This week in pro wrestling featured a lack of turnover in the highest profile women’s championship matches, with Ronda Rousey, Asuka, and Shayna Baszler all retaining. However, title matches in smaller promotions in the United States and Japan ended with some groundbreaking wins for women.
Mercedes Martinez wins the AWS Heavyweight Championship
Mercedes Martinez defeated Tyler Bateman to become the first female AWS (Alternative Wrestling Show) Heavyweight Champion on Jan. 26. in South Gate, California. Winning this title is the latest in a series of awesome accomplishments racked up by Martinez, who also wrestled the longest one-on-one women’s wrestling match (her 75-minute Iron Woman Match in
ASUKA wins the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship
At DDT’s Sweet
Shinsuke Nakamura parody character
Although she won the most comedic, hot potato title in a mostly comedy promotion, this was a strong accomplishment for ASUKA’s first show as a DDT regular. Her comedy-romance “Big Love” storyline with Daisuke Sasaki was a crowd-pleaser last year, and this title win looks like she’ll have more opportunities to break ground in DDT in 2019.
Return next week to see which women’s titles got a new champion!