As the year 2021 draws to a conclusion, we can’t help but reflect on all of the incredible accomplishments in women’s wrestling. Women have dominated in so many ways this year, from all-women PPVs to becoming the “first-ever,” that we can’t ignore it. There were so many memorable moments and matches that it was impossible to choose just ten. We’ve seen outstanding performances in a variety of promotions, ranging from historical events to real-life issues played out in the ring. Women wrestlers have outperformed their male counterparts in terms of putting on amazing matches, and the future will be much brighter.
Here are the top ten moments of 2021 as chosen by our outstanding writers.
10. Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair (Survivor Series)
Charlotte and Becky’s Survivor Series match, which will be remembered more for its buildup, is surely another encounter in what WWE will one day depict as one of the greatest rivalries in women’s wrestling. It’s questionable whether the quarrel’s dispute was real or not, but it did add some spice to a feud we’d seen before. The contest was exactly what it needed to be. It wasn’t a wrestling match; it was a drag-out confrontation between two people with “genuine fire.” Becky stealing the victory by grabbing the ropes was another step in her evolution from The Man to the slick heel willing to do whatever to win.
9. Jazz & Trish Adora vs Brooke Valentine & Willow Nightingale (Black Girl Magik)
Originally, this match was supposed to be Trish Adora vs. Jazz for the Pan-Afrikan World Diaspora Wrestling World Championship, which Trish had held since the sport’s inception. However, just before the competition began, it was announced that Trish would be teaming up with Jazz vs. Willow Nightingale and Brooke Valentine (Thick And Juicy 2.0). This contest lasted approximately 15 minutes, but it was a good one. Trish, who has been taking names and checking them off as dominating the indy scene and having her team with the Fighting Phenom, legend Jazz, was a match of magic as the event is named Black Girl Magik. Many people are unaware of this match, yet it featured fantastic spots, situations, and four ladies dominating in wrestling. Without a doubt, one of the finest matches of 2021.
8. NWA Empowerr
On August 28th, 2021, the National Wrestling Alliance held EmPower, an all-pay-per-view women’s in St. Louis, Missouri. This was the NWA’s first all-wrestling women’s event, and it was exclusively aired on FITE TV. Mickie James, a veteran, has been named executive producer for the pay-per-view. James remarked that she wants the finest female talent in the world “regardless of contractual problems.” Names from AEW, Impact Wrestling and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide were on the card. Unfortunately, all women’s events are still sparse to this day. We want to applaud Mickie James for advocating for all-female events and not giving up until she found a firm prepared to offer female talent a shot. We hope that EmPower, or something similar, will become an annual event to promote rising female wrestlers.
7. Diamante vs Big Swole (Three Strikes Match)
This encounter marked the climax of Diamonte and Big Swole’s rivalry. The match’s rules were as follows: the first fall was by pinfall, the second fall was by submission, and the third fall was by knockout. The first fall went to Swole, who landed a back suplex, followed by a knee strike, which almost finished this fall. Swole then attempted a Dirty Dancing rolling elbow, but Diamante rolled her up for the victory. In the second, these two went back and forth, but Swole locked in the heel hook and Diamonte tapped out. During the final fall, knockouts were the only way to win, and Swole prevailed. Swole discovered a chain sitting under the ring and wrapped it around her arm for the Dirty Diana finishing after a hard-fought, no disqualification match. are the only way to triumph. This match was an incredible exhibition of talent and tenacity by these girls, who put on a show. This match deserved to be on TV more than Dark, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that it deserves to be on this list.
6. Awesome Kong Impact HOF Introduction
Kong, actual name Kia Stevens, worked for the corporation for more than six years in two consecutive runs. During her stay with the promotion, she was a two-time Knockouts Champion and a Knockouts Tag Team Champion alongside Hamada. Kong made his TNA debut in 2007. Within four months of her debut, she defeated Kim to win the Knockouts Championship. Her first reign lasted 169 days when she relinquished the championship to long-time rival Taylor Wilde. Kong reclaimed the throne from Wilde later that year and began her second reign, which lasted 178 days. Kong welcomed the recognition for her life’s work, but her main aim was to honor Daffney’s legacy. Daffney paved the way for women to compete in events such as Monster’s Ball. Kong’s final statement was to leave the door open for the future generation. If not you, then who? When, if not now? Kong was picked as the promotion’s first and only African American because she paved the way for TNA’s ladies by placing that division on the map and garnering attention to what women’s wrestling should be during her stint with the company.
