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It’s the home straight to WWE’s second biggest event of the year Summerslam and following Bayley’s injury, everyone is still waiting to see who will challenge Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women’s Championship. After last week’s double set of triple threats, two women stood at the front of the race. This week, we would find out who would win the race so let’s see with this week’s RAW Redux.

Before RAW, our hometown girl and one of the challengers Sasha Banks discusses her nerves ahead of tonight’s match. Not only is she competing for herself and not only is she taking part in her hometown, but she’s ready to defend her friend’s honour too after her best friend Bayley was injured at the hands of her opponent, Nia Jax.

Nia Jax makes her way to the ring first, her regular stern look means that she’s down to inflict damage like she usually does. Sasha is out next to a rapturous hometown crowd, she’s clearly out to reverse the ‘hometown’ curse. Before the match starts, the self-proclaimed ‘Goddess’ of the WWE, Alexa Bliss, makes her way to sit on a special podium ringside to see which of these women will challenge her at Summerslam.

It’s not Sasha’s first rodeo and as always she’s straight in with the strikes… but bad move as Nia runs into Sasha to ground her before the match has even started. When we come back from the first break, Nia is still firmly in control and this is certified when Nia catches Sasha’s attempt to do a hurricanrana takedown on the outside and she swings her into the barricade.

She throws her back into the ring and ragdolls Sasha even more. After a hair biel, Nia goes for her signature leg drop – 1.. 2.. No! Sasha barely manages to lift her shoulder up. This only angers the monster, who hoists up Sasha into the chicken wing that injured Bayley. However, Sasha counters it into a roll up! 1.. 2.. No! Nia’s definitely not ready to go down yet, but Sasha has found an opening and attempts to go for a standing Banks Statement that she used a couple of weeks back to win the Gauntlet match.

Nia’s learned some new tricks though and counters the move, hitting her Samoan Drop on Sasha Banks! 1.. 2.. Sasha barely gets her hand to the bottom rope to stop the count. Nia’s anger has now turned to frustration and she hoists up Sasha to hit another Samoan Drop. it should be all over, but The Boss is able to roll out of the ring and buy herself more time! Nia misses an elbow drop and the playing field has started to open up.

When we come back from the second commercial break, Nia Jax has Sasha seated on the top turnbuckle and climbs up to attempt a Superplex. She can’t seem to overpower Sasha, and the scrappy Sasha starts reigning in with elbow shots to keep Nia exposed on the middle buckle. Sasha attempts a Sunset Flip into a Powerbomb, but there’s no way she can lift the 200lb+ Nia, so she hits her with a shot to the back of her knee. This causes Nia to get trapped in the ropes and a prime target for Sasha to hit her signature double knees! She can only get a 2 count, but is finally to get on the offence… until she runs into Nia’s boot in the corner.

A cocky Nia goes to pick up Sasha, but she’s rolled into the Banks Statement in the centre of the ring! Nia manages to power her way to the rope, but Sasha quickly changes arm to prevent Nia from reaching. The new locked in submission isn’t so tight which allows Nia to get up to her feet and pick up Sasha, but Sasha delivers one more counter into a swinging DDT and she locks in the Banks Statement one more time in the middle of the ring! After a brief struggle, Nia Jax is forced to tap out and a worn down Sasha finally gets to celebrate a hometown victory. Sasha Banks is going to Summerslam!

Meanwhile, the RAW Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss is still watching on and has a confident smirk on her face as she watches Sasha celebrate. While Sasha taunts that she’s going for her fourth Championship win, Little Miss Bliss simple stays seated, still looks confident and raises her title proudly. It’s The Boss VS The Goddess at the Biggest Summer Party of the Year!

Alexa Bliss remains confident during a Fallout interview, saying that she’s not worried as it’s not the first time Sasha has challenged for her title and even wishes her luck for their future encounter.

Later on in the show, Emma is seen backstage complaining to Mickie James that she’s still not been given a fair chance (which I agree with!) despite being the one to ‘start the women’s revolution’ and even references her ‘#GiveEmmaAChance’ hashtag. Although, Mickie is quick to remind her that Emma was the one that tapped out and lost her match last week. So, Mickie decides to give Emma another chance… to take on a 6-time WWE Women’s Champion in herself, instead of complaining on social media.

Emma is already in the ring and Mickie has just finished making her entrance when this match gets underway. After their encounters on Main Event, it seems like this will be the dealbreaker between these two after they are both 1-1.

From the start of the match, the two are very evenly matched in their initial lock-up but it’s Mickie who is able to get the early offence in with her traditionally quick and plucky offence. Things take a turn when Emma knocks Mickie off the top rope, causing Mickie to fall to the outside. Emma is then able to show off her classic mean streak, locking in a full nelson submission, hitting clubbing blows on Mickie and a double arm suplex.

Mickie tries to get some offence in again and climbs the ropes, only to get yanked off again. There seems to be a sloppy exchange with Emma trying to get a couple pins in, but to no avail. She hoists up Mickie one more time for a scoop slam, but Mickie is able to counter out and finish off Emma with her signature spinning Mick Kick to get the victory over Emma. It looks like Emma is still looking for her break, while Mickie certifies why she’s still on the top of her game!

Backstage, Emma is still not happy. She claims that she wasn’t ready for the challenge and continues to voice her envy at women like Sasha Banks and Nia Jax getting their chance while she struggles.

Thoughts: First off, let me apologise for the last of the RAW Redux last week! It’s Summer time, I gotta get a break sometime too you know! However, I’m back so it’s time to cue my music! Now, y’all know that I’m not the biggest Nia Jax fan, but I thought she killed it this week. I’d honestly say that it was probably her best match since joining the main roster and has finally revitalised my interest in her. New moves, just looking more confident and looking more dangerous – it just worked! You add that to the hometown hot crowd and it made for a really good match.

Say what you want about Sasha’s matches since her NXT days, but you can’t deny that her matches have always had a strong level of story-telling and character building. Sure this isn’t the first time that these two have ever had a match, but you couple this with the earlier segments of Sasha wanting to impress her hometown and wanting to avenge her friend – it’s a traditional Hero tale. Seeing her overcome the Monster for an actual reason made us invested.

I was very worried thinking that they’d have Alexa run in and cause an interference, but having her sit ringside and stay mute was perfect. It’s an interesting one because no one is seeing her as a coward and seeing her remain so confident suggests that she’s got something planned, so whether it’s an angry Nia Jax or another trick… I’m looking forward to their next encounter. Once again, all eyes are going to be on Alexa Bliss and her wrestling skills to see if she can prove the doubters wrong.

Speaking of tricks, I’m going to take an early prediction and guess that a certain Emma and her frustration may end up in the title scene sometime soon. While her booking has sucked, turning it into an angle might be that revitalisation that she needs. To be fair, she doesn’t really have a gimmick and so being this spurned heel that just gets more and more frustrated might be interesting and turn her into the most interesting heel character.

The match with Mickie on the other hand… was a bit of a disappointment. Sure it was short, had no backing and took the death slot on the card, but something just felt very off – especially towards the end of the match. I’m a Mickie fan and I was definitely happy to see her not do the job for a change, so here’s to hoping this leads to a neat little mini-push on the side. I guess we shall see once that Summerslam dust settles…

Are you happy that Sasha Banks is going to Summerslam? Would you prefer if Nia Jax won? How do you feel about Emma losing once again? You know what to do in the comments below!

  • CuCelchy

    Sasha may be the trashiest piece of trash in the trash can, but one things for sure, two things for certain…Mama can work A MATCH.
    This was honestly one of my fav matches from her and it wasn’t even that much.
    I just really liked her ring awareness here and loved the psychology. Everything was done/executed differently or innovated bc of Nia’s size difference than her usual competitors.
    The end gave me serious Melina vibes.
    Nia proves again she can have a good match when given the spotlight.
    Y’all can hate on her all you want, but she really isn’t that bad as you WANT her to be.
    Alexa queen was looking exactly like a queen sitting on that throne.

