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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– Back from the break and Charlotte Flair is with Charly Caruso is in the back. Flair talks about performing well under pressure in regards to Shayna Baszler. Flair mentions defending her titles with Asuka this weekend and entering the Women’s Rumble. Flair is also asked about her father, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, and Lacey Evans. She is aware of Evans’ intentions but isn’t worried as tonight she is focused on Baszler.
Charlotte Flair vs. Shayna Baszler
We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Charlotte Flair. The pyro goes off as she heads to the ring. Out next comes Shayna Baszler with Nia Jax.
The first-time-ever match starts off as they lock up. Flair ends up dropping Baszler and kicking Jax through the ropes. Baszler attacks but Flair fights off the Kirifuda Clutch. Flair levels Baszler with a running big boot. Flair goes for the Figure Four and tries to bridge into the Figure Eight but Jax hits the ring and breaks it up with a leg drop for the quick disqualification.
Winner by DQ: Charlotte Flair
– After the bell, Flair is double teamed until Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose make the save. Flair joins them but Lacey Evans attacks Flair from behind. The six-woman brawl continues until RAW goes to commercial.
Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
Back from the break and the six-woman match kicks off. Lacey Evans starts off with Mandy Rose. Evans does the Flair strut to taunt Charlotte. They tangle and go to the mat. Evans grounds Rose while Flair taunts her from the apron.
They get back to their feet and Rose drives a knee to the ribs, then grounds Evans. Brooke tags in and they hit a double suplex on Evans. Brooke covers for a 2 count. Brooke drops Evans again and poses, then covers for a 2 count. Brooke with another takedown and a cartwheel into a kick to the face. Evans kicks out at 2 again. Evans ends up tagging in, as does Flair.
Flair and Baszler go at it, countering each other. Baszler unloads with strikes and Flair goes down holding her knee. Flair mounts a comeback with chops to the chest. Flair with a big fall-away slam and a kip up for a pop. Flair taunts Evans, who drops down off the apron in fear. Flair tags in Brooke. Brooke and Rose come in with the double team to Baszler for a 2 count. Rose takes Baszler to the corner and tags in Brooke, who chops Baszler. Flair tags back in but Baszler tries to fight her off. Baszler sends Flair to the apron but she keeps fighting. Flair drags Baszler from the ring to the floor, hitting part of the steel steps on the way down.
Flair warns Jax and Evans at ringside as they stare her down. Flair is out to bring Baszler back in, but apparently Baszler doesn’t beat the 10 count for the somewhat awkward finish.
Winners by Count Out: Charlotte Flair, Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose
Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke vs. Lacey Evans, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
Back from the break and the six-woman match is underway once again. We see how Adam Pearce came out to the stage during the commercial as Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Lacey Evans complained about the finish. Pearce ordered the referee to restart the match.
Dana Brooke is going at it with Jax now. Brooke tries to mount offense but Jax levels her for a 2 count. Evans comes in and takes over on Brooke, stopping to yell at the referee. Baszler comes in and keeps Brooke down, kicking her for a 2 count. Baszler with a big kick to Brooke’s elbow as Jax tags back in. Jax grounds Brooke, putting pressure on her hurt elbow.
Brooke fights up as the crowd tries to rally for her. Jax catches Brooke for a powerbomb but Brooke counters and tries to roll her up. Jax drops down but Brooke moves and she lands hard. Mandy Rose tags in, ducks Evans and knocks Baszler off the apron. Rose runs wild on Evans and kips up for a pop.
Rose rams Evans into the corner and keeps fighting her. Rose with a big pump knee for a 2 count as Baszler breaks it up. Charlotte Flair runs in and hits a Spear on Baszler. Jax runs in and drops Flair. Jax drags Evans to the corner and tags in. Evans pulls Flair to the floor but Flair chases her away from ringside. Brooke dodges Jax in the corner, then drops her for a close 2 count. Brooke goes to the top but Jax cuts her off. Jax presses Brooke from the top to the mat.
Jax grabs Brooke for a powerbomb but turns it into a chokeslam in the middle of the ring. Jax then follows up for the pin to win.
Winners: Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler and Lacey Evans
– After the match, Jax stands tall over Brooke as her music hits. Baszler joins her and they have their arms raised as we go to replays. Brooke and Rose try to recover at ringside as Jax and Baszler celebrate in the ring.
– We see Lacey Evans backstage with WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair. The Nature Boy is getting up close and personal to show Evans some moves. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Charlotte Flair appears in the doorway and she looks on, not happy. She approaches and quietly orders Evans to get out. Flair isn’t happy with his daughter, mentioning how he will always be himself. Charlotte disagrees and knocks Ric for some of his bad ways as a father, like spending his money one everyone but his family. Flair mentions how she’s the only one here to protect Ric as he’s now going from Legend to old man and she has no problem saying it to his face. They stare at each other and Charlotte says a few words to her dad as she backs away, noting that she is not the bad guy here, and this was cute when she was a kid but no more. Evans appears behind Flair and levels her with a stiff Woman’s Right as she turns around. Ric looks like he’s about to check on Charlotte but Evans pulls him away and they head off as we hear Ric telling Evans how to “Wooo!” in the hallway. Charlotte starts to recover as we go back to commercial.
