Charlotte Flair and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka vs. RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke.
We go back to the ring and out first comes Charlotte Flair as the pyro goes off. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Flair is posing in the ring as her music hits. Graves hypes her title shot at Money In the Bank. The WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions are out next – Natalya and Tamina Snuka. Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke are out first for their team. RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley is out next. She gets pyro on the stage before marching down to the ring.
A big brawl breaks out at ringside to kick things off. Flair and Ripley brawl into the announce table. Tamina mounts Dana at ringside. Flair and Ripley brawl into the ring and they go at it now. Ripley mounts Flair but Flair fights back. Natalya runs in and fights Ripley off Flair. Rose attacks her and now the others join in now. Flair, Natalya and Snuka re-group at ringside as Ripley, Rose and Brooke recover together in the middle of the ring. The two teams re-group as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and here we go. Rose and Ripley go at it. Brooke and Natalya end up going at it now. Brooke unloads on Natalya in the corner, dropping her with a clothesline for 2. Natalya with a right hand and an elbow to the face. Tamina tags in but Dana stops her from entering. Flair, Snuka and Natalya end up double teaming Brooke at ringside. Flair brings it back in for a 2 count.
Flair works on Dana, then swings at Ripley but she jumps off the apron to avoid it. Ripley seethes but the referee stops her from charging Flair. Tamina and Natalya take turns on Brooke. Natalya with a snap suplex for 2. More quick tags and offense on Brooke. Flair tags in and chops away on Brooke now. Brooke blocks the knee attack from the corner but Flair comes right back with a knee to the ribs. Brooke rolls Flair up for 2 from behind.
Ripley tags in and goes to work on Flair with signature offense. Ripley with a clothesline and offense. Flair blocks a suplex and in comes Natalya. Ripley goes for Flair but Natalya rolls her from behind for 2. Ripley with a big kick to Natalya. Natalya is double teamed by Rose and Brooke now. Tamina breaks the pin up. Ripley runs in and takes out Tamina. Flair runs in and chops Ripley’s knee out.
Dana with a neckbreaker on Flair. Natalya with the discus clothesline to Dana. Rose and Natalya tangle now. Natalya grabs her for the Sharpshooter but Rose kicks her away. Rose levels Natalya with a big knee but she didn’t see Flair, who runs over Rose with a big boot for the pin to win.
Winners: Charlotte Flair, Natalya and Tamina Snuka
After the match, Flair stands tall but Ripley runs in and chop blocks her knee out. Flair goes for Ripley but she rushes right back out of the ring and taunts her.
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are in the ring now. They want to discuss an incident at Hell In a Cell last night. They call out RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley first. Ripley takes the mic and says she heard Deville was going to summons her. Pearce agrees with Deville and says what Ripley did last night was completely unacceptable. They talk about how champions retain via disqualification but those rules were not meant to be abused, and Rhea intentionally got herself disqualified.
Ripley goes on about how she’s seen Flair abuse the same rules, and she only did what Flair would have done in her position. Pearce says but Flair is not the champion right now. The music interrupts and out comes Flair with a mic. Flair says Pearce meant she’s not the champion… yet.
Flair isn’t mad at Ripley, she’s actually proud of her because she was kicking Rhea’s ass last night and for the first time Rhea proved she’s smart, or clever, at least. Flair says Rhea proved for the first time that she is a strategic competitor, like Flair is, but Flair is still going to destroy her. Deville says if that’s Flair’s way of asking for a rematch, she will grant it. Pearce agrees. Deville announces Flair vs. Ripley for the title at Money In the Bank. Flair stares at Ripley from the stage. Ripley smiles back at her from the ring as her music starts back up.
RAW Women’s Title Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley
We go back to the ring and out comes Charlotte Flair to pyro. RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley is out next. Peacock cuts out for the first few minutes of the match.
The feed finally comes back up to Flair taking Ripley down from the corner. Flair delivers a Natural Selection for the pin but Flair puts her foot on the bottom rope and Ripley kicks out. Ripley counters a move and launches Flair with a big suplex. Ripley is selling a big knee injury as she struggles to get back up.
