WWE Raw Results: Highlights, Analysis, and Grades for July 3

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Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Nia Jax & Alexa Bliss

Result: Sasha Banks & Bayley defeated Nia Jax & Alexa Bliss via submission

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Last week, Nia Jax lasted about 33 minutes in the gauntlet match, losing to a very innovative Sasha Banks. Clearly, that loss irked her, because she was a house on fire at the beginning of this one.

As good as Bayley is in the ring, I think her best work is (sadly) rag dolling for Nia. There’s something about the way that Bayley takes her offense that makes Jax look like more of a monster than against anyone else. The running knee against the barricade? Looked like a million bucks.

To really sell the knee, Bayley was removed from the match during the commercial break, leaving Sasha alone in a handicap match. Jeez, do they really have so little for Bayley to do right now that she’s relegated to “removed from match to garner sympathy for partner” duty?

Anyway, Sasha started off holding her own okay, but Nia wore her down pretty quickly. It’s funny how last week Sasha had a very even match when Nia already defeated four competitors first, but this week when the sides were more even there was little difference. Let’s get some continuity in place, huh?

But, hey, it’s the Raw brand building to a title match at a pay per view, so what’s the guaranteed outcome here? SASHA BANKS HAS DEFEATED THE WOMEN’S CHAMPION. Of course, that’s how the match ended.

A Monster Among Kurt

Braun Strowman being denied competition for legitimate reasons is my everything. Kurt Angle is such a great GM (most of the time), because the most frequently used tools in his toolbox are logic and reason. “Sorry Braun, everyone is booked, and they also don’t want you to murder them before a pay per view payday” is the best thing uttered by an authority figure in this century.

(Also: if Braun Strowman existed solely as a way to get Roman Reigns off TV every now and then, that would be terrific. You know that Vince is going for the whole “Where’s Poochie?” vibe with Roman, and it doesn’t exist. I love it.)