  • James Shellie

    Say what you want about Sasha but she has given Charlotte, Becky, Bayley, Alexa, and now Nia all of their bet matches in WWE. She’s charismatic, sells her ass off for whoever she works with, and genuinely looks like she gives her all in every match she’s in. Easily in the conversation for the best performer on the roster for the females over the last decade. Really looking forward to what she and Alexa pull off on Sunday

    • Michelle

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    • Hugo Banks

      Because that’s why a Legit Boss does!

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    • Jaded

      She is an incredible wrestler that much is given, her attitude though is kinda

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Hey they even call Beyonce a bitch for being the best sooo there’s that

        • DayOneISH!

          In the words of Beyonce “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation. Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper”

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      • John Finnie

        Nia Jax attitude is worse by far….
        She acts like an entitled brat because of who her cousin is!!! She slaits the fans/ even co_workers…. Hell eva & Lana knew they weren’t great & asked for more training on their off days Nia hasnt improved much since her first NXT match & she would take the title if given instead of doing a Stacey

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          Wait I’m no Nia fan but when and how has she acted like a spoiled brat? Because she tweeted how awesome it was that smackdown consistently used their entire women’s division every week? That’s not spoiled or bratty it’s an obvious fact. You don’t have to be the best or even think you are the best to want the opportunities to improve.

          • John Finnie

            Go check her twitter she abuses fans who ask her if she thinks she needs more training & instead of being nice she tells them to F off & she earns more money than anyone

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            But her Twitter handle is part of her character so it could just be her brushing it off in character.

          • John Finnie

            I will try find a report about her attitude for you…… no promises as i feel on too it

    • GailKimStan

      Truth only

    • Jo9834

      Sasha is the WWE’s version of Gail Kim, she gives everyone their best match. How amazing it would have been to see them both face off in the ring!.

  • Kvngbalor

    Nia let Bianca do the double chicken wing how ironic u just started using it after she has in NXT smh

  • Kvngbalor

    I need Sasha vs Melina before this world ends

    • GOD STRATUS•

      In like a one more time takeover situation. Here for it. With Melina doing the job of course

  • Danny?

    Sasha puts knows how to put on a good match with anyone honestly she can. What was that lifeguard looking trash seat Alexa was sitting on? Was that meant to be a throne? WWE get your shit together, if the prop looks terrible then don’t even bother she should’ve just sat on a steel chair. Glad Sasha won but poor Nia she is no monster heel, I swear she has tapped more times in one year that Beth Phoenix did in her entire career.

    YAS go Mickie, glad to see her pick up the win here but I wish the crowd were more into the match. Could be to do with the fact it was near the end of the show so the crowd were tired or just because the match was thrown together. Looking forward to see where this Emma story leads.

  • Nicola Byrne

    Same shitty Raw women’s division match different PPV Sasha will challenge for the title. Are we ever going to see Nia, Emma or Mickie challenge for the belt? highly doubt it,

    • Danny?

      Last time Nia challenged for the belt Alexa forced the DQ by getting Mickie and Dana to hit her and then it was dropped, then she got counted out against Sasha was was dropped too. RAW just a mess tbh, there ain’t any continuation of storylines

      • Nicola Byrne

        WWE’s main roster has been total hot mess. terrible build up to a big PPV.

  • Nadia

    Sasha is just other level. The way Nia just flung her into the barricade was scary and fantastic. Crazy bump and I swear Sasha’s neck is made out of steel at this point. That finish of Sasha just swinging around Nia to pull off the tornado DDT in to the Bank Statement was smooth and cool AF. Kudos to Sasha for pulling off this match and the Gauntlet match with Nia. The right person one no matter the complainin. I was not here for Alexa vs Nia at one of the biggest PPV’s of the year.

    • Winter

      But hey Sasha is injury prone… lol.

      • Nadia

        So the internet has told me. LOL.

    • Izzy4lw

      Well the reason I complained about Naomi not wrestling was because I legitimately love to see her wrestle. When it comes to Alexa… I’m here for her mic skills and her promos, but we’re not missing anything as fans by not having her in the ring, let’s be real.

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      Well at least with Alexa there is always something like an important in ring segment or something Naomi will literally only get a backstage seg and thats it

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      But Alexa has consistently wrestled and defended her title as champion. Naomi has not. So far her only real challenger was Lana thanks to her and Charlotte’s match getting interrupted. Even though Alexa isn’t wrestling she is still the center of the storyline. Where as Naomi was put on the shelf for the welcoming committee vs charlotte and whether or not Becky was going to turn heel. then with the money in the bank ladder match the story was focused on everyone but her. Then after the MITB match it was focused on finding her next challenger. Now we have her challenger and she is finally getting some spotlight as the champion and her reign has been…. What 4 or 5 months now? Even when she was defending against Lana that was the side story not the main one. So it really isn’t a double standard at all on our part. If Naomi was still the center of the storylines and felt like the champion then her not wrestling for a month wouldn’t be such a slap in the face.

  • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

    I think whatever happens Sasha should win at Summerslam, the Raw Women’s division has been stale and needs a change. Plus, having a face champ will allow heel contenders to have their moment i.e Nia and Emma.

    I know they are wanting the 4HW vs Shayna Brazzers and her MMA gals at Survivor Series according to rumours, but I’d love for Sasha to have a programme with Emma with Emma claiming she kickstarted the revolution leading to the returns of Paige and Summer to team with her as the original NXT girls leading to a pushed/New NXT (Alexa, Nia, Sasha, Bayley and maybe Asuka) versus an Old/Passed over NXT (Emma, Paige, Summer and the Iconic Duo) Survivor Series match.

    Kinda in the vein of the Nexus invasion back in the day.

    • perceval

      Wouldn’t the big Horsewomen angle be for Wrestlemania?

  • trishlita721

    It really annoys me how Mickie (face) and Emma (heel) just casually chat backstage when they’ve had encounters. Where’s the hatred from two opposing alignments where’s the intensity and story.

    • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

      Mickie’s always had the kinda cheeky light hearted banter with the heels unless they have really deep history i.e her feuds with Laycool, Melina and Beth.

      But yeah Emma should’ve really brought it

      • trishlita721

        Yes I know that but it looked like they were hanging out backstage it really reminded me off when Alicia would go bat shit crazy then the next week would be like “oh hey sis” with the opponent she faced.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      I mean, why should they hate each other? Because they are women and all women hate each other? They have no reason to hate each other. However, this backstage segment set up a match latter and gave it a purpose. I don’t see much reason to complain about this one tbh.

      • trishlita721

        It just seems odd when a face and heel are just hanging out backstage it would be ok if Mickie walked in on Emma or something. Segments like this have been happening since 2014.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          Well, they were in the women’s locker room and since they don’t have much reason to hate each (without necessarily being friend), I didn’t find it much odd even tho i agree that the format for their backstage segment can lack originality at times.

          • trishlita721

            Yes true I just think their needs to be more focus and emphasis on the heel/ face alignment. I guess no one really attacks anyone backstage or post match anymore to intensify anything. For example when nia beat the crap out of Alicia then next minute where on the same side. Anyway rant over.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            I totally agree on that. There needs more continuation but that has always been WWE’s big problem sadly…

    • John Finnie

      The point was that Emma thought Mickie felt the same way about not getting a chance
      Mickie shot her down though

  • GOD STRATUS•

    Sasha’s calling in this match was next level. Nia actually looked legit vicious but safe … To a degree…. However I said last night and I’ll say again best finish in a woman’s match since ….? You guys tell me. Here’s to bosstown for being so into the matchup and the women this is the revolution we asked for ring time character development and stakes. We got them all last night with the right woman winning with a hot crowd and a clean finish. Perfect ending but then there’s Mickie and Emma … They did great too …

    #BossTown #sashakrew stand up we in this thang tho ?

