Becky Lynch Responds To Charlotte Flair's 'Breastfeeding' Comment On WWE Raw


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Lynch's name was chanted throughout the opening segment of the Raw Women's Championship at Money In The Bank on Sunday, prompting a rather un-PG response from Charlotte Flair, who gave the live crowd the middle figure. 

It happened again during Flair's Championship Coronation ceremony on Monday Night Raw, with the fans inside the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, calling for 'The Man' to return.

Flair responded to those chants by saying that 'Becky is home breastfeeding while I am dominating the entire women's division'.

Lynch would respond to Flair's remarks on social media, declaring herself still the most over woman on the WWE roster.

She wrote: "Breastfeeding at home and still the most over woman in the division."

Lynch was reportedly backstage at Money In The Bank on Sunday, with photos on social media from the former Raw Women's Champion indicating she was in the area, but Lynch has not been seen on WWE television since announcing her pregnancy in May 2020.

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Becky Lynch Responds To Charlotte Flair RAW Promo

Wrestling Inc. 20 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

Becky Lynch took to Twitter tonight during WWE RAW and responded to a jab by RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.

RAW featured an in-ring Championship Coronation segment where Flair celebrated her Money In the Bank title win over Rhea Ripley. The segment ended up with Flair being booked to defend against Ripley in a rematch on tonight’s show, but at one point fans inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas chanted for Lynch.

Flair responded to those chants by saying Lynch is at home breast feeding while she is here in WWE dominating the entire women’s division. Lynch responded and said she’s still the most over in that division.

“Breastfeeding at home and still the most over woman in the division,” Lynch wrote.

As noted on Sunday, fans chanted for Lynch several times during the Flair vs. Ripley match at Money In the Bank. Flair responded to one “we want Becky!” chant by giving a middle finger salute to the Texas crowd. WWE production tried to black out the screen to block Flair’s middle finger to the crowd, but it was still visible on the live Peacock/WWE Network feed. The attempted edit led to many fans knocking the company on Twitter. You can click here for that report and video.

Stay tuned for more on Flair and Lynch. You can see Lynch’s tweet below, along with a clip from the Flair segment on RAW:

Breastfeeding at home and still the most over woman in the division.

— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) July 20, 2021

"Becky [Lynch] is home breastfeeding while I'm dominating the entire women's division." – Charlotte Flair

— by GIFSkull (@SkullsMedia) July 20, 2021

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Wrestling Inc. 20 July, 2021 - 01:11pm

Welcome to our Live WWE RAW Viewing Party. Tonight’s show comes from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

– The post-Money In the Bank edition of WWE RAW opens live on the USA Network from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, marking the return to touring for WWE’s flagship show. The music hits and out comes John Cena to a massive reaction from the crowd. Cena gets hyped up on the stage before rushing the ring as Mike Rome does the introduction.

Cena tells the rest of the crowd to find their seats. He points out a fan celebrating his 11th birthday in the crowd, and thanks him. Cena says he came to see the fans. He missed this. Cena loves the confusion, the chaos and the electricity. He points to the chants for him and against him, and says everyone is live, and here. Cena goes on about how loud the crowd is and they pop again. He calls it deafening, electric, Monday Night RAW… from Dallas, Texas.

Cena goes on and says he’s here to explain himself after the Money In the Bank return. He says he showed up and ruined the championship celebration of WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns. Fans boo Reigns’ name. He jokes about the various reactions, from Reigns, Paul Heyman, Michael Cole and Pat McAfee. Who brought Cena back to the WWE? The fans did. Cena goes on about how we can finally get together and cheer. The fans brought Cena back… so did Reigns. Fans boo Reigns’ name again. Cena says he’s here for the WWE Universal Title. Cena says the where is SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. Why? Here’s where it gets interesting. He mentions headlining a record breaking SummerSlam event, a record breaking 17-time championship win, but it’s not because of any of that… it’s because Reigns is an a-----e.

