Stu Bennett Calls Thunder Rosa vs. Allysin Kay The Best Match He’s Seen In Years, A Shining Example Of Progress
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Stu Bennett recently spoke with WrestleZone Managing Editor Bill Pritchard about his new film, I Am Vengeance: Retaliation, which is available on VOD services now. During the conversation, Bennett pointed to Allysin Kay versus Thunder Rosa for the NWA Women’s Championship at the Hard Times pay-per-view as a match that really impressed him. Readily admitting he was his “own biggest critic,” Bennett said he couldn’t put recommend any of his matches for the feature, but the hard-hitting women’s title match was very deserving of the honor.
“I will say there was a match from earlier this year that I was commentating on from the NWA pay-per-view show called Hard Times. The match was for the NWA Women’s Championship, it was Allysin Kay versus Thunder Rosa and in my eyes that was the best match I’ve seen in years,” Bennett exclaimed. “I know there’s going to be a lot of people listening to this that perhaps aren’t as familiar with Allysin Kay or Thunder Rosa as they could be because they haven’t worked in WWE, but I promise you if you go track this match down it is superb.
“It has everything and it is a shining example of how far women’s wrestling has come over the last few years, from how people of my generation really remember women’s wrestling to now come to that. They were phenomenal and they just deserve so much credit for that. In my eyes, I think that’s going to be up there when people do their end-of-year, best matches of 2020 [lists],” Bennett stated. “That one has to be on there. If people are going to get their eyes on NWA, which they should, that match has to be on there.
“I think historically there’s been the notion that the women’s matches aren’t brutal or aren’t as technically sound as the men—this match is the retort to any claim anybody can say about that. It’s absolutely superb,” Bennett said, “it’s got everything you could ever want from a major, high-profile championship match. Both women were fantastic and definitely check it out.”
The Hard Times title match between Thunder Rosa and Allysin Kay is available to watch on FITE; we also added some free-to-watch recommendations to the list and selected matches from their respective careers as well as Bennett’s WWE tenure.
The Nexus Debuts
WWE RAW — June 7, 2010
Wade Barrett vs. Randy Orton
WWE RAW —Nov. 22, 2010
Taeler Hendrix vs. Allysin Kay
Queens Of Combat 8 — March 18, 2016
Thunder Rosa vs. AQA
Title Match Wrestling Ladies Night Out 4 — August 18, 2018
Thunder Rosa (c) vs. Allysin Kay (NWA Women’s Championship)
NWA Powerrr Episode 17 “Pride vs. Thunder” — February 4, 2020