WWE Raw Results, Recap, Numbers: Asuka Earns Title After Naomi And Sasha Banks Leave The Show

WWE Raw on Monday night fell victim to very unusual circumstances as disagreements over creative decisions between WWE women’s tag team champions Naomi and Sasha Banks and WWE officials led to the duo leaving the show. That decision set WWE geared up for another main event as the pair would both compete in a six women’s tag match to crown a No. 1 contender for the Raw women’s championship.

WWE ultimately chose a match between Becky Lynch and Asuka for the main event, with Asuka coming out victorious. She is now lining up to take on Bianca Belair for the Raw women’s title at Hell in a Cell. Still, the story that will dominate the headlines for the next few days is Banks and Naomi’s decision to leave a show as it was on the air.

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Chaos results in main event change, Asuka earns #1 contender

During the show’s opening, it was mentioned that the main event of the evening would be a six-woman contest to determine the next challenger for Belair. Less than an hour after the show started, Becky Lynch was shown backstage with WWE official Adam Pearce, stating that Naomi and Sasha Banks had left the arena before the match, only for Pearce to say she would now meet Asuka before the match. right to fight against Belair. Details would later reveal that the situation was legit, as Banks and Naomi disagreed with the creative direction and left the arena during filming.

Asuka def. Becky Lynch via pinfall with fog covering the eyes and a buzzsaw kick. Belair was ringside, repeatedly distracting Lynch by her presence. Late in the match, Lynch threw Asuka into Belair before attempting to hit Asuka with an umbrella. Asuka responded by spewing mist in Lynch’s face before hitting a kick and scoring a win to secure a match with Belair at Hell in a Cell.

The story of the night is clearly the chaos surrounding Banks and Naomi leaving the ongoing show. It is a complicated situation of which we do not know all the details. WWE had to adapt immediately and found themselves in a match between two of the most talented women on the roster. As for on-the-fly tweaks, WWE fans could be treated much worse. Asuka vs. Belair is going to be excellent regardless of the unconventional route to the game. Rank: B+

What else happened on WWE Raw?

  • Bobby Lashley def. Omos in a cage match. Cedric Alexander attacked Lashley from behind during Lashley’s entry. Omos joined the attack before WWE officials broke the fight. Lashley then stormed into the ring and demanded the match begin. MVP and Alexander repeatedly interfered with each other during the match. Lashley would eventually win when Omos threw Lashley into the cage, breaking through the wall and putting Lashley on the ground for the win.
  • Veer Mahan def. Mustafa Ali via submission with the cervical coupling. Ali was up against Theory before Theory introduced The Miz as the special guest referee, then said Ali would face Mahan instead. Miz got in Ali’s way during the match, leading to the finish line and an ongoing attack on Ali until the Mysterios came in to the rescue.
  • riddle final Jimmy Uso via pinfall with a roll up. The umpire caught Jey Uso trying to help Jimmy cheat on scoring the pin, setting up the eventual roll-up.
  • AJ Styles & Finn Balor def. Los Lotharios via pinfall when Balor hit Humberto Carrillo with the Coup De Grace. The match came after a promo from The Judgment Day focused on Styles, Balor and Liv Morgan (who was ringside with Balor and Styles).
  • Alexa Bliss def. Sonya Deville via pinfall with a DDT. Deville slapped the referee after the game.
  • Cody Rhodes challenged Seth Rollins to a match in Hell in a Cell. Rhodes was angry with Rollins’ claims that Rhodes “took something from him” after winning two games over Rollins. Rhodes then threw down a challenge to Hell in a Cell, which Rollins appeared at the Tron to accept.
  • Ezekiel def. Chad Gable via pinfall with Kevin Owens and Otis on ringside. The trio failed a DNA test to prove that Ezekiel is actually Elias when Otis spilled barbecue sauce into the sample.
  • Lacey Evans made an in-ring promo talk about her military service before saying no one in the locker room is as good as her.

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