WWE removes three title reigns from Charlotte Flair's official championship record

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Who won the women's money inthe bank ladder match?

won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. FORT WORTH, Texas —Nikki A.S.H. WWENikki A.S.H. won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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Charlotte Flair won the Raw women’s championship from Rhea Ripley at Money in the Bank last night (July 18) in Fort Worth, then retained the title in a rematch in the main event of Monday Night Raw due to disqualification tonight (July 19) in Dallas. After, Ripley laid her out, angry at the way Flair caused said disqualification.

That opened the door for Nikki A.S.H. to hit the scene, Money in the Bank contract in hand. She went through with cashing in, and Raw closed with a new champion celebrating among the fans.

WE HAVE A NEW #WWERaw #WomensChampion, and she's ALMOST A SUPERHERO ... #NikkiASH @NikkiCrossWWE! pic.twitter.com/DzWGWrpVuD

This continues the trend of a fast cash-in with women’s briefcase in the past couple years, and also marks the third time Flair has been cashed in on. This is certainly a major shake up to the Raw women’s division.

Get complete Raw results and coverage of this week’s show right here.

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WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (July 19, 2021): Superwoman

Cageside Seats 21 July, 2021 - 03:01am

Charlotte Flair came out and cut a promo earlier in the night, and said that she is the “creator of the book” and that Rhea Ripley won’t ever be able to measure up to her. Flair got so much outpouring of emails and texts and then she got a Becky chant and shut it down nicely saying Becky Lynch was home breast-feeding.

She listed off her championship wins and announced she’s the only 11 time champion in WWE. Congrats, Queen!

She was about to say that she didn’t have to face Ripley again, but Ripley interrupted that sentence. She challenged Flair for another match, but declined. Flair said she could beat her any day of the week and Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville decided to take her word for it and make the match.

Ripley hit Flair with a nice German suplex and dropkick for a two count but Flair went right back to the injured left leg. The referee had to hold Flair back so she could get checked on. I love this version of Charlotte.

Ripley was able to do a good Northern Lights suplex but Flair just kept at her. Ripley got her legs up on a moonsault attempt and then executed a Figure Four.

And then she hit Ripley in the face with the Raw women’s title for win.

And then Ripley attacked her, leading Money in the Bank winner Nikki ASH to take advantage. She cashed in and pinned Charlotte for the championship.

So, as I’ve been saying, I am not into this almost a superhero gimmick of Nikki’s but from all accounts, it was her idea and they ran with it. For that reason, I’m happy for her. I’ve said in the past about Alexa Bliss that a wrestler should be able to have some of their own ideas for themselves followed through.

Wh8ile I am not a fan of the current Alexa stuff, or the current Nikki stuff, it’s their idea and I support wrestlers being able to do their own thing.

I’ve been a big fan of Nikki’s throughout her WWE career. My favorite run of hers was funnily enough with Alexa when they teamed up. Their friendship was really great and I was sad when it was over, but at that time I liked how it ended because Alexa was still in the psychological mind games phase.

So now that Nikki is champion, there isn’t a doubt in my mind that Charlotte and/or Rhea will be coming after her for SummerSlam. Perhaps Becky Lynch makes a return to take Charlotte out of the title picture? Maybe Charlotte just wins the title back next week?

It can go in multiple directions. Let’s see what happens! Congratulations, Nikki!

Let’s get to the rest of the show. For a full rundown of Raw, check out the live blog by Claire Elizabeth!

Bobby Lashley and MVP were in the ring, and MVP acknowledged Kofi Kingston’s remarks about Lashley being soft were true. The women and the champagne were distractions, and he apologized.

Lashley asked who would be coming out, and myself, and the people in attendance, were expecting Goldberg. I had Goldberg’s music going in my head, and then this music I wasn’t familiar with played.

Byron Saxton said it perfectly during the match - Lee has cruiserweight like ability. It’s incredible.

