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I wasn’t a huge fan of Carmella and James Ellsworth being paired together on “Smackdown Live,” when it first happened in January.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan Carmella’s ever since I saw her in NXT. When she was drafted to Smackdown Live, I thought it was a bit too soon but she’s grown as a performer in the last year. Putting her with Ellsworth didn’t make sense to me for awhile. I thought she had a good run with Nikki Bella and was coming along on her own that she didn’t really need a heater. But since they’ve been together, she’s had some big moments on the blue brand, including mixing it up with John Cena and Bella and pinning women’s champion Naomi twice.
Then I watched tonight’s Money in the Bank pay per view where Carmella won the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match – a first in WWE history – after Ellsworth climbed the ladder, grabbed the briefcase and unceremoniously dropped it in her hands.
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It didn’t take long for former Smackdown women’s champion Alexa Bliss to assert herself as one of Raw’s top women.
Bliss won a Fatal Fourway match against Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Nia Jax to become the No. 1 contender for the Raw women’s championship, currently held by Bayley. The two will clash on April 30 at Payback.
Bliss made her Raw debut last week as a part of the “Superstar Shakeup” to a star’s welcome. It wasn’t a surprise since there were reports that Bliss would be switching brands with Charlotte Flair. This is a great opportunity for the former Smackdown women’s champion to compete on another – and in some people’s opinion a bigger – stage.
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WWE had their “Superstar Shakeup” this week with Monday Night Raw getting a plethora of Smackdown Live talent, including Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose, former women’s champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.
However I think the blue brand came away with the biggest acquisition in the form of former four-time Raw women’s champion and “The Queen” Charlotte Flair.
Flair has been the foundation of WWE’s women’s division for the last two years after the company’s women’s resolution. She won the Divas champion and being the last wrestlers to hold that title before WWE changed the belt to the women’s championship.
Since then, Flair had held what became the Raw women’s championship four times and has had classic matches with Sasha Banks and Bayley – rivals and friends from her development days. Together, along with Smackdown’s Becky Lynch, they made up the “Four Horsewomen of NXT.”
During Charlotte’s last appearance on Raw, she was in a six-woman tag team match where Nia Jax dropped her on her head. According to reports, Flair was fine backstage.
Some folks may not like Flair going to Smackdown because she had some unfinished business on Raw with Jax and her former protegee Dana Brooke. However, being on Smackdown Live gives The Queen an opportunity to shine on a new stage.
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This week’s Women of Honor features Kelly Klein defending her undefeated streak against Scarlett Bordeaux. This match has been a long time brewing.
This match features Kennadi Brink against Rachel Ellering. Brink made her professional wrestling debut in 2010, training at Gillberg’s Professional Wrestling Academy and is a former ECWA women’s champion. Ellering is the daughter of legendary manager Paul Ellering and recently spent some time in NXT.
WWE RAW women’s champion Sasha Banks posted this on her Twitter. Tonight she faces Charlotte Flair in the first Women’s Hell in a cell match.
Sasha is my favorite wrestler right now and this is one of the reasons. She was someone who was “no you can’t do that” when it came to following her dreams and she responded with “I’m going to do it anyways.” She’s an inspiration to not just women and girls, but also men and boys. She’s an inspiration to anyone who is told “you can’t do this.”
I’m excited for her and Charlotte to get this opportunity. If they are given enough time, this could be the match of the year.
From Jason Saint: Very few wrestlers in the ROH women’s division, Women Of Honor, have the same fearsome aura that the poisonous Taeler Hendrix has. Hendrix has picked up hard fought victories against virtually everyone she’s shared the ring with in the last few years, but would have her work cut out against the veteran Sumie Sakai. Having wrestled since ‘97, Sakai has faced off against her share of dominant opponents, so she doesn’t go into this match without a game plan. A competitive, hard-hitting match between two great wrestlers.