Ripley charges but Flair catches her with the backbreaker, then sends her face-first into the middle turnbuckle. Flair goes to the top turnbuckle as the feed cuts out again. Flair goes for a moonsault but lands on her feet, then hits it again as Ripley crawls out of the way. Ripley kicks out just in time. Flair continues to work on the leg now. Ripley blocks a Figure Four and rolls her for a quick 1 count. Flair with another pin attempt after an elbow strike. Flair mounts Ripley with big strikes now.
Flair keeps control and goes back to the top. Ripley jumps up and rocks her as the Peacock feed cuts out again. We finally come back on to Flair dropping Ripley and applying the Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Ripley fights but Flair tightens the hold as the referee checks on the champion. Ripley makes it to the bottom rope to break the hold.
Ripley slides out of the ring to get out of the hold, but Flair falls with her. Ripley is screaming out in pain as the referee counts. Flair approaches but Ripley yanks the top of the announce table off, smashing Flair in the face with it. The referee calls the match.
Winner by DQ: Charlotte Flair
After the bell, Ripley stays on Flair at ringside as the referee tries to get her to stop. Ripley unloads as Flair rolls back in. Ripley follows but Flair tackles her and they keep brawling. The feed comes back to Flair getting sent face-first into the middle turnbuckle. Ripley slams Flair in the middle of the ring with the Riptide. Ripley goes to ringside to grab the RAW Women’s Title belt. Mike Rome announces Flair as the winner by disqualification, and Ripley still the champion as fans boo. Ripley raises her title at ringside as the music hits. Ripley heads up the ramp with the title as Flair talks trash from the ring. Ripley raises the title and yells back at her as the war of words continues. Ripley is all smiles as she raises the title on the stage now.
Nikki Cross vs. Charlotte Flair
We go right to the ring and out first comes Nikki Cross as Mike Rome does the introductions. We see how Cross and Asuka beat Charlotte Flair and RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley last week. Flair is backstage with Sarah Schreiber now. She asks why this match is so important with Cross tonight. Flair isn’t worried about how she should focus on Sunday’s match at Hell In a Cell, but she needs that last match removed from her record because she fought too hard for that to happen. She goes on about Cross and Ripley before heading to the ring as Cross looks on.
The bell rings and they lock up. Flair with a knee to the gut and a takedown by the hair. The music interrupts and out comes Ripley. Flair talks trash from the ring. Cross rolls her up for a close 2 count. Flair charge but Cross moves. Cross gets sent to the apron but she fights back. Flair knocks Cross from the apron to the floor.
Ripley watches from the stage as Cross goes to the floor and sends Cross face-first into the barrier. Flair keeps giving attention to Ripley, but levels Cross with a big boot again. Flair brings it back into the ring, stopping to trade more looks and words with Ripley. We go to commercial with Flair in control of Cross.
Back from the break and Flair remains in control. Cross tries to mount offense but Flair shuts her down. Flair uses the second rope as the referee warns her. Ripley watches from a chair at ringside, smiling at Flair.
Flair beats Cross around the ring and taunts her. Cross fights from her knees but Flair delivers stiff chops. Cross finally goes down. Flair blocks a roll-up and stomps away while Cross is down on the mat. Cross fights Flair off from the top turnbuckle, then drops her with a big tornado DDT for a pop. Flair rolls to the floor for a breather but Cross leaps from the apron. Flair catches her in mid-air, then turns to taunt Ripley while holding Cross in her arms.
Flair with a fall-away slam on the floor, in front of Ripley, then a kip up. Flair is counted out while paying too much attention to Ripley as Cross runs back in.
Winner by Count Out: Nikki Cross
After the bell, Cross immediately runs out of the ring as a furious Flair charges after her. Cross’ music hits but stops as Flair levels her at ringside with a big boot. Fans boo as Flair brings Cross back int he ring and unloads with strikes. Flair goes for the Figure Four but Ripley runs in and grabs her from behind, dropping her with a Riptide. Ripley stands over Flair with the title in the air as her music hits. Ripley leaves with her title, taunting Flair as she tries to recover on the mat.