Fans chant “a-----e!” now. Cena says he believes Reigns needs to be knocked down a peg. Cena says this pathetic Roman Reigns Experience has gone on long enough. Reigns is an arrogant, self-absorbed, over-hyped, over-protected, over-exposed gimmick who’s not as over as he says he is, and that is coming from Cena, he says. Cena talks about how if you’re really that good, the people will acknowledge you. He gets sections of the crowd to pop and tells Reigns that if you’re great, the fans will tell you. Cena says he will be at SmackDown on Friday and can’t wait to see Reigns.

Cena says let’s get to business now. The music interrupts and out comes Riddle on his scooter. Jimmy Smith welcomes us to RAW now. He’s joined at ringside by Corey Graves and Byron Saxton. Riddle hits the ring and kicks his flip-flops off to pyro. Cena and Riddle have a “Bro! Bro?” exchange on the mic. This ends with Cena giving Riddle a fist bump, then making his exit from the ring. Riddle is all smiles as his music starts back up. Cena heads to the back and Riddle waits for his partners as we go to commercial.

Back from the break and we will get an Open Challenge from WWE Champion Bobby Lashley tonight, plus a Championship Coronation with new RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. We go back to the ring and out comes John Morrison with The Miz in his wheelchair. They’ve got the Drip Sticks. Morrison has Rome re-announce him as “America’s Moist Wanted” and he has a new t-shirt to match. Miz squirts water at the announcers. Erik and Ivar are in the ring with Riddle. RAW Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Omos are also out.

AJ and Riddle start out. AJ drops Riddle but Riddle rocks him with a kick, then delivers a back-drop. AJ tags in Morrison as Miz hypes him up from ringside. Morrison catches a kick but Riddle counters with a takedown into a shoulder submission. Riddle and Morrison tangle and show each other up. Morrison with strikes now. Riddle with a big knee. They trade more offense and counters. Riddle with an Exploder suplex for a 2 count.

Erik tags in and levels Morrison with a big knee. Ivar tags in and The Vikings double team Morrison. Erik slams Ivar on top of Morrison for a 2 count. Riddle tags back in and kicks Morrison as Ivar holds him. AJ tags in but Riddle kicks him. Morrison drops Riddle. Morrison dumps Erik and Ivar over the top rope to the floor. Morrison launches himself over the top rope but The Vikings catch him and double team him. AJ runs the ropes and leaps out of the ring with an assist from Omos, taking down The Vikings at ringside. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Omos is dominating Riddle in the middle of the ring. Omos sends Riddle into the corner and then delivers a back splash. Riddle falls to the mat and isn’t moving. Omos tags AJ back in to take over. AJ stops Riddle from tagging, then drops him on his head for a close 2 count. Morrison comes back in to take over on Riddle. Riddle fights back and in comes AJ. Riddle ends up dropping him for an opening. Erik tags in and unloads on AJ with strikes now. Erik with a running knee to the face. AJ blocks a suplex with a knee to the head. They tangle and Erik delivers a knee tot he face. AJ comes right back with a pele kick to drop Erik. They’re both down now.

Morrison and Ivar come in at the same time. They go at it and trade offense but more counters. Ivar levels Morrison with a big clothesline in the middle of the ring for a pop. Ivar with a running senton into the corner. Ivar climbs up to the top rope for a moonsault but Morrison moves out of the way. Morrison follows up with a knee to the face. Morrison misses Starship Pain as Ivar moves. Riddle grabs the Drip Stick from Miz and sprays Omos in the back with it.

Omos turns around and sees Miz with the Drip Stick. Miz pleads and backs up the ramp in his wheelchair. Morrison tries to save Miz but Omos launches Morrison into the ropes. Miz continues pleading with Omos. The Vikings double team Morrison with The Viking Experience and Erik covers for the pin to win.

– After the match, Riddle and The Vikings celebrate as the music hits. AJ and Omos look on from ringside.

– Jaxson Ryker is backstage now, just staring into the camera. We see his Strap Match win over Elias from three weeks ago. Ryker smirks and just says wait until we see what he does to Elias tonight. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and Elias is in the ring. He says there is a truth that will last forever, then delivers his Walk With Elias line. Jaxson Ryker interrupts from the big screen. Ryker says he will interrupt Elias now as everyone else has. He goes on about everyone being sick and tired of Elias always introducing himself, and says after tonight we will no longer have to hear the “Hello, I am Elias…” line ever again.

