– We get a video package on what happened with Asuka, Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley last week. We see video from earlier today where Ripley confronted Flair backstage and wished her good luck for tonight’s match with Asuka. They had words with Flair saying Ripley just wants to be like her. Flair then said it will be her face Ripley sees inside the Cell at Hell In a Cell. Nikki Cross then appeared and said she can beat both of them. Flair said she’d beat Cross in 2 minutes if she didn’t already have a match, and Cross isn’t worth her time. Ripley knocked Flair for always talking down to people. Flair told Ripley to beat Cross then. Ripley accepted the challenge from Cross and Flair to end the segment.
Beat The Clock: RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Nikki Cross
We go back to the ring as RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way out for this non-title match. We see the timer on the big screen and the time to beat is 2 minutes. Ripley poses on the apron as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get the “Eva-Lution” return vignette for Eva Marie that premiered last week. Eva is coming soon to RAW. We go back to the ring and Nikki Cross is staring Ripley down. We get a formal ring introduction with Mike Rome explaining the rules. The bell rings and Cross charges but Ripley shoves her down by her face. Ripley points at the clock and taunts Cross.
Cross goes for a takedown but Ripley knees her to the mat, then taunts her some more over the timer. Cross charges and leaps but Ripley catches her. Cross slides out and rocks Ripley with a big forearm. Ripley is upset now. She grabs Cross but Cross hits a Jawbreaker. Cross goes to the top and hits a crossbody but Ripley kicks out at 2.
Ripley has less than 1 minute to win now.Cross attacks in the corner but has her Bulldog blocked. Ripley comes right back with a big dropkick. Ripley manhandles Cross in the corner now, then hits her with shoulder thrusts. Ripley beats Cross down in the corner again with less than 10 seconds to go. Ripley argues with the referee and goes back to stomping away on Cross. The timer expires and Cross wins.
Winner: Nikki Cross
– After the match, Cross heads to the floor and starts celebrating as her music hits. Ripley looks on and seethes from the ring. Cross runs around the ring celebrating but the music interrupts and out comes Charlotte Flair. Flair poses on the ramp as pyro goes off and Ripley rolls her eyes in the ring. Fans boo and Cross taunts her. Flair points and laughs over what just happened. We go to commercial with Flair pointing at Ripley and laughing at her.
– Back from the beak and we get a promo for the upcoming return to touring. Damian Priest is backstage with brief comments to promote the 25-city tour.
– The announcers show us what happened with the end of Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre. Graves says as of now Bobby Lashley is without an opponent for Hell In a Cell. Drew walks in on Adam Pearce now. Kofi is right behind him and they’re both furious. Pearce says he’s upset over what happened also. A rematch will take place next week and nothing is changed, the winner will face Lashley at the pay-per-view. Kofi says he’s fine with that, as long as Pearce finds a way to keep MVP and Lashley away from the match. Kofi and Drew have a few more words and stare each other down to end the segment.
Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka
We go back to the ring and Charlotte Flair is wrapping her entrance. Asuka is out next to a pop. She hits the ring and poses in the corner to pyro.
The bell rings and they size each other up. They lock up and Flair takes Asuka down first but they keep locked up. Flair takes it to the corner and backs off as the referee warns her. Asuka ducks a shot and we have a stalemate. They go at it again and tangle. Flair takes Asuka down and they trade counters on the mat. Flair dodges an early Asuka Lock attempt. They get back up and break again for another stalemate. More back and forth now. Flair tosses Asuka across the ring and ends up applying a head scissors on the mat. The referee checks on Asuka but she’s not giving up.
Asuka goes to power up but Flair takes her back down with the scissors. They get up and Asuka kicks Flair in the gut. Asuka slams Flair face-first into the top turnbuckle twice. Asuka drops Flair to her knees with a Hip Attack. She charges again but Flair leaps and nails a chop block in mid-air. Flair works on Asuka while she’s down now. Flair focuses on the hurt knee and uses the ropes as the referee warns her and fans boo. Asuka clutches her knee as Flair shows off at ringside. Flair comes back in and goes to work on the hurt left knee.