The crowd was very much on his side, too. He almost landed on the front row when Lashley lifted him up by the barricade. Lashley speared him and like Kingston’s match, shushed the crowd because they were starting to anger him.

Lashley attempted the Hurt Lock and Lee was able to block it and flip Lashley over his shoulders. Lashley just immediately launched Lee onto the mat and speared him for the win.

And then those sneaky jerks brought him out.

We were all swerved! Bamboozled!

Goldberg’s entered the ring and screamed “I’m next!”

Yeah... sure. Keith Lee mattered more to me here. I have no interest in Goldberg returning for another title match, and Bobby deserves better.

After hyping up the crowd, John Cena went through the questions of why he returned.

Look at the end of this it was pretty clear what Cena’s role here was - pop a rating.

A good part from this segment, Cena called Roman Reigns an asshole (bleep machine went to work) and said he’ll be going to SummerSlam to face him for the Universal Championship. This was really the best part of the whole segment.

Cena’s presence here was helpful to get the crowd lively, but I don’t know if he was expecting the “What?” chants.

So he came here to Raw to tell us that he’ll be appearing on SmackDown this Friday, and he’ll be fighting for the main SmackDown title.

And then Riddle came out to Bro chants. Cena stopped him after he kicked off the slides and said that he gets the whole Bro thing now. A Bro-off commenced.

Welcome back, John. Please be more serious. That’s when you’re excellent.

A bunch of great parkour craziness from Riddle and Morrison happened after Styles took a nasty bump on his ass. Erik lifted Ivar onto Morrison and owww man wrestling is real. Omos and Styles did that same cool spot from Money in the Bank where Omos lifts him over the top rope. Ivar went to the top rope and the crowd was into that, but he missed Morrison. The funniest moment here was Riddle spraying Omos and Omos got too mad to care about the match. As a result, Morrison got pinned by Erik. Not even Styles at first could keep Omos from chasing poor wheelchair Miz. This was a nice crowd pleaser. Weird that there was no Randy Orton mention or even an RKO from Riddle like last night.

Jax and Baszler were aggressive towards the champions. The challengers were getting some boos, but when Tamina tagged in Reginald got involved. Still doing the Reginald distraction leads to Baszler getting pinned, and they were all surprised about it like it’s not the 80th time. But Nia finally realized that it’s Reginald’s fault and kicked him to the curb. He immediately became the next entrant into the 24/7 title scene and won the title. He’s finally where he will thrive.

Carrillo was aggressive and on Sheamus from the start. Saw Sheamus try and do the immediate Brogue Kick win like last time but Carrillo was smart. Carrillo pulled at Sheamus’ protective face mask. That was good stuff. Carrillo also bit his finger without the referee seeing it. Hell yes that’s the stuff I want to see from Carrillo. Sheamus ended up giving the Brogue Kick though. Sad because this was a great version of Humberto I thought would win and get the championship match he deserved.

Lilly’s back. Great. Eva-Lution came in to interrupt Lilly’s grand return and Bliss tried to get Eva Marie to have a one on one match with her, but Eva declined and tripped as she walked out. She said that she would trash Lilly so now she’s tripping on fake grass. Cool.

Kross debuted from NXT and Hardy finally came out to No More Words and looked great. And Hardy’s Swanton didn’t hit, but the feet on the ropes during a pin did and Jeff won in a quick match. Totally did not expect that, and they’ve already made Kross look dumb with the catchphrase and without Scarlett. Go get murked by Samoa Joe, loser. By the way, this was apparently Kross’ first loss in WWE. HAAAA. Also it’s his birthday! HAAAA.

Mahal got some cheers by saying Drew McIntyre isn’t the Money in the Bank winner. Mahal was here to recap the last few weeks of boring shit between them. Drew Mac got tired of it and hit Shanky with a bunch of chair shots we all were able to witness and get nauseated by. (Thanks, Dunn!) The crowd enjoyed counting the chair shots so good for them.

