It’s that time once again to recap all the events from Raw with this, the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION!!! Paige made her return to WWE TV last week, clearing the ring of Tamina Snuka and the Diva who “injured” her Naomi, but the Anti-Diva showed she’s no nice gal now as she even laid out Nikki Bella, showing her focus is on the Divas Championship. That led to an announcement that at the Elimination Chamber “Pay Per View” (special on the WWE Network) will have a Triple Threat Match for the Divas title with Bella defending against Naomi and Paige. With just days to go before that match, can any Diva get an edge leading up to the show? Let’s get into it, and find out…
STEPHANIE MCMAHON was, as usual part of the opening segment with the rest of The Authority. More of the same, nothing new to report here. There was also a riveting segment with McMahon and some actors from some film. I’m not being paid to promote it, so I forget what it’s called.
RENEE YOUNG would interview Dean Ambrose, but JnJ Security would interrupt to lead to a predictable brawl. Young would interview The Authority later as they mocked the fact that they
Following on from last week, Rusev demanded that LANA come to the ring, and she did. Sadly if he wanted to get back together with her he started off with an arrogant rant, blaming Lana’s actions for losses against Cena and dropping a line about how her actions last week were just what women do to get men’s attention. URGH!! Rusev offered a hand, and it appeared the two had made up but when Rusev put his foot in it and asked that Lana admit she was wrong, she simply gave an icy glare and left the ring.
Lana reminded him that he said “I Quit” to lose the feud against Cena, and that set Rusev off on another. Lana got into his face and called him a liar and a quitter and after a barrage of insults left Rusev fuming as she left. Making the Bulgarian’s night worse Dolph Ziggler came out and got another smooch from Lana before raising her arm to further taunt him.
There was another riveting segment with those actors and Divas ALICIA FOX, SUMMER RAE, LAYLA and EMMA. Setting back the women’s division a couple years as they giggled and gushed over the actors.
Continuing the apparent developing relationship storyline, Lana was out later in the show to watch Dolph Ziggler’s match against Sheamus. A distraction by Rusev led to Sheamus picking up a cheap win, and post-match Rusev put the hurting on with an attack.
Divas Singles Match
TAMINA SNUKA w/h NAOMI Vs PAIGE
THE BELLA TWINS were out first to join the commentary team, and I lower my expectations accordingly. Back from commercial Snuka was already in the ring. No entrance? ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN! We got a replay of last week’s events that saw Paige return, fight off Naomi and Snuka, and then plant Nikki with the RamPaige DDT.
Nikki claimed she was ready for this Triple Threat (even if she didn’t look it). Brie gushed about positivity and her husband while Paige hit her series of Knee Strikes but Paige soon got knocked down to the floor. Snuka roughed up Paige a little before applying a head-grip submission hold while The Twins tried (and failed) to put themselves over, still sounding like Heels rather than likeable babyfaces. Paige fought out and the two Divas exchanged punches before eventually Paige hit the Side Kick.
Naomi randomly jumped up to the apron, and had to jump back down when Snuka was whipped towards her, the brief distraction allowing a roll-up for a near fall, and it set Snuka up for a Side Kick to the head. Paige hit sloppy looking Clotheslines, perhaps due to Snuka not going with the usual Short-Arm kind that Paige is used to doing, but the follow up Dropkick was on point. Brie Bella weakly tried to justify her interference and AGAIN sounded like a Heel while doing so. A third Side Kick sent Snuka to the floor where she took an amazing head-over-heels Tumbleweed dive off the apron!
Paige took time to glare across at Naomi, and this allowed Snuka time to recover so she struck with shots to Paige as she climbed back into the ring. The referee backed Snuka away, but she came back in again to be backed off and that allowed Naomi to rush in and get a cheap shot. As the referee looked back and clearly could see the shot happening. But because that was the set up for the finish he didn’t call for the bell and pretended he couldn’t see it. “How could the referee not see that?” even The Bellas called him out on that. Anyway, Snuka eventually lifted (in messy fashion) Paige up, hit a Samoan Drop and ended the match.
Tamina Snuka defeated Paige with a Samoan Drop.
Post-Match: Naomi raised Snuka’s arm in the victory before the two duos of Divas taunted one another.
Thoughts: Wow, that match sucked and it sucked hard. Snuka appeared to be more at fault than Paige however, and the bout did no one any favours, even The Bella Twins who somehow keep being allowed to do commentary despite being no good at it! All in all an awful few minutes and not any kind of good hype for the Triple Threat at Elimination Chamber. We can only hope, and for those of you who do pray, that the three Divas who will be involved in the match will deliver a good one at the “PPV”.
NATALYA accompanied Cesaro and Nattie’s Husband as they took part in a ten versus three Handicap Match against The New Day that to no one’s surprise broke down in short order into a wild brawl.
McMahon again was out in the ring with The Authority, gloating about Ambrose’s arrest earlier in the show. However the appearance of Roman Reigns and then Ambrose to return and sign the contract soon ruined their mood.
That’s your lot (perhaps thankfully) from a less than stellar night from the Divas. Will next week bring anything good following the three-way for the butterfly belt at Elimination Chamber? I have my doubts