Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville w/ Paige vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley w/ Mickie James
Mandy and Bayley start things off and they lock up. Bayley with a side head lock. Mandy with a shoulder tackle and she catches Bayley on a leap frog attempt and sends her into the corner. Bayley with punches and kicks until the referee stops her. Mandy puts Bayley in the corner and connects with forearms. Bayley with forearms but Mandy with a slam. Mandy with a chin lock and she sends Bayley back to the mat. Bayley with a clothesline and Mandy with a knee to stop a tag. Bayley with a Saito suplex and a Shining Wizard but Mandy is pulled to the floor.
We are back from break and Mandy sends Sasha to the mat. Sasha with a hip toss and double knee splash for a near fall. Mandy with forearms. Sasha slaps Mandy and connects with a forearm. Sasha knocks Sonya off the apron and Mandy with a flying boot for a near fall. Sonya tags in and kicks Sasha in the ribs. Sonya with a snap mare and body scissors. Sasha leans back and gets a near fall. Sonya with a kick and she puts her hair up and then she squares up with punches. Mandy tags back in and she kicks Sasha but Sasha with forearms.
Mandy chokes Sasha in the ropes. Sonya kicks Sasha from the apron and then she tags in and gets a near fall. Sasha with a kick and then both women with clotheslines and both women go down. Mandy tags in and stops Sasha from making the tag with a double sledge to the back and then she knocks Bayley off the apron. Mandy brings Sasha to the other side of the ring and Sonya drops Sasha on the middle rope. Sasha with an inside cradle but Sonya breaks up the cover. Bayley sends Sonya to the floor and then Mandy runs Sasha into the corner. Sasha with a lungblower into the Banks Statement and Mandy taps out.
Winner: Sasha Banks & Bayley
Paige & Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Sasha Banks & Mickie James & Bayley
We go to the ring and out comes Absolution’s Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Sasha, Bayley and Mickie wait as we get a look back at last Monday night. It looks like Paige is starting things off with Sasha. Paige unloads on Banks in their corner. Mandy and Deville drag Sasha to the floor as Paige distracts the referee. Paige orders Mandy and Sonya to attack Mickie and Bayley on the floor, and they do brawl at ringside. Paige watches but turns around to Sasha coming off the top rope. Sasha for a 2 count as Mandy breaks the pin up. Sonya and Mandy double team Sasha in the ring now as the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: No Contest
After the bell, Rose and Deville continue pounding on Banks. Paige kicks Sasha in the face as they hold her up. Nia Jax’s music hits and out she comes to the ring to a pop. Absolution waits in the ring and stares at Nia as she enters the ring. Deville and Rose attack but Nia shoves them off. Nia with a kick to Deville and a headbutt to Rose. Nia tosses Deville into the corner and then tosses Rose into her. Nia scoops Deville and Rose and drops them with a double Samoan Drop in the middle of the ring. Paige watches from the corner and can’t believe it. Nia stands tall until Paige takes her knee out from behind. Paige unloads on Nia and orders Deville and Rose to get up and join her. Alicia Fox, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Mickie and RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss all hit the ring next as a big brawl breaks out. The music hits and here comes Stephanie McMahon. Everyone stops fighting and watches her.
Stephanie enters the ring. She talks about the women’s revolution, and how that turned into the women’s evolution. She talks about all the firsts for the women’s division over the past few years. Stephanie asks the women if they want to make history once again. Stephanie asks if the crowd wants to see history made once again and they do. She announces an all-women’s Royal Rumble match for the first time at the January 28th pay-per-view. Stephanie says if there ever was a time for a “Yes!” chant it’s now and the crowd gives her one. The red brand women’s division celebrates with Stephanie as RAW goes off the air.
Paige w/Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. Sasha Banks w/Mickie James & Bayley
Alexa Bliss is out for commentary for the match. Paige and Banks lock up. Paige slaps Banks. Banks slaps the bejeezus out of Paige. Paige floors Banks with a headbutt. Banks surprises Paige with a Thez press. Banks tosses Paige around the ring. Paige retreats into the corner. Banks lays into Paige with stomps and punches. Paige kicks Banks in the gut. Paige lands a stiff head kick for a near fall. Paige stomps out Banks in the corner. Paige puts Banks in an STF. Banks struggles to her feet. Paige puts Banks in a front face lock. Banks reverses it into a small package. Paige kicks out.
Paige chokes Banks in the corner. Banks grabs Paige’s foot. Banks takes Paige over with a head scissors. Splash off the top for a near fall by Banks. Paige kicks out. Banks puts Paige in a straight jacket hold. Paige manages to get her foot on the ropes to break the hold. Paige double legs Banks. Banks and Paige trade punches. Banks slams Paige face first into the mat. Banks tries to set up the Banks Statement but Paige escapes. Paige tries to hit the Ram-Paige. Banks counters and they both fall through the ropes.