We go back to the ring and Elias waits as Jaxson Ryker makes his way down. We see instruments all over the ringside area.

The bell rings and they go at it. Ryker with offense early on. Elias kicks him and tosses him out of the ring to the floor. A grand piano is right there by Ryker. Elias goes for an electric guitar but Ryker attacks him. Ryker beats Elias around with a keyboard now. Ryker drops Elias on the ground for a 2 count at ringside.

Elias fights back and beats Ryker up with a part of a set of drums. He tosses the piece in the ring but Ryker takes advantage and tosses him into the rest of the drum kit. Ryker talks trash while beating Elias up. Ryker grabs a wooden guitar and leaps off the apron with it but Elias meets him in mid-air with a knee. Elias with a 2 count at ringside.

Elias with another weapon shot. Elias charges at ringside but Ryker side-steps and sends him into a big gong for a pop. Ryker grabs another wooden guitar, kicks Elias in the gut, and then smashes the guitar over his back. The referee checks on Elias and fans pop as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and they’re going at it in the ring. Elias drops Ryker with a big elbow. Elias with chops now. Ryker fights back with rights and lefts. Elias tosses him to the floor. Ryker blocks shots into the ring post, then sends Elias into the post face-first. Ryker grabs another wooden guitar and jabs Elias in the gut with it a few times. Elias tries to use parts of the drum kit but Ryker beats him up against the barrier.

Ryker tries to slam Elias face-first into the lid of the piano but he blocks it. Ryker finally slams Elias. Elias ends up charging but Ryker counters and slams him onto the top of the piano, closing the lid. Ryker pins Elias on top of the piano for a close 2 count. Ryker climbs on top of the piano with Elias and they trade shots now. Elias ends up dropping Ryker on top for a close 2 count. More back and forth between the two at ringside. Elias delivers two big cello shots over the back on the ground but Ryker kicks out at 2. Elias holds Ryker against the ring post, talking trash in his face and beating him up with right hands. Fans chant for tables now.

They bring it back in the ring and Ryker stops Elias from going to the top. Elias looks to suplex Elias in from the apron but he spots a table set up at ringside, and we see what he has in mind. Ryker keeps control and takes Elias up to the second rope. Ryker delivers a huge superplex from the corner, through the table at ringside. He covers for the pin to win.

– After the match, Ryker recovers and his music hits as we go to replays. Ryker stares ahead as Elias is laid out.

– Mansoor is backstage with Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville, talking about he and Mustafa Ali teaming next week. Ali walks up and Deville reveals the plans for next week. Ali says he never said anything about teaming next week, and knows nothing about it. He’s not happy. Mansoor talks about Ali trying to teach him lessons as of late, and says what better way than to stand next to him in a match. Ali ends up agreeing to the match and says Mansoor better not screw this up. WWE United States Champion Sheamus walks up and he’s complaining about Humberto Carrillo, and why he has to face Carrillo again after beating him already. Deville says it’s only fair to give Carrillo a chance to earn a title match. Sheamus don’t be surprised if Carrillo leaves the match in a solid steel mask after Sheamus smashes his face. Sheamus walks off.

– Still to come, the Championship Coronation for Charlotte Flair. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and still to come is the Open Challenge from Bobby Lashley.

– We go back to the ring and out comes new RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair for her Championship Coronation. We see how she won the title from Rhea Ripley at WWE Money In the Bank on Sunday.

Flair says this feels so good and she is so proud to be standing here as your queen. She goes on about how the past year hasn’t been good to us, but she is here now and she is our opportunity. She rips Ripley as a snake and an opportunist. Flair says Ripley can do as many of her moves as she wants but she will never measure up to the original. Flair says we won’t believe the out-pour of texts.

Fans chant for Becky Lynch. Flair says yes, Becky is at home breast feeding while she is here dominating the women’s divisions. Flair goes back to talking about all the congratulatory messages she received last night. Flair says the win makes her the one-time and final Divas Champion, a five-time RAW Women’s Champion and five-time SmackDown Women’s Champion, making her the only 11-time women’s champion in WWE. Flair goes on about how she can beat Ripley any night of the week, and if she had the opportunity she’d beat Ripley… the music interrupts and out comes Ripley.

