This past week has generated a lot of buzz for the women’s wrestling world: Money In The Bank qualifiers announced, Deonna Purrazzo wants new competition, Renee Paquette & Brandi Rhodes welcome in new daughters, ROH’s Women’s Division Wednesday continues, and much more! Let’s break it down in this week’s Women’s Wrestling Wrap-up!
Deonna Purrazzo Is Ready For Slammiversary; IMPACT Teases Return Of Mickie James
With over 300 days as IMACT Knockout’s Champion over two reigns in just one year, Deonna Purrazzo has absolutely dominated the Knockout’s Division. Defeating the likes of Rosemary, Tenille Dashwood, Jazz, ODB, Su Yung, Jordynne Grace, and many more, Purrazzo has been a constant fighting, and successfully defending champion within IMPACT Wrestling. With IMPACT’s famous Slammiversary pay-per-view quickly approaching next month, Purrazzo made it clear that she’s ready for some new competition:
Might not have an opponent for #Slammiversary yet… that’s okay, I’m the GREATEST. I’m ready for anyone & everyone…
— The Virtuosa (@DeonnaPurrazzo) June 18, 2021
Purrazzo defeated almost the entire Knockouts roster over the last year, and with IMPACT’s premiere pay-per-view right around the corner, one can assume that Purrazzo should and will have a formidable opponent to defend her Knockout’s Championship against. Perhaps IMPACT will venture outside the realm of the Knockout’s division for this marquee occasion? Perhaps, a free agent?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) June 18, 2021
On the last week’s edition of IMPACT Wrestling, Havok and Rosemary squashed Fire N Flava’s gloating party, as Havok then threw Kiera Hogan into a dumpster backstage. As Hogan crawled out of the dumpster, a trash bag appeared with a piece of tape labeled “Mickie” on it, referencing the recent Mickie James’ “trash bag” incident with WWE. This marks the second time in recent months that James’ potential return to IMPACT has been teased. Back in April, IMPACT released a video promo for Slammiversary, featuring the likes of Mickie James, as well as free agent and former Knockout, Chelsea Green.
So, while Deonna Purrazzo’s opponent for Slammiversary is unknown at the moment, it is interesting to note the timing of the pay-per-view as well, which conveniently falls right after James and Green’s 90-day non-compete clauses are up. Regardless, it will be exciting to see who steps up against the dominant Purrazzo at one of the hottest pay-per-views of the summer!
IMPACT Slammivesary is set for Saturday, July 17th in Nashville, Tennessee.
Speaking of Mickie James, she recently spoke with Chris Van Vliet about her role in NWA, their upcoming all-women’s PPV, being released from WWE, receiving her belongings in a trash bag and more. The full interview can be viewed below.
Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Asuka, Naomi Qualify For Money In The Bank
On the latest edition of Monday Night RAW, WWE set up several qualifying matchups for their upcoming Money In The Bank pay-per-view, scheduled for next month. Amongst the RAW women’s division matchups were two tag team matches, where the victors both earned their respective spots in the traditional Money In The Bank ladder match. The first qualifying match of the evening featured former RAW Women’s Champion, Asuka teaming with Naomi, against the new team of Eva Marie and Doudrop (formerly known as Piper Niven in NXT UK). This match ended when Eva Marie called for a tag into the ring, but Doudrop (Piper Niven) dropped from the apron and refused to tag in, and thus, allowing Naomi to take down Eva and pick up the win for herself and Asuka.
Later in the night, Nikki Cross debuted a new superhero persona and teamed with her former partner, Alexa Bliss to take on former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax, in a Money In The Bank qualifying match. Bliss and Cross picked up the win after a hypnotic distraction from Bliss allowed Nikki Cross to roll up Baszler for the victory, cementing themselves in the women’s Money In The Bank match next month.
Also announced for Money In The Bank: Rhea Ripley will defend her RAW Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair.