    • DayOneISH!

      Since half this site hates Naomi and Sasha fans we On our way to Summerslam like!
      https://68.media.tumblr.com/b3f8f91fafabd65e207877597e88ba62/tumblr_inline_oqqsc1P4EW1rt2en5_540.gif

    • Jaded

      The tornado ddt was everything….. The transition was crazy.

      • GOD STRATUS•

        She did 4 modified versions of the bank statement in one match. Like when will these other girls even have half of the creativity between the ropes ? And that’s areal question to anybody who can say Charlottes the better wrestler of the two yet won’t acknowledge the nuances that make Sasha great

        • Jaded

          She reminds me of Melina, Melina had lots of crazy transitions ….cant forget how she pinned Beth on royal rumble 2009 …or how she transitioned to the last call when mccool was going for the faith breaker

    • wysna

      Watch the smarks try to scramble for a way to degrade it just to make their faves look less substandard. Sasha’s fans should just take those as compliments.

      • GOD STRATUS•

        You know what on bahalf of the SashaKrew we thank you for your input im sure we will start to do just that … Hmm your clever love it !

  • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

    Also, they need to either pull the trigger on Nia or figure out something else for her to do because she’s looking less threatening by the week.

    She’s not had any title opportunities in a while and loses the big payoff matches and it does nothing to help her character

    • Nicola Byrne

      trying to add new moves by the week is hurting her.

    • Danny?

      She has tapped out too many times for my liking.

      • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

        Yeah and now both of her finishers have had a kick out.

        Think about Beth, Beth hardly ever tapped out and wasn’t Nattie the only one to kick out of the Glam Slam her whole career?

        • Danny?

          Nia has tapped more times that Beth has already and I’m sure Nattie was the only one. Nia needs a different finisher tho, the basic leg drop and samoan drop are not cutting it no wonder no one thinks she is a threat, she needs to bring back the powerbomb.

          • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

            Someone suggested a torture rack submission which I think would suit her, but I think the flipping senton she did on Emma was pretty cool.

            Wouldn’t mind a chokebomb finisher either.

          • Danny?

            I don’t know if she could pull off a torture rack too effectively but it is a nice idea, a Chokebomb finish sounds good for Nia actually.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      They’re protecting Alexa that means Nia can’t challenge her period apparently

  • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

    So yeah as I said Sasha needs to get the win at SS and I hope that its a brawl type match playing up to the ‘real’ heat Alexa and Sasha have for each other because at this rate Smackdown is going to overshadow Raw because we know Nattie and Naomi are going to turn it out with the potential of a cash in also on the cards

    • Nadia

      Is it wrong of me that I don’t think SD is going to overshadow anything? The reactions alone are going to be bigger for Alexa and Sasha alone even if they don’t show out. Naomi/Natalya HAVE to go hard because they have a lot to prove. And to me this is Naomi’s first real title defense.

      • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

        I have no doubt that Nattie/Naomi will pull something out. Naomi hasn’t had a great strong base to work off in her title matches and Nattie is the perfect base.

        • Nadia

          I’ve been watching some of there older stuff and they look to have great chemistry and gel well so I’m hoping for the best.

      • No it is not wrong of you. No doubt Naomi and Natalya can put on a good match, but like you said, they have more to prove while having less to work with. The Raw storyline isn’t all that, but at least there’s something; kind of. SD didn’t bother to build the match at all. Not to mention that i’m fairly confident Alexa and Sasha will get more time. Smackdown doesn’t have the tools to overshadow anyone to be honest. They’re gonna have to go all out.

        • Nadia

          That’s pretty much how I feel. They didn’t even have Nattie on last week. I really hope SD does something to build their match better this week.

          • The only thing that match has going for it is the possibility of Carmella cashing-in. It’s pretty clear they are not planning on putting the belt on Natalya. And a week is not enough to make a match feel important, especially when the contender received no development at all.

          • Nadia

            Yeah I think Carmella is definitely cashing in. I’m not sure if she’ll succeed but its perfect in NY. They’ll save Corbins cash in.

          • ???

            If Carmella cashes is in , will that mean she’ll challenge Naomi the same night? (SummerSlam)

          • ???

            Agree .. at least Sasha and Alexa have chemistry and long history between each other, but there is no build up between Nattie and Naomi

  • Dysfunctional

    Match was nice.Sasha always delivers.I have my hopes up for a killer match at summerslam especially considering the personal tension between bliss and boss.On another note I miss Summer Rae…

    • ???

      Shame on them for wasting talent like Summer Rae , the girl just has it

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Her days are likely numbered…

  • DayOneISH!

    Wish Alexa cut a promo on Sasha Banks after the match Or just done something.I mean she was talking some trash on twitter and that WWE. Com interview but I just thought her sitting in that beach chair was pointless.Just wish they did something big after the match was over.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      They won’t have her go toe to toe with Sasha cos Sasha will come off the bigger and better heel. …but as a face lol

  • Robin Zabriskie

    emma is awful in the ring, seriously, she is in the business for ages and she is so average…..and she is so heavy, in this match you can see mickie in all her technique, agility and lightness….and then emma who looks like an elephant beside her

    • John Finnie

      Its called wwe style watch her indie matches shes better than the females on raw apart from MJ & Sasha….yes even bayley isnt as good

      • Robin Zabriskie

        I really think she is nothing special, I watched a lot of her matches and i really don’t understand all this injustice movement, I think she doesn’t deserve to be champ

  • Hugo Banks

    I’m so excited to see my Boss taking on The Goddess at Brooklyn, I know Sasha is going to win I mean it just a feeling that I have. Sasha obviously will carry the match but I’m sure Little Miss Bliss will prove for the first time she deserves to be on the Main Roster.
    So hyped for the REAL MONEY FEUD!
    “The Boss” vs “The Goddess” https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e0ced00e96280c9e3749eb67097be0c60554342ddd7ad0ac325ddb1ccf443f72.jpg

    • Nadia

      Why do people think Sasha is going to win? The girl wasn’t even suppose to be at Summerslam. And in 8 days Alexa will be the longest reigns Raw Women’s Champion. I want Sasha to win but I don’t think she is.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Because she’s the Boss. Legit.
        No, more seriously… I feel like this match is quite unpredictable at this point. I could see WWE go either ways.

      • Hugo Banks

        Because Sasha is getting so much momentum like Rollins and Ambrose, so WWE truly needs to put the title on her with the Brooklyn crowd behind Sasha.

        • Ruining Sasha’s momentum is WWE’s favorite hobby.

          • Winter

            Just let’s think about where Sasha would be with a decent booking, already the best of all time!

          • She’s already among the best even without the decent booking.

          • Winter

            If they realize the potential of this girl she could be historical not only for women’s wrestling.

          • Hugo Banks

            Unfortunately

      • Mike

        There’s no one else for Alexa to face since Bayley will be out for some time. Dana is clearly not ready for the title and Mickie has already been squashed by Alexa so her credibility is questionable with Sasha as a face champ she can easily feud with Nia or Emma and I think Emma getting a push anyways so Sasha just make sure more sense

      • GOD STRATUS•

        There’s no PROOF that she WASNT supposed to be in. The E knew they couldn’t leave Sasha off the card

    • Jaded

      She better, that title has gone stale on Alexa.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      ” little miss bliss will prove for the first time she deserves to be on the main roster ” ???

      • Winter

        The girl don’t wrestle more than a month ago, ridiculous.

