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WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Asuka wins title after Naomi and Sasha Banks leave show

WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Asuka wins title after Naomi and Sasha Banks leave show

WWE Raw Monday night fell victim to highly unusual circumstances as differences over creative decisions between WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Naomi and Sasha Banks and WWE officials led to the duo quitting the show. The move left WWE racing for a new main event as the pair both had to compete in a six-woman match to crown the No. 1 contender for the Raw Women’s Championship.

WWE ultimately settled on a match between Becky Lynch and Asuka for the main event with Asuka emerging victorious. She is now in contention to face Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Title at Hell in a Cell. Yet the story that will dominate the headlines in the days to come is Banks and Naomi’s decision to leave a show as it was on air.

CBS Sports was with you all night with recaps and highlights of all the action from Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

Chaos leads to a change in the main event, Asuka wins the #1 contender

During the opening of the show, it was mentioned that the main event of the evening was to be a six-way match to determine Belair’s next challenger. Less than an hour into the show, Becky Lynch was shown backstage with WWE manager Adam Pearce, stating that Naomi and Sasha Banks had left the arena before the match only for Pearce to say that she would now meet Asuka for the right to fight Belair. Details would later emerge that the situation was legit as Banks and Naomi took issue with the creative direction and left the arena during the recording.

Asuka won. Becky Lynch via Pinfall with mist in the eyes and a kick from a circular saw. Belair was seated at ringside, causing Lynch to be repeatedly distracted by her presence. Late in the match, Lynch threw Asuka into Belair before attempting to hit Asuka with an umbrella. Asuka responded by spitting mist in Lynch’s face before kicking and scoring a win to secure a match with Belair at Hell in a Cell.

Obviously, the story of the night is the chaos surrounding Banks and Naomi abandoning the current show. It is a complicated situation of which we do not know all the details. WWE had to adapt on the fly and landed on a match between two of the most talented women on the roster. When it comes to on-the-fly adjustments, WWE fans could be treated a whole lot worse. Asuka vs. Belair is going to be outstanding regardless of the unconventional path to the match. Grade: B+

What else happened on WWE Raw?

  • Bobby Lashley won. Omos in a cage match. Cedric Alexander attacked Lashley from behind as Lashley entered. Omos joined the attack before WWE officials broke up the scrum. Lashley then burst into the ring and demanded the match begin. MVP and Alexander intervened several times throughout the game. Lashley would eventually win when Omos threw Lashley into the cage, breaking through the wall and allowing Lashley to have both feet on the ground for the win.
  • Veer Mahan beats. Mustafa Ali by submission with the cervical clutch. Ali was supposed to face Theory before Theory introduced The Miz as a special guest referee, then said Ali would face Mahan instead. Miz hindered Ali during the match, leading to the finish and a continued attack on Ali until the Mysterios rushed in to make the save.
  • Riddle def. Jimmy Uso via Pinfall with a roll-up. The umpire caught Jey Uso trying to help Jimmy cheat to score the pin, setting up the finishing roll-up.
  • AJ Styles and Finn Balor defeat. Lotharios via pinfall when Balor hit Humberto Carrillo with the Coup De Grace. The match came after a promo from The Judgment Day targeted at Styles, Balor and Liv Morgan (who was ringside with Balor and Styles).
  • Alexa Bliss won. Sonya Deville via Pinfall with a DDT. Deville slapped the referee after the game.
  • Cody Rhodes challenged Seth Rollins to a match inside Hell in a Cell. Rhodes was upset with Rollins’ claims that Rhodes “took something away from him” after winning two matches against Rollins. Rhodes then issued a challenge for Hell in a Cell, which Rollins appeared on the Tron to accept.
  • Ezekiel overcame. Chad Gable via pinfall with Kevin Owens and Otis at ringside. The trio failed to run a DNA test to prove Ezekiel is in fact Elias when Otis spilled barbecue sauce into the sample.
  • Lacey Evans cut an in-ring promo talking about her military service before saying that no one in the locker room is as good as her.


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