They gave Jaxson Ryker a gimmick match to try and get him over and yeah that didn’t work out very well. Without a doubt there was piped in crowd noise. Will give credit for the superplex through the tables. That got the loudest reaction of the whole thing. That’s what happens, Vince!

This was a newsworthy Raw, with a cash in, returns, and a debut. But it was a weird one. A few odd decisions and even more rematches are coming. It’s a bit frustrating, but seeing and hearing real reactions is helpful. Let’s see what happens next week.

Predictions for the Biggest Matches of WWE Summerslam 2021 Card

Bleacher Report 21 July, 2021 - 03:01am

WWE SummerSlam 2021 may be one of the biggest shows the company has put on in years.

With WWE returning to the road for the first time in over 16 months, The Biggest Party of the Summer has the air of an event that could make a lasting impression.

Top stars are returning, and stories are building. As Raw and SmackDown ramp up to the pay-per-view on August 21, it feels like WrestleMania season.

Edge, John Cena and Goldberg all look to be major players in the build to the show against Superstars such as Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley.

The women's division is in flux, but it feels like the right time to revisit Bianca Belair vs. Sasha Banks. Meanwhile, Nikki A.S.H. is an interesting new Raw women's champion alongside top challengers such as Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley.

SummerSlam has the air of something special, and it is interesting even this early on to speculate about the biggest matches and what will come out of each.

It has been a chaotic 24 hours for the Raw women's division.

Charlotte Flair won the title off Rhea Ripley at Money in the Bank on Sunday, but Nikki A.S.H. used her Money in the Bank contract to cash in on The Queen following her rematch against the Australian 24 hours later.

This sets up a dynamic that was at the heart of A.S.H. finding her calling. Nikki has previously defeated both women in fluke situations that have allowed her to build confidence all the way to the title.

It is now an underdog champion facing down two hungry competitors. The Scot will need to fight with everything she has to emerge victorious at SummerSlam.

A.S.H. has more than earned this run, though it is a shame Ripley's reign came to such a sudden halt. It will be interesting to see who will ultimately dethrone Nikki on this run.

Nikki is vulnerable, but this should be the moment to let her prove herself with the belt. She can have a great match against two women who have already proved themselves. And either can take the pinfall when it matters to keep the Scot going.

Early Prediction: Nikki pulls out another shocking win over two of the best in the division.

Edge's return has set the stage for many huge matches in these final few years of his career, but none are quite as exciting as the challenge of Seth Rollins.

After missing out in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, Rollins attacked The Rated-R Superstar in the belief that he had stolen his spot as an opponent to Roman Reigns in the main event. The interference cost Edge the match and led to further physicality between the two men.

Rollins is one of the few wrestlers to get physical with The Rated-R Superstar during his retirement, which gives the two a rare history together. The Messiah is the heel who would have gladly ended Edge's career to benefit himself.

The story is clear, and the match will be fantastic. This is a chance to give SmackDown some depth in its top-billed feuds, although Edge vs. Rollins does not need any gold on the line to excite the fans.

At the end of the day, this contest could well steal the show at SummerSlam.

Early Prediction: Edge defeats Rollins thanks to some help from Cesaro.

After his victory over Kofi Kingston on Sunday, Bobby Lashley needs a fresh challenge that can help to define what a great champion he is. While Goldberg may not be the top star he once was, he remains a well-known talent who can put over great stars.

The All Mighty is a monster who has been built to dominate all others. While Kingston and Xavier Woods both picked up wins over the WWE champion, they only seemed to motivate him to get more serious. He now looks untouchable.

Goldberg last appeared in WWE action as a challenger to Drew McIntyre, who beat the Hall of Famer at the Royal Rumble in January. It was an important moment in solidifying The Scottish Warrior as one of the biggest stars in the modern era.

Lashley could use that same rub to elevate him to the next level. In many ways, he works like a young Goldberg. While he does not have an undefeated streak, he does have a pretty dominant record and a style to complement it.