        • GOD STRATUS•

          Apparently she doesn’t have to. And even her fans are just fine with her sitting there holding the championship like this the diva era and they have to time for the champ or something mess

          • CuCelchy

            Because you were saying the same thing in regards to Naomi doing the same on SD right? Stfu

  • Mike

    I thought the Emma vs Mickie’s match was fine just had a dead crowd I’m interested in where they’re going with Emma as I can definitely see her dethroning Sasha if Sasha wins at SS. Nia definitely impressed me and this was definitely her best match since facing Alicia at NOC. Raw was very good this week.

  • I’m so tired of their Nia booking, she is beyond ruined. She is tapping out left and right. Her first NXT loss, she tapped, her first MR loss, she tapped. And now within the span of one month she taps out twice. Beth Phoenix was much smaller than her and she never tapped out in her career and here she is, doing it like its charity.

    It’s crazy that they always mention how she’s ”the most dominant woman” yet she has nothing to prove it. Even her win/loss record this year is awful. 12 wins out of 28 matches. Meanwhile Sasha is 17/27, and even Bayley, who was buried to the pits of hell, has more victories than Nia.

    But anyways, the match was great and I hope Sasha wins this Sunday. Makes no sense to have her go over Nia clean but then lose to someone as small as Alexa.

    • perceval

      The problem is Nia just isn’t very good.

  • ???

    Great match between Sasha and Nia ! That tornado ddt was amazing , I think that didn’t ruin Nia’s momentum at all .. it just that Sasha overcome Nia by her technical ways and her smartness

    It’s funny that for the first time I’m excited for Raw women’s division more than SDL women’s division, at least there’s hatred between Alexa and Sasha and chemistry with long history between each other unlike Nattie vs Naomi that has no storyline between each other and no build up which is boring

    I was surprised that they use Mickie and Emma it’s very unusual I was very happy to see them wrestle, the match was ok not bad but not that good too

    They did two backstage for Emma .. will they finally push her ? I don’t know but I think WWE didn’t talk about #GiveEmmaAChance and let her speak about her getting a chance for nothing ? I hope they’ll push her we so sick of it , she’ll look good with the Raw women’s championship belt!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d032ce35cbcb82768781752f096d4831172346c9f02ca1337568b27d12b00129.jpg

    Look at how great she’ll be !!

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    It’s shame that we don’t have time to build Alexa vs Sasha. Without much build to it, this match is naturally a high profile one due to who is involved and naturally grab our interest but it’s a shame that we didn’t got to see them have a really nice story going into this to really elevate the hour even more.

    With that being said, Sasha vs Nia was simply perfect. Perfect. Nia Jax delivered. Proving once again her potential as a competitor. Consistency is the key now. Sasha Banks delivered as per usual I might say. She’s really an incredible peformer. I am just amazed by her. Her work ethic is fascinating. She’s so versatile in the ring and very creative, bringing best out of her opponent. When she wrestles, you just FEEL her passion and love for this.

    The right person won so let’s hope for a great showing at SummerSlam…. and a new champion. http://data.whicdn.com/images/251439691/large.gif

    • ???

      Yesssss !! And let her have a good long reign and not just for 28 days!

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        At least till Survivor Series! Then she can drop it to Nia.

        • ???

          Agree !! 3 months at the very least !
          As much as I want Emma to snatch the title , but Nia makes more sense because she already has history with Sasha !
          After Nia winning, a returning Paige comes in and feud with Nia for the title .. along with Emma !

        • perceval

          Shayna, more likely. Remember the long term program.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Naah, I don’t see them giving her the title THAT soon… Despite the plans for 4HW vs 4HW.

          • perceval

            Nia isn’t good enough to be Champion.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Good enough is quite a subjective thing and while in some cases, it’s obvious, in others, much less. In this case with Nia, I believe her character won’t survive much longer without any title reign. Plus, the greatest female wrestler in WWE history wasn’t “ready” when she was granted her first title reign… Just saying. Depends on the situation.

    • When I think of all the promos we could have had if those dummies continued the feud after GBOF and let the girls do their thing, instead of that Bayley mess… :(

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        !!! Their dynamic as character is just amazing and they had so much time to really build this feud and make it really personal. But then again, it’s WWE we are talking about…

      • Izzy4lw

        what i love is Sasha and Alexa are two sides of the same coin character wise- both are extremely cocky, arrogant, and believe they are the best …. the difference is in the nuance of the characters- Alexa is the girl who talks a big game but can’t back it up (cowardly heel) while Sasha is the accomplished, arrogant person who seeks to reclaim her throne and shut the coward up once and for all (cocky face) and they could have done SO MUCH with this dynamic, but instead we just get a match. :/

        • Winter

          Sasha is the type of face I’ve always wanted.

          • Izzy4lw

            Sasha as a face now gives me the same type of face AJ Lee/ Melina were – they were sort of bitches, sort of arrogant, but they were good guys nonetheless.

            Anti-heroes. Thats what they were, and that’s probably why I gravitate to them so much. I like someone who does the right thing, even if it involves playing dirty to do it.

          • Winter

            Yes! Sasha is a bitch with the “bad guys” and that gives me life, unlike Bayley who seems to be afraid of them.

          • Izzy4lw

            Bayley is a pure babyface, and that doesn’t fly anymore- fans like their heroes with some edge to them; that’s why Punk, Ambrose, Jericho, AJ, and now Banks have gotten so big- they weren’t going to smile after being knocked down, they weren’t going to profess morality- if you came for them, they were going to cut you down with their superior skills then cut a promo on your shitty skills. THATS the type of babyface the adults want now- unfortunately we have to put up with the Bayley’s and John Cena’s of the world because kids don’t yet have the ability to see the nuance in a good anti-hero. They just want to see a good guy beat a bad guy lol.

          • I’m not sure about that though. I believe fans can still gravitate towards pure babyfaces. Bayley’s huge popularity in NXT (which wasn’t too long ago) is a proof of that (and at that time, NXT’s audience was made up of a lot of ‘hardcore fans’). Sami Zayn as well. The thing is they’re now trickier to write and it’s easier to get it wrong. The company just can’t be bothered to try too hard.

          • Winter

            Nxt audience is completely different to the main roster.

          • Bayley was really over with the main roster too when she debuted.

          • Winter

            Yeah that’s true but keep the crowd supporting you it’s much harder than in NXT. I don’t blame Bayley but her character is very special and doesn’t fit in the MR for me.

          • Winter

            But the kids love Sasha now, especially the girls.

        • Such a waste. And to think the feud was so hot right after after GBOF, with that great Sasha promo on Raw Talk… This feud could have elevated both women. Hopefully it can continue if Sasha wins, and hopefully they can get it right. (Ahah, who am i kidding?)

    • Winter

      But if Sasha defeats Alexa she has her rematch so maybe the feud continues. I hope so!

    • GOD STRATUS•

      No build protects bliss. She doesn’t have to wrestle or cut any live promos

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Spread your constant Alexa negativity somewhere else. Not interested :)

        • GOD STRATUS•

          You asked for a reason to the madness behind Nia not getting a title shot to the champion who is bliss … So your saying that if it were true it doesn’t matter to you cos…. Alexa negativity ? It doesn’t Dawn on you that maybe she warrents such heat as a do nothing heel ?

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            I didn’t ask anything and since you’re extremely bias when talking about Alexa, it really doesn’t interest me. :)

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Her work should or lack thereof

    • They’ve been low key building Sasha Vs Alexa for a min. Raw talk, segments etc

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Yeah but that was before Bayley won. Then they talked about it. Sure but not enough to really capitalize on their “heat” and dynamic.

        • Raw is just messy & inconsistent with stuff lol they build something then kinda drop it. Annoying .

