It’s that time once again as we recap the events from the night before. It’s the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION! The Summerslam PPV is in the books, and it saw two major victories with storylines perhaps far from over. Paige managed to successfully regain the Divas Championship in shockingly clean fashion, countering The Black Widow into the RamPaige DDT to win, but the post-match glares seemed to indicate the feud is far from over. The biggest shocker was Nikki Bella turning on her own sister Brie, costing her the match against Stephanie McMahon. What will be the fall-out from these major matches? Let’s get into it and find out…
STEPHANIE MCMAHON kicked the show off, coming out to Daniel Bryan’s theme music and doing a mocking “Yes!” taunt while dressed in a red merch “Steph! Steph! Steph!” to further mock Brie Bella’s husband. McMahon gloated and claimed the fans had been chanting her name, before putting over the “epic” PPV last night, saying The Authority would host a championship presentation ceremony. McMahon took shot at Authority enemies John Cena, Dean Ambrose, and Chris Jericho. She finally got around to the subject of Brie Bella, saying The Authority always wins but admitted she didn’t do it alone – thanking hubby Triple H for being by her side.
McMahon claimed Brie Bella only cares about herself, and then introduced the traitor known as NIKKI BELLA who was in quite a Mortica Adams looking outfit (and heels that got stuck as she went down the ramp in a Botchamania bound moment). Nikki hugged McMahon and tried to claim the heel-sticking moment was due to Nikki being so upset (nice try at a save) as Stephanie went on about how horrible and selfish Brie is. Things continued to be bad for Nikki when her audio wasn’t switched on right but she seemed to claim that Brie had betrayed her. Mic now on, and Nikki said that things were supposed to always be The Bella Twins against the world, but it never turned out that way.
The fans gave Nikki the loud “what?” treatment as she ranted that Brie was always the one who blamed Nikki when things went wrong, that Nikki would ever get married (hey, it’s your fault sticking with a man who told you he doesn’t want to get hitched or have kids!), blah blah blah. Nikki even claimed that Brie getting married was just another case of getting one over on her, before both took shots at Brie losing at Summerslam. Nikki turned on the waterworks saying she was going to stand on her own two feet. “I could say that I lost a sister… But I never even had one!” Nikki was yelling about how it was good to finally be free, and then leading to awkward pauses as both looked to the entrance staging like someone had missed their cue.
Ah, there she is! BRIE BELLA came out in wearing the Brie Mode T-shirt , staring a hole through her sister as McMahon tired to fire up Nikki. “Why are you doing this??” Brie demanded, saying her sister had destroyed her family. Taking exception to Brie saying she’ll forgive her, Nikki slapped her across the face – seemingly even shocking McMahon as Nikki screamed that she’d never forgive Brie. Chants of “You sold out!” sounded out as Brie in tears left the scene, but McMahon looked impressed while Nikki just glared at her departing sister.
Thoughts: Hit and miss, but mostly miss. Both Bellas are not good at acting, not at all but they had heat enough from the crowd so they at least cared. Nikki’s stumble and the mic not working well didn’t start her heel run off to a good start, and her basic, whining promo wasn’t too impressive either. A sister versus sister match will of course get interest alone in itself, and considering how stale both Bellas are on the mic that may be the only thing that gets them interest for this eventual showdown.
RENEE YOUNG interviewed Seth Rollins but as per usual, Dean Ambrose interrupted with an bucket of ice water attack before a brawl broke out.
NATALYA Vs WWE Divas Champion PAIGE
No TV entrance? ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN!! Natayla in her lovely new ring gear was all smiles already in the ring. Paige was out next, still skipping as she headed down with the newly won title as we got a couple screen caps of the win, including Paige giving the unconscious AJ Lee a kiss on the cheek. Before things got underway, Paige got a mic and claimed she still respected and loved Lee, dedicating the match to her. I’m sure she meant it!
Paige continued her mind-games as she gave Natalya a little smooch on the cheek when applying a Hammerlock, but that just got her a Back Elbow and a Firewoman’s Carry. As the announcers hyped that #NikkiBella was trending worldwide Paige bridged out of a Jackknife pin, then fighting against being taken over by a Backslide. Paige broke free and hit Natalya with a wicked Kick to the back of the head as Nattie was down on her knees. Similar to last night, Paige rather sensually crawled over her opponent to mount her, but only to deliver a couple of Headbutts, and that all got barely a one count.
Holy interruptions Batman! AJ LEE made her skipping way out, music and all and GOD DAMN IT WOMAN Paige was biting down on her bottom lip as she watched her rival skip around. Natalya used the distraction to roll Paige up and much like last week on Raw, scored the surprise win!
Natalya defeats Paige with a School Girl Roll-up.
Paige freaked out in the ring as Lee faked innocence at ringside. With a mic, AJ as sincerely as Paige spoke about her earlier and told her that she loves her. “I dedicate my life to you Paige!” Lee rushed in with a vow to shake her hand but wisely Paige bailed from the scene. Lee went full crAJ mode with head tilts and glares as Paige backed away and clutched the butterfly belt, looking a mix of mad and concerned.
Thoughts: A great segment to further the already great storyline the two are having, as the two are out-creeping each other. The new “HLA” edge that Paige introduced has already been equaled by Lee’s claims of love, so it’s just a new dynamic that shouldn’t be read too much into. Even though fan fiction is probably being written as I type.
Stephanie McMahon (now in a dress) would join husband Triple H to host the presentation of the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship title to Brock Lesnar, and naturally HHH took a moment to put over McMahon’s win from Summerslam.
Renee Young would be seen again, now interviewing Jack Swagger about his loss in the Flag match against Jack Swagger.
For the third time, Renee Young did interviewing duties to get Chris Jericho’s thoughts on his loss at Summerslam to Bray Wyatt.
LANA (with Rusev) would gloat about their Summerslam Flag Match victory with the usual pro-Russia speech. However quickly things were cut off when Mark Henry came out, taking exception to Team Russia’s arrogance. Henry silenced Lana when he yelled at her, making a threat to Rusev to give him a “guided tour” of the Hall of Pain. For the first time Lana would be left stunned and afraid when Henry bested him with the World’s Strongest Slam and a big Splash.
That’s your lot for a rather action packed and certainly storyline progressing night of action, but will this continue on next week? Stop by in seven and we’ll find out with the next edition of the RAW RELOADED! See you then!