Ripley enters the ring and asks Flair if she thinks she can beat her any night of the week, why not tonight? Fans pop. Flair says Ripley is in no shape to fight after what Flair did to her knee last night. She mocks Ripley for how she was hurting last night, and declines. Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville interrupt from the stage. Deville congratulates Flair on the incredible accomplishment. Deville brings up what Flair just said about beating Ripley on any night. Pearce makes it official – the rematch will take place tonight. Flair delivers a cheap shot and kicks Ripley’s knee out.

Flair goes to ringside as her music hits. Deville and Pearce check on Ripley from the floor while Ripley is down in the corner clutching her knee. Flair makes her exit, having words with Ripley, as she makes her exit.

– We get a look back at the Women’s Ladder Match at Money In the Bank. Alexa Bliss appears back at her playground and says she will have a special guest tonight.

We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina Snuka for this non-title match. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and this #1 contender’s match is underway. Shayna Baszler is going at it with Natalya. Nia Jax watches from the apron. Baszler ends up leveling Natalya with a big knee for a 2 count after Jax drives Tamina into the barrier with a Samoan Drop. It’s indicated on commentary that Jax and Baszler will earn a title shot if they win this match.

Jax tags in and splashes Natalya in the corner now. Baszler takes back over and drops Natalya in the corner for a 2 count. Baszler bends Natalya’s wrist back and stomps on it now. Natalya ends up fighting back and in comes Jax. Natalya clotheslines her but Jax comes back and levels her. Baszler tags in and taunts Natalya while she’s down, talking trash.

Tamina finally returns to the apron from the Samoan Drop. Natalya drops Baszler and in comes Tamina. Tamina knocks Jax off the apron but Baszler rolls her for 2. Baszler with kicks but Tamina elbows her, then slams her. Tamina goes to the top but Reginald distracts her from the apron, allowing Baszler to bring Tamina down.

Natalya goes for Reginald but she goes down at ringside. Tamina ends up superkicking Baszler as she’s distracted by Reginald. Tamina covers Baszler for the pin to win.

– After the match, the champs head to the back as their music hits. Baszler is fed up with Reginald. She has words with Jax and Reggie in the middle of the ring now. Fans chant for Baszler. Jax suddenly turns on Reginald and sends him to the mat with a headbutt. Jax talks some trash as some fans boo. Baszler says she warned Reggie. Baszler and Jax head to the back as fans chant “Reggie sucks!” now. WWE 24/7 Champion Akira Tozawa runs to the ring now, chased by Lucha House Party and others. He stands tall and taunts them. Reggie comes from behind and ends up pinning Tozawa for the title after they briefly go at it. We go to replays as Reggie flips around and up to the stage to pose with the title, jumping over the others to escape.

We go back to the ring and out comes WWE United States Champion Sheamus. Back to commercial after a look at his recent feud with Humberto Carrillo.

Back from the break and it’s announced that WWE NXT Champion Karrion Kross will make his RAW debut tonight. Sheamus waits in the ring as Carrillo comes out to try and earn a title shot. We see recent happenings between the two Superstars.

The bell rings and Carrillo attacks as they go at it. Sheamus ends up on the floor and Carrillo launches himself out for a takedown. Carrillo beats Sheamus around but Sheamus drops him as they return to the ring. Carrillo fights off a suplex attempt from the apron. Carrillo drops Sheamus over the top rope. Carrillo with a top rope crossbody for 2.

Sheamus responds with aggressive strikes but Carrillo unloads in the corner, stomping away as the referee warns him. We see Damian Priest watching the match backstage. Carrillo continues to dominate Sheamus in the corner.

Carrillo tries to pull Sheamus’ mask off. Sheamus fights back but gets dumped over the top rope to the floor. Carrillo runs the ropes for a dive but Sheamus meets him at the ropes with right hands. Sheamus with a powerbomb on the edge of the apron. Sheamus stands tall at ringside and asks the crowd if they’re entertained. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Sheamus dominates now. Sheamus grounds Carrillo and applies the Dublin Smile. We see Priest watching backstage again, concerned. Sheamus with 10 Beats of the Bodhrán now. Sheamus stands tall and poses to a mixed reaction.