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– We go right to the ring and out comes new WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. This is Flair’s first RAW appearance at The ThunderDome, and her first RAW appearance since mid-June. She hits the ring as we get a video package showing how Flair returned at TLC as Lana’s replacement, teaming with RAW Women’s Champion Asuka to win the gold from Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
Flair says she is in the ThunderDome and what would be the ThunderDome without The Queen. She brags on winning gold her first night back and says nothing has changed with The Queen in the last six months. She then goes on about her partner and friend, who some say is the heart of the division. Flair introduces Asuka and out she comes with both of her titles. Flair and Asuka stand together as Asuka takes the mic. She speaks in Japanese and touts being a double champion as the crowd cheers them on. Asuka says Jax and Baszler were not ready for Asuka, and were definitely not ready for her partner, The Queen. Flair laughs and then nods as Asuka bounces around.
Flair asks what about the RAW Women’s Title and says, “Friend to friend…” but the music interrupts as Jax and Baszler come to the ring. Tom announces that they will face Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose later tonight. Jax and Baszler enter the ring and take the mic. Jax jokes that it took 6 months to heal Flair’s broken arm, but that didn’t clear up her robotic voice. Flair mocks Jax and says she kicked her ass last night. Jax says Santa Claus isn’t the only one with a naughty or nice list but they don’t hand out coal, they hand out beatings… Season’s Beatings. Just ask Lana or Kairi Sane. The music interrupts and out comes Rose and Brooke. Rose and Brooke try to crack jokes on how Jax and Baszler look without the titles this week. They tell them to move over. Brooke and Rose are in the ring now. Flair asks Asuka if she wants to stay and watch this, and she does. Flair calls a referee to come to the ring. Flair’s music hits as she and Asuka head to ringside to watch. The other two teams have words as RAW goes to commercial.
Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose vs. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
Back from the break and Mandy Rose and Shayna Baszler trade holds & counters to start. WWE Women’s Champions Charlotte Flair and RAW Women’s Champion Asuka are on commentary.
Rose and Baszler continue to go back & forth. Rose takes it to the corner for shoulder thrusts. It’s revealed that Asuka and Flair will work a non-title match tonight against Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans. Dana Brooke tags in and gets the upperhand on Baszler, sending her to tag. Nia Jax comes in and levels Brooke with a headbutt. Jax runs over Brooke and headbutts her to the mat again. Jax continues to beat Brooke around the ring, sending her to the corner for a big splash.
Brooke comes back and hits the back elbow in the corner. Jax stays on her but Brooke sends her spinning with the head scissors. Rose tags in and unloads on Jax, sending her to the floor. Brooke knocks Baszler from the apron to the floor. Brooke and Rose taunt their opponents from the apron. Rose leaps off the apron with a crossbody to Jax. Brooke then flies off the apron to take Baszler down. Brooke and Rose continue posing at ringside in front of the announce table. The champs stand up to get a look.
Rose brings Jax back in the ring but Jax knocks her back to the floor from the apron. Jax follows and ends up launching Rose into the barrier. Jax stands tall as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rose is fighting off Jax in the ring but Jax drops her with ease. Baszler takes over and stretches Rose on the mat as fans rally. Jax comes back in and they keep dominating Rose. Rose kicks Jax away but Baszler runs in and knocks Brooke to the apron to avoid the tag. Rose begins to mount offense on Baszler now with clotheslines. Rose with a suplex.
Baszler runs into a back elbow in the corner. Rose unloads on Baszler in the corner now. Rose with a big knee strike to Baszler as Brooke follows up with a splash for a 2 count. Brooke drops Baszler again. Brooke goes to the top for the Swanton but Jax pulls Brooke to the floor to break the count. Rose leaps off the apron to take Jax down. Brooke with the springboard forearm to send Jax into the apron on the floor. Baszler levels Rose with a kick to the face from the ring.
Brooke comes in and tries to finish Baszler but Baszler decks her and hits a big backbreaker. Brooke has no one to tag. She tangles with Baszler some more but Baszler goes right into the Kirifuda Clutch for the win.
Winners: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
– After the match, Baszler and Jax stand tall as the music hits. Baszler and Jax taunt the champs from the apron but Brooke and Rose come from behind, knocking Jax and Baszler to the floor.
Charlotte Flair and Asuka vs. Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans
We go back to the ring and out first comes WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Charlotte Flair for this non-title match. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Flair’s partner is out with her, RAW Women’s Champion Asuka. Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans are in the back now. Sarah Schreiber approaches them for comments and they’re ready to take out the trash. Royce makes it known that she got them this title shot by challenging Flair. It seems Royce and Evans aren’t on the same page. Evans’ music hits and they head to the ring together. Royce and Asuka start things off. Asuka drops Royce with a shoulder. They tangle and Royce rolls Asuka for a 2 count as Evans tags in.
