Let’s take a look at how the first ever all women’s pay-per-view perform at the The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Trish and Lita try their best but Alicia Fox craps all over it
Trish Stratus & Lita def. Mickie James & Alicia Fox: It is really frustrating when the match that you have the least expectations from starts delivering only to then turn out worse than your expectations. That was how this match was.
Lita and Trish Status did show a bit of ring rust and their age but mostly they were above and beyond what anyone could expect from these veterans. It was predictably Alicia Fox who spoilt the experience.
We get that she should be cut some slack as she was a last minute replacement for Bliss but even then she was horrendous. There was a spot where she had to break up a pin but she barely made any contact making the whole thing seem stupid.
It was just okay as a nostalgia act and when you consider the fact that three of the women involved are veterans and no one cares about the fourth one, the point of this match seems lost. The only good thing was that Stratus and Lita got the win.
Rating: Thumbs Down
Women’s Battle Royal
Nia Jax won the Women’s Battle Royal to earn a future Women’s Title opportunity: Pretty much any wrestling fan out there could have written this script move by move without the need of a crystal ball. That was how predictable this match was.
Based on the build-up, we all knew that Nia Jax was going to win this one but at least WWE could have added a bit more flair to the proceedings. Instead, we got one of the most generic matches WWE could come up with.
This defeats the entire purpose of a women’s PPV. The reason the women’s division languished in the shadow of the men’s division for so long was because of the way every women’s match was scripted. It was all the same.
WWE has been trying hard to convince that such an approach no longer exists but this match disproved that. Battle Royals aren’t always the best and WWE made it even more unappealing.
Rating: Thumbs Down
The Mae Young Classic Finals, finally delivers
Toni Storm def. Io Shirai to win the 2018 Mae Young Classic: It is the height of irony when the first good match on the first ever women’s PPV is delivered by two wrestlers who aren’t part of the main full-time roster.
It is also sad that we had to wait this long into the PPV to get a decent match. Most casual fans would have seen Toni Storm and Io Shirai wrestling for the first time and that kind of added to the excitement.
The match was pretty good and while it wasn’t ground-breaking, this was much easier on the eye and should have opened the show. Toni Storm won after a few cool spots and we finally had a match that was worthy of being on such a landmark PPV.
Rating: Thumbs Up