This will likely be the weakest match on the card, but it could be the most important. Lashley would get a rub from one of the most well-known dominant forces in WWE history.

Early Prediction: Lashley takes down Goldberg in a short but fast-paced war.

Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair was a history-making moment at WrestleMania 37, a rare success story in execution and delivery from WWE. The match also won an ESPY for Best WWE Moment.

It is only right that WWE capitalizes on that by delivering a rematch on one of the biggest stages of the year. SummerSlam is the perfect time for The Boss to return and attempt to reclaim her throne in front of a raucous Las Vegas crowd.

The EST of WWE has held down the fort in Banks' absence. In fact, she has crafted her own legacy and quickly become a fan favorite. Although an injury to Bayley took away a huge match from the Money in the Bank card for her, she has continued to perform at the highest level.

Belair is a star and needs someone who can match her on a major stage. While the SmackDown women's division has evolved with fresh competitors to challenge the titleholder, that should come after she solidifies her reign.

The SmackDown Women's Championship has rarely felt bigger than right now. This is a match that could legitimately main-event SummerSlam, but there is one bigger contest.

Early Prediction: Belair retains to solidify her reign as SmackDown's top female star.

Roman Reigns has dominated everyone in his path as universal champion. He has looked unstoppable.

Who could challenge him next, though? Only a true star like John Cena.

The Champ returned at Money in the Bank on Sunday to a massive ovation from a crowd eager for a surprise. He immediately stepped up to Reigns, setting the stage for a major battle to come.

While the two men have faced each other in singles action only once before at a PPV, it wasn't even close to being the same situation. Cena was still one of WWE's top stars at No Mercy in 2017, while Reigns was finding his own footing as a major star.

At this point, Reigns has become the megastar WWE always knew he was. Meanwhile, Cena has been away from the ring while working as a leading actor in Hollywood. The former face of the company is an outsider these days, but he is, arguably, an even bigger name.

SummerSlam is supposed to be one of the biggest shows of the year. What could draw more eyes to this event than Cena attempting to capture a record 17th world championship against the biggest heel in recent WWE history?

Early Prediction: Reigns wins in impressive fashion and sends Cena back to Hollywood.

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Raw Rating for John Cena's return, Money in the Bank fallout, first Raw in front of fans draws one of largest ratings in the last year - Pro Wrestling Torch

PWTorch 21 July, 2021 - 03:01am

WWE Monday Night Raw on USA Network last night drew a 1.46 rating among live and same-night DVR viewers. That’s up from 1.21 last week. The rolling ten-week average heading into this week was 1.21. Raw drew a 1.50 the day after WrestleMania earlier this year and also drew a 1.46 on the first episode of the year. Otherwise, the last time it topped a 1.40 rating was the day after Summerslam almost a year ago.

Raw back in front of live fans in a major arena last night, and also advertised John Cena ahead of time.

Raw was no. 1 on Monday night among all cable shows in the 18-49 demographic with a 0.57 rating, up from last week’s 0.43. It hadn’t drawn above 0.50 since May 10 in that demo. There was also a surge in the male 18-34 demo t0 0.75, up from 0.51 the prior week. The male 18-34 demo was 0.41, up from 0.28 the prior week.

The first-to-third hour dropoff was a mere 100,000 viewers, well below the 149,000 average for the year. The first hour opened 1.967 million viewers, falling short of the 2 million mark for Cena’s return. They last drew over 2 million on April 19, and have only topped 2 million in hour one five times this year. The second hour dropped t0 1.936 million and the third hour dropped to 1.867 million.

This is the likely the peak rating for a while, as fans sampled the product because of Cena and the return of live fans. The key question is what percentage of fans were happy with last night’s show and drawn to tune in next week to see the fallout from Goldberg’s arrival, Nikki A.S.H.’s MITB win, and the advertised Raw Tag Team Title rematch.

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