Nikki ASH is our new Raw women’s champion.
How did we get here?
Charlotte Flair came out and cut a promo earlier in the night, and said that she is the “creator of the book” and that Rhea Ripley won’t ever be able to measure up to her. Flair got so much outpouring of emails and texts and then she got a Becky chant and shut it down nicely saying Becky Lynch was home breast-feeding.
She listed off her championship wins and announced she’s the only 11 time champion in WWE. Congrats, Queen!
She was about to say that she didn’t have to face Ripley again, but Ripley interrupted that sentence. She challenged Flair for another match, but declined. Flair said she could beat her any day of the week and Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville decided to take her word for it and make the match.
Ripley hit Flair with a nice German suplex and dropkick for a two count but Flair went right back to the injured left leg. The referee had to hold Flair back so she could get checked on. I love this version of Charlotte.
Ripley was able to do a good Northern Lights suplex but Flair just kept at her. Ripley got her legs up on a moonsault attempt and then executed a Figure Four.
And then she hit Ripley in the face with the Raw women’s title for win.
And then Ripley attacked her, leading Money in the Bank winner Nikki ASH to take advantage. She cashed in and pinned Charlotte for the championship.
So, as I’ve been saying, I am not into this almost a superhero gimmick of Nikki’s but from all accounts, it was her idea and they ran with it. For that reason, I’m happy for her. I’ve said in the past about Alexa Bliss that a wrestler should be able to have some of their own ideas for themselves followed through.
Wh8ile I am not a fan of the current Alexa stuff, or the current Nikki stuff, it’s their idea and I support wrestlers being able to do their own thing.
I’ve been a big fan of Nikki’s throughout her WWE career. My favorite run of hers was funnily enough with Alexa when they teamed up. Their friendship was really great and I was sad when it was over, but at that time I liked how it ended because Alexa was still in the psychological mind games phase.
So now that Nikki is champion, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that Charlotte and/or Rhea will be coming after her for SummerSlam. Perhaps Becky Lynch makes a return to take Charlotte out of the title picture? Maybe Charlotte just wins the title back next week?
It can go in multiple directions. Let’s see what happens! Congratulations, Nikki!
Let’s get to the rest of the show. For a full rundown of Raw, check out the live blog by Claire Elizabeth!
Limitless challenger and a new SummerSlam opponent.
Keith Lee has returned!
Bobby Lashley and MVP were in the ring, and MVP acknowledged Kofi Kingston’s remarks about Lashley being soft were true. The women and the champagne were distractions, and he apologized.
Lashley asked who would be coming out, and myself, and the people in attendance, were expecting Goldberg. I had Goldberg’s music going in my head, and then this music I wasn’t familiar with played.
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