The Wrap (March 18th, 2017): News from the week in women’s wrestling

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Each week, The Wrap will wrap up the week in women’s wrestling by compiling the week’s smaller news stories, rumors and gossip – anything not normally covered by Diva Dirt. Got a tip for next week? Send it in.

* A new Charlotte Flair action figure – from Mattel’s WWE line – is now available. (Ringside Collectibles)

* WWE teased Asuka challenging Alexa Bliss on social media when noting her appearance at the MSG house show yesterday, then deleted and changed its phrasing before posting an article saying she will “obviously remain focused on her NXT title defense” during WrestleMania weekend. (CageSide Seats)

* Road Dogg dismisses rumors that WWE officials are unhappy with Alexa Bliss’ in-ring work. (Twitter)

* NY Sport Scene highlights the rise of women’s wrestling in the New York City reign. (NY Sport Scene)

* Warriors of Wrestling announces a 16 woman tournament to crown their first ever Women of Warriors Champion. (Facebook)

* Rhia O’Reilly suffers a fractured ankle injury. (Twitter)

* SHIMMER announces a match-up between Shayna Baszler and Santana Garrett at SHIMMER 91. (Twitter)

* Alundra Blayze launches a new podcast. (Twitter)

* Emma and Summer Rae participate in the E-Sports Celebrity Bootcamp. (PWMania)

* Fight Network selects their Top 5 favorite Gail Kim matches of all time. (YouTube)

* Lana is expected to focus on wrestling in NXT while Rusev is out of action rehabbing from shoulder surgery. (CageSide Seats)

* Stephanie McMahon makes an appearance on Xavier Woods’ UpUpDownDown YouTube show after reaching one million subscribers. (YouTube)

* Natalya shares her memorable WrestleMania family moments. (Calgary Sun)

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    Bummer about Rusev. He’ll miss the Mania :/ I’m ready for Lana to take the next step, I am already bored by her role as manager/valet.

    I didn’t believe the Alexa rumours. WWE wouldn’t put the title on someone they don’t think has what it takes, especially when that reign makes history.

    • Memo Soto

      Jillian Hall, never forget.

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      • Gabriella Panajotova

        That’s funny, but you can’t draw parallels between Jillian’s 2 second reign and Alexa becoming the first 2 time champ.

    • trishlita721

      I’ve been bored of Lana’s manager role for years now….. remember the days when managers use to fight it was fun

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        True. She’s barely even talking too, so she is reduced to just a pretty face.

    • KatyaMenelli

      Yes they would. You don’t know WWE if you say that.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        When have they given a historic reign to someone they don’t think has what it takes?

  • John Finnie

    Oh Steph won t be a happy

  • Jonny

    Great timing Stephanie!!

  • Alex

    I think it’ll be sort of funny if the WWE poked fun of the leaked situation by having HHH off handedly and jokingly tell Xavier to back away from his wife.

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  • ThePeaceVibe.

    I wish they would have added the gems to Charlotte’s figure. It looks pretty decent, but the attire looks half painted. I’ve recently started to collect them just for the sake of it. I’m interested in the Alundra podcast, but I suppose it depends on what it covers? I’m happy to hear that Lana will be training to wrestle more. I used to love watching her segments and now I am don’t care if I catch them. She definitely needs some type of refresher. I really don’t want them to have Asuka immediately come to SD and win the title. Most people seem to be over her NXT reign, it just doesn’t seem like a good time.

    • Joseph

      You’re probably gonna see it when they release a Charlotte Elite figure.

      • ThePeaceVibe.

        True lol

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    I thought this was Jillian Hall.

  • PYM #TheRoadTo5

    Charlotte’s face on the figure looks beautiful, but the attire is shameful. the part on the torse is painted on! :OOOO Tragic! Someone with artistic abilities needs to do my queen justice.

  • So happy for Lana but it’s a shame she will miss the WM 33. I didn’t believe those bliss rumours TBH! I Love Charlotte’s new figure.

  • Glitter Bliss Banks

    I like the Charlotte figure,But like “ThePeaceVibe” said, Gems on the figure would be cool and maybe include a diamanté robe?. I definitely feel that they should go down the route of putting out Doll’s of the Female Wrestlers! They could do some gorgeous ones, In particular Ones of the 4HW, Nikki, Alexa, Carmella ,Alicia etc….An Asuka and Ember Moon would be pretty cool and even maybe be a due pack of Peyton and Billie would be fab! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40febf856ccd6c6d4b65d528745f61c0c786c5f3983b598cb57020366e2ad063.jpg
    I remember a Beth Phoenix prototype from years ago being shown but it never made the shelves.

  • trishlita721

    It’s a joke that Lana is now being prepared to wrestle….. 3 plus years managing plus her age it’s to little to late. And just saying she’s ready to go now not perfect but she’s fresh has character development why does she need nxt now!?!?!?!

  • Jo9834

    If Lana learns to wrestle, the chances of her making it on Raw will be slim, Smackdown may be the best show for her to hone her craft.

    There was a window of time where they could have made Lana the new ‘Sable’ of sorts when she was breaking away from Rusev, but I believe her leaking her engagement to TMZ took away a lot of the trust the WWE had in her prior to that.

    • Geek God

      She messed up bad doing that, she could have been happy behind the scenes like Sasha, Trish, etc, i hope her WWE career will recover though