It’s that time once again as we recap all the events from that Monday Night sports entertainment show with this, the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION! The Divas Revolution is in full swing with the newest members of the Divas Division making their mark as Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Charlotte had stellar performances, in particular Banks forcing Paige to tap out in a tag match while Charlotte forced Brie Bella to tap in a singles. As we head towards the now 4-hour Summerslam PPV, what twists and turns will the show take as we head closer towards it? Let’s get into it and find out… Televised
STEPHANIE MCMAHON was with The Authority as they made several matches for the show. When John Cena interrupted, predictably his request for a WWE Title match was shut down.
Backstage PAIGE rallied her troops of Team Power Buff Girls of BECKY LYNCH and CHARLOTTE as Paige glowed about the social media reaction to the Divas Revolution. However Team BAD of SASHA BANKS, NAOMI and TAMINA SNUKA came in, as Banks took exception to the other Divas taking credit for the Divas Revolution. Naomi ranted that Banks was going to destroy Paige later tonight, and after a brief comeback that allowed Charlotte to get a “Woooo!” in Banks shut them down with a comment about “Daddy’s Little Girl”. Ha! Banks and Paige traded shots about being NXT Women’s Champion. Lynch yapped up about Banks attitude, which Snuka took offence to but after a face off and some yelling Team BAD eventually backed away.
Divas Singles Match
PAIGE w/h BECKY LYNCH & CHARLOTTE Vs SASHA BANKS w/h NAOMI & TAMINA SNUKA
Team Power Buff Girls were out first, now suddenly all wearing Paige’s merch T-shirt (they were in their own merch in the previous segment). Continuity much? After the commercial Team BAD were out next, doing a stacked fist power pose before we cut to a Banks hype video that aired from this past Smackdown.
A lock-up starting things off, leading to a second as the Divas rolled to the mat and then out to the floor, a stand-off happening to break the grapple up before the Divas returned to the ring. Paige avoided a charge to whiplash Banks from the ropes, setting up a nice Knee Strike for barely a one count. A couple of Snap Suplexes got the same, but Paige switched up with the back-and-forth Elbows in the corner. A couple of counters leg to Banks rolling Paige up off a Wheelbarrow for a two count and one big strike to the forehead shut down the momentum. Banks controlled the wrist to set up a Lucha armdrag after running the ropes, but then ate a Japanese Armdrag, and the the dueling Dropkicks spot stopped the combat for a moment.
Banks offer and handshake as the fans rallied behind Paige, but the Anti-Diva saw through the ruse and blocked the kick, sweeping the leg away from under The Boss. The quite non-PG TV crawling led to Paige hitting a Headbutt for a two count, and a Fallaway Slam got another near fall. Team Bella were shown watching backstage as Paige controlled Banks with an Armbar while JBL gushed over Nikki Bella’s (awful) reign as Divas Champion. Banks eventually escaped but ate a Side Kick to send her out to the floor, and Paige took to the air for almost a Snap Crossbody to take out all of Team BAD.
Back from commercial, and a replay showed the other members of Team Bad, Charlotte and Lynch getting tossed out from ringside by the ref for bickering. Banks was in control now as she applied a boot to the face to Paige in the corner. Another shot of Team Bella watching backstage before Banks hit her Double Knee Drop to Paige stretched across the middle rope for a near fall. So Banks settled for choking Paige on the ropes, hitting the Knee Strike and then mocking Paige by doing her scream taunt on the apron. She nearly paid for it, getting trapped in a Small Package when she returned to the ring but escaped at two, and took down Paige with a Leaping Clothesline for yet another near fall.
Banks locked on a Japanese Stranglehold but Paige eventually escaped as the fans rallied behind her, and after blocking charges with strikes Paige countered a charge to the corner to hit the Running Knee Strike, followed by the series of Knee Strikes in the corner. Then followed the hat trick of Short Arm Clotheslines, the Running Dropkick, and a Superkick to send Banks down. Paige went for the PTO but Banks blocked it, but couldn’t block another Running Knee that got a two count. Banks soon rallied back, countering being sent to the corner with a vault back that captured Paige’s head, sending her right into the middle turnbuckle and setting up a Double Knee Strike to the seated Paige but once again only a near fall.
Banks made the mistake of going for the Double Knee Drop in the corner again, Paige countering and eventually grabbing The Boss by the leg, whipping her over and locking on a STF-like hold but Sasha managed to crawl to the ropes. Paige appeared to try for a slam but Banks flipped out to hit the Backstabber, right into the Banks Statement and racking up a major singles win!