— WWE (@WWE) June 22, 2021
Renee Paquette, Brandi Rhodes Announce Birth Of New Daughters
The wrestling world welcomed two new members into the community last week. Firstly, former WWE commentator and current host of Oral Sessions, Renee Paquette announced the birth of her and Jon Moxley’s first daughter:
Baby girl is officially here, so I’m checking out and becoming a mom. (She’s absolutely incredible!! 🥰) I have a bunch of guest hosts lined up for you guys and I started with none other than my baby daddy, cool dude husband @JonMoxley check it here- https://t.co/YC3k4fqOwN
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) June 15, 2021
Additionally, AEW’s Brandi and Cody Rhodes announced the birth of their daughter, Liberty:
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Mandy Leon, Nicole Savoy Earn Tickets To Gold; Women’s Division Wednesday Heats Up
Ring Of Honor’s Women’s Division Wednesday continued last week with impressive action from “The Prodigy”, Rok-C and “The Too Turnt Party Unicorn”, Laynie Luck. Rok-C had previously earned her “Ticket To Gold” to ROH’s Women’s Championship Tournament, and secured a victory against Luck in a hard-fought battle.
In addition, ROH announced two more competitors for their upcoming women’s tournament: Mandy Leon of The Allure and former SHIMMER Champion, Nicole Savoy.
The latest edition of Women’s Division Wednesday can be viewed below.
Kairi Sane Earns Sports Mental Trainer Qualification
Current Japanese Ambassador of WWE, Kairi Sane, has successfully gained her qualification as a Sports Mental Trainer. Sane explained that following “a sad incident of an important junior,” she decided to begin studying and learning, and then earned her Sports Mental Trainer Qualification on her first attempt.
— KAIRI SANE/カイリ・セイン (@KairiSaneWWE) June 17, 2021
Vickie Guerrero Announces In-Ring Return
June 30th’s edition of AEW Dynamite marks the in-ring return of Vickie Guerrero for the first time in 3 years, as well as her first official match in All Elite Wrestling. As tensions grew between her client, Nyla Rose and AEW Women’s Champion, Britt Baker, Guerrero set out a challenge, so now, Guerrero will team up with former AEW Women’s Champion, Nyla Rose to face the current AEW Women’s World Champion, Britt Baker and Rebel (Reba).
Vickie Guerrero also recently appeared on It’s My House Podcast, discussing being the manager of Andrade in AEW, developing her character, working with Tony Khan, the Mysterio family, and more.
Renegade Wrestling Revolution, Reality of Wrestling Announce ‘Too Hot To Handle’ Show
Renegade Wrestling Revolution (RWR) and Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling (ROW) promotions have come together to announce a spectacular all-women’s event slated for Friday, August 27th at Booker T World Gym Arena. Three matches, including the headliner, have been announced so far for Too Hot To Handle:
Leila Grey vs Vipress
Rok-C vs Diamante
Main Event: Chelsea Green vs Raychell Rose
Also advertised for the card so far: Amber Rodriguez
— RWR // Professional Wrestling (@RWRProWrestling) June 20, 2021
Sasha Banks Nominated For Emmy Award
Former Smackdown Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks, is officially nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in the The Mandalorian. Banks is up for nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series for her role in the Disney+ series The Mandalorian.
The nomination reads:
“Mercedes Varnado returns as Mandalorian Koska Reeves on a mission with Bo-Katan to rescue the Mandalorian’s companion Grogu.”
Chyna Documentary Released
Vice TV recently released the ‘Vice Versa: Chyna’ documentary, which featured the rise and fall of the most dominant women’s wrestler in WWE history, Chyna. Per Vice: “In 2015, Chyna’s close circle began filming the star with the intent of making a documentary called The Reconstruction of Chyna. The film was meant to be her epic comeback, capturing the reunion between Chyna and her estranged mother, an exotic spiritual journey and her pursuit to be inducted in The WWE Hall of Fame, but Chyna passed away during filming and the project was never completed.”
The documentary finally came into fruition on June 17th, five years after Chyna’s death.
In 2015, Chyna and her management made plans to create a documentary called The Reconstruction of Chyna.
