Who Will Challenge for Tessa Blanchard’s WOW World Title
Episode 1 begins with the WOW Champion, Tessa Blanchard cutting a promo in the ring. Tessa Blanchard is so believable and displays such confidence in the ring. She’s so good.
“I’m the baddest b*tch in the building.”
This brings out The Beast. First thing to say about Beast is that she is a physical specimen. WOW is right. However, she wasn’t the only one to come out.
Jungle Girl, the former champ cam out next. Blanchard leaves the ring and tells McLane he can figure out who the next challenger for her title will be.
As she’s making her way out, Havok stops her dead in her tracks. Blanchard runs away. With the other 3 women in the ring, David McLane makes it a triple threat, elimination match for the Number 1 Contender’s spot in the main event.
Jessie Jones vs. Fire
Jessie Jones cuts a promo about how she is going to make “Wrasslin great again.” She says to bring out the next bimbo. Out comes Fire. Does that mean she thinks she’s a bimbo?
Whatever the case, her name is appropriate. She starts out quick and hot. She hits a nice Lou Thesz press. The story in this match was the young, inexperienced Fire taking on the more experienced Jones.
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Jones uses her experience to play possum. She then takes the momentum in the match. She hits a great Superkick. Jones locks in the arm bar and picks up the win.
This was a short match, but pretty effective. Jones gets over as a dastardly heel. Fire makes a nice impression as a young up and comer who only lost because of her inexperience. Very effective booking so far.
Sassy Massy Makes Her WOW Debut
If you don’t watch WOW, they love a good nickname. Sassy Massy is from Boston, Massachusetts and apparently, quite sassy. She’s also the wife of Eddie Edwards and has been appearing in Impact for the last couple of years.
Her opponent is The Disciplinarian with Samantha Smart. The story of the match was the strength of the Disciplinarian versus the quickness of Sassy Massy.
At one point, Disciplinarian had the match won. She hit a nasty sit out gord buster. As the ref was about to count 3, she lifted up Sassy Massy and was going to continue the beat down.
— WOW (@wowsuperheroes) September 9, 2019
Massy reverses a move and then hits a nice 3 part running combo into the corner. She ran once and caught a clothesline, then a back elbow, and finished with a crossbody all while Disciplinarian was in the corner.
Disciplinarian eventually catches Massy with a diamond cutter for a near fall. She then goes for a clothesline, but Sassy Massy turns into a Sunset Flip roll-up. Sassy Massy picks up the win.
Sassy Massy picks up the win in her debut. After the match, Disciplinarian was shown destroying a locker room. It looks like this may be a continuing storyline.
Tag Team Championship Tournament Match
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— WOW (@wowsuperheroes) September 9, 2019
We’re getting the Psycho Sisters with Mezmeriah vs. The Aussie Princess and Reyna Reyes. Reyes was formerly known as Azteca, but announced earlier in the night we would get to see the real her.
The match starts off with Razor and Aussie Princess. The two have a really good submission move exchange. Aussie has Razor in an arm bar. Razor counters into a leg-scissors. Finally, Aussie has a really beautiful counter into an STF.
As Aussie Princess was going for what looked to be a top-rope Hurricanrana, Mezmeriah interferes while the ref is distracted. In comes Fury. Fury dominates for a bit.
However, Aussie gets the hot tag to Reyes. Reyes comes in on fire. She hits some awesome kicks to each of the sisters. Then she finishes of the great sequence with a Complete Shot for a near fall.
All 4 women are still in the ring. Reyes goes for some more kicks, but Fury ducks. Reyes inadvertently kicks Aussie with Superkick. Fury gets the roll-up and grabs the tights for the big win.
This match was a lot of fun. Again, it was short but action packed. You had heel interference. A great hot tag spot. However, I walked away being most impressed by Aussie Princess. She seemed to have the best in-ring talent of the 4. All played their spots well, but I though she stood out from the rest.
The Main Event
This main event started with only 10 minutes left in the hour. For it to be a Triple-Threat Elimination match, it was going to have to be a quick, quick match or some interference was definitely headed our way.
Before the match ever started, Tessa Blanchard came down to commentary. I figured she would somehow get involved and make the match a no-contest. She didn’t.
Beast was easily the fan-favorite in the match. Havok was clearly the villain. Jungle Girl, the former champ, was sort of in the middle.
The match started off with Beast and Jungle Girl taking Havok to the outside. The two, then, squared off to see who was the most powerful. They hit dual running shoulder blocks until Havok pulled Beast to the outside.
Havok slammed Beast’s back into the side of the ring. Havok climbed back in and tried to attack Jungle Girl. Jungle Girl slid to the outside and Havok followed. Havok then hits a double clothesline on the other women.
All 3 are back in the ring. Beast hits a really stiff spear onto both women simultaneously. It was definitely one of the more impressive spears I’ve seen.
After some more action, Beast gets Havok up into Samoan Drop position, but Jungle Girl knocks them both down. She climbs to the top, but someone is out from the back.
Hazard, Havok’s tag team partner, has made her way out to the ring. She pushes Jungle Girl off the top rope and attacks the Beast. Jungle Girl grabs a chair and clears house. The match is a not contest. Meanwhile, on commentary, Tessa Blanchard says she’ll just pick her own partner.
For our first WOW review here on WrestleTalk.com, the show set a pretty high bar. I’m giving this a 4 out of 5. We got a nice angle to end the show and a bit of drama in not knowing who is going to challenge for the title next week.
There were also some pretty nice standouts for the night. Sassy Massy seems to be inline for a bit of a push after her debut. The Beast looked impressive and seems to be a challenger for Tessa sooner or later. The Psycho Sisters advance in the tournament. It seems to be the right call since they are an actual tag team instead of the franken-team of Aussie Princess and Reyna Reyes.
However, both Reyes and Aussie Princess looked good in defeat. That’s perfect wrestling. One sides gets over because of the win and the other looks good in defeat.
Of course, Tessa Blanchard is incredible. This wasn’t the best promo I’ve ever seen her do, but she was solid on the mic. There were a couple of hiccups in the show. The angle on the inadvertent superkick didn’t look great and promising a number one contender and not delivering can only be done so many times without hurting the product.
As long as they don’t promise and not deliver too often, it’s okay every once in a while to further an angle. Overall, a pretty strong show for Episode 1. Tune into WrestleTalk.com for reviews of WOW each and every week. You can catch WOW: Women of Wrestling every Saturday Night on AXS at 8pm (EDT).