We see what happened earlier between Nikki Cross, Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley. Schreiber is backstage with Ripley now. She knocks Flair for worrying about her ego instead of their title match. Ripley talks about beating Flair at Hell In a Cell and tells Schreiber to get out of her face so she can get ready for her match with Asuka.
RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Asuka
We go back to the ring and out first comes Asuka for this non-title match. Asuka hits the corner to pose as pyro goes off. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley as Asuka waits in the ring. The bell rings and they size each other up. They lock up and Asuka applies a headlock. Ripley fights free but misses an attack in the corner. Asuka taunts her. Asuka ducks a clothesline and they run the ropes. Asuka takes Ripley down and they trade pin attempts.
Ripley fights Asuka off with strikes. Asuka goes down in the corner. Asuka fights out of the corner but Ripley rocks her. Asuka jabs Ripley. Ripley drops her with a stiff headbutt. Asuka keeps fighting and applies the standing Octopus submission now. They tangle some more and Asuka gets on Ripley’s back with a Sleeper. Ripley slams back to the mat to break it. Asuka kicks out at 2. Ripley with a short-arm clothesline, and another. Ripley ducks a swing but Asuka keeps fighting.
Ripley misses a big dropkick in the corner and she lands hard. Ripley goes to the floor but Asuka kicks her from the apron. Ripley catches another kick and slams Asuka from the apron into the edge of the barrier. Asuka goes down at ringside as Ripley takes a breather. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Asuka mounts Ripley in the middle of the ring with strikes. Asuka with a dropkick. Asuka charges but Ripley knocks her across the ring. Ripley unloads with strikes while she has her on the top turnbuckle. Ripley climbs up for a superplex but Asuka knocks her back to the mat. Asuka flies connects with the big missile dropkick. Both competitors are down now.
Asuka and Ripley trade strikes from their knees to their feet now. Asuka drops Ripley into a big knee strike. Asuka keeps control and clotheslines Ripley for a close 2 count. Asuka with a Hip Attack to the face for 2. They get up and trade holds. Ripley counters and hits the Northern Lights suplex for another close 2 count. Asuka with a spinning back-fist, then a big suplex across the ring to dump Ripley on her head. Asuka charges with the sliding kick for another close 2 count.
Asuka with a big kick to the chest and more stiff kicks as Ripley is on her knees. Ripley catches a kick and delivers knee strikes to the face. Ripley with a stiff forearm. Ripley catches a Hip Attack and blocks a roll-up. Asuka breaks out of the Prism Trap submission. Asuka goes for the Asuka Lock now but it’s blocked as they tangle in the middle of the ring some more, back & forth. Ripley catches Asuka with the Riptide in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley stands tall as her music hits. Charlotte Flair attacks from out of nowhere and drops Ripley from behind as fans boo. Flair beats Ripley around the ring as the referee tries to restore order. Ripley tries to fight her off but Flair stays on her. Ripley unloads with strikes now as fans pop. Officials hit the ring to break it up, keeping Flair and Ripley apart. They keep fighting free and brawling with each other. Shawn Daivari, Adam Pearce, Shane Helms and other officials get Flair to the floor but she’s irate as she fights them off, going back at Ripley again. Flair is backed up the ramp but she tries to run back down as Ripley is held back in the ring, laughing. Flair has a busted nose and is bleeding now. Ripley taunts her. Flair seethes on the ramp and promises to kick Ripley’s ass on Sunday.
When the show returns from the break, the Raw Women’s Champion brings her “brutality” to Raw Talk. Kevin notices Rhea is frustrated, and brings up Nikki Cross and Charlotte. Rhea tells the hosts “I find it humorous that Charlotte said she would be professional… she started it tonight. She just has to prove her point that she is still relevant, and that makes me mad.” Kevin wonders if anyone got anything out the issues last night, and Rhea explains “I should have known better. I should have had eyes in the back of my head.” Rhea continues, and says “Charlotte is playing a whole different game… but she can try her best, because I already know I live rent free in her head.” Kevin follows up by asking if Rhea expects better out of Charlotte, and Ripley says “I’ve been in the ring with her a few times, every time I lost it was my fault.” Kevin puts Truth on the spot, and asks him to pick a winner for next Sunday’s Raw Women’s Championship match, so he picks “whoever the person who is the hungriest.” Kevin and Truth bring the interview to a close, and sends the show to one last commercial.