    • Randall

      They could always continue the feud until the next PPV and that’s when you have Alexa drop the belt to Sasha.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    THEY DID THAT. That was a great match! Both girls did amazing. No matter how many times RAW repeats the same matches, you can’t deny that the girls kill it every time. This was one of Nia’s best matches. Now since Sasha won, I need to see her win the Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. I didn’t mind Nia winning the title but it’s been a long time since the Boss held the Women’s Championship and if RAW wants Emma, Mickie James, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss to have great matches I think they need to give the title to Sasha Banks asap! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d44c20b8de1cff78b23ee20a2910089832cbc2389b9c702b9d856503c39d326.gif

    • Hugo Banks

      ME TOO !!

    • John Finnie

      Who in the blue hell can Nia defend the title with if she wins???
      Sasha is the only one who can make her look good & im not here for another Sasha chasing the title
      Now i admit it was Nias best match BUT if Mickie or Emma were a threat they could pull a good match BUT they are in catering

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        RAW is known for their long term feuds and Mickie/Sasha are good enough opponents for Nia. And since Asuka is coming up after SummerSlam she’d be a great opponent also.

  • John Finnie

    Am i the only one that thinks this Emma thing is going to be a long story with her winning the title from Sasha??? Wwe seem to be playing up to this #
    Mickie is starting to get over BUT after SS im going to need a 3 way with Emma,Sasha,Mickie the matches wow
    Nope Nope Nope still not impressed with Nia Jax
    I did like that one spot the ranna & the ddt

    • Jaded

      Mickie is getting over? ?

      • John Finnie

        Well she is getting over in my deluded mind ????

  • Emma vs Mickie was sweet, but the crowd ruined the flow and I don’t blame them because they had nothing to cheer for. But they are slowly using both women so that’s a start. I hope this Emma storyline leads somewhere. It kind of reminds me of Lana’s on SD. Both are trying to prove something but fail each time.

    • Jaded

      There was nothing sweet about that botch fest, even Mickie missed her kick completely.

  • Nadia
      • Nadia

        I don’t think so tbh. I know that Sasha, Natiie, etc…were watching the G1.

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Girl cut it out lol. As I said above with the Aj Lee madness I highly doubt Sasha’s inspired by any recent diva you can name especially being a fan of lucha style wrestling and especially considering Eddie Guerrero used to do the same move. Chill with the reaches and the cheap pops for upvotes boo

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Why am I not surprised you would use this gif … Impeccable example pay attention ladies.

        • John Finnie

          Didnt sasha & Bayley say they liked Lay_Cool??

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Doesn’t prove anything. But also I didn’t say she didn’t watch the women in saying she’s not inspired by most definitely for sure. They hated Sasha for saying she hated the divas title.

          • John Finnie

            No i was just asking no shade ??

          • GOD STRATUS•

            None taken boo. But she did say it which is no surprise any fan of wrestling is aware of the women lol

        • wysna

          Girl, this was the user who once said on Youtube that Dean Ambrose copied Alicia Fox’s meltdown when that has been Dean’s thing even before the WWE. Pay that pretentious thing no mind. He just “wins” arguments because he’s stubborn even though he’s already contradicting himself repeatedly and it’s hilarious. You’re much better off.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            ?? there’s that cleverness again ?

      • John Finnie

        Great minds ^^^^^^^^

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      AJ Lee queen inspiring another queen

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France
        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          A legend ! This AJ vs Sasha would be a MATCH.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Agreed. Sasha would have to carry her tho

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Lol

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            LOL NO

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Girl you know it’s true. Aj could barely keep up with brie. Let alone Sasha

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            This AJ never faced Brie. I’m talking about wayyy before she became lazy

          • CuCelchy

            She didn’t get lazy. Fans started exaggerating.

          • CuCelchy

            LMAO

          • CuCelchy

            Lol

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Tbh. So many potential feuds she could have had today… vs. Sasha, Naomi, Becky, Charlotte, Alexa, Mickie…

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            I don’t like Alexa like that but Let’s Light It Up playing during her promo would be ICONIC.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Their promo battles… a dream.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            But she was selfish grabbed a mania win and with Paige she’s gone. Now what was the purpose of that ? Her and Paige practically went into business for themselves

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Selfish… that same girl who, before leaving, called out her boss to help a cause… Yeah right… That same selfish girl who put over your fave, Emma, Charlotte, Becky, etc. in during her acceptance speech for her Slammy. Yeah…

          • GOD STRATUS•

            My favs ? Lol. Speak when informed darlin

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Sasha.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Now that you have a clue. A recant is in order

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            You just had to read. I said “fav”. Not “favs”. :)

          • KatyaMenelli

            But she didn’t put over Nattie or Naomi. Women who were suffering the same hardships as her, which I hated.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Nattie LITERALLY pinned her at Survivor Series and clean. I suggest you go back and watch it and I am pretty sure you can EASILY find matches of AJ being pinned or submitted CLEANLY by Nattie or Naomi or many others during her first title let alone.

            With that being said, you can’t hate HER for WWE not doing something you want her to do.

          • KatyaMenelli

            I was talking about AJ’s acceptance speech silly. You’re the one that needs to pay attention.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            I wasn’t looking for a fight at all, I just responded to what you said, sorry if you felt attacked. Now, you have to admit that you could have been more clear in this case. Plus, since you were talking about her speech, it was more about putting over the future, as in NXT women.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            lol but people would still be calling her selfish if she stayed and continued to win titles while other girls were handed nothing. Y’all are never happy. She accomplished her dream, won three titles and was a general manager. That’s a good enough career right there. There was literally nothing else for her to do but get handed even more opportunities and y’all would complain even more about her being “handed” things.

          • Izzy4lw

            I don’t think she was selfish – I think she was a woman who lost her love of being IN the industry after working for a company that systematically made it near impossible for her to work there. They hated her husband which would have made working backstage difficult with a notoriously political management team, they tried to make her portray a completely off the rails character with a mental illness and when she said no (because she suffers from one) they punished her, they paid lip service to all they do for women while holding them back, leading to her speaking up and being reprimanded again, and after getting stuck in a terrible division with ridiculous limitations, not to mention all the crap she was getting backstage, she had enough and she left. And tbh, she didn’t owe WWE anything; she put over the horsewomen in NXT in her speeches to casual fans who may not have been watching NXT yet, she put over Nikki as a serious champion, she did the same for Paige on the Main Roster; I doubt winning a tag match should be considered ‘selfish’.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            A mania moment. Tho don’t underscore what took place. And the fact that the title could’ve been on the line in a career vs title match if she really wanted to go out putting the division and title over

          • Izzy4lw

            True but management was so angry and salty at AJ Leaving that they then set Nikki up for that long reign to break AJ’s record immediately- if they were being that petty, I highly doubt management would have allowed a career VS. title match – especially when AJ had already done her job putting Nikki over. AJ may have indeed wanted that originally, but the talent doesn’t book themselves. I’ll agree she got lazy in the end, but I do think she got a raw deal because she wasn’t about to take managements crap and “yes sir” her way through a career.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Trish did as much but besides that they grew even more sour on her as you stated however my counter is that had she mentioned it as her retirement request as one of the top girls at the time seeing as how she didn’t get a mania match it would’ve definitely went thru brie and Paige still included but outside the ring with Nikki having a proper moment and the title also an wouldve kept her record in tact cos honestly I could see Nikki dropping the title sooner bc of what we know now about her neck but anyway.

          • I find it funny that the same discourse happens in regard of CM Punk’s departure, where people are quick to call him a quitter and selfish, ignoring all the time the company screwed him over and literally killed his love for pro-wrestling.

          • KatyaMenelli

            IMO, Punk was selfish. Aj wasn’t. WWE pushed Punk to the fucking moon. They gave him things most WWE superstars would personally have to suck Vince’s dick off for, things they wouldn’t let others do. He acted as if he was bigger than WWE, so good riddance.