Sheamus with more offense but Carrillo comes back with kicks. Sheamus drops him with a boot from the corner. Carrillo kicks Sheamus as Sheamus tends to his finger. Carrillo climbs up for a hurricanrana, then kicks Sheamus to the floor. Carrillo with a suicide dive, sending Sheamus over the announce table. Carrillo brings it back in the ring and goes to the top for a missile dropkick. Sheamus kicks out at 2. More back and forth now. Carrillo apparently hurts his hand with a shot to Sheamus’ face mask. Sheamus comes right back with a Brogue Kick for the pin to win.

– After the match, Sheamus stands tall with the title as his music hits. We go to replays.

– We get a look at how Bobby Lashley dominated Kofi Kingston at Money In the Bank.

We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Champion Bobby Lashley with MVP. Lashley hits the ring and poses in the corner as the pyro goes off. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and Lashley takes the mic. He says he did all the talking he needed to do last night when he destroyed Kofi Kingston, so no more talking. MVP takes the mic and taunts the Dallas crowd for being fans of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. He goes on about how Lashley made a statement at the expense of Kofi last night. He talks about how Kofi’s recent words on Lashley going soft actually lit a fire within Lashley. MVP says whoever answers this challenge tonight will be annihilated. MVP declares that no one will take this WWE Title from Lashley. No more women, no more champagne, no more fun and games, as Lashley said – no more b------t. MVP says they are back to business. He goes on hyping Lashley up and Lashley asks who’s going to be the one to answer this challenge.

Some fans chant for WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg. The music interrupts and out comes Keith Lee making his return. Lashley looks a bit shocked but also annoyed. Lee heads to the ring to somewhat of a big pop from his home state crowd. Lee enters the ring and faces off with Lashley as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Ripley vs. Flair is hyped for later. The bell rings now as Lashley and Lee stare each other down. Some Goldberg chants come from the crowd. They lock up and tangle into the ropes, the corner and out. They break and lock back up. Lashley mounts offense but Lee over-powers and rams him into the corner, then again into the opposite corner for a pop. Lee with some offense off his feet now, including a big crossbody for a pop.

Lashley blocks a Spirit Bomb attempt and drops Lee on his face. MVP taunts the crowd and they boo back. Lashley works Lee over on the ropes now as MVP taunts him. Lashley with more offense and a big running shoulder thrust in the corner. Lashley sends Lee to the floor with a clothesline. Lee lands on his feet but he’s dazed. Lashley follows and they go at it on the floor. Lee fights back but Lashley drives him back into the barrier from the ring. The referee counts. Lashley runs around the ring and delivers a big running Spear on the floor.

Lashley stands tall at ringside as MVP hypes him up. Lashley brings it back in the ring and mounts Lee with strikes. The referee checks on Lee and Graves says the match should be called as Lee isn’t moving. Lashley stands over Lee now and goes for The Hurt Lock as he gets up. Lee over-powers and blocks the hold for a pop but Lashley comes right back and drops him. Lashley waits for Lee to get back up and then delivers a Spear for the pin to win.

– After the match, Lashley stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. Lashley stands tall and poses until the music hits and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg to a big pop. Goldberg hits the ring and gets in Lashley’s face. Goldberg laughs and declares that he is next. Lashley wants to fight but MVP holds him back to end the segment.

– Still to come, Ripley vs. Flair.

– Back from the break and MVP is backstage with Bobby Lashley. Kevin Patrick approaches and asks if they have a response. MVP says Goldberg disrespected them and they won’t even dignify what he did with a response.

– Jinder Mahal is in the ring with Veer and Shanky now. Jinder says today is his birthday and it gets even better as Drew McIntyre is not Mr. Money In the Bank. Jinder shows us how Veer and Shanky interrupted the Jinder vs. Drew match two weeks ago, to triple team Drew. We also see how Jinder thought he had Drew’s family sword last week, but it was a replica, then how Drew destroyed his motorcycle. Jinder talks about how karma always comes back around. He shows us how they attacked Drew at Money In the Bank and pulled him out of the match.

