The summer of women’s wrestling is intensifying: Zelina Vega returns to WWE, Alex Gracia earns her Ticket To Gold, a new RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Champion has been crowned, and much more! Let’s break it down in this week’s Women’s Wrestling Wrap-up!
Zelina Vega Returns To WWE, Added To Money In The Bank Match
The Money In The Bank pay-per-view is heating up. Last week on Friday Night Smackdown, Sonya Deville appeared out to the ring again to announce the next entrant in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. In surprise fashion, Zelina Vega emerged.
— WWE (@WWE) July 3, 2021
Vega made her way down to the ring, declaring she plans on winning the match and cashing in her opportunity to become the Women’s Champion on one of WWE’s three brands. However, this moment was interrupted by the eager Liv Morgan, who demanded to know why Zelina Vega was getting this slot instead of her. Morgan had previously defeated former 2-time Money In The Bank winner, Carmella, two weeks in a row.
Vega retorted, stating that she had many years of wrestling experience and that she was one of the most popular female competitors throughout WWE history. Moreover, Liv Morgan then challenged Vega to a match on the spot, which Sonya Deville made official. Morgan then continued her winning streak, rolling up Vega for the 1-2-3 pin. Though earning another impressive victory, Morgan has yet to officially solidify her spot in the official Money In The Bank match.
With Zelina Vega’s addition, that leaves two vacant spots from the blue-brand yet to be announced. Rounding out the crop for the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match so far is: Asuka, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross, Carmella, and most recently, Zelina Vega.
Zelina Vega had prior been released from WWE in November 2020, but she was spotted at the company’s Performance Center as recently as May.
Smackdown Women’s Championship On The Line In “I Quit” Match
Speaking of Money In The Bank, it was recently announced that Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bianca Belair is set to defend her title against a former champion, Bayley, in an “I Quit Match” at this month’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view. This officially marks the third occasion that these two competitors will be facing off in a championship bout. Belair previously defeated Bayley at Hell In A Cell and WrestleMania Backlash to retain her title; but now, WWE has upped the stakes and the intensity by re-introducing the third ever women’s “I Quit” match in the franchise’s history.
— WWE (@WWE) July 3, 2021
Bianca Belair vs. Bayley’s “I Quit” Match is set to be be the third Women’s “I Quit” Match in WWE history, following the inaugural Melina vs. Beth Phoenix match in 2008, and former NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray vs. Toni Storm, which took part in 2020.
Women’s Division Wednesday Continues; Alex Gracia Earns Ticket To Gold
Ring of Honor’s Women’s Division Wednesday continues to deliver, and another competitor has earned her Ticket to Gold. Last week, “The Pink Dream”, Alex Gracia, achieved the redemption she had been yearning for. Following a loss to Willow Nightingale on June 2nd, Gracia was given a second chance for gold in last week’s match against the MCW Women’s Champion, Gia Scott. This time, Gracia emerged victorious in this hard fought battle. Impressed by Gracia’s performance and resiliency, Maria Kanellis-Bennett awarded Gracia with an official Ticket To Gold to ROH’s Women’s Championship Tournament.
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) July 1, 2021
Gracia now joins the fray of the following for the upcoming Women’s Championship Tournament:
- Angelina Love (first-round bye)
- Trish Adora
- Miranda Alize
- Allysin Kay
- Willow Nightingale
- Mandy Leon
- Nicole Savoy
- Max the Impaler
- Alex Gracia
The entire episode of last week’s Women’s Division Wednesday can be viewed below.
New RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Champion Crowned
Last week, it was announced that the RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Championship had been declared vacant. After former champion, Jamie Hayter and challenger, Skye Smiton had both been contacted for NXT UK try-outs, Revolution Pro announced a contest between the last two women to hold the championship, Gisele Shaw and Zoe Lucas, to determine a new champion. Last Sunday at RevPro’s Live At The Cockpit 51 event, Shaw and Lucas collided in an epic bout, but it was the “Quinessential Diva” who emerged victorious.
— ⋆ 🍧 🎀 𝕲𝖎𝖘𝖊𝖑𝖊 𝕾𝖍𝖆𝖜🍬 🎀 🍧 ⋆ (@GiseleShaw08) July 4, 2021
This victory officially crowns as the new champion, and marks the beginning of her second title reign. Shaw promised to be a fighting champion, so she will now defend her newly won Undisputed British Women’s Championship against “The Glamour”, Mariah May on July 18th.
Sunday July 18th, Live In Bristol
GISELE SHAW already following through on her promise to be a fighting champion puts her newly won Undisputed British Women's Championship on the line against MARIAH MAY
— Revolution Pro (@RevProUK) July 5, 2021
NXT UK Women’s Action Continues; Blair Davenport Revealed
The women’s wrestling action continues to intensify in NXT UK. Kicking off the show last week was Emilia McKenzie (fka Millie McKenzie) vs Isla Dawn. Both women traded strikes for a back and forth contest, but McKenzie ultimately landed a double knee strike for the victory on Dawn.