We see Nikki Cross’ recent Beat The Clock upsets over Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley. Flair interrupts Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville in the back. She says she was publicly pressured into last week’s match with Cross, and she wants the match removed from her record. She goes on making her case but they won’t remove the match. Flair says she tried to ask nicely, but Deville and Pearce are just jealous of her and the career she’s had. She tells them to agree that she deserves a rematch with Cross. Ripley walks up and says unlike Flair, she actually respects Cross. She goes and says if anyone deserves a rematch… Deville and Pearce end up booking Flair and Ripley vs. Cross and a partner. Flair says unlike her partner, she can be professional about this. We go to commercial.
Rhea Ripley is backstage warming up when Charlotte Flair approaches. Flair suggests Ripley follow her lead since she’s the more experienced professional Superstar. Ripley says she’ll be glad to follow Flair… in two weeks, straight to Hell. Ripley says in the meantime, her title makes up for Flair’s experience, so Flair will follow her lead. Ripley walks off and Flair shakes her head.
Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair vs. Nikki Cross and Asuka
We go back to the ring and out first comes Nikki Cross. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Asuka as Cross looks on from the ring. Out next comes RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripely for her team. Charlotte Flair is out next. Asuka and Cross hug before the bell. Flair and Cross start the match. They lock up and Flair shoves Cross to the mat, then taunts her. Ripley tags right in to show what she can do. Cross talks trash. They lock up and Ripley shoves her down on her face with ease.
Cross tries for a roll-up. Asuka tags in as Cross taunts Ripley and Flair. Asuka and Ripley go at it now. Asuka avoids some moves and taunts Ripley. Ripley charges but Asuka rocks her with a shoulder. Ripley catches a kick and delivers a headbutt. Asuka counters a move and applies the arm bar but Ripley overpowers and stomps her. Flair tags herself in as Ripley drops Asuka with a shoulder. Flair orders Ripley out. She goes to work on Asuka with chops now. Asuka kicks Flair back as Cross tags in. Cross takes Flair down and mounts some offense for a quick pin attempt.
Cross blocks a throw and in comes Asuka again. Asuka works on Flair’s arm. Miscommunication between Flair and Ripley leads to Asuka knocking Ripley off the apron with a Hip Attack. Flair checks on Ripley as the referee counts. Ripley shoves her away and tells her to leave her alone. Flair grabs Ripley from behind and sends her from the apron to the floor. Flair yells at Ripley, telling her to get in the ring. Fans boo and we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Cross goes at it with Ripley, controlling her with a headlock. Cross takes Ripley down and grounds her. Ripley keeps trying but Cross fights back in from the apron for a 2 count. Ripley with a headbutt collision. Ripley unloads with kicks and stomps in the corner now as the referee warns her. Cross is on Ripley’s shoulders now. Flair tags herself in as Ripley slams Cross on her face. Flair and Ripley argue. Flair covers Cross for 2, and again. Flair with knees to the back and a kick to the face of Cross. Flair rag-dolls Cross on the mat now, smiling while keeping control.
Flair drops Cross in their corner and slaps Ripley a little too hard on her hand to tag her in. Flair taunts Ripley. Ripley lifts Cross for a big suplex and holds her in the air for a minute or so, taunting Flair and dropping Cross for another 2 count. Ripley aggressively pats Flair on the head to tag her in. Flair is not happy as she comes in after Cross but misses in the corner. Cross with a Jawbreaker to Flair. Flair ducks an enziguri. Flair misses a cheap shot to Asuka on the apron. Flair scoops Cross and uses Cross’ legs to knock Ripley off the apron.