Jinder says he can buy 10 motorcycles but Drew will never have a WWE Title shot as long as Bobby Lashley is champion. Jinder allows Shanky to sing him Happy Birthday now. Drew appears from behind with a chair, taking Jinder down with a shot to the back. Drew then takes out Veer with the chair. Shanky pleads with him. Drew snaps and unloads on Shanky with steel chair shots now. Jinder and Veer plead and yell from the ramp. Fans want more from Drew. He tosses the destroyed chair away, then brings another one in the ring. Drew stares out at Jinder and then unloads on Shanky with more chair shots.

– The announcers lead us to a video package on Karrion Kross.

We go back to the ring and out comes NXT Champion Karrion Kross. There is no sign of Scarlett. Kross will face Jeff Hardy next in a non-title match. Back to commercial.

Back from the break and out comes Hardy to his old theme. The bell rings and Kross dominates early on. Kross launches Hardy with a big suplex overhead. Kross with another big suplex and stomp. Kross yells at Hardy about owning him, then delivers another big suplex. Kross charges but Hardy moves and Kross hits the ring post. Hardy drops Kross with a Twist of Fate. Hardy goes to the top for a Swanton Bomb but Kross moves. Kross readies in the corner now, waiting for Hardy to get up.

Kross charges with the forearm but Hardy ducks and grabs him. Kross backs him into the corner with back elbows. Kross mounts Hardy in the corner but Hardy powerbombs him to the mat and holds it for the pin to win.

– After the match, Hardy quickly heads to the ramp as his music hits. Kross is shocked. We go to replays. Patrick interviews Kross in the ring after the match and asks his thoughts on what happened. Kross says Hardy just made the biggest mistake of his life because in the end… everyone will fall and pray. The music starts up as Kross exit the ring and grabs the NXT Title belt, then heads to the back.

– Alexa Bliss is backstage for another episode of Alexa’s Playground. She admits she;s sore from Money In the Bank but that’s OK because she has a special guest. She welcomes Lilly back, fresh out of time out. Lilly is also on a swing. Thing got out of control last time but now Lilly has promised to be on her best behavior. Eva Marie and Doudrop interrupt. Eva asks if this is a joke and thought Doudrop tossing Bliss around last week would’ve taught her a lesson. Bliss ignores them but then says hello to Doudrop. Drop says hello back and Eva tells her not to. Eva threatens to have Drop trash Lilly at one point in a trash can. Eva doesn’t want to waste her time with Bliss or Lilly. The segment ends with Eva falling down as she goes to walk off, apparently by Bliss’ power, or Lilly. Back to commercial.

– Back from the break and announced for next week is The Viking Raiders vs. RAW Tag Team Champions AJ Styles and Omos with the titles on the line.

We go back to the ring for tonight’s main event, a rematch from Money In the Bank. Rhea Ripley is out, as is RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. They face off as we go back to commercial.

The bell rings and they go at it. Flair takes Ripley down but Ripley fights back. Ripley with hard shoulder thrusts in the corner now as the referee warns her. Flair fights back and takes Ripley down by the arm from the apron. They trade big forearms on their feet now in the middle of the ring. Ripley with a one-legged dropkick. Ripley grounds Flair now.

Ripley with knee strikes. Flair turns it around out of the corner with chops. Flair sends Ripley face-first into the turnbuckles. Ripley counters a suplex with a roll-up for 2. Ripley counters and delivers a German suplex in the middle of the ring. Ripley with a running dropkick for another 2 count. Flair counters a whip into the corner, then sends Ripley over the top rope to the floor. Flair stops Ripley from re-entering the ring. Ripley lands on her hurt leg at ringside.

Flair follows and nails a chop block to take Ripley back down from behind. Ripley clutches her knee but Flair rolls her back in. The referee holds Flair off as he checks on Ripley. Flair tries to stay on Ripley but the referee backs her off. Ripley is down in the corner as the referee checks on her. We go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Flair continues to focus on the leg. Ripley was cleared to continue during the break. Ripley counters and drops Flair on her head. Fans rally for Ripley now. Ripley mounts offense now. Ripley with a Northern Lights suplex for a close 2 count.

