were all in the ring the other day. Sure, maybe she is worthy for a title shot now that I think about it, she’s not lost one match since she’s come back. I respect that. This big, momentous return and look at everything she’s trying to do, ruin it from the ground up. But, I think somebody else is also deserving for a title shot at Revolution, Miss Ruby Soho.”
“Ever since she’s come back, she’s been killing it, busting her ass and showing everybody why she should be coming after this title belt as well. So I tell you what, I’m wracking my brains to think who deserves it more one or the other? I don’t know. So, why don’t we have a little bit of fun at Revolution and make it a three-way match? Because Ruby, Saraya, I’m going to beat both of you b*tches. Neither one of you are going to win this title off of me.”
With Hayter’s pitch for a triple-threat match, she will now defend her AEW Women’s Championship against Ruby Soho and Saraya at AEW’s Revolution pay-per-view on March 5
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IMPACT Wrestling’s No Surrender
Last Friday, IMPACT Wrestling held their No Surrender pay-per-view from Las Vegas, Nevada. Amongst the card, the Knockouts division showcased themselves in three different matchups.
Firstly, “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo battled “The Quintessential Diva” Gisele Shaw on the pre-show. As Purrazzo seized control, she set up for her Queen’s Gambit, but unfortunately, the numbers game soon came into effect. As Shaw’s ally Jai Vidal distracted the referee, Savannah Evans rushed down to deliver a Full Nelson Slam to Purrazzo. Shaw quickly took advantage, hitting a slam of her own before securing the pinfall victory.
Later on in the main show, Rosemary accompanied Taya Valkyrie and Jessicka as The Death Dollz defended their Knockouts Tag Team Championships against The Hex (Marti Belle & Allysin Kay). The bout proved to be very back-and-forth, but in the end, Jessicka stunned both members of The Hex. After unloading a choke bomb on Kay, Jessicka landed a Sick Driver on Belle to retain the titles for her team.
In the co-main event, Mickie James initiated her first title defense since winning the Knockouts Championship last month. After winning a number one contender’s matchup at Hard To Kill, Masha Slamovich stepped up to face the “Hardcore Country” legend for the very first time.
“The Russian Dynamite” unloaded her best offense on James, trapping her in a Kimura lock, but James feverishly fought back. In the end, James reversed her momentum to block a codebreaker and stun Slamovich for a successful three-count pinfall.
A recap of the closing moments of the match can be read below, courtesy of our live coverage page.
Masha dropkicks Mickie out of the ring and then dives onto her. Back inside, they trade several forearm shots until Mickie lands a neckbreaker and then a flapjack. Mickie goes up top but gets kicked on her way up. Masha follows and throws hands. Mickie punches back and Masa falls. Mickie hits the seated senton for a cover, Mickie does a spinning backfist and covers again. Masha drops Mickie with a driver, two, Masha goes for a kick, but Mickie reverses into a single leg crab. Masha locks Mickie in a chokehold in the ropes has to break it. Slamovich goes for a Codebraker, but Mickie manages to stack on top of her for the three count to retain.
Winner: Mickie James (c)
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