24th Aug2020

‘AEW Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament: Deadly Draw – Semi-Finals’ Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s All Elite Wrestling Women’s Tag Team Cup Tournament: Deadly Draw review, right here on Nerdly. Actually, this Semi-Final edition ought to be the last of these, because AEW is putting the finals of this tournament on the Saturday broadcast of Dynamite. The women have done a nice job of keeping this show from becoming some sort of feminist movement and, instead, just have done their part to look like competitors in a tournament. I bring that up because Brandi Rhodes keeps trying to make everything with the women into a #MeToo fiasco everytime she’s on camera. If you want the women to get over, then book them simply and consistently, like what Impact Wrestling is doing again with the Knockout’s division. Okay, the rant is over. We’ve got the semi-finals for the Deadly Draw tournament coming at you, like all those people that tried to kill Gerald Ford. Hi! I’m Gerald Ford! Do you remember me? If you don’t, I carry an American Express card.

Match #1: The Nightmare Sisters (Brandi Rhodes & Allie) Dustin Rhodes & QT Marshall def. The Swole Family (Big Swole & Lil’ Swole [Nicole Savoy]) – Semi Finals Match

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – Lil and Allie kicked ass, with Big right behind them and Brandi… There’s some strong action in here when you get Lil’ and Allie together, which is good for this match, because the aforementioned were in the ring together for much of this whole thing. Big was also of note here, if only because of her charisma and raw wrestling skills on display. Brandi…is there some-place where she can just sit down and let the more prepared wrestlers take the reins? I get that Brandi has a high opinion of herself, but that doesn’t mean she can do everything. We all have limits and wrestling in a ring with other wrestlers is Brandi Rhodes’s. At least Allie won a match, which should be what she’s doing on a regular basis.

Match #2: (Main Event) Ivelisse & Diamante def. TayJay (Tay Conti & Anna Jay)

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was another fine match that was not long enough, but it was good while it lasted. Both teams have chemistry with each other, so much so that either team losing felt like it was in poor taste. That being said, neither team felt weak coming out of this, because these two tandems delivered top-notch wrestling fundamentals that always looked precise. If you wanna watch a tag team match that is a fine sampling of what an AEW women’s tag division can look like, then this match is a good place to start.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

Two decent matches and a simple presentation made this enjoyable to watch as a whole. I wish the Swoles had won their match, but the finals for this tournament should still be of firm quality, over-all.


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