Flair slams the knee into the mat and applies an ankle lock. Asuka sends Flair into the ropes and she hits hard. Flair goes to the floor for a breather. Asuka comes at her off the apron but lands hard on the floor. Flair then slams Asuka’s knee into the steel ring steps. Asuka screams out as the referee counts to 6. Flair stands tall over Asuka at ringside as fans boo and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Flair is working Asuka around the ring. Flair drives a knee into the back of Asuka’s knee in the corner now. Flair continues focusing on the hurt knee for another pin attempt. Flair grounds Asuka with another scissors on the leg, working her over. Flair with a Boston Crab now. Asuka crawls for the rope and then rolls Flair for 2. Fair goes right back to work on the knee. Asuka takes Flair down with an armbar. Flair stops her from fully locking it in, then gets to the bottom rope to break it up. Asuka with kicks while Flair is on her knees now. Flair ends up catching a Hip Attack and driving Asuka over her knee.
Flair kicks Asuka away from the corner and goes to the top but has to land on her feet from a moonsault attempt. Asuka immediately follows up with a big German suplex but she goes down, clutching her hurt knee. Fans cheer her on. Asuka charges with a Hip Attack in the corner. Asuka fights Flair off with a big knee to the face, a back-fist and a kick to drop her. Asuka with another low Hip Attack for 2. More back and forth now.
Flair ends up down on the floor in front of the announce table. Asuka follows her but Flair yanks her face-first into the announce table. We go to commercial with both competitors down on the outside.
Back from the break and they’re going at it in the ring. Asuka catches a big boot and drops Flair with a knee to the face. Flair kicks out at 2. Asuka with the armbar now. Flair resists it but Asuka goes into the Asuka Lock. Flair fights that off as well and they go to the corner. Flair fights Asuka off but Asuka grabs her for the Asuka Lock once again. They both tangle to the floor as the referee counts. They trade big strikes in the ring again. Flair with a close 2 count after an elbow drops Asuka. Flair shows some frustration.
Flair goes back to work on the hurt angle but Asuka counters and rolls her up. Flair eats a big boot and stumbles into the corner. Asuka charges but misses. Flair with the backbreaker from the middle rope to stop Asuka’s comeback attempt. Flair goes to the top for the moonsault but has to land on her feet. She immediately hits the standing moonsault and holds it for the pin but Asuka kicks out. Flair screams out in frustration. Asuka counters a move and they tangle. Asuka gets the Asuka Lock applied but Flair rolls through and holds her down for the pin to win.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
– After the match, Flair stands tall at ringside as her music hits. Asuka recovers in the ring as we go to replays. Flair poses at ringside to end the segment.
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– Naomi, Lana, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke are in the back with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville. They’re arguing about who deserves the next title shot. Charlotte Flair interrupts and says they’ve all had a million chances and blown them all. Deville says they will figure out who is next in line after tonight’s title match but if they will excuse us, Flair has a private matter to discuss. The others leave Flair alone with Pearce and Deville. Flair says she should be getting a one-on-one match for the RAW Women’s Title, not a Triple Threat. Pearce understands she’s disappointed about last night, and asks why should she get a singles shot. Flair says she was not pinned last night. Deville understands where she’s coming from and says if she can beat Asuka tonight, she can get her shot. Pearce says that’s fair. Rhea Ripley interrupts and taunts Flair. Ripley came to tell Pearce and Deville she’s ready for some new competition because Flair is nothing but yesterday’s news. Flair fires back and promises to be the new RAW Women’s Champion when they face off. Flair walks off. Ripley says she will be watching Asuka vs. Flair from ringside just in case The Queen falls from her throne. Ripley walks off as Deville and Pearce look at each other a little surprised.
Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair
We go back to the ring and out comes Asuka. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Asuka wraps up her entrance as the pyro goes off. Out next comes Charlotte Flair as fans boo her. Flair poses on the stage to more pyro. Virk shows us a replay of Asuka and Flair coming up short to RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. The bell rings and here we go. Asuka with a dropkick early on, then a Hip Attack into the ropes.