Tragically, Chyna passed away during filming.
This reclaimed footage was salvaged to finally tell Chyna’s story.
CHYNA premieres tonight at 9p. pic.twitter.com/rcuAQTH8sE
— VICE TV (@VICETV) June 17, 2021
WWE Hall of Famer, Mick Foley, proclaimed the documentary an “essential viewing”, as Vice told Chyna’s powerful story.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) June 18, 2021
Kylie Rae Set To Defend Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship
After returning to professional wrestling earlier this month, Kylie Rae is yet again set to defend her Warrior Wrestling Women’s Championship. Announced via Twitter, Rae will defend her title against Lady Frost on July 17th at Warrior Wrestling’s Stadium Series.
!!! HUGE MATCH ANNOUNCEMENT!!
Someone told us that Kylie Rae won't lose the Warrior Wrestling Women's Championship until "hell froze over.'
Get ready, Kylie. A summer frost is coming.
Lady Frost debuts in Warrior Wrestling!
— Warrior Wrestling (@WarriorWrstlng) June 21, 2021
Former WWE SmackDown star, Ruby Riott, recently appeared on the Wrestling Perspective Podcast discussed women’s wrestling, her return to the independent scene, her journey in professional wrestling and WWE, the Riott Squad and more.
NXT UK Superstar, Xia Brookside, appeared on Bell To Belles to discuss her 6 years of wrestling, Piper Niven’s RAW debut, new NXT UK Women’s Champion Meiko Satomura, her love for American Idol, and more.
“It’s creative, it’s artsy, it’s dark, which are all things that I am drawn to,” Morgan explained, “It’s inspirational in that aspect showing us we can think outside the box maybe a little bit more than we had anticipated.” Morgan also discussed her WWE Network documentary Liv Forever, and more.
The “Pink Dream”, Alex Gracia, spoke with RoddyBlaze on vlogging on YouTube, her morning routine, Booker T, what keeps her motivated and much more!
13-time Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair spoke with Bleacher Report about her rivalry with Rhea Ripley, why she prefers being a heel, SummerSlam being her WrestleMania this year, her thoughts on Andrade’s WWE departure and what they help each other with, acting aspirations, and more!
Independent star, Leila Grey, appeared on O-Face Wrestling to discuss her journey to becoming a professional wrestler, her experience on AEW Dark, Mission Pro Wrestling, and much more.
UK Superstar, Kiara, recently spoke with the Hot Tag Hooligans, discussing her training with Robbie Brookside, the UK wrestling scene, influences and much more!
Former Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Champion, Davienne spoke with Bell To Belles on the breakup of The Girl’s Room, teaming with “Hot Scoop” Skylar, all-women’s wrestling shows, elevating her, female inspirations and more!
Former NXT superstar, Vanessa Bourne, spoke with PW Insider about her time in WWE, post-WWE plans, her journey leading to professional wrestling, being released several weeks ago, and more.
Women’s Wrestling Results
WWE: Hell In A Cell –
Kickoff Match: Natalya (w/Tamina) defeated Mandy Rose (w/Dana Brooke)
WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship (Hell In A Cell Match): Bianca Belair (c) defeated Bayley
Alexa Bliss defeated Shayna Baszler (w/ Nia Jax & Reginald)
WWE RAW Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte Flair defeats Rhea Ripley (c) by DQ
Women’s Wrestling Revolution (WWR+): To Wrestle, Shoot Straight And Speak The Truth
Megan Bayne defeated Riley Shepard
Ashley D’Amboise defeated Tina San Antonio
Kennedi Copeland defeated Alisha Edwards by DQ
Kaia McKenna defeated Little Mean Kathleen
The Kings Of The District (Eel O’Neal & Jordan Blade) defeat Becca & Erica Leigh
Team Sea Stars (Ashley Vox & Delmi Exo) defeated The Higher Society (Armani Kayos & Paris Van Dale)
Willow Nightingale defeated Masha Slamovich
Trish Adora defeated Davienne