Sasha Banks defeats Paige by submission with The Banks Statement
Post-match: Banks shoved Paige out to the floor and gloated about her win before the show moved on.
Thoughts: A great match that the fans were really into all the way through, and gives Banks a major push with the big win, thus boosting Team BAD in the process as well. Good stuff!
RENEE YOUNG interviewed Seth Rollins who predictably ranted about rival John Cena.
SUMMER RAE (in full Lana-outfit) and Rusev were in the ring as he in true male pig mode complimented Rae for being always obedient, claiming it was a woman’s privilege to obey a man (What complete bullshit!!) but it’s a man’s duty to give his woman gifts. Rusev summoned a gift, producing a dog from the box and Rusev claimed that due to the dog’s bad looks they should name him “Dog Ziggler” See what they did there? The next gift was… A fish?? He suggested naming it “Lana” after another cold fish. Uhhhhh… OK?
“Shut up!” LANA stormed out, running down Rusev and pointing out how everyone can see through her and noting how he’s making Rae dress and act like a wanna-be Lana. Summer claimed Rusev had finally upgraded herself. But Lana answered by kicking Lana in the leg to drop her, setting up for Lana to rub Summer’s face into the fish. No, really. Lana then slapped Rusev across the face and stormed off, smiling and waving to the fans as Rusev ranted and even tossed the fish at the ramp as Lana left. Summer was forced up to her feet, and promptly had a freak out over the humiliation.
Thoughts: Awful, boring stuff. Can this feud hurry up and end please?
The Second Match
Divas Tag Team Match
CHARLOTTE & BECKY LYNCH w/h PAIGE Vs NIKKI BELLA & ALICIA FOX w/h BRIE BELLA
Team Power Buff Girls were out first, and after a commercial Team Bella were out next. Lynch and Bella started off, with Bella controlling the arm before Becky countered to escape and hit an Arm Drag. Lynch backed up to make the tag, and both her and Charlotte hit Dropkicks to deck the Divas Champion before kipping up. Charlotte got her laying on top Rollup in that Saxton referred to as Charlotte’s Web for a two count. Charlotte hit chops to easily get “Woooos” from the fans, but soon Nikki tagged out to Fox who rather unsafely worked on the arm. Charlotte flipped out of the hold, decking Fox with a snap European Uppercut, then hitting a very Nature Boy-like Knee Drop.
Team BAD were shown watching from backstage, and back to the ring a distraction by Nikki allowed Fox to hit a Big Boot to steal the advantage. The Prettiest Northern Lights in the Business got Alicia a near fall. Saxton made an epic snide comment about Fox being a Bella-clone after JBL also noted that Fox was “lucky” to be part of Team Bella. Team Bella hit some strikes, and Nikki applied a Surfboard for a moment but Charlotte flipped her way out of it, not able to make the tag as Nikki cheap shotted Lynch and shut down Charlotte, then taunting by doing some pushups. So the Bellas are Heels this week! Nice to know.
A Rebound Suplex got Nikki a near fall. Fox got the tag and Team Bella hit a Double Team Suplex that got a near fall as well, so Fox locked on a Surfboard variation with a foot to the back. Charlotte eventually escaped, a Snap Spinebuster setting up a roll-through from a Jackknife pin to finally get the tag. HOUSE ON FIRE!! Lynch took Fox down with a Clothesline and decked Nikki from the apron for some payback. Becky got a Dropkick in, then hit a Headlock and Hammerlock Suplex followed by a T-Bone Suplex for a pin that got broken up as Nikki sent her to the ringpost. Charlotte’s Spear soon wiped out Bella. Moments later Lynch applied the Disarmer Arm Bar and forced Fox to submit.
Becky Lynch and Charlotte defeat Team Bella by submission when Alicia Fox tapped out to Lynch’s Disarmer.
Post-match: Paige gleefully celebrated with Team Power Buff Girls.
Thoughts: Another fun Divas Match as Becky got the rub this bout, and definitely the NXT ladies have been able to shine. Things continue to look great in the Divas Division as the Revolution continues on.
Renee Young would do another interview with John Cena about his US Title defense against rival Seth Rollins.
That’s your lot for this week, and another promising episode of Raw as the Divas Revolution looks to be going on strong. Will that continue into next week as we head closer towards Summerslam? We’ll find out next time, so stop by then and we’ll recap it all with the next edition of the RAW RELOADED! See you then!