Flair blocks an Irish Whip but ends up dropping Asuka. More back and forth now. Flair tries to fight in from the apron but Asuka leg sweeps her. Asuka with another Hip Attack from the apron for a 2 count. Still to come, John Morrison vs. Damian Priest in a Lumberjack Match. Flair counters Asuka and retreats to the floor to regroup. Asuka follows but Flair drops her on the apron. The music interrupts and out comes Ripley. Flair and Ripley stare each other down as Ripley heads down the ramp to ringside. Flair covers Asuka for a 2 count while staring at Ripley. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Flair has Asuka down in a headlock. Ripley watches from a chair at ringside. Asuka fights back but Flair drops her. Flair uses the ropes to choke Asuka now as fans boo and the referee warns her. Flair decks Asuka into the corner and unloads with the Flair chops. Flair stomps away while Asuka is down now. Flair keeps control but has a scoop slam blocked. Asuka goes to work now, mounting offense. Asuka with a neckbreaker as Ripley laughs from ringside. Asuka covers for 2. They roll around with more pin attempts on the mat. Flair blocks a clothesline and nails a backbreaker, then send Asuka face-first into the rope. Flair follows up with a neckbreaker for a close 2 count.
Flair shows some frustration now. She applies the head scissors and uses that to slam Asuka around the mat. Fans rally for Asuka but Flair keeps the scissors locked in, manhandling Asuka with them. Flair rolls and tosses Asuka with the scissors. Asuka kicks out at 2 as Flair shows more frustration now. Flair kicks Asuka around but Asuka pulls her into a roll-up for 2. Asuka back-slides for another 2 count. Asuka goes for a big kick and connects with part of it but Flair still goes down. More back and forth now. Asuka with a big German suplex, a Hip Attack in the corner and a bulldog in the middle of the ring. Asuka goes on and covers for a close 2 count. Ripley continues to look on from her chair, smiling and laughing. Flair rocks Asuka but runs into a boot now. Asuka charges but Flair levels her with a big boot for 2. Flair goes for Natural Selection but Asuka blocks with the Asuka Lock. Flair blocks that and drops Asuka for another close pin attempt.
Flair can’t believe it as she has a few words with the referee. Flair takes Asuka to the top turnbuckle now. Flair climbs up to the top for a Spanish Fly but Asuka hangs on and Flair lands on the mat by herself. Asuka re-groups on the top and delivers a missile dropkick for a 2 count. Asuka with kicks while Flair is on her knees now. Flair ducks a roundhouse kick and rolls Asuka for a 2 count. Asuka fights Flair off. Flair elbows her. They tangle some more as Asuka applies the knee-bar in the middle of the ring. Flair resists and powers up to their feet. Asuka takes her right back down and applies the Triangle submission. Flair powers back up and turns it into a Boston Crab in the middle of the ring. Asuka counters and rolls Flair for a 2 count. Flair charges but Asuka takes her down for another submission. Flair gets the bottom rope to break it. The broadcast has went black on three separate occasions during this match, for a few seconds each time. They end up on the floor. Flair slams Asuka face-first into the announce table. Flair gets in Ripley’s face now and they have words.
Asuka goes for a back-fist at ringside while Flair and Ripley face off, but Flair blocks it and sends her back in the ring. Flair says a few more words to Ripley then returns to the ring to beat the count. Flair ends up kicking Ripley off the apron after she jumps up. Asuka tries to put her away but she can’t. Flair goes for the Figure Four but Asuka counters and rolls her up for the pin to win.
– After the match, the music hits as Asuka rolls to the floor to recover. Ripley is up at ringside now, laughing at Flair, who is furious in the ring. We go to replays. Ripley raises the RAW Women’s Title at ringside, taunting Flair. Asuka is all smiles on the other side of the ring.
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Triple Threat for the RAW Women’s Title: Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley
We go to the ring as Mike Rome does the introductions. Out first comes Charlotte Flair as the pyro goes off. Fans boo as she heads to the ring. Flair has the referee open the ropes for her. Asuka is out next to a pop. She hits the corner to pose as more pyro goes off. Out next comes RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley to a mixed reaction. Ripley stomps on the stage and pyro goes off as she heads to the ring.