Flair levels Ripley with a running big boot. Flair goes to the top for the moonsault but Ripley gets part of her knees up, hurting herself as well. Ripley uses Flair’s Figure Four on her now as fans pop. Flair turns it over but Ripley gets the bottom rope. Flair with chops now. Ripley fights back and mounts more offense now. Ripley with the Riptide but Flair gets her foot on the bottom rope to break it. Ripley is frustrated now.

Flair retreats to ringside and grabs her title belt to take the count out. Ripley chases her up the ramp but Flair drops her with a belt shot to the face. The referee calls the match.

– After the bell, Flair retains the title but Ripley wins by disqualification. Flair stands tall in the ring as her music hits but Ripley attacks. They brawl to the floor and Ripley takes Flair out until the music hits and out comes Nikki A.S.H. to cash in her Money In the Bank briefcase. She cashes in and here we go.

The bell rings and Nikki A.S.H. goes to the top rope while RAW Women’s Charlotte Flair is already down in the ring. Cross delivers the crossbody from the top and holds it for the pin to win the title.

– After the bell, the music hits and Cross celebrates her big win. We get a brief replay and Cross takes the title to ringside to celebrate with the fans. The post-Money In the Bank edition of WWE RAW quickly goes off the air.

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A Reflection On WWE SummerSlam 2020 - A Fever Dream At The Start Of The ThunderDome Era

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For WWE, this of course means that the ThunderDome era is past tense.

Upon introduction, the ThunderDome was considered a massive upgrade over the depressing sterility of those empty Performance Center cards (though really, anything would've been). 

When the "world's largest Zoom call" debuted last August, there were a few impressed oohs and ahhs, as well as the more practical take of, "Well, it's not a live crowd, but it's certainly better than what we had."

After seeing WrestleMania 36, Money in the Bank, and other cards get ruined by lifeless environments, having a giant wall of faces was viewed as a refreshing change.

Of course, it didn't take long for even that to feel primitive. AEW managed to liven up their Daily's Place events with socially-distanced fans around that time, which (from an aesthetic standpoint) makes for a better TV experience than muted faces clapping on cue.

But for 11 months, for better or worse, that Thunderdome would be the WWE way.

The first pay-per-view to run in front of this video wall set-up was the 2020 SummerSlam, last August 23.

And regardless of what the environment was for that show, the *card* feels entirely ancient just one year later.

For reasons both internal and external, WWE hasn't produced its best possible product over the past year-plus, so it's understandable that some events from this general time-frame may look a little odd when viewed in hindsight.

Eleven months after the 2020 SummerSlam, however, you might gander at this card and be left wondering, "Was this...was this really last year's SummerSlam?"

It begins simply enough with the pre-show bout, a United States title match in which Apollo Crews retained the gold over MVP. The Hurt Business was a thing at this point, and seemed to wrestle combinations of Crews, Ricochet, and Mustafa Ali every single week on Raw for somewhere between three and 17 months.

For this match, MVP associates Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin were barred from ringside, giving us our first bit of oddness: present-day WWE champion Lashley's sole involvement in the second or third biggest PPV of the year was to be banned from ringside during a match on the Kickoff show.

Today, the whittled down Business combo of Lashley and MVP is one of the centerpiece acts on Raw, whereas in 2020, they were kicking around with US champion Crews and some of his loosely-connected associates.

But enjoy it for what it was: a rare Apollo match in which Big E wasn't involved.

In the pay-per-view opener, Bayley continued her ten-plus month reign as SmackDown Women's champion, defeating Asuka. On the surface, nothing seems amiss with this one. The only unusual part about this is that Asuka was the challenger in *both* Women's title matches (we'll get to her match with Raw Women's champion Sasha Banks in a bit).

The Raw Tag Team title match, however, feels quite anachronistic, as The Street Profits retained the gold over Andrade and Angel Garza. Nevermind the fact that Andrade soon became persona non grata in WWE at large (last appeared in October, released by request in March), but this whole match feels like four talented wrestlers being reduced to filler.

Just take a gander at what they've accomplished since. Garza had promise with his egotistical lothario character, only for it to not really lead anywhere interesting. Aside from a few quick wins over Drew Gulak earlier this year, Garza's really been downplayed on the A-shows. In fact, he hasn't wrestled a pay-per-view match since September.

