The fabled Women of Wrestling (WOW) promotion that has been hit with controversy after controversy, has finally filmed its first set of tapings. As of writing, nothing in this article is confirmed, and the majority of the information comes from fans who were at the events, and social media posts about the talent who performed.
Here’s what we know
- The tapings took place between May5th and May 7th. No news on how many matches took place on each day.
- The three days worth of events were filmed at the Globe Theater in Downtown, LA. This is important, as PWG has filmed numerous events at this location.
- A total of 12 episodes were filmed over the three days, with 4 episodes being filmed per day.
- While complimentary tickets were given for free online, in-person tickets ran between $30 for General Admission, and $125 for VIP.
- It is unclear what came with the VIP tickets, but based on social media posts, I speculate that it came with a meet and great with AJ Mendes.
- Speaking of Mendes, it appears that she did commentary for the entirety of the tapings. This would be the first time she did any commentary since at least 2014 during an episode of Smackdown.
- According to WOW’s Razor, aka Sarah Wolfe (@SarahTheRebel) on Twitter, lines wrapped around the block for all three days.
- People would wait for up to an hour into the show’s start to be let in, due to the amount of people who showed up.
- Some people had to be turned away at the doors.
- Tessa Blanchard was not at the events. It is unclear if Blanchard chose to not show up, or if WOW told her not to show up.
- Selina Majors, better known as Bambi, was at the event. The wrestling veteran recently replaced Tessa Blanchard in training the talent, according to Fightful Select.
- Based on advertisements, it appears that WOW star Keta Rush could potentially be the person getting a push in Blanchard’s absence.
- G.L.O.W. wrestling veteran, Roxy Astor, was in attendance.
- Confirmed talent who participated at the event: The Beast as the WOW Champion, Razor, Jessie Jones, Stephy Slays, Chainsaw, Samantha Smart, Disciplinarian, Sophia Lopez, Fury, Marina Tucker, Holidead, Princess Aussie, Tiki, and Adriana Gambino
The biggest news coming out of the tapings is the absence of Tessa Blanchard.
For nearly a year since its announcement, WOW has done everything possible to promote Tessa, and effectively resurrect her career. Tessa has burnt bridges, with every major promotion, and now she remains in a precarious position. This company, dedicated to sisterhood in a sport that never gave them much credit, took a chance on Tessa Blanchard, controversies and all.
Due to Blanchard’s continued action to only look out for herself, she may have put the needle in her coffin with the last promotion willing to book her, before they’ve even filmed their first show. Following the event, Blanchard took to Instagram to post a picture of herself at a location called “Drama Company”. This could potentially be her taking a shot at WOW for being what she believes to be a dramatic company, or labeling herself as being dramatic.
While I’m excited at the prospects of Keta Rush being pushed, it does pain me to see someone like Blanchard fall so quickly from grace. Filled with enough talent to be the greatest female wrestler to ever compete, her unwillingness to work with anyone but herself could have ruined her chances at reaching the peaks of the sport.
Despite Blanchard possibly out of the picture, the fan testimonials coming from WOW’s tapings have been nothing but positive, and shows how committed WOW is to bringing the fans the best possible women’s wrestling in the world.