The last pay-per-view of the year, TLC, is this Sunday and for the red brand, they had their go-home episode of RAW tonight.
The match for that event from the RAW roster is for the Women’s Tag Team Championships between the champions, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Asuka & Lana. At least that was the original plan heading into tonight’s RAW. Lana has now been pulled from the match due to “injury.”
In a storyline injury, Lana was taken out by who would have been her opponents, Jax & Baszler. This happened after Lana picked up the upset victory over Jax in a one-on-one match. Both Baszler and Asuka were not at ringside during the match. Once the bell rang in Lana’s favor, Asuka was attacked backstage by Baszler. Baszler then came out to the ring and between her and Jax, they sent Lana to the local medical facility.
Lana suffered an attack that targeted both her arm and her leg. Asuka was able to come out and fight off the tag champs, however, the damage was already done. It was announced shortly thereafter that Lana will no longer be able to compete on Sunday. A replacement for her has not been announced at the time of this writing.
Baszler and Jax were not done for the evening. Baszler was set to take on Dana Brooke in a singles match later on in the night. The match ended in a disqualification as Jax blatantly got involved by pushing Brooke off of the turnbuckle. The duo had plans to perhaps do to Brooke what they had done to Lana earlier.
They didn’t get very far as Brooke’s tag team partner, Mandy Rose, made her return from injury. Rose rushed to the ring with a kendo stick in hand to ward off the tag team champions. It worked well until Baszler grabbed ahold of the kendo stick and was about to use it on Rose.
Asuka then made the save and between her and Rose, they fought off Jax & Baszler. The segment ended with Asuka and Rose helping up Brooke as the tag champs headed up the ramp.
Diva Dirt will provide any updates on who will end up being Asuka’s partner at TLC if announced prior to the event.