5. Bianca Belair vs Bayley (Hell in a Cell)
Bianca Belair had to step inside the cell to defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship. Bayley has been fighting with her since her victory over Sasha at WrestleMania 37. They were supposed to face one other at WrestleMania Backlash, but Bayley claimed she was deceived leading up to the match at Hell in a Cell. Bayley utilized her familiarity with firearms to gain an advantage in the jail. Bayley once tied Bianca’s hair to the ropes. Bianca won and successfully defended her championship. Both ladies dominated this match, exhibiting their talents, smarts, and moments that demonstrated how good both women are. This was undoubtedly one of the year’s underappreciated matchups.
4. ROH Tournament
Rok-C demonstrated in the Ring of Honor women’s summer tournament that she isn’t a challenger who can stay in the underdog role for long and that real babyfaces in the wrestling profession are still required. Quinn McKay, an announcer, demonstrated that she was a worthy contender, earning her place in the tournament. When Max the Impaler entered the ring, she demonstrated that they were among us, and it was about time we had some terrifying characters on the women’s roster. Holidead made certain that her name was remembered when the summer was over. Willow Nightingale and Nicole Savoy demonstrated their abilities to compete in the main event. Miranda Alize demonstrated what a genuine villain would do to obtain their desired outcome. Angelina Love and Mandy Leon kept up their cruel girl antics. Trish Adora became the darling of the wrestling industry in the summer of 2021 when Allysin Kay established that AK does not play in that ring. In a couple of months, Maria Kannelis revitalized a dormant women’s division and turned it into the buzz of the wrestling world. Tell me that isn’t Willy Wonka’s enchantment! Her golden tickets, which she distributed to each contender, were genuinely made of magic. Maria, in my opinion, demonstrated this year how to fly when you have freedom in your work and believe in wrestling.
3. Deonna Purrazzo vs Faby Apache (TripleMania XXIX)
The intensity felt in the ring was palpable. This was a crowd-pleasing battle from the start. Faby Apache and Deonna Purrazzo gave spectators one of the most heated fights of 2021 from start to end, resulting in yet another surprise victory. This demonstrates Apache’s technical ability and demonstrates The Virtuosa’s superiority in women’s wrestling.
2. Britt Baker vs Thunder Rosa (AEW St. Patrick’s Day Slam)
The blood on Dr. Britt Baker’s face tells it all. This battle is still generating a lot of hype as one of the most difficult contests of 2021. In the first-ever Unsanctioned Lights Out match on AEW Dynamite, these women utilized everything at their disposal to damage one another. Thunder Rosa got a well-deserved triumph, while Baker captured the eye of many.
1. Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks (WrestleMania 37)
When Bianca Belair was promoted to the main roster, we knew she’d be a star. After being recruited from Raw to Smackdown, the EST of WWE made her presence known by entering the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble at number three. Belair would finally win after eliminating Rhea Ripley, becoming the first Black woman to win the Royal Rumble. Belair teased fans for weeks about whether she would go after Raw Women’s Champion Asuka or Smackdown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks. The Knoxville native opted to take against The Boss at WrestleMania 37, and we knew this battle was destined to be the big event on night one. Despite their lackluster feud, we were more interested in the history that was being established between these two. The audience exploded in excitement as Banks and Belair stood across the ring from each other, struggling to hold back their emotions. The challenge these women faced during the match had everyone’s attention focused on their every move. Numerous reversals of the “Banks Statement” and the “KOD,” as well as Belair’s final straw with Banks using her hair as a weapon. The EST struck Banks with her long hair, which could be heard throughout the arena, and then hit The Boss with her last KOD to win her first WWE championship. Banks and Belair’s match is still talked about since they won an ESPY to cement their match at WM 37 as the match of the year.
Women’s wrestling is advancing, and we can’t wait to watch what they achieve in 2022.