Cross with a close 2 count on Flair. Flair charges but runs into the turnbuckles face-first. Ripley tags in but she can’t put Cross away. Asuka tags in and unloads on Ripley for a 2 count. Asuka knocks Flair off the apron with a Hip Attack. Asuka with a boot to Ripley, then double knees to the face. Flair holds Asuka’s legs from the floor, allowing Ripley to hit a Northern Lights suplex for a close 2 count.
Ripley runs into a kick. Asuka with a big German suplex, then the running Hip Attack for another close 2 count. Cross is legal now as she hits a crossbody on Ripley but Flair breaks the pin up. Flair tosses Cross to the floor. Flair yells at Ripley now. Ripley grabs her from behind and they start brawling to a big pop.
Ripley grabs Flair for a Riptide in the middle of the ring but Flair counters, chop blocks the knee and nails a Natural Selection. Cross takes advantage and pins Ripley for the pin to win.
Winners: Nikki Cross and Asuka
After the match, Asuka and Cross stand on top of the announce table to celebrate as Cross’ music hits. Flair exits the ring as Ripley recovers in the middle of the ring.
We go right to the ring as Mike Rome introduces The Miz and John Morrison for another must see edition of MizTV. They’re already in the ring and fans are booing some.
MizTV In-Ring Segment
Miz gives himself a big welcome back intro, for his first appearance since losing to Damian Priest in the Zombies Lumberjack Match at WrestleMania Backlash. Miz apologies for that match and says, that match… that match… he shakes his head, that match… he was injured. For the first time in his illustrious career, he was injured. This goes with the previous report on the ACL tear. Morrison shows off the Drip Stick he’s brought, which is a pool water toy. Miz says while gone he’s had an epiphany, and that was that he had to get back to RAW because the show is going back on the road soon, and he knew everyone wants to see him live in person. The other part of his epiphany is how he realized he’s accomplished so much in his career, that he has to give back. Like helping Morrison or his guest tonight. He goes on and introduces Charlotte Flair. Out she comes to boos.
Flair heads to the ring as the announcers hype her match against RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley at Hell In a Cell. Flair enters the ring and takes a seat. She asks what that smell is and it’s Morrison wearing garlic to save them from zombies, aliens and other things like that. They laugh at a non-joke on Flair becoming a 14-time champion and she asks if they’re done, calling them idiots. Flair goes on about how Ripley’s fairy tale is over, and that will turn to a nightmare as she sends Ripley to Hell in three weeks. The music hits and out comes Ripley.
Ripley enters the ring and says Flair can go to Hell. They face off and Miz tells them to calm down. Ripley and Flair take their seats now. Ripley goes on about how she will beat Flair and remain champion. Flair says Ripley couldn’t even beat Nikki Cross last week. Miz shows us a replay of last week’s Beat The Clock Challenge match with a 2 minute limit. Flair asks Ripley what makes her think she can beat her if she couldn’t beat Cross. The music interrupts and out comes Cross to a pop.
Cross apologizes for interrupting, adding that she is a big fan of MizTV and couldn’t wait any longer. Cross says she beat the RAW Women’s Champion last week and it would only be fair if she was the first person to challenge the winner of their match at Hell In a Cell. Flair says if life was fair, she would be champion right now. Ripley admits Cross earned her respect. They go on and Flair says she can beat Cross in one minute. Cross slaps Flair in the mouth. Flair says Cross is on, then calls her a little troll. We go to commercial.
Beat The Clock: Nikki Cross vs. Charlotte Flair
Back from the break and Nikki Cross faces off with Charlotte Flair. RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley watches from a chair at ringside. There are two minutes on the clock.
The bell rings and Cross goes right to the floor, taunting Flair. Flair goes out but Cross goes back in. Flair follows and talks some trash but Cross goes back to the floor for more mind games. Flair tries to grab Cross through the ropes but falls short.