          • perceval

            Alexa to AJ:. You think you can intimidate me with your size?

          • ???

            Also AJ vs Alexa !
            Or AJ vs Mickie !
            Girl .. so sad that she did gone, I think it was way too early she could have stayed for another 2 or 3 more years !
            If she was still here , I can see her on Raw !

          • wwepassion

            No it would not because Aj can’t wrestle.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            AJ could wrestle hun. Exit my replies

          • wwepassion

            No she couldn’t, she was sloppy AF

          • Tnn Crs

            Oooh come on ! You can’t compare Sasha to AJ ! Yes she was charismatic and fantastic on the mic but she had basically 3 moves, was always dominated the whole match and then won in 30 seconds. That’s just my opinion…

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            IT’S A JOKE. Can y’all read? Y’all be so quick to reply to me without reading my replies

          • Tnn Crs

            Ooops Sorry I was in a hurry ;)

        • GOD STRATUS•

          Best aj’s ever looked in action. But I’ll refute Sasha being inspired by A J Lee… In the case of a ddt variation … It’s a wrestling move Sasha’s a wrestling fan I highly doubt Aj was the first person she saw do a dam ddt . Reach .

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            It’s not serious… Jeez…

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Stand by your word boo they do have power after all .

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Um girl it’s a joke I stan both how is it a reach I’m not discrediting Sasha at all I praise her every chance I get but AJ did it before Sasha so I was making a joke stfu damn

        • ???

          I miss AJ Lee :(
          my favourite woman wrestler and still !

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Her journey to becoming a wrestler and becoming a top name is a very inspiring one and for that, she eclipsed any other female wrestler in my list of favorite. Sasha reminds me a lot of her as well. Part of why I like her so much.

        • CuCelchy

          Queen did it betta

        • Jo9834

          The AJ /Naomi match was literally one of the best matches for both of these women.

      • Nadia

        LOL. When she was flinging her body around I legit thought she was going for the black widow for a second and marked out.

        • GOD STRATUS•

          You going fans lol. And I guess we don’t see lucha style moves that much from the women. But AJ Lee is not who first comes to mind when seeing Sasha flip around lol I’d say Lita Molly hell Gail before Aj lol

          • Nadia

            I took a long break from wrestling so I don’t really know there work. I remember Trish, Lita, Victoria, Chyna from when I was a kid but that’s about it.

      • wwepassion

        Lol, Aj didn’t make that move up

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          Did you not see that I said it was a joke? ? You just want to reply to me for some reason go get a life

          • wwepassion

            Better be a joke

    • GOD STRATUS•

      Best spot since the audience bank statement spot tbh

    • Jaded

      I was the highlight of the match in my opinion

    • Winter

      This girl is ridiculously spectacular.

    • John Finnie
      • GOD STRATUS•

        There’s the Lita one I mentioned lol

      • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

        Beth sold that DDT and the one from Mickie like a true champ

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      Yes it really was I had to rewind it.

  • It’s the little things that makes me appreciate how smart of a performer Sasha is. That DDT was beautiful, but what got me is when she transitioned from one side of the Bank Statement to the other when Nia got close to the rope. Great stuff! Nia held her own too. It was a great match.

    • Aye Mate

      Sasha’s kicking Nia’s hamstring into the double knees was neat; Sasha’s selling when Nia whipped her across the barricade was beautiful.

      These two have clearly found their chemistry and it’s testament to Nia, too, that Banks felt like a pure babyface in this match. The emotion elicited from Banks as she fought desperately to win felt so genuine.

      • The way Sasha climbed on Nia’s back and blocked her arms with her legs to set up a standing Bank Statement was also so fun to watch.
        Nia did very well indeed. Both played into each other’s strenghts perfectly and it gave a very compelling David vs Goliath story.

    • wysna

      This. And the way she interacts with her opponents. Just a quick example, when she began feuding with Charlotte and the latter sicked Dana at her. Sasha clocked Dana, unhinged her glasses and decided to throw it at Dana instead. It’s those little details that make her so special. I mean, her in ring capacity and choices are already good enough, but she uplifts it even further with that minute characteristic detailing. I live for it.

  • Miguel

    I’m a Mickie James fan since her first WWE run but I have no hope in RAW giving her any sort of push. Her win/loss record recently is dissapointing. Sasha was the obvious choice to go for the tittle since her win/loss record is 8-1-1. Nobody else has been winning matches constantly like her.

    • John Finnie

      Mickie will get a good title run maybe next year because Wwe are not going to give her a tie with trish reign so soon after her return
      I have faith her time will come she just needs that feud with someone she has great chemistry with *Sasha,Bayley?,Charlotte, Askua….. hell she may bring the beast out of Nia if Wwe allow her to look strong

      • Miguel

        I agree but again WWE is not investing in Mickie at all.

  • Winter

    I have no more words to describe the greatness of Sasha and there are some people that still don’t like her, it’s hilarious.

    • Jaded

      It’s just that crazy Charlotte fan, and one bella fan

      • Winter

        I talk about some fanbase that call Sasha overrated, maybe all Alexa fans. I can’t with them.

    • Super Mateo

      Some people just aren’t going to like Sasha, no matter what she does, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Different people have different tastes.

      I happen to like Sasha as a performer. She can act, she can wrestle, and she can get an audience’s attention. I don’t care about anything she says or does outside of WWE programming. I don’t agree with her opinions on non-WWE things very often, but that’s not why I watch her. I want her to entertain me with her WWE character, and she does that.

      They can say what they want about her, but Sasha has already built up an impressive resume. She can pull excellent matches out of anyone. She has regularly been the main event of shows, and she has done Iron Man matches and a Hell in a Cell match. She may have already earned a spot in the WWE Hall of Fame when the time comes.

      • Winter

        Yeah she’s a future Hall of Famer for sure, but I just don’t understand why some people call her overrated after all the amazing matches she has given to us. I know everyone has their favorites and it’s ok but you have to recognize when you’re seeing a good match.

  • GOD STRATUS•

    Oh and Nia’s best MR match even above the guantlet master piece Sasha worked outta her ass. Nia’s second best encounter only after Asuka/Nia 2. Yet still you won’t hear me blowing trumpets for doing what she should have been doing since NXT… And that goes for a few of them call-ups

  • John Finnie

    Right guys i watched a youtube interview with awesome kong & i swear she said she had a son?? Did she have anothe child who lived???

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    All the girls matches this weekend will kill it.
    Ember vs Asuka – everyone knows this will be amazing.
    Sasha vs Alexa – their last encounter was so good and I’m sure they’ll do even better with more time.
    Naomi vs Natalya – their matches that were 2-3 minutes were so smooth and technical. I know they will do good. Hopefully WWE let’s them go all out though because Naomi needs “THAT” match like everyone else.

    • Nadia

      I just want a pic with Sasha, Naomi and Ember as Champions. Would be cool AF.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        oop

      • wysna

        Ember needs to beat Asuka already. I’m all for my literal hometown girl but her streak is already beyond ridiculous.

      • KatyaMenelli

        Omg me too. My new disqus avatar if that happens.

    • I’m not ready for Ember vs Asuka II

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        Me either! They better steal the show

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Who is? I hope they main event the show tbh. Asuka deserves it.

        • They should main event. Despite the somewhat poor build, it’s still the most high profile match. I have a feeling it’s gonna be Roode vs whoever is the contender though urgh.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Roode is not even half the star that Asuka is and Drew does nothing for me. They built Asuka’s streak so big that they should definitely main event. For all her work there, she totally deserves it.

          • She really does. And it’s indeed the end of her iconic and groundbreaking reign (which I hope it isn’t), then she HAS to main event. Prayer circle!

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            I think she’ll lose. Sonya better come out after the match and drag Ember though.

          • Don ?

