Raw aired live from Dallas, Texas on Monday. There were two Divas segments: a tag-team matchup of Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox vs. Sasha Banks and Naomi, and Charlotte vs. Brie Bella.
The later segment was followed by Renee Young badgering Paige with questions of her involvement with Natalya’s attack on last week’s Smackdown.
So, no slow burn for the Divas Revolution angle, rather more of the same throwaway matches and an emphasis on tag-team matches. Here’s a look at the Divas rankings following Raw.
Becky Lynch: Becky Lynch is still being underused and apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. At this point, she’s been relegated to being a more talented, better looking version of Tamina, which is absurd. Seriously, why push a capable, veteran Irish-born wrestler who’s over with fans leading up to the European tour? I guess that’s not logical at all.
5. Summer Rae: For having nothing to do with the Divas Revolution angle. Not just that, but also for being the highlight of the long, overdone Rusev-Dolph Ziggler feud that rivaled Sheamus-Orton for most-booked of 2015.
4. Sasha Banks: Sasha Banks — like Becky Lynch — is also being criminally underused as a sidekick. The only difference is WWE is openly acknowledging her underbooking as part of what will — hopefully — lead to Team B.A.D.’s split. The broadcasters continue to acknowledge fans’ “We Want Sasha” chants and disinterest for yet another Naomi vs. Team Bella member match, yet we still see the same thing every week. And there was no hint of any tension between Team B.A.D., despite yet another loss to Super Nikki and Alicia Fox. So what’s the payoff?
3. Paige: Paige, who many speculated was in WWE’s “dog house” due to poor booking, let out another promo on the Divas division that was more entertaining than the actual matches on Raw. She attempted to divert Renee Young’s questions in what is an obvious tell that she did attack Natalya on Smackdown. So the obvious payoff will be a Paige-Natalya match, which is far better than any non-Sasha Banks match she’s had since A.J. Lee retired.
2. Nikki Bella: Like it or not, WWE remains focused on Nikki Bella as its top heel(?) diva. Even her sister plays crash test dummy to make her look stronger by comparison. Seriously, with the exception of last week’s Bella-dominated Raw, when was the last time you can recall Brie winning a singles match? At least the announcers are finally acknowledging what this “revolution” is, referring to it as the “Evolution of the Bellas” several times this week.
1. Charlotte: Charlotte is the one NXT callup that has been utilized properly on the main roster. If anything, perhaps too much that some fans would begin to grow weary. She won’t have the same matches as she did in NXT given constant booking against Team Bella and the allotted time, so the dominant wins would be a stale comparison. Plus, the outrage over the lack of usage of her fellow NXT callups could make her the undeserved antagonist. Maybe WWE would have been better to just call each of the Four Horsewomen up individually and let the rest shine in NXT.