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WOW premiered this week with a fresh look at its revamped show, roster/Credit: WOW Women of Wrestling
WOW Women of Wrestling made its go back to television following a long hiatus and produced a show that looked to plant the seeds for the matches and stories which will define it in the weeks and months ahead.
Headlined by an in-ring appearance by world champion The Beast, the show introduced fans from what they are able to expect from the promotion, owned by Lakers owner and president Jeanie Buss and GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) creator David McLane.
Very different from any wrestling show on television in every the very best ways possible, the initial broadcast was a great exercise in character work and establishing stories whose individual match grades aren’t reflective of the entire quality of the production.
What transpired and who emerged from the night’s four matches victoriously?
Learn now with this particular recap of the premiere episode.
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For WWE Divas champion AJ Mendez joined McLane and Stephen Dickey on commentary for the night’s action, which kicked off with a WOW Tag Team Championship Tournament match pitting The Tonga Twins (Kaoz and Kona) against Chantilly Chella and Randy Rah Rah.
The twins dominated the match, shrugging off an early on onslaught by Chella before downing her and working her over within their corner. A hot tag to Rah Rah sparked a comeback for the babyfaces but a missed moonsault by the cheerleader proved their downfall.
Three running hip attacks and a Samoan Drop/neckbreaker combination earned The Tonga Twins the win and advancement in the tournament to crown the initial WOW tag champions.
It had been apparent from the opening bell that WOW is unlike its predecessors. Sure, the gimmicky characters remain there, however the in-ring offering is lightyears beyond that of the prior incarnation of WOW as well as the iconic GLOW.
Booking Ray Lyn, a veteran of the indies, as Chella and letting her bring the task in early stages was an excellent call. Rah Rah had the right energy late and the twins appear to be an unstoppable force and the clear favorites to win the tournament, even with no seen another teams in your competition.
This is a great begin to the show and set the tone for all of those other episode.
The Tonga Twins defeated Chella and Rah Rah
- McLane openly admitted never to having the ability to tell the difference between your twins, resulting in neither being properly identified through the match.
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Olympic-caliber synchronized swimmer-turned-boxer Kandi Krush documented her story before the night’s next match, which saw her battle the smartass, whistle-blowing Coach Campanelli.
Campanelli worked on the hands of her opponent, seeking to take her greatest weapons from her. It worked, momentarily, but a TKO from Krush forced a stunned Campanelli to drape her foot on the bottom rope to split up the pin.
Seconds later, the boxer blasted her opponent with the right hand to score the win.
It had been clear that Krush is poised to be one of the primary young stars on the show. She had the video package treatment and was presented just like a star, both during her entrance and on commentary.
Having said that, she actually is green. Really green. It had been apparent that she actually is not used to wrestling on several occasion. Fortunately that your time and effort was there and she didn’t look like lost, that is a huge step for someone which has not been an in-ring performer for an enormous period of time.
Whether Campanelli had experience or not, she were convenient while watching crowd. She also had better timing and an obvious knowledge of the story being told. She stood out as a concealed gem of the episode.
As a match, it had been not particularly great. Being an introduction to Krush, it had been well executed and provides the audience someone they are able to relate to continue.
Krush defeated Campanelli
- Campanelli had two fingers on her behalf left hand taped, perhaps experiencing an injury. It had been not acknowledged on commentary, suggesting it could have already been legit.
- Coach stepped on her behalf opponent’s foot to break an armbar in a great, simple little spot.
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Rapper BK Rhythm controlled the opening moments of her match with Vivian Rivera but quickly found herself on the defensive, outwrestled by way of a better competitor.
Rivera tried for an armbar late but countered right into a rollup to score the upset make an impression on Rhythm.
Apart from Chella earlier in the show, Rivera appeared as if probably the most comfortable and confident in-ring performer on the show up to now. It had been interesting to see her obtain the win for the reason that she didn’t have the type that others on the show did, nor did she obtain the video package treatment that Rhythm did before the match.
She originated from out of nowhere to score the win but considering McLane mentioned on commentary her fandom of Eddie Guerrero and AJ Mendez, it offers her a particular degree of credibility that others cannot attain just from gimmicky personae.
The match was too short to total much from an in-ring perspective but don’t be surprised if Rivera hangs round the WOW title picture as a potential dark horse candidate to win the gold later on.
Rivera defeated Rhythm
- A pre-match video package introduced BK Rhythm to the audience. Her gimmick? Rapper. She actually is not John Cena or Max Caster, but she did seem to be over with the audience, so there’s that.
- Mendez discussed being inspired by Rivera’s story but barely touched onto it. That’s something the production will need to get back to later, especially since she earned the win here.
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WOW world champion The Beast, a black belt in krav maga and EMT from the ring, battled newcomer Adriana Gambino in the primary event of the premiere episode.
The match was a one-sided demonstration of physical dominance by the impressive champion. Beast looked the part, demolishing the overmatched Gambino and putting her away with the powerbomb for the short, decisive victory.
Following the match, Reina Del Rey hit the ring and delivered a German suplex to the victor, establishing herself because the next challenger to the champ.
You will see some who argue that the primary event ought to be more competitive but Beast is actually the centerpiece of the promotion and highlighting her for the reason that spot was the proper call. She looked unstoppable, a complete badass and somebody who it will require considerable talent to knock off her pedestal.
Is she probably the most polished wrestler? No, but she doesn’t have to be. She’s the appearance, the intensity and the aggression to create herself aside from everybody else on the roster and may be the right choice to transport the newly relaunched promotion forward.
Beast defeated Gambino
- Beast hip-tossed Gambino completely over the ring.
- “Another sports reference? You can just be creating words and I’d nod right along,” Mendez told McLane.
- “I’d just stay down. It isn’t worthwhile,” Mendez said of Gambino, who continued to take considerable punishment as a result of her competitor.