Flair chases Cross but Cross goes behind Ripley. Flair and Ripley face off and have words as the referee counts with 49 seconds on the clock. Flair comes back in as Cross waits. Flair finally catches Cross with a knee strike. Cross shoves her off but Flair levels her with a clothesline with 30 seconds left.
Flair takes Cross to the top but Cross fights back and hits a tornado DDT. Flair drops Cross and goes for the Figure Four but Cross keeps resisting. The clock expires and Cross wins.
Winner: Nikki Cross
After the match, Cross celebrates as her music hits. Ripley is all smiles at ringside as she applauds Cross. Flair seethes and blames this on Ripley. Cross bounces around on the stage and looks on.
We get a video package on what happened with Asuka, Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley last week. We see video from earlier today where Ripley confronted Flair backstage and wished her good luck for tonight’s match with Asuka. They had words with Flair saying Ripley just wants to be like her. Flair then said it will be her face Ripley sees inside the Cell at Hell In a Cell. Nikki Cross then appeared and said she can beat both of them. Flair said she’d beat Cross in 2 minutes if she didn’t already have a match, and Cross isn’t worth her time. Ripley knocked Flair for always talking down to people. Flair told Ripley to beat Cross then. Ripley accepted the challenge from Cross and Flair to end the segment.
Beat The Clock: RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley vs. Nikki Cross
We go back to the ring as RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley makes her way out for this non-title match. We see the timer on the big screen and the time to beat is 2 minutes. Ripley poses on the apron as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we get the “Eva-Lution” return vignette for Eva Marie that premiered last week. Eva is coming soon to RAW. We go back to the ring and Nikki Cross is staring Ripley down. We get a formal ring introduction with Mike Rome explaining the rules. The bell rings and Cross charges but Ripley shoves her down by her face. Ripley points at the clock and taunts Cross.
Cross goes for a takedown but Ripley knees her to the mat, then taunts her some more over the timer. Cross charges and leaps but Ripley catches her. Cross slides out and rocks Ripley with a big forearm. Ripley is upset now. She grabs Cross but Cross hits a Jawbreaker. Cross goes to the top and hits a crossbody but Ripley kicks out at 2.
Ripley has less than 1 minute to win now.Cross attacks in the corner but has her Bulldog blocked. Ripley comes right back with a big dropkick. Ripley manhandles Cross in the corner now, then hits her with shoulder thrusts. Ripley beats Cross down in the corner again with less than 10 seconds to go. Ripley argues with the referee and goes back to stomping away on Cross. The timer expires and Cross wins.
Winner: Nikki Cross
After the match, Cross heads to the floor and starts celebrating as her music hits. Ripley looks on and seethes from the ring. Cross runs around the ring celebrating but the music interrupts and out comes Charlotte Flair. Flair poses on the ramp as pyro goes off and Ripley rolls her eyes in the ring. Fans boo and Cross taunts her. Flair points and laughs over what just happened. We go to commercial with Flair pointing at Ripley and laughing at her.
Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair
We go back to the ring and out comes Asuka. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Asuka wraps up her entrance as the pyro goes off. Out next comes Charlotte Flair as fans boo her. Flair poses on the stage to more pyro. Virk shows us a replay of Asuka and Flair coming up short to RAW Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. The bell rings and here we go. Asuka with a dropkick early on, then a Hip Attack into the ropes.
Flair blocks an Irish Whip but ends up dropping Asuka. More back and forth now. Flair tries to fight in from the apron but Asuka leg sweeps her. Asuka with another Hip Attack from the apron for a 2 count. Still to come, John Morrison vs. Damian Priest in a Lumberjack Match. Flair counters Asuka and retreats to the floor to regroup. Asuka follows but Flair drops her on the apron. The music interrupts and out comes Ripley. Flair and Ripley stare each other down as Ripley heads down the ramp to ringside. Flair covers Asuka for a 2 count while staring at Ripley. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Flair has Asuka down in a headlock. Ripley watches from a chair at ringside. Asuka fights back but Flair drops her. Flair uses the ropes to choke Asuka now as fans boo and the referee warns her. Flair decks Asuka into the corner and unloads with the Flair chops. Flair stomps away while Asuka is down now. Flair keeps control but has a scoop slam blocked. Asuka goes to work now, mounting offense. Asuka with a neckbreaker as Ripley laughs from ringside. Asuka covers for 2. They roll around with more pin attempts on the mat. Flair blocks a clothesline and nails a backbreaker, then send Asuka face-first into the rope. Flair follows up with a neckbreaker for a close 2 count.