Meanwhile, new NXT UK Women’s Champion, Meiko Satomura, emerged to the ring to cut a promo, but was interrupted by Nina Samuels. She congratulated her and Kay Lee Ray on their impressive championship match a few weeks ago, but Samuels also thinks that NXT UK and Meiko Satomura needs need more Nina Samuels. Samuels proclaimed that she could put Satomura “on the map” if she was her first title defense. Before Satomura could properly responde, Amale attacked Samuels from behind, flinging her into the steel steps. Amale demanded a title shot from “The Final Boss, Satomura, which was accepted.
Soon afterwards, another video package aired for NXT UK’s newest acquisition, Blair Davenport. Davenport declared that she has arrived in the hottest women’s division in the world. She then removed her hood to reveal herself: the former, Bea Priestley.
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) July 1, 2021
After challenging Aoife Valkyrie to a match, Mila Smidt made her in-ring debut in NXT UK last week. “The French Elegance” put in a valiant effort, but ultimately fell short to the intense Valkyrie. After the match, Valkyrie found Jinny looming on the entrance ramp, insinuating a potential feud between the two.
— NXT UK (@NXTUK) July 1, 2021
Tegan Nox Appears In Dark Match; Potential Return Plans Revealed
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that Tegan Nox competed in a dark match before WWE RAW this week against fellow NXT superstar, Toni Storm. Nox had been out of in-ring action since August 2020, due to her third ACL injury.
Coincidentally, NXT has been airing short videos of a battery charging, possibly hyping up the return of a superstar. PWInsider also reported that the charging battery teasers fans have seen in recent weeks are meant to hype Tegan Nox’s return.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 30, 2021
With NXT airing tonight, and the battery up the 80% as of last week, it will be interesting to see if Nox reappears tonight or perhaps next week.
Deonna Purrazzo Makes In-Ring Debut At AAA Verano De Escandalo
IMPACT Knockout’s Champion, Deonna Purrazzo, recently debuted in the ring at AAA Verano De Escandalo, defeating Lady Shani via the fujiwara armbar.
— Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide (@luchalibreaaa) July 4, 2021
Following the match, Purrazzo’s TripleMania opponent, AAA Reina de Reinas Champion, Faby Apache ran to the ring and attacked the current Knockout’s Champion. Next month, the two compete in a Title vs Title match on August 14th, where the winner will walk out with both championships.
— The Virtuosa (@DeonnaPurrazzo) July 4, 2021
Former Knockouts Champion, Havok, spoke with Sportskeeda Wrestling on her tenure in IMPACT Wrestling, aligning with Rosemary, Slammiversary and much more.
Recently appearing on O-Face Wrestling, Luscious Latasha chatted about how the business has evolved in her 17 years pro wrestling, how social media has effected the business, her desire to wrestle on AEW, and more.
Former IMPACT Knockout, Nevaeh spoke with Lucha Libre Online on her experience with CZW, teaming with Havok in IMPACT Wrestling, her departure from IMPACT Wrestling, and much more.
Kennedi Copeland recently appeared on the Hot Tag Hooligans podcast to discuss her career, hardcore wrestling, emo music, returning to shows after the pandemic and much more.
Former Knockout’s Tag Team Champion, Jordynne Grace appeared on Wilde On, talking about her Patreon, staying with IMPACT Wrestling, Jonathan Gresham and more.
Former WWE Women’s Champion and Knockouts Champion, Mickie James recently joined the Two Man Power Trip podcast to discuss her upcoming concert, her country music career, her WWE and TNA runs, NWA EMPOWERRR, and more!
Former Sabotage Tag Team Champion, Delmi Exo, recently spoke with All Night Long Wrestling Podcast, on the Sea Stars team, her AEW appearances, starting up her very own promotion and more.
Former RAW superstar, Lana, appeared on Talk Is Jericho, detailing her release from WWE, the WWE Thunderdome, WWE ending her storyline with Dolph Ziggler, Miro (Rusev), and Summer Rae, Survivor Series 2020, and more.
WOMEN’S WRESTLING RESULTS
Reality of Wrestling, July 3rd – Diamonds Are Forever
Alex Gracia defeated Erica Torres
Danni Bee defeated Alejandra The Lion
Madi Wrenkowski defeated Mia Friday
Sadika defeated Karizma
Triple Threat Match: Killa Kate defeated Phoebe and Rache Chanel
Hyan defeated Vertvixen
Raychell Rose defeated Charity Kane
ROW Diamonds Division Championship Match: Promise Braxton (c) defeated Laynie Luck
PROGRESS Wrestling, Julr 3rd – Chapter 114: Set Eyeballs To Stunned
PROGRESS Women’s Championship Match: Kanji (c) defeated Laura Di Matteo
No Disqualication Match: Mercedez Blaze defeats Alexxis Falcon
Gisele Shaw defeated Taonga
AEW Dark: Elevation, June 30th
Serena Deeb defeated Tesha Price
Hikaru Shida defeated Dani Jordyn
Thunder Rosa defeated Leila Grey