WOW on AXS TV: Powell’s review of Tessa Blanchard vs. Reyna Reyes for the WOW Championship, Jungle Grrrl vs. Sassy Massy, The Disciplinarian vs. Stephy Slays, Havok and Hazard vs. The Dixie Darlings in a WOW Tag Title Series match

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WOW (Women Of Wrestling)
Taped in May 15-16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California at Belasco Theater
Aired October 12, 2019 on on AXS-TV

A video package opened the show and focused on the women in the WOW Championship picture… The broadcast team was David McLane and Stephen Dickey, and Shaul Guerrero was the ring announcer…

Backstage, Tessa Blanchard approached McLane in his office to talk about her match. He wondered if she finally signed a contract to defend the title against The Beast. Blanchard said The Beast doesn’t deserve a title shot. McLane said Blanchard needed to stop handpicking her opponents. Blanchard said she has not done that and would face the next person who entered the room. Reyna Reyes knocked on the door and walked into the room. Blanchard said they had their main event for the night. Reyes assumed that McLane wanted to see her. McLane said that wasn’t the case. Reyes said Sophia Lopez told her that McLane wanted to see her…

Jungle Grrrl came to the ring for a promo and said it took two opponents to take her down last week, and that tells her that no one can beat her one on one. She called for competition… After a break, Sassy Massy (Alisha Edwards) made her entrance…

1. Jungle Grrrl vs. Sassy Massy. Jungle Grrrl performed a top rope splash on Massy and could have pinned her, but she opted to perform the move again. Jungle Grrrl went up top for a third, but Chantilly Chilla came out and stood in her way. Jungle Grrrl attacked Chilla and placed her next to Massy. Jungle Grrrl went to the top rope. Three referees entered the ring and blocked her from performing another splash. A “no contest” graphic appeared on the screen…

Jungle Grrrl fought Sassy Massy to a no-contest.

Powell’s POV: A good angle to help cement Jungle Grrrl as a heel.

Lana Star hung up a piece of paper that red “Dixie Darlings” on it over a Jessie Jones and Amber O’Neal logo on their locker room door. The Dixie Darlings showed up and entered the room after seeing their team name on the door. Jones said they don’t sign autographs for fans in the locker room. Jones kicked them out of the locker room. Jones found the piece of paper that listed the Dixie Darlings and tore it up…

A video package recapped the history between Abilene Maverick and Stephy Slays. Maverick came out for her match with Slays wearing a neck brace. McLane said he spoke with her earlier in the week and she wasn’t wearing the brace. Maverick told Slays that she was injured. The fans booed. Maverick complained it was a freak accident at her family’s lake house. She said she knew someone who could teach Slays a little lesson. The Disciplinarian came out and hit Slays from behind…

2. The Disciplinarian (w/Samantha Smart) vs. Stephy Slays. Maverick sat in on commentary and wondered why no one believed her injury claim. She held her neck and said she could die. McLane recalled Maverick being caught faking an injury once before. McLane also noted that Slays beat Disciplinarian once before and this was a rematch. Disciplinarian dominated the bulk of the match. Slays made a late comeback and got a two count off a sunset flip. Slays followed up with a victory roll for a near fall. Disciplinarian came back with a TKO for the win.

The Disciplinarian defeated Stephy Slays.

After the match, Smart cut a heel promo on the crowd and boasted that Disciplinarian crushed their cliche underdog. “Are you entertained?” she asked… A teaser aired for the Monster’s of Madness being up next…

Powell’s POV: A solid match and a decent angle to build up interest in Slays eventually getting Maverick in the ring. The post match promo felt unnecessary in that it didn’t really add anything and didn’t seem to serve much of a purpose.

A vignette aired with Siren the Voodoo Doll with Holidead walking around the room. Siren red from her tarot cards and said darkness awaits…

3. “Monsters of Madness” Havok and Hazard vs. “The Dixie Darlings” Jolene and Jolynn in a WOW Tag Title Series match. McLane admitted that he couldn’t tell the difference between Jolene and Jolynn. McLane said the Dixie Darlings grew up in the hills of Virginia. Late in the match, Havok knocked Jolynn off the apron, then Hazard pinned Jolene.

The Monsters of Madness beat The Dixie Darlings in a WOW Tag Title Series match.

The Monsters of Madness beat up the Dixie Darlings after the match. Havok cut a brief promo afterward and said she and Hazard are advancing to the next round of the series. Hazard took the mic and said they are all WOW needs…

Powell’s POV: Five weeks in and we still have no clue how the WOW Tag Title Series actually works. I’m normally someone who lobbies for more promo time to develop the characters, but this felt like another pointless post match promo. The wrestlers have been put in tough positions after each of the last two matches because they’re not hyping anything in particular and are just expected to talk about themselves.

A video package showcased Reyna Reyes and her transformation from Azteca to her current name. The narrator said she realized that she wasn’t honoring herself by wearing the mask and Azteca name. She said she is now wrestling for herself and her true culture…

4. Tessa Blanchard vs. Reyna Reyes for the WOW Championship. Dickey said he felt that The Beast should be challenging for the championship, which McLane agreed with. Reyes had Blanchard down at ringside and went to the top rope and performed a sky twister. Back inside the ring, Reyes picked up a two count, but Blanchard grabbed the ropes to break the pin.

Blanchard caught Reyes in the ropes and then performed a nice Codebreaker that led to a two count. Blanchard went up top and was cut off by Reyes, who performed a Spanish Fly from the top rope for a two count (Tessa could have milked that one more). Reyes went for a Sky Twister, but Blanchard moved. Blanchard hit her Diamond DDT (hammerlock DDT) and scored the clean pin.

Tessa Blanchard defeated Reyna Reyes to retain the WOW Championship.

After the match, Jungle Grrrl came out and attacked Blanchard. Jungle Grrrl performed a top rope slash on Blanchard. Several referees entered the ring. Jungle Grrrl grabbed the WOW title belt and placed it on Blanchard before leaving the ring. Blanchard got to her feet and shoved the referees away.

The cameras cut “downstairs in the locker room” to Jungle Grrrl and The Beast bickering. Jungle Grrrl said she should have had the title shot. The Beast said Jungle Grrrl already had her shot and told her to get out of her face. Jungle Grrrl tackled The Beast and they tumbled through a doorway and into a bathroom to close the show…

Powell’s POV: A good main event match. Blanchard is among the best in the business and true star. I’m just not sure why she kicked at the referee’s two count following the top rope Spanish Fly when she could have made that feel much more suspenseful. Nevertheless, it was a good title match to close a solid edition of the show. WOW rarely delivers satisfying main event finishes, so a clean finish felt like a nice surprise.


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