The Street Profits remain in tact, but they eventually got stuck on the treadmill themselves. After exchanging brand belts with The New Day during the October Draft, Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford have only wrestled at one pay-per-view (last year's Survivor Series). They dropped the belts in January, and a Ford DQ win over Chad Gable in June is the only victory either of them have been given since the end of April.

They or Garza *could* wind up on this year's SummerSlam, but right now, it doesn't seem likely.

That was followed by a well-anticipated match that was unfortunately hampered by a real life horror show. After months of feuding, former allies Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville were going to square off in a hair vs. hair match. However, one week before SummerSlam, Deville's home was broken into by an armed stalker. The man was arrested without incident, but the story changed the tone going into the SummerSlam match.

Rose went on to defeat Deville in what was changed to a "loser leaves" match, giving Deville an out to deal with this real life drama. She didn't return to TV until January, where she subsequently became an authority figure, and hasn't wrestled since.

As for Rose, her 2020-21 could've certainly gone better creatively. A well-received angle with Otis was gradually snuffed out, and the story with Deville abruptly ended for reasons beyond WWE's control. Her eventual partnership with Dana Brooke didn't accomplish much, and she was recently moved to NXT from Raw.

Speaking of, "Wow, that was a year ago?", Dominik Mysterio made his pro wrestling debut in the next match, working against a reliable star in Seth Rollins. While most of the Mysterio family/Rollins' cult melodrama was a little beyond the pale (Rey losing an eye, the short-lived Murphy/Aalyah romance), this match was pretty damn good.

For a newcomer, Dominik showed lots of promise, though credit certainly has to be given to Rollins for leading the 23-year-old rookie as well as he did. Compared to most of the rest of interminable feud, Rollins vs. Dominik was a genuine highlight, even if its existence reminds us of all of the soap opera silliness that occurred within the angle.

The two went on to have a pretty decent steel cage match on Raw in September, before the angle mercifully petered out later in the autumn.

As a wrestler, Dominik has held up alright, going on to reign with his father as SmackDown Tag Team champions. Though the kayfabe surname helps, you can argue that WWE has been consistent with how they've used a new star like Dominik since debuting him.

Next up, Asuka ended her night 1-for-2, defeating Banks to win the Raw Women's title, despite Bayley's attempts at interference. This continued the road to dissolution for Banks and Bayley, and ultimately their SmackDown Women's title match at Hell in a Cell.

The WWE title match followed, in which Drew McIntyre retained over Randy Orton. The feud between the two stretched deep into the autumn months, in the grand WWE tradition of, "Who wants rematches? We got'cher rematches here!"

Though in this case, McIntyre scored two emphatic wins on Orton - a clean pin here in a standard singles bout, then a chicanery-filled win in an Ambulance match at Clash of Champions. Then Orton won the belt inside Hell in a Cell in October, before ceding it back to McIntyre in a street fight on Raw weeks later.

Not a bad feud or anything, but one with many moments that felt like they should've been blowoffs.

While McIntyre and Orton would feel comfortably contemporary in 2021, Braun Strowman and The Fiend's Universal title match is already a dust-collector. The defending champion was released last month, while the challenger has been on hiatus for over three months.

But neither those facts, nor their middling match, really matter. SummerSlam was promoted with the tagline, "You'll never see it coming," and indeed, nobody saw Roman Reigns making an unadvertised return, in which he attacked both men post-title bout. Days later, a new alliance was born, as a heelish Roman joined up with Paul Heyman to form what has since been SmackDown's ruling class.

Reigns' comeback really made the Strowman/Fiend match all the more pale. More so, the present status of the two match combatants caps off a retrospectively odd-feeling SummerSlam.

If you've read this far, I suspect you've probably gone, "Oh right, that happened" a few times. It's true: SummerSlam 2020 feels like a fever dream through the present day lens, a ThunderDome housewarming that was distinctly a product of its moment.

That's bound to happen when two of the 17 wrestlers get released, several more sink deeper into the undercard, and a few wind up inactive, be it due to injuries or personal issues.

In undesirable times, SummerSlam 2020 was a step in a better direction, upgrading the product's aesthetic into something more closely resembling a preferred reality.

But man is the show ever weird to look back on.

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