We get formal ring introductions from Rome next. The bell rings and they size each other up. Flair heads to the floor to stall. Asuka follows. Ripley meets her on the other side. Flair runs in and Ripley follows. Flair clotheslines her. Asuka rocks Flair and Ripley rolls her for 2. Asuka and Ripley have words now. They shove each other and Flair gets rocked. Flair goes to the apron as Asuka and Ripley fight. Asuka sends Flair off the apron with a Ripley-assisted Hip Attack.
Ripley and Asuka go back & forth now. Asuka with a Hip Attack. Flair pulls Asuka out and tosses her overhead to the floor. Flair fights in from the apron but Ripley fights back. They collide with shoulders. Flair talks trash in Ripley’s face and they have words. They collide with shoulders again but no one goes down. More trash talking. Flair drops Ripley with a knee. Flair with an overhead toss to Ripley now. Flair stomps away in the corner to boos. Flair gets sent to the apron but fights back. Asuka holds her leg while Ripley dropkicks her off the apron. Asuka comes to the apron but Ripley kicks her off. Ripley stands alone in the ring now. Flair sweeps Ripley off the apron and she hits the floor. Flair stands alone on the floor now to boos.
Flair works Asuka over in the ring now. Flair uses the ropes to choke Asuka and then covers for 2. Flair drops Asuka and delivers a big boot to the face for a 2 count, and another. Flair taunts Asuka and smacks her around. Asuka fights back with strikes and unloads for a pop. Asuka takes Flair down into an armbar in the middle of the ring. Flair gets her foot on the bottom rope to break it. Asuka with another armbar but Ripley breaks it up with a stomp. Flair delivers big chops to Ripley now. Flair with the backbreaker and face-first slam into the turnbuckle.
Asuka blocks a slam but Flair elbows her. Flair with big chops to drop Asuka now. Ripely charges and clotheslines Flair. Ripley with another clothesline and a back kick. Ripley dropkicks Asuka. Ripley with knee strikes to Flair now. Ripley drops Flair and dropkicks her in the head. Ripley with a Northern Lights suplex for a 2 count as Asuka breaks it up just in time. Asuka blocks Ripley with a knee to the face. Asuka takes a kick and delivers one back. All three competitors are down now. Asuka gets up first and tangles with Flair. Asuka with two big German suplexes to Flair. Asuka with a Hip Attack to Ripley in the corner. Asuka boots Flair as she approaches. Asuka kicks Flair down and then kicks Ripley. Asuka with more kicks to each opponent now as fans cheer her on. Asuka with the sliding knee to Flair for a close 2 count.
Asuka shows some frustration now but she goes to the top. Asuka with a missile dropkick to Ripley. Flair sends Asuka to the apron but she keeps fighting. Asuka with a sliding knee to Ripley on the floor. Flair knocks Asuka off the apron, next to Ripley on the floor. Flair goes to the top and delivers a big moonsault to Asuka and Ripley on the floor. Flair brings Asuka back in and goes to the top but Ripley attacks from the apron. Ripley keeps rocking Flair and climbs up now. Ripley tries for a superplex but Flair holds on. Asuka comes over and climbs up with Ripley. They hit the double superplex on Flair for a pop.
All three are down once again as we get replays. They start fighting from the mat in the middle of the ring, trading shots on each other. They get up and the strikes keep coming. Flair gets double teamed but she lands on her feet from a suplex. She nails a double chop block to bring them both down, then nails a double Natural Selection. Flair covers both opponents for a close 2 count. Flair drags them over to the corner now. She goes to the top but lands on her feet from the moonsault. Asuka with double knees to the face. Asuka sends Flair out. Ripley attacks Asuka from behind.
Asuka counters Riptide and goes for the Asuka Lock but Ripley fights her off. They keep fighting but Flair comes in and levels Ripley with a big boot. Asuka with the Asuka Lock on Flair now. Flair rolls through and gets kicked into the corner as Asuka blocks the Figure Four. Asuka kicks Flair, then drops Ripley with a kick to the head. Asuka sends Flair to the apron and goes for a Hip Attack but runs into a boot, which also knocks Flair to the floor. Ripley immediately follows up with Riptide to Asuka for the pin to retain.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
– After the match, Ripley takes the title and celebrates as the music hits. We go to replays. Flair seethes at ringside as Ripley stands tall over Asuka with the title in the air. Ripley poses in the corner and taunts Flair now. Flair points up at her as we go to a break.
