RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Wrestling’s Trashiest Fighters

by Eliza C. Thompson

On this week’s episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the show followed in the footsteps of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model and mined the world of wrestling for inspiration. For the main challenge, the queens were divided into three teams of four to compete in a ringside bout of WTF: Wrestling Trashiest’s Fighters. I’m not sure why this continues to be a theme on reality shows—is wrestling even a thing still?—but since it’s Drag Race, I’ll allow it. The winners of the mini challenge, which involved crafting a new padded ass from shipping supplies and Ru singing a few bars of “Azz Everywhere,” became the wrestling team leaders. The queens then get some one-on-one time with three wrestlers (all of whom really just look like porn stars) to practice their moves. We learn that LaShauwn Beyond is not very good at pretending to wrestle, and that Princess does not like this challenge because she is “not a violent person.” 

The wrestling debacle was surprisingly boring given how much metallic spandex there was on screen, but at least Kenya got the chance to yell, “I’m gonna teach you Spanish right now!” just before punching the insufferable Phi Phi in the face. At the runway show, former NBA players Rick Fox and John Salley are inexplicably the guest judges. Willam is excited about this: “I think I’ll tuck extra tight for Rick Fox and John Salley.” This appears to be the one thing Willam and I agree on, because RICK FOX! His last name is that for a reason. Just ask all the girls in my eighth grade class when he was still playing for the Lakers. Special thanks also goes to Milan for making a “Salley girl” joke so we didn’t have to. 

Ru declares Madame LaQueer and Chad Michaels the winners of this week’s challenge. No immunity, but a prize of wigs! Wigs are expensive, people, so this is actually a really good prize. Everyone agrees that Kenya looks amazing, especially John Salley, who said she looked exactly like Nicki Minaj. Jiggly Caliente, who narrowly missed going home last week, is safe, but Princess and LaShauwn are up for elimination. Forced to lip sync for their lives to “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer, neither is much to write home about. LaShauwn was scolded earlier for not having much of a personality, but because her definition of “personality” seems to mean making as many weird faces as possible in a one-minute time span, she must sashay away. Here’s hoping next week has more one-liners and less wrestling. And more Rick Fox! Rick Fox quip of the night: “She was going for Sex and the City, but it was more like Sex and the Alley.” BURN!

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