Monday Night Raw aired live from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. And, for the first time in recent memory, there were no tag-team matches involving the Divas.
Instead, there was a fatal four-way match to decide the No. 1 Contender for the Divas Championship at Survivor Series. The match included Brie Bella, Paige, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.
No, you’re not reading that wrong. Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks were actually featured on Raw in non-tag-team competition and even got their own promos prior to the match.
And wouldn’t you know it? The crowd loved it. They even chanted “this is awesome.” Go figure.
Anyway, here’s a look at the WWE Divas power rankings following the Nov. 2 edition of Raw.
5. Brie Bella: BRIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE MOOOOOOOOOODEEEEEE! Yup, we heard that intro and saw Brie Bella compete in the fatal 4-way match. Prior to Raw, her sister announced via Twitter that she would miss time due to an injury. This allowed Brie the chance to shine in one of her better matches in recent memory.
4. Becky Lynch: Finally, WWE decided to use Becky Lynch as something other than Charlotte’s “wacky sidekick.” Don’t get me wrong, I love the quirkiness and what it brings to her character. But Monday was the first time since her debut that we actually got to see Becky Lynch branch out as an individual character.
She had more character development in a two-minute promo than she’s had in the past 3-4 months. And her promo was entertaining, which I don’t understand why naysayers want to argue is her shortcoming and a reason to hold her back. Either way, she looked great in Monday’s match, despite taking the pin, and should remain in the title picture once a realistic scenario — not facing her best friend — happens.
3. Sasha Banks: So why was Monday’s angle better than 90 percent of the Divas storylines and matches we’ve seen since July? Well, Sasha Banks cut a promo without Naomi talking over her. Sasha Banks walked out to her own song, not Naomi’s. And Sasha Banks wrestled in a singles match without either member of Team B.A.D. anywhere near ringside.
It’s not a knock on Naomi or Tamina, but Sasha Banks is better on her own, not in a group where she’s far superior to her teammates. Naomi and Tamina rely on one another, where as Sasha is the star of the group and has a higher ceiling on her own. Monday’s episode provided even more proof of why she’s one of the best workers — regardless of gender — in pro wrestling.
2. Charlotte: Charlotte remains the Divas Champion. Therefore, she’s who all the others are chasing. But nothing really elevated her status otherwise as she — aside from cutting a promo following the fatal-four way match — pretty much took the night off. Still, she’s got plenty of momentum heading into Survivor Series against her next opponent…
1. Paige: There was little doubt that Paige was going to win Monday’s match. She’s been the hottest character in the Divas Revolution angle since she ran down the rest of the division several weeks ago, despite poor booking and an unnecessary teasing of whether or not she was actually turning heel. Paige has provided stellar promos and is capable of working a great match with her fellow NXT alums.
People seem to forget that she was the first breakout Diva in NXT and what she’s capable of as a worker. Similarly, Charlotte has lost intrigue with some fans based on her watered-down matches against the veterans of the main roster. Both divas should help elevate one another with an outstanding match at Survivor Series to remind fans why they both joined the main roster with high expectations.