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Match Number Five: Charlotte Flair and Asuka versus Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler in a Non Title Match
Asuka and Shayna start things off and they lock up. Asuka with a wrist lock and Shayna with a reversal. Asuka tries for a reversal but Shayna with a kick to the leg. Asuka with a waist lock into an octopus. Shayna counters into a stretch muffler but Asuka escapes. Charlotte tags in and she applies a wrist lock. Nia tags in. They lock up and Charlotte with a side head lock. Nia with a forearm and Charlotte with a forearm and chop followed by more forearms. Shayna comes in and Charlotte with a forearm and fallaway slam. Charlotte drop kicks Nia to the floor and Asuka with a hip attack to send Shayna to the floor
We are back and Asuka with elbows to Nia but Shayna tags in and they kick Asuka. Shayna with a snap mare and kick to the back. Shayna gets a near fall. Shayna starts to work on the arm and she turns the wrist while standing on the side of Asuka’s head. Nia tags in and Shayna stomps on the elbow. Nia wraps the arm in the ropes. Shayna tags in and he applies an arm bar. Shayna prepares to stomp on the elbow but misses. Asuka with a rollup for a near fall.
Charlotte tags in and sends Shayna into the corner and she kicks Shayna. Charlotte sends Shayna into the turnbuckels again and misses a splash. Shayna kicks Charlotte in the leg. Nia tags in and connects with elbows. Shayna comes in and they go for a double suplex but Charlotte lands on her feet and she clotheslines Shayna and elbows Nia. Charlotte with a Flair flip and a shoulder to Nia and a kick to Shayna. Nia catches Charlotte and hits a power bomb for a near fall. Nia with a reverse chin lock.
Charlotte with a jaw breaker and Nia with a clothesline. Shayna tags in and she punches Charlotte and applies a double wrist lock. Charlotte with a rollup for a near fall. Shayna with an arm bar. Nia tags in and connects with a shoulder. NIa with an Irish whip but Charlotte knocks Shayna off the apron. Charlotte with a sunset flip and Nia hits near the turnbuckles. Shayan tags in and knocks Asuka off the apron. Charlotte with a single leg take down and Charlotte with a figure four leg lock. Nia with a leg drop to force Charlotte to release the hold. Charlotte kicks Shayna and tags Asuka in.
Asuka with a missile drop kick. Nia tags in and Asuka with a round kick to Nia and hip attacks to Nia and Shayna. Nia hits Shayna and Asuka with a Codebreaker and she gets a near fall. Asuka with a cross arm breaker and Shayna tags in and kicks Asuka in the head. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock and Charlotte kicks Asuka. Charlotte and Shayna go to the floor and Nia with a leg drop for the three count.
Winners: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
After the match, Charlotte checks on Asuka and Asuka slaps her hand away.
Ric and Charlotte Flair stand awkwardly in the back and she says she can’t focus on this crap with this Lacey stuff. To dance around after Lacey’s announcement. It is about protecting our last name and our legacy. It is not funny. That is not the performer I am out there. She tells Ric to go home.
Ric says that he never said the baby was his. He says he saw the potential in her.
Charlotte says he sees potential in a lot of blondes.
Ric says he saw she could be a great competitor. He thought he could motivate her. You became a champion on your own, but i feel like I had a part in that. How about the tough love and advice. The things we have done together. I love you and want the best for you. The man behind the Raw Women’s Title. I want the women to be the biggest part of the market. If you think I am doing anything to trash our name. I want the name to be household.
Charlotte says she does not see it that way. You say you want to support the women but you are trying to take the spotlight from me. When I am in the ring, it is my time. I am in the ring to prove that I am not Ric Flair’s daughter, but that I am Charlotte Flair. Charlotte says she is thankful for the doors you have opened and for what you have given me, but let me be Charlotte Flair.
Charlotte walks away.
We go to commercial.
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