After a short break, Paige is working over Banks. Paige chokes Banks on the top rope. Paige showboats a bit and Banks rolls her up. Paige kicks out. Banks clotheslines Paige. Running corner double knees by Banks. Banks tries it again and Paige moves out of the way. Paige lands a running high knee in the corner. Paige goes up top. Banks cuts her off. Banks tries to superplex Paige. Paige reverses it into a sunset bomb. Banks lands right on the back of her head. Banks somehow manages to kick out. Paige and Banks trade punches. Paige sends Banks into the top rope. Paige sets up the Ram-Paige but Banks counters into the Banks Statement! Paige manages to get to the ropes. Paige rolls out of the ring. a brawl breaks out between the women outside the ring. Banks gets distracted after Bayley and James are taken out. Paige kicks Banks in the head then hits the Ram-Paige. It’s over.
After the match, Deville and Rose beat down Banks. As the beatdown is happening. Bliss leaves the commentary desk. Rose picks up Banks for a suplex. Deville gets on one knee. Rose drops Banks stomach first on Deville’s knee. Absolution celebrates over Banks’ fallen frame.
Later in the evening, Asuka made quick work of Alicia Fox. Much like last week, out comes Absolution to surround the ring. Asuka laughs and leaves the ring. Paige grabs a mic and tells Foxy to relax. Paige tells Fox that she is actually her friend. Fox is the only person that liked her last time she was here. Paige tells Fox that she loves her. Paige says she doesn’t think Deville and Mandy feel the same way. Paige backs away as Deville and Rose surround her. Rose and Deville beat down Fox. Paige steps over Fox’s body and raises Rose and Deville’s hands in celebration.
Banks is in the ring waiting for her partners, Mickie James and Bayley. James’ music plays but James never comes out. Bayley’s music starts to play but Bayley never comes out either. Banks is left in the ring alone. Paige’s music hits. Paige, Deville, and Rose walk out on the ramp. Paige tells Banks she looks good after what they did to her last week. Paige asks Deville and Rose what happened to James and Bayley. Deville and Rose both shrug. James is shown on the ‘Tron clutching at her ankle. Next, Bayley is down on the ground holding her neck. Paige says she guesses this is going to be a handicap match now.
As Paige is talking Alexa Bliss leaves the commentary desk. Paige says she is the matriarch of the Women’s Revolution. She singlehandedly erased the word Diva from the WWE. Paige intros her team as “Absolution”. Rose says before all of them there was Paige. Deville says none of this would have ever happened without Paige. Together Absolution is going to turn into a whole new revolution. Paige tells Banks she is either with them or against them. Banks thinks about it and eventually knocks Paige off the apron. Rose and Deville destroy Banks. Deville kicks Banks in the head. Rose hits a butterfly facebuster. Paige finishes Banks off with the RamPaige.
Later in the night, Asuka quickly defeated Dana Brooke. After the match, Paige’s music hits and out comes Absolution. The team surrounds the ring. Absolution backs off for some reason. Asuka slowly walks away. Asuka never takes her eyes off of Paige.
Firmly entrenched on Raw from the off with her new ‘Allegiance’ group made up of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, how will WWE book their beloved returnee now she’s surprisingly stepped back into battle?
10. Raw Rage
Riding the wave of an explosive comeback pop, Paige was in fine form as she walked the Raw ramp milking the response from the Houston Crowd. The cheers didn’t particularly dissolve when she set her new accomplices on Mickie James, Sasha Banks and Bayley as their Number One Contender’s Fatal Four-way alongside Alicia Fox completely collapsed.
The three in the ring may technically be babyfaces, but the booking of the league on Monday Nights this year has been so pitiful that most have been reduced to shadows of their former selves, with any significant traction disappearing alongside title aspirations.
Less than a year earlier, and Bayley and Banks especially taking such a brutal beating would have been loathed by the live crowds, but the Toyota Center attendees were far too entranced by Paige’s arrival to care.
Over the upcoming weeks, the trio need to mercilessly continue their assaults until they are firmly established as a vile threat to the very fabric of Monday Night Raw. WWE established a temporary ‘Welcoming Committee’ stable on SmackDown Live! as a vehicle to establish new arrival Charlotte Flair as a blue brand babyface. They’re capable of resetting the character moulds with similar beatdowns. Continue reading
Kurt Angle makes a Fatal 4-Way to determine the #1 Contender for Alexa Bliss and her Raw Women’s Championship. The participants are Bayley, Mickie James, Alicia Fox and Sasha Banks The match starts after a short break. James and Fox are out on the floor. Bayley and Banks square off. James and Fox attack them from behind. Banks puts Fox in the Banks Statement. Bayley breaks it up. Banks sends Bayley out of the ring with a high knee. James neckbreakers Banks. James and Banks knock each other down.
Paige’s music hits. Paige walks out on the stage to a huge pop. Paige asks the crowd if they missed her. Paige says she didn’t mean to interrupt their business but she has something she needs to say “I’m back!” Paige says she didn’t come alone. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose attack Bayley from behind. Banks tries to help but she gets the crap beaten out of her. Paige kicks Bayley in the chest. Alicia Fox runs away. Rose butterfly busters Banks. Paige destroys Bayley with the Rampaige. The trio celebrate dominating the Women’s Division.
After the commercial, Paige, Mandy and Sonya are walking backstage. Paige is about to speak to Renee Young. Bliss interrupts. Paige introduces Bliss to Deville and Rose. Bliss says nice to meet you but Rose and Deville stare daggers at her. Paige kicks Bliss in the gut. Rose, Deville, and Paige beat down Bliss.