            I think Asuka will retain. I just don’t see Asuka losing. If she does lose it will be a shocker for me. ?

  • Aye Mate

    Comparably better than usual, RAW reminded us that, when directed right, the women’s division can be compelling stuff. I would have marked out so hard had Alexa dived off her lifeguard chair onto Sasha after the match, or if Sasha had pounced all the way up to lay some hands. But other than that, thumbs up from me.

  • I for one realllllly enjoyed Sasha Vs Nia, the back & forth, resiliency of Sasha was too good. That reversal at the end into the Bank Statement was LIT.
    I’m mad at the way Emma vs Mickie ended like so lackluster. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1926c6b6489d475be954f2297dacb45fb0458c4ed7785e8cbe7fc4b17977ade3.gif

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Best Raw for the ladies in a long time. I need Sasha to win the belt and have a Mickie/Sasha program. I NEED IT.

    • That’s what I’m saying.

    • Don ?

      Correction: Mickie vs a heel Sasha. That’d be amazing! ?

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    When it comes to Emma, I feel this could really be something great long-term. I hope they work her angle the same way they did with Christian’s “One More Match”. Assuming Sasha wins the title, Emma could be a great challenger with her on-going angle.

    Loved the backstage segment with Mickie. Both did a great job here and setting up the match. The match was dissapointing tho. It was okay but it had some sloppy parts and the crowd really killed the match. With that being said, Emma would really benefit from being more agressive like she was when she returned after WM and interact with the crowd more. Against a dead crowd, it can indeed make a difference.

  • BLKLTR05

    Sasha vs Alexa is so predictable though. It’ll be good and at the end I hope Alexa retains. If Sasha wins though, I won’t be complaining because the match will have been good but Alexa needs to win and put on a good showing, which I am sure Sasha can pull out of her, so people can stop bitching and moaning about her. Then at the following PPV, Alexa can drop the title to Sasha. I’d like to see a year between Sasha’s new reign and her previous regn. Has that happened yet?

  • Izzy4lw

    Sasha did that! Amazing match by both. Enough said.

  • Rosanna

    I was reading the Eva Marie article and other article similar but as far as I know every women I the wwe main roster as side plates to the the women’s championship. So far we’ve seen Charlotte’s, Sasha’s Becky, Alexa’s Bayley’s and Naomi’s and Eva’s even though they wasn’t shown physical they’ve released photos. They’re also photos’ of Emma’s. But just saying you never know everyone has side plates including Alicia, Dana and Mickie.

  • conan_kun

    Perhaps Emma’s storyline is alike Heath Slater, keep mentioning she deserved better, keep losing until finally gets a win

    Though I hope Sasha win the title at Summerslam, but why don’t they just let her continue to feud with Alexa right after GBOF at the beginning instead of making Bayley to be No 1 contender at Summerslam over Sasha a few weeks ago.

    What reason for WWE officials not choosing Sasha to be the face of Raw women division when she can deliver a great match with almost all women
    http://68.media.tumblr.com/012297371c9e47c061054fa4d2e2bf87/tumblr_oupknjcmXF1u1ljrzo2_500.gif

    • Winter

      It’s inevitable that Sasha will become the face of the division sooner or later. For me, she’s already the face of the division, you see her in every wwe poster and promos.

  • Organization XIII

    I just watched Mickie vs emma & im trying to find out where the sloppy comments came from. The match wasnt sloppy minus the ending. It just felt dry.

    As for Sasha winning, clearly this is the right move. No way a heel Alexa would even look like a viable match against heel Nia with no build up be credible.

    • Aye Mate

      The match was fine, but I think Mickie’s spinning kick doesn’t look impactful enough as a finish.

      • Organization XIII

        It doesn’t. Never liked it as a finisher

  • conan_kun
    • NoWayHoeSay

      ???what was that picnic bench

  • Allyn

    So it’s the week of the ppv and we finally get the match up we wanted…..better late than never lol. I really hope Sasha takes it on Sunday or Monday if some sort of rematch ends up happening because of a dq. All I know is that once Sasha has the title I better be seeing the raw division step it’s pussy up!!!! All I keep seeing is people saying that Sasha is going to save the division once she is champ so lets see just how true these statements will be. I want to see exactly how her reign is going to make the division so great….

    https://media2.giphy.com/media/26his5i9YJTqsqCyY/giphy.gif

  • Winter

    I heard a Sasha interview today and she said she’s very excited and couldn’t wait till Summerslam. That gave me hope that she will win this Sunday. I hope I’m not disappointed this time.

  • Monkey Tennis

    The match was great. Although that was in spite of Nia rather than because of her. When she dominated, it was the same bog standard stuff we always see from her, executed in that same “I seem to be a bit bored” fashion. She’s like the anti-Strowman – All power, but no drive, no hunger, no fury, no… anything really.

    Fortunately Sasha compensated in pretty much every way. And I say that as someone who’s not a die-hard Sasha fan. But good wrestling is good wrestling and you can’t deny what you see when it comes to her ring work.

    All that said, I’m hoping she’ll lose at Summerslam. That’s only because her feud with Alexa has yet to become an actual feud. And whilst it might not seem as special to have Sasha take the title at a less prestigious PPV, I think that victory would benefit from having a bit more build than some alleged real-life conflict and and half arsed mini-feud from a while ago.

    • Winter

      Summerslam is a less prestigious PPV, wtf?

      • Monkey Tennis

        No, that’s my point. If Sasha loses at Summerslam, then we get a proper feud with Alexa, culminating in Sasha taking the title at No Mercy,

    • Aye Mate

      Nia deserved way more credit than what you’ve just written. Compared to her earlier matches with Banks, this is like watching two entirely different performers.

  • George

    Lol the hometown girl won that’s new, Alexa better retain this sunday i’m rooting for Miss Bliss ! ?

  • George

    Second best Nia Jax match, the girl is improving and she’s better then most of the people give her credit for.
    Would be interesting if she tries to capture a males title when she improves her wrestling more, or at least entering in the rumble

    • Monkey Tennis

      If she’s being beaten by women like Sasha and Bayley on a semi-regular basis, no amount of occasionally pushing her like a monster-heel is going make it convincing if she went for any of the male titles.

      Besides,for as long as the WWE remains PG (which isn’t changing any time soon), the best she could hope for would be the standard novelty appearance in a Rumble, where she can eliminated without actually taking any offence from a male superstar (other than being pushed over the rope)

      • George

        If she improves her ring work, she can look like a good challenger for a midcard title. And with this latest obsesion of “making history” we are clearly going in that direction of truly pushing women to break more barriers .

        • Monkey Tennis

          It’s not gonna happen. The WWE’s family friendly model simply won’t allow women to compete with men – regardless of their size.

          It’s a daft rule for sure. I mean, the idea that the cartoon ‘violence’ of pro-wrestling is perfectly acceptable for kids when it’s a guy doing it to a guy or a woman doing it to a woman, but as soon as it becomes intergender, that’s when it’s suddenly wrong!

          But as daft as it certainly is, it’s simply not going to change.

          • Super Mateo

            I love how a company that markets violence and fighting, with half the characters (aka heels) fighting dirty considers itself “family friendly.” It isn’t, and intergender action won’t change that.

            I’m all for women and men of equal talent and size fighting each other. If WWE really wanted to show men and women as equal, this is one way of doing it. There are some physical barriers, but I believe there are a LOT more cultural barriers. Even worse, there is barely any verbal interaction between the sexes, either. About 95% of all intergender scenes involve either love interests, reporters, commentary, and the GMs.

            But, you’re right. It isn’t going to change.

    • PhiPhiBanks

      I think we are at least 3-4 years away from Nia being at the level where we could talk about her going for a male title.

  • PhiPhiBanks

    I have a feeling that Alexa will retain the championship after Emma attacks Sasha. It will be revealed that Alexa ‘promised’ Emma a future title opportunity.

