Sasha Banks is the new WWE Raw Women’s Champion. Well, maybe…
WWE fans are in need of some clarity after The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, which truly did live up to its moniker in a variety of ways. There were several talking points that emerged from the show, but, as is usual, the biggest ones centered around Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Banks and Asuka competed for the latter’s Raw Women’s Championship in what was the most highly-anticipated match of the night, alongside the main event cinematic Wyatt Swamp Fight between Bray Wyatt and Universal Champion Braun Strowman.
The match between Sasha and Asuka lived up to the hype in the ring. Banks and Asuka are two of the best wrestlers on the planet, and they leave it all in the ring in the biggest matches. You can tell by her gear, demeanor, selling, and emotions, Banks wants fans to remember her biggest matches; she wants to be legendary.
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So Banks and Asuka traded counters, sold like death, and made sure to give the fans a show. And that was the story of the match between these two top competitors, all until Bayley got involved by saving Banks, who had tapped out to Asuka with the ref’s back turned.
As revenge, Asuka tried misting Sasha (again), but she ended up misting the ref. And in the confusion, Bayley hit Asuka with one of the Women’s Tag Titles, tore off the ref’s shirt, and, thus by possible Paul Heyman law, became the ref. She counted to three, Sasha took the Raw Women’s Title up the ramp, and that appeared to be all she wrote.
On the surface, Banks is a five-time Raw Women’s Champion, and Asuka has been screwed over by two heels who now own all the titles in WWE.
But that might not be the full story. Banks’ win may not be officially recognized, or it may be a situation akin to Dolph Ziggler’s once-upon-a-time world title “win” over Edge. There are no authority figures anymore, but maybe Sasha will be forced to either put the title on the line, or the title will be made vacant so that Sasha isn’t recognized as champion UNLESS she beats Asuka on Raw.
There are a number of ways WWE can go about this, and Sasha fans sure as hell won’t complain if this title win officially goes into the record books for The Boss. After all, Dolph’s did.
But this surely isn’t the way the story ends. The Horror Show very much had a “heels on top” vibe on the main show, with the exception of Drew McIntyre’s gritty WWE Title win over Ziggler. Yet Asuka can’t be done like this, right? It can’t be that easy for someone to steal away a title as prestigious as this one, no matter how brilliant Bayley was (again).
Expect to get some answers on the upcoming episode of Raw. But in the meantime, if you are a fan of BaySha, relish this one. Title wins and memorable moments that happen to your faves are worth savoring, even if they weren’t fair wins.