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[2007-04-29-WWE-Backlash] Melina vs Mickie James

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Went and watched this one twice now to really take it in. This is an underrated WWE women's match from the period the audience were trained not to pay any attention. Mind you Jerry Lawler's really hyping these two as really good wrestlers even if he can't help himself fallinginto his usual antics.

 

Melina's got some really good heel psychology, constantly finding ways to bend the rules to her advantage and has this almost permanently pissed off face about her like she doesn't want to be there. She fakes getting an eyelash in her eye to clock distracted Mickie out with a forearm, before using the ropes for leverage in a leg-locked double chickenwing (I think that's what it's called... looks cool and unique) until the referee pulls her off.

 

I really like the transition to Mickie's comeback, she's in the splits and drags Melina leg across the ring so they're both in the splits facing each other exchanging strikes before Mickie basement dropkicks Melina down. Neckbreaker and crossbody from the top rope both get 2 counts for Mickie and the crowd is really into this now. Melina hits an eyerake on Mickie though and hits an inverted DDT for the dirty win.

 

Match is only 9 minutes long, they do a good job of fitting in a lot stuff in that time without it feeling rushed.

 

***1/4

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Surprisingly good, I wasn't paying close attention for the first few minutes, but then I got drawn into it. Melina and Mickie did a great job using unique moves and submissions and better yet, didn't botch anything to the extent that the "renowned" women wrestlers do today. This may be a diamond in the rough, but based on this match I'd want to take a look at more women's matches from this period.

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WWE Women's Champion Melina vs Mickie James - Backlash 2007

Thanks to Stacey for the recommendation. Very good match. Mickie was a Teen Sleeze favorite, hot and good at wrestling! Melina is 2 for 2 in having good matches so it looks like I overlooked her. They do some really nice NWA championship style chain wrestling (headlocks, wristlocks, headscissors). Mickie gets the better of this for the most part. Melina feigns getting her fake eyelashes in her eye. This draws Mickie into a suckerpunch. What I like about this is that it was NOT the transition. Instead, Mickie overcomes and bullies her into the corner. It shows that Mickie wont succumb easily and that she can overcome the dirty tactics of Melina. The transition is Melina pushing Mickie off the top rope to the floor in a nasty bump. The match is memorable for two spots. One is Melina applying a Full Nelson with her legs, which takes advantage of her flexibility. The other is Mickie and Melina fight while both are doing splits. It was wicked cool which Mickie wins. Mickie runs through a decent comeback. but doesnt hit her finish because protecting your finish was still important back then. Melina rakes the eyes and hits the Slop Drop for the win. This would be an above average women's match today and really goes to show you that good women's wrestling existed before 2014. ***1/2

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