    Leading to an Emma vs Sasha feud.

    Also it will build tension between Nia and Alexa, since Nia is supposed to be Alexa’s bff not Emma.

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      Come one now WWE isn’t that smart

    • Aye Mate

      Excellent idea. Emma moves into a high profile feud and Alexa retains her title through patented conniving.

    • Izzy4lw

      they had better not do that! if they do that’s literally the third time WWE have done that to extend Alexa’s reign. First Mickie, then Nia, if they do Emma I’m done. Emma would do better if she snapped on the ‘it girls’ and was built up finally, leading to her being catapulted into the title scene, not once again being used to extend someone else’s reign and get a side feud when her whole argument is that she deserves the main event.

      • PhiPhiBanks

        I just don’t see any other way for Alexa to beat Sasha one-on-one.

        Alexa even said a few weeks ago on RAW that she doesn’t want to wrestle Sasha for the title, when she was saying it she looked scared of the prospect. She wanted Bayley because she knows she can beat her.

        • Izzy4lw

          I don’t know if Alexa will retain tbh – the plan seemed to be to give Bayley the title to finally give us the Sasha heel turn we’ve all been promised, but the plan could still work if Sasha wins the title and turns heel on a returning Bayley to start their feud.

          If Sasha has to lose, I’d prefer it being through some conniving method (because she’s nowhere near talented enough in ring to believably beat Sasha clean) so I could see your point, I’m just hoping she drops the title to Banks at SS; her reign on RAW has been lackluster, even with incredible talent surrounding her – the best moments we’ve had in her reign have been the No. 1 contender’s matches tbh :/

          • Aye Mate

            Alexa retaining her title through conniving out of the ring loans to her first rate promos and calculated character; I’m fine with it so long as it builds to a royal dethroning – such as when Stephanie McMahon finally dropped her title.

          • Izzy4lw

            Yeah if she needs to hang on to it in the end it would never be end of the world bad; I think I’m just trying to figure what the big payoff would be – Alexa has now outsmarted Bayley countless times and Sasha once, if she does it at Summerslam it’s once again an AJ Lee dynamic where she manipulated her way into a long reign. So unless the plan is for Asuka to be called up after SS and beat her pillar to post and take the title, I don’t see who would be left to challenge her for a big conclusion to her reign.

          • Aye Mate

            Say she lures in Emma. Gets Emma to battle her enemies in a few Takeover worthy big bouts, all the while promising that elusive title shot. Meanwhile groom Banks as the slow build contender. Then, realising she’s being used, Emma screws Alexa over and helps Banks wins the title. So Emma becomes a babyface while Banks has some time to become a heel champion before setting up a feud between the two.

          • DJ

            I’m here for a face turn for Emma but still keeping a bit of a mean streak on her. If they book her right, she could easily earn the support of the crowd easily the same way she did during her run as a goofey preppy dancer on NXT.

        • Winter

          True, after Sasha defeated Nia twice it’s ridiculous to think that Alexa could beat her clean.

    • Super Mateo

      If a Sasha/Emma feud is the goal, it would be better to just put the title on Sasha. Alexa can either move to a B-story for a while or take some time off. I really like Alexa, but some time out of the spotlight might be a good thing for her. It’s worked for Sasha (random “injuries,” working with the Snoozerweights, etc.).

  • wwepassion

    Predictable but good match

  • PhiPhiBanks

    I enjoyed both matches.

    Sasha vs Nia was the better of the two matches, I really think that Nia works her best with Sasha.

    Emma vs Mickie was only let down by the ending as it just didn’t feel right.

  • George

    Few weeks ago Nia was able to beat up 4 girls in a row, now she loses to Sasha Clean gotta love this booking ?

    • Monkey Tennis

      That’s one of the reasons a monster heel can’t work in the women’s division. See, with the guys it’s different. Braun can decimate a whole bunch of smaller mid-carders without it really selling them short and after that his main rivals are still gonna be the bigger guys who can go toe-to-toe with him.

      With the women’s division, the problems are two-fold. Firstly, with the post brand-split rosters so small, there are only so many women for Nia to decimate. Sure they can feed her a few local jobbers but eventually she has to take on actual superstars. And so the likes of Mickie, Emma, Dana, etc all get jobbed out to her.

      And OK, so far that’s pretty much the same model as the guys (albeit Nia has to destroy almost the entire RAW women’s roster because it’s so small). But then, it gets a bit iffy. Because Nia doesn’t have the equivalent of a Reigns or Lesnar to challenge her. So instead she loses to Sasha… which in itself is fair enough.

      But the knock on effect is Nia’s whole “She’s a beast, she’s unstoppable” description loses a bit more of it’s authenticity. And it makes Mickie and Emma look utterly useless considering how effortlessly Nia brushed them aside.

  • GEO

    I thought this was a good match. Sasha vs Alexa should have been the SummerSlam match this entire time and we could of had a great story heading into it. But creative is “creative.” I hope Alexa finally gets a chance to show out with Sasha being the great worker that she is. Oh and also https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cef2ed85908cb4fb313793f7305c729b2a3ad2907fef97c8f497ce93dbbb4c5c.gif

  • Super Mateo

    Nia and Sasha shouldn’t be wrestling each other. There’s way too much of a size difference. While Nia looked good in the match, I just have trouble suspending belief that Sasha had any chance, let alone actually win. That said, they both did a great job. It’s nice to see a Nia match where she doesn’t run herself into solid objects.

    I liked the detail of Alexa’s “throne,” even though it was basically a lifeguard seat. She looked really cute in it. I’m surprised and kind of disappointed no one knocked it over. I wanted to see more Sasha/Alexa confrontation. They’re currently my two favorite superstars to watch, so I hope they’ll bring the house down Sunday.

    The Mickie/Emma match wasn’t anything memorable and didn’t really capture my attention, but I’m starting to like the story they’re trying to tell with Emma. With every loss, every short match, and every slight she thinks she’s getting, the frustration is going to boil over, and I can’t wait to see what happens. I have no idea where this story is heading, so please don’t disappoint me, WWE!

  • Scarlet Letter

    The Nia vs Sasha match was pretty cool to watch, unfortunately, Mickie vs Emma seems kinda random and it was kinda sloppy.

  • DJ

    Great match between Sasha and Nia. Jax really is capable enough to put on a good match but her inconsistency and recklessness are the two factors holding her back at reaching her hype as a “monster” IMO. Though tbh, commentary should stop hyping her as one when she is totally beatable by wrestlers who are much more skilled than her, like Banks and Bayley. Her size and power advantage just make her a bigger obstacle to overcome than lets say a evasive and calculated heel like Alexa.

    Speaking of the champion, I am disappointed that WWE indecisiveness delayed Sasha’s momentum as the main contender after GBOF when her feud with Bliss was just starting to get hot. Instead, we got a game of lottery wherein they decided to randomly catapult Bayley to the championship match at SummerSlam all the while keeping Nia at the side. Fortunately both Banks and Bliss have enough star power to pull through a good to great match come Sunday.

    Emma vs Mickie also happened and the two backstage segments seem to indicate Emma’s continued downfall will lead to her getting more….Evil? That’s what I’m hoping, at the very least!

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  • Stef’

    I was so ok with Nia vs Alexa at Summerslam… Too bad !
    After this match I can’t imagine Sasha losing…
    As for Emma, well, I feel a bit lost. I am furious the WWE creatives picked up Emma’s frustration to build up something like this. Emma IS underrated, and so is Mickie, they are both underused for no good reason and Emma is right to complain aout it, and I think Mickie should open her mouth more because what the hell is this come back !? Id this really what she signed for ?

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    What two women’s matches on raw and only one involved the big 4? Ok raw now let’s do multiple fueds.

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