Flair shows some frustration now. She applies the head scissors and uses that to slam Asuka around the mat. Fans rally for Asuka but Flair keeps the scissors locked in, manhandling Asuka with them. Flair rolls and tosses Asuka with the scissors. Asuka kicks out at 2 as Flair shows more frustration now. Flair kicks Asuka around but Asuka pulls her into a roll-up for 2. Asuka back-slides for another 2 count. Asuka goes for a big kick and connects with part of it but Flair still goes down. More back and forth now. Asuka with a big German suplex, a Hip Attack in the corner and a bulldog in the middle of the ring. Asuka goes on and covers for a close 2 count. Ripley continues to look on from her chair, smiling and laughing. Flair rocks Asuka but runs into a boot now. Asuka charges but Flair levels her with a big boot for 2. Flair goes for Natural Selection but Asuka blocks with the Asuka Lock. Flair blocks that and drops Asuka for another close pin attempt.
Flair can’t believe it as she has a few words with the referee. Flair takes Asuka to the top turnbuckle now. Flair climbs up to the top for a Spanish Fly but Asuka hangs on and Flair lands on the mat by herself. Asuka re-groups on the top and delivers a missile dropkick for a 2 count. Asuka with kicks while Flair is on her knees now. Flair ducks a roundhouse kick and rolls Asuka for a 2 count. Asuka fights Flair off. Flair elbows her. They tangle some more as Asuka applies the knee-bar in the middle of the ring. Flair resists and powers up to their feet. Asuka takes her right back down and applies the Triangle submission. Flair powers back up and turns it into a Boston Crab in the middle of the ring. Asuka counters and rolls Flair for a 2 count. Flair charges but Asuka takes her down for another submission. Flair gets the bottom rope to break it. The broadcast has went black on three separate occasions during this match, for a few seconds each time. They end up on the floor. Flair slams Asuka face-first into the announce table. Flair gets in Ripley’s face now and they have words.
Asuka goes for a back-fist at ringside while Flair and Ripley face off, but Flair blocks it and sends her back in the ring. Flair says a few more words to Ripley then returns to the ring to beat the count. Flair ends up kicking Ripley off the apron after she jumps up. Asuka tries to put her away but she can’t. Flair goes for the Figure Four but Asuka counters and rolls her up for the pin to win.
– After the match, the music hits as Asuka rolls to the floor to recover. Ripley is up at ringside now, laughing at Flair, who is furious in the ring. We go to replays. Ripley raises the RAW Women’s Title at ringside, taunting Flair. Asuka is all smiles on the other side of the ring.
Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley def. Asuka and Charlotte Flair in a Triple Threat Match
The Nightmare survived both Asuka and Charlotte Flair in a star-studded Triple Threat Match to retain her title at WrestleMania Backlash.
Charlotte, who was added to this match by assistant to Adam Pearce Sonya Deville, immediately looked to stir the pot between Asuka and Ripley and pit them in a war against each other. Neither Ripley nor Asuka took the bait, though, and Flair found herself facing off with both opponents, including a fiery showdown with Ripley.
Looking to retake her throne, The Queen used her veteran ring savvy to command the ring. But her trash talk may have backfired in the way of increased aggression from Asuka, who blasted Charlotte and Rhea with a bevy of strikes.
Charlotte later took down both foes with a moonsault to the outside before they answered with a double superplex to The Queen.
The action was dizzyingly fast from there with all competitors trading blows. But with Charlotte knocked outside the ring, Ripley took advantage by blindsiding Asuka with the Riptide, pinning The Empress of Tomorrow for the hard-fought win, and all Flair could do was stare daggers through The Nightmare and her coveted championship.
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