Asuka goes right for the Asuka Lock on Royce but Evans saves Royce. Asuka goes at it with Evans now and Evans sweeps her from the apron. Evans launches herself in but Asuka drops her. We see Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler watching backstage. Royce comes back in and takes Asuka down for a 2 count. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and the challengers are in control. Royce and Evans end up arguing on the apron. Royce goes back in to keep Asuka down but Asuka fights back. Asuka with a big German suplex. Flair tags in and unloads on Royce, then Evans as she runs in. Flair kips back up and yells out. Flair chops away on Royce now.
Royce looks to turn it around but Flair catches Royce with a backbreaker, then levels her with a big boot. Flair goes for the Figure Four but has to stop when Evans runs in. Flair drops Evans. We see Jax and Baszler watching again in the back. Royce takes Flair’s knee out and goes for the single Crab. Evans knocks Asuka off the apron, and again. Royce keeps the submission on Flair. Asuka tricks Evans and runs in to break the submission with a kick to Royce.
Asuka goes back to the floor and takes out Evans. Flair turns it back around on Royce in the middle of the ring. Royce counters with a roll-up for 2. Flair takes Royce back down and applies the Figure Four. Flair bridges into the Figure Eight for the win.
Winners: Charlotte Flair and Asuka
– After the bell, Jax and Baszler are shown backstage again, annoyed by the champs. Flair and Asuka stand tall together.
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WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Match: Asuka and Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
We go back to the ring and out first are WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax. Tom talks about injuries Lana suffered on RAW. Out next is RAW Women’s Champion Asuka. The pyro hits as Asuka heads to the ring to wait for her mystery partner. The music hits and out comes Charlotte Flair making her big return to replace Lana. The crowd pops and Flair is all smiles. The champs are shocked.
Baszler and Asuka start things off, going to the mat and trading holds. Baszler with big kicks. Asuka ducks the third strike and delivers kicks of her own. Baszler catches one but they go back to the mat with counters. Baszler goes to stomp on the arm but Asuka escapes. Flair tags in for a pop. They tangle and Baszler and Flair have words. Jax tags in and argues with Flair. Jax takes it to the corner but misses a splash. Flair with a headlock. They collide with shoulders in the middle of the ring. Flair kicks Jax and applies a headlock, tagging in Asuka for a quick double team.
Asuka and Jax trade offense now. Asuka with the double knees. Jax grabs Asuka off the top and blocks a sunset flip. Jax with a headbutt. Jax sends Asuka shoulder-first into the ring post. Baszler tags in and they double team Asuka, focusing on the left arm. Baszler grounds Asuka and twists her arm around. Asuka tries to fight back but gets clotheslined then sent to the corner, and out into the barrier eventually. Jax and Baszler continue to dominate Asuka. Asuka and Baszler go at it. Asuka looks to capitalize but Baszler drops her for a 2 count.
Jax is legal now as Asuka goes to the floor to recover. Jax tries to send Asuka into the ring post but she slides out and hits a spinning back fist. Asuka continues fighting Jax off in the ring. Asuka goes to tag but Baszler pulls Flair off to the floor. Flair fights her off and tags in. Flair unloads on Jax with chops now as we see WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair watching in the back.
Flair with a running big boot to Jax’s face. Baszler runs in but Flair stops her and launches her with a suplex. Flair kips up for a pop. Flair with a forearm to Jax in the corner, then a big stomp to the knee. Flair levels Jax for a close 2 count in the middle of the ring. Baszler tries to pull Jax to safety but Asuka cuts her off on the outside. Flair goes to the top and hits a huge moonsault to the floor, taking both champions down. Flair brings Jax back in the ring.
Jax kicks Flair’s Figure Four attempt off. Jax scoops Flair for a Samoan Drop but she fights out. Jax doesn’t see the tag but she hits Flair with the Samoan Drop. Asuka with a missile dropkick to Jax. Baszler tags in and goes at it with Asuka. Asuka fights off the Kirifuda Clutch. Baszler resists the Asuka Lock and applies the Clutch. Flair tags in and sends Baszler down after a backbreaker and shot into the corner. Flair knocks Jax off with a big boot. Baszler rolls Flair for a 2 count. Flair with the Figure Four on Baszler now. Flair bridges into the Figure Eight but Jax breaks it up. Asuka drops Jax at ringside. Baszler with the Kirifuda Clutch on Flair. Flair turns it into a 2 count. Flair with Natural Selection to Baszler for the pin to win the titles.
Winners and New WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Charlotte Flair and RAW Women’s Champion Asuka
– After the match, we see The Nature Boy watching in the back and he’s all smiles. Flair and Asuka stand tall together in the middle of the ring as fans cheer them on. Flair’s music hits and they hit the corners to pose.
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