Monday Night Raw aired live from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And once again we were given two women’s singles matches that built to separate angles.
The first was [G.O.A.T.] Sasha Banks vs. Brie Bella. The latter was Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte — with Ric Flair — in a friendly match.
Overall it was good to see both Sasha and Becky on the card, even though some booking decisions were suspect. So let’s get into this week’s post-Raw Divas rankings:
5. Bayley: NXT’s unanimous top women’s wrestler made headlines when she said she was in “no rush” to be called up to the main roster, which is understandable given — as she pointed out — NXT’s surplus of female talent. What she didn’t mention was the main roster’s questionable booking of NXT stars not named Charlotte or Paige — which has led many fans and experts to speculate what her fate will be once her inevitable call up happens.
I’ve said countless times the only way Bayley isn’t pushed to the moon is if WWE doesn’t want to make money. She has the potential to be a female John Cena in regards to merchandise sales to a younger demographic.
But then again, there’s always the “Total Divas” logic that certain looks are more marketable — not my opinion but that of others. It would be foolish to not push someone as talented, likable and over as Bayley is, but then again, we’re still waiting for WWE to figure that out with the next Diva on our list.
4. Becky Lynch: Pros: Becky Lynch got to wrestle on Raw in the seemingly most “non-Charlotte’s sidekick” matchup she’s had on the main roster, used her entrance smoke and wrestled as well as expected in a match that should provide character depth/building for an upcoming angle.
Cons: The match’s ending was the most “Charlotte’s sidekick” thing possible. Charlotte — with the assistance of her father — faked an injury, distracted Becky, KIPPED UP (which is the most important factor in the faked an injury part) and rolled up her opponent/naive best friend for a cheap victory.
Just before this spot took place, Paige, who was on commentary, noted that Becky is perhaps “too nice” and a “pushover.” So if Charlotte is using her father’s tactics, does that make Becky the female Sting, who for whatever reason continued to trust Flair despite getting stabbed in the back countless times through the years?
Still, it provides more character development in Becky Lynch the singles wrestler than any Team PCB angle has since July. Although a potential heel turn and alignment with Paige would be a ridiculous scenario given the fact that she’s the only remaining true babyface in the division.
3. Paige: Paige didn’t compete on Monday, but made her presence felt as she attempted to drive a wedge between her former PCB teammates. She provided great heel commentary and was there to plant the seeds for a potential Becky vs. Charlotte feud by instigating. And she’s still the No. 1 contender for the Divas Championship at TLC, although there is certainly an argument for another female superstar on a hot streak.
2. Sasha Banks: Sasha Banks brought her two anchors to ringside and was still allowed to walk out to her own theme song before her match with Brie Bella. Team B.A.D. outnumbered Brie and Alicia Fox, which was noted multiple times by the commentators throughout the match, leading me to believe the group won’t disband until at least after Nikki Bella returns for a blow-off feud. Either way, Sasha picked up the victory and continues to gain momentum toward a potential “we’re destined to do this forever” feud against her former NXT friend and foe Charlotte.
1. Charlotte: Which leads us to Mr. Flair’s baby girl. Charlotte picked up a victory in the most Ric Flair way possible, cheating, then justifying said cheating with a calculated excuse. Good. That’s what she should be doing. It’s one thing for commentators to mention that she’s her father’s daughter 100 times per match but it’s another to actually work the Flair style other than shouting “Woo” and modifying the Figure 4. Personally, I think if there’s going to be a Becky-Charlotte feud, it needs to be with the latter turning and becoming a dominant heel champion.