Monday Night Raw aired live from Boston, or should I say, “BO$$TON.” We finally got a Sasha Banks appearance and it only took being in her hometown and several mentions of her match against Bayley in NXT this Wednesday, which will likely be the highlight of next week’s rankings.
But otherwise, Team B.A.D. defeated Team Bella and Natalya defeated Paige for her first win on Raw in months. Team CB also cut a promo backstage in which Charlotte vowed to prove her legitimacy and Becky Lynch was — you guessed it — silent.
Let’s take a look at the power rankings following Monday’s episode:
5. Paige: We didn’t get a [CM] Paige promo this week. But we did actually see her wrestle in a match with enough time to remind fans why she was NXT’s original top female competitor. However, the match did little for her momentum as the bitter, heel mouthpiece of the Divas Division. Neither did getting ditched by Charlotte and Becky at the MSG special on Saturday. Isn’t she supposed to be the heel? Sure, she deserved it, but the babyface NEVER walks out of a match.
4. Natalya: Good for you, Nattie. It was nice to see WWE actually use the last full-time employed member of the Hart family correctly for the first time in several months. I’ve long assumed that Natalya was kept off TV because she was tending to her husband, Tyson Kidd, during his injury. Though I still believe that was the case, the angle of her “just not being booked” is forgotten with a big win in singles — YES, SINGLES — competition.
3. Sasha Banks: Banks worked as a babyface in front of her hometown Boston crowd. And, according to Michael Cole, that was the only reason why the crowd was chanting “We Want Sasha,” as if it’s not a weekly thing in every city. Anyway, the match ended Sasha forcing Nikki to tap out via the Bank Statement. Awesome. But the real highlight for the Boss will be the 30-minute Ironwoman match at NXT TakeOver: Respect on Wednesday, which will likely blow anything on Raw out of the water.
2. Nikki Bella: Nikki Bella remains the No. 1 contender for the Divas Championship. It’s fair, every former champion ever has gotten a rematch. And Nikki remains WWE’s most famous female competitor — albeit it the promoting of Total Divas and supplying more Bellas merchandise than any other diva. But still, where do the Bellas fit into the women’s scene once Charlotte retains? WWE is a Bayley call-up away from having six actual workers — Four Horsewomen, Natalya and Paige — capable of putting on consistently good matches if given the proper time. I can’t see WWE ever giving up on the Bellas marketing machine, but it does beg the question of whether Nikki will take a backseat to the new, rising talent.
1. Charlotte: From Day 1, it seemed like WWE had Charlotte in mind as its next Divas Champion once Nikki surpassed AJ Lee as the longest reigning Divas Champion of all-time. Actually, the push can be traced back to her dominance in NXT from her title win to dropping the belt in a fatal-four way. During that span it was only a matter of time before WWE found a way to bring Charlotte to the main roster and push her as the next big thing. And despite the occasional heel tactic loss, she’s looked like the most dominant diva in the division for the past three months. It’s unlikely she’ll drop the title to Nikki at Hell in a Cell, rather start an eventual feud with Sasha, Paige or even Becky should they ever make her anything more than her sidekick. Any of these scenarios brings new hope to the “Divas Revolution” that’s seen fans lose interest over the past few months.