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Nikki Lane Is The First Memphis Women’s Champion!

Championship Wrestling from Memphis Review: July 18th

This week’s edition of Championship Wrestling From Hollywood saw history be made as the promotion crowned the first-ever Women’s Champion in Memphis history! Nikki Lane, Claudia Solis, Paris Kelly, Rebel Kel, Queen Katelyn, and Diane Taylor all battled it out in the Gauntlet for the Gold to become the first bearer of the gold.

Let’s get straight to the ring and see how it went down!

The Big Match: The Gauntlet For The Gold Yields The First Memphis Women’s Champion!

Genuine history was made in the main event of the show this week. Not only was CWFM crowning its first Women’s champion but, as far as I’m aware, this was the first-ever women’s championship title to be crowned in the Memphis area! Wow. That’s crazy when you think about it, so it’s pretty cool that Dustin and Maria Starr are trying to put that right now.

The idea of the Gauntlet for the Gold was two people would start and, as one person was defeated, they’d be replaced by the next wrestler in the line until we hit the last wrestler in the Gauntlet, the last winner of the final two being the one to be crowned the champion. Interesting idea, and it certainly mixes things up from the traditional tournament.

Claudia Solis and Queen Katelynn started things off, running at each other before the bell to stress the urgency and importance of the match. Solis made quick work of Katelynn wrapping her up in a kind of bridging lock that saw Katelynn bent double and quickly tap out. I don’t blame her—that looked painful!

Solis jumped Diane Taylor as Taylor made her entrance, locking her in a bow and arrow and dropping a big leg before putting Taylor up on the top turnbuckle. This proved to be Solis’ undoing, as Taylor hit a big spinning DDT from the top to eliminate Solis.

Taylor then made quick work of Lil Bit, dropping her with another DDT before Eric McMahon and Paris Kelly came out, McMahon waving papers in Taylor’s face and claiming there’s a restraining order in place against her. Taylor responded quite reasonably: she dropped McMahon with a DDT. Kelly chose to help McMahon out than face the same fate, getting herself counted out in the process.

Nikki Lane made her entrance then and made quick work of Diana Taylor, dropping her with the Fisherman’s Suplex for the three count. This brought out Rebel Kel for the final match of the Gauntlet. Who would be the first Memphis Women’s Champion, Nikki Lane or Rebel Kel?

Kel made the first move, dropping Lane with a big boot to the face before going straight in for the kill by attempting the Falcon Arrow. Lane blocked it and countered into a small package for a two count before Kel kicked out of the Fisherman’s Suplex. Lane went for the move again but Kel fought her way out of it and nailed the Falcon Arrow. Lane kicked out though! Kel went for a powerbomb but Lane dropped Kel to the mat by the feel then bridged over to pin Kel for the 1-2-3! Nikki Lane is your first Memphis Women’s Champion!

Afterward, as Nikki Lane stood in the ring proudly holding the belt and a bouquet of flowers, her husband Austin came out with a bunch of roses before some of the other competitors came out and gave Nikki a round of applause. That was very nicely done.

That was a good match and a historic moment for sure. It felt a little rushed at times, but it also must be taken into account that Cece Chanel and Ruby Raze had their flights canceled, out of their control, and Memphis had to rebook the match at the last minute. Diane Taylor and Claudia Solis both looked good and I think Rebel Kel will be a big deal for the promotion moving forward.

Segments & Promos

  • The Skimahorns are filmed sunbathing in a park, living that championship lifestyle. They announce they will return to action next week to show everyone why they’re champions.
  • King Cobra came out with Conor and told Dustin Starr that Conor is ready to take Austin Lane’s ‘Best of the Best Challenge’ again. Austin Lane came out and said that if Cobra thinks Conor is ready, he’ll give Conor the match next week. But Conor needs to make sure he’s ready because if he’s not, he’s going to get hurt. A nice segment with solid work from Lane, but I have a question: I might have misheard, but I’m sure Cobra said Conor has “the heart of a lion and the wits of a swan.” Wits of a swan?!? Intelligent swans down there in Memphis…
  • Dustin Starr had the pleasure of telling Alan Steel that Johnny Dotson was banned from the building tonight after the attack on Big Chris of The Posse last week. Alan Steel went so far as to say he needed no help to beat Jackson, which brought out Action himself. Steel told Jackson t make this shot count, so he did, right between Steel’s eyes! A brawl around ringside then started their match off.

Results

  • Brett Michaels beat Walker Hayes in a fun match after hitting the Gun Show Lariat.
  • The Yung Goats bested The Crowleys to become #1 contenders to the tag titles in perhaps their best match yet, can these two teams ever have anything but a great match together? I’m starting to think not.
  • Memphis Heritage Champion Alan Steel beat Action Jackson in a good encounter after Steel hit a low blow and the Steel Trap slam. Jackson looked like he belonged in the title picture.
  • Nikki Lane won the Gauntlet for the Gold to become the first Memphis Women’s Champion.

Final Thoughts

History has been made: Memphis has its first Women’s Champion and her name is Nikki Lane. It wasn’t a big surprise, as the promotion has been pushing Nikki since the start, but it made sense because of that. The Memphis Women’s Division is starting to grow nicely, and with the likes of Claudia Solis, Lil Bit, and Rebel Kel really raising the quality of division, along with ‘Killer Bae’ Heather Monroe and Cece Chanel due to appear at the next taping, Nikki is not going to be short of quality challengers coming up.

Plus, throw in a great match between The Young Goats and The Crowleys and a really solid Heritage Title bout between Alan Steel and Action Jackson, and we had another extremely entertaining edition of Championship Wrestling from Memphis. In a lot of ways this felt like a season finale; the Women’s title finally came to fruition, Action Jackson finally got his title shot, Brett Michaels finally took on and beat Walker Hayes. It’s certainly going to be interesting to see where we go from here!

I’ll see you next week, Memphis fans, for more from the fastest hour in professional wrestling!

Written by Chris Flackett

Wrestling obsessed since '91. Lived through the Monday Night Wars and is still here to tell the tale. Major fan of Strong Style, technical and Super Jr. Wrestling, as well as big versatile hosses smacking the hell out of each other. Lives in Manchester, England.

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