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The RAW Women’s Division
Highlights of the Division
The underlying story of the division that hasn’t been talked about is three straight losses that Alexa Bliss has eaten in a span of one week. Last week on RAW, she tapped out to Sasha Banks in a tag team match where the Boss lost her tag team partner to injury. So Banks defeated Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax on her own in a handicap match and made the champ tap out 6 days before their title match. The champ’s disqualification loss didn’t help matters at Great Balls of Fire even though the title match was amazing—the loss still hurt the champ. What makes it even worse was that Bliss got pinned by Bayley in their tag match on this past episode of RAW.
Not sure what the WWE is thinking here but building up credible challengers like Sasha Banks and Bayley at the expense of their champion is a dumb move. There is absolutely no need to have Alexa Bliss competing in these matches just to eat the loss for her team—especially as the champion of the division. Someone like Emma could definitely be slotted in her place in those tag team matches and work her way to the top of the division. It’s horrible booking like this that has been devaluing a lot of the championships this year—especially the RAW Women’s Championship.
So what happens next?
It looks like Bayley is back in the title picture with Sasha Banks and Nia Jax but it’ll be interesting to see what happens next. The champ hasn’t been booked properly for weeks now so it won’t be surprising if the WWE schedules a title match in the next few weeks to crown a new champion—unless Bliss gets back on the winning streak. If she doesn’t get a few more wins to even up her record—the WWE should cut their losses and book a champion they can build the division around.
These are the rankings for the division this week.
RAW Women’s Champion: Alexa Bliss (9 Wins – 12 Losses)
- No. 1 Contender: Sasha Banks (15 Wins – 9 Losses)
- Contender No. 2: Nia Jax (13 Wins – 11 Losses)
- Contender No. 3: Bayley (10 Wins – 10 Losses)
- Pretender No. 1: Alicia Fox (4 Wins – 5 Losses)
- Pretender No. 2: Mickie James (5 Wins – 11 Losses)
- Pretender No. 3: Dana Brooke (4 Wins – 7 Losses)
- Pretender No. 4: Emma (1 Win – 4 Losses)