Women’s title changes for Jan. 22-28

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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 RISE against Tessa Blanchard) within the past year, and gained the eyes of new fans after competing in the 2018 Mae Young Classic. Her first championship defense will be against another independent wrestling veteran, B-Boy, at AWS’s 17th Anniversary Show on March 23.

ASUKA wins the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship

At DDT’s Sweet Dreams! 2019 show on Jan. 26, ASUKA, an openly transgender freelance wrestler who announced herself as a new DDT regular on the same show, won a 10-minute time limit battle royal for the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship. The parody of WWE’s old Hardcore Championship, complete with 24/7 defense rules, has now changed hands 1,348 different times,three of them within this match.

Shinsuke Nakamura parody character Chinsuke Nakamura went into the match as the defending champion and was pinned by Kikutaro almost immediately. Kazuki Hirata pinned Kikutaro and managed to retain the title until he was pinned by ASUKA with only seconds left on the clock.

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!