WWE Raw Results: Highlights, Analysis, and Grades for June 26

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Gauntlet Match, Winner Becomes Number One Contender for Raw Women’s Championship

Bayley vs. Nia Jax

Result: Nia Jax defeated Bayley via pinfall

Rating: 2.0 out of 5 stars

One would think that Bayley and Nia would be two of the favorites in this six woman gauntlet match. If that’s true, one of them would have to go the distance.

Early on, Nia established her dominance over Bayley. I don’t know what the end game is for Bayley right now, since she’s been an afterthought at best since WrestleMania. But despite a flurry of offense – including a pretty good looking elbow drop to the back of Nia’s head – a big Samoan drop spelled the end for Bayley.

Nia Jax vs. Mickie James

Result: Nia Jax defeated Mickie James via pinfall

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Drawing number three was Mickie James. Part of the problem with a gauntlet match on regular television is the time constraint. Throw in commercial breaks, and none of the pairings ever seem to get enough time to get things going.

Despite half of this matchup taking place during the commercial break, it seemed to have more of a flow than the Bayley portion. It was a little sloppier, but it had a better coherence. Nia worked over Mickie’s back with the bear hug, using her raw power to take command.

Utilizing a different finish than how she eliminated Bayley, Nia just literally ran Mickie over to pick up her second victory of the night.

Nia Jax vs. Dana Brooke

Result: Nia Jax defeated Dana Brooke via pinfall

Rating: 1.0 out of 5 stars

As Dana came out, my first thought was “With these two rookies in the ring together, bad things may happen.” Someone in the back must have had the same idea because the match lasted about 12 seconds before Dana was eliminated.

Nia Jax vs. Emma

Result: Nia Jax defeated Emma via pinfall

Rating: 1.0 out of 5 stars

Sadly, Emma didn’t last too much longer than Dana Brooke. Double sadly, Nia recycled the finish from the first fall over Bayley, with the Samoan drop. After three straight unique finishes, I was hoping for a clean sweep of opponents with different finishes for each fall. Oh, well.