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WWE Divas, December 28th Raw Results – A Clinic Closes 2015
Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
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WWE Divas, Raw December 28 Results:

Sasha Banks vs Becky Lynch

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It’s the final week of 2015 and everyone’s getting their New Year’s Resolutions ready. For 2014 I’m sure the women of the WWE resolved to really push the barriers of what they could do on screen. After what they accomplished this year, I’m sure it’s the same case. But Becky Lynch has a different resolution for this week’s Raw. Team BAD embarrassed her on Smackdown last week, and she’s looking to even the score. She takes on Sasha Banks on the last Raw of 2015.

JoJo interviews Becky backstage about the fact that Charlotte won’t be at ringside. Becky doesn’t mind, saying she’s always been a woman who does things on her own. Becky likewise gives us a brief history of how she used to live and work in New York. So she didn’t come here to blend in – she came to stand out.


Team BAD come out and Sasha has a microphone. Sasha criticises Becky’s decision to refer to Brooklyn as the greatest city ever – as clearly Ms Lynch has never been to Boston. Naomi likewise takes the time to run down Brooklyn and get some cheap heat. Raw goes to a commercial break but they wait until it’s over before the match starts. Becky gains a head-mare immediately but Sasha powders out for a few seconds. Sasha grabs a headlock and shoulder tackles Ms Lynch. She gets a headlock takeover but Becky quickly comes back with two arm drags. The two women exchange wristlocks before Sasha slams Becky to the mat. Becky bridges out of the pin and dropkicks her. Sasha powders out again, but Becky takes her in a waistlock. She transitions into another arm drag, keeping the arm barred. Sasha responds with a springboard arm drag but Becky comes back with a dragon screw into a spinning toe hold. Sasha rolls Becky up for two and slams her by the hair. Becky however is able to lock Sasha in the Four Legged Clover – but Naomi gets up on the apron and allows Tamina to drag Sasha to the ropes. There’s an awkward botch where Becky and Sasha accidentally run into each other, but Becky continues – baseball sliding Naomi and sending Sasha out of the ring. She scales the top rope and body blocks all three members of Team BAD! Raw goes to commercial break.

When Raw returns, Becky whips Sasha into the corner. She gets a fourth arm drag and gets flipped to the apron. She goes to the top rope again but The Boss drops her arm on it. Sasha looks as if she’s going for her knees to Becky’s spine – but Becky obviously moves out of the way before she’s hit. Sasha remains in control and applies a chicken wing submission. She switches it to a surfboard stretch and then slams Becky to the mat for two. Sasha applies the submission illegally against the ropes for some further punishment. Snapmare into a chinlock and eventual surfboard stretch follows from The Boss, slamming Becky back down when she tries to fight out of it. Sasha mocks Becky further by doing her own leg drops. However Becky rolls her up for two and is now able to come back with clotheslines and a leg lariat. Sasha blocks an attempted T-bone suplex and goes for a headscissors arm bar – but Becky blocks that. Sasha however does a headscissors from the top rope to send Becky to the middle rope. She goes to charge Becky but the latter moves out of the way – and Sasha suicide dives Naomi and Tamina! Sasha makes it back into the ring in time for the ten count – and hits the back stabber into the stranglehold. Becky’s able to roll it off but Sasha slaps her. Becky responds with the hammerlock suplex, making sure Sasha’s ankle hits off the bottom rope. Tamina and Naomi interfere, allowing Sasha to connect with the Bank Statement – but Becky rolls through the crossface into a crucifix! She’s able to momentarily lock in the Dis-Arm-Her – but Sasha rolls through that and grabs the tights!

Winner: Sasha Banks

Thoughts:

A fairly light and uneventful Raw to close off the year, but still one that gave plenty of positives. I feel as if this was a special gift to Diva fans, after the Slammy Awards couldn’t really provide that last week. As much as we continue to criticise the main roster booking compared to NXT, we have actually made some progress since the year started. Rather than the division relying solely on AJ Lee and Paige for feuds and matches, we’ve seen other strong Divas come forward and get pushes. Two minute matches seem to be a thing of the past, and the girls have been clocking very respectable time frames on Raw and Smackdown ever since the NXT call-ups. Match quality has likewise gone up with more of the NXT women to work with the main roster Divas. So even if we end the year not in the highest of spirits, they’re definitely higher than usual.

This match here was the perfect example of that. Two Divas with flawless and insane chemistry just put in the ring together. Given fifteen minutes and free reign to do whatever they wanted, they did what they have consistently done all year: entertain us. Watching Becky and Sasha wrestle each other feels like a mini-WrestleMania each time. True there were those two bad botches early on. But it’s a testament to Becky and Sasha’s work ethic that they were able to keep going and produce a stellar match in spite of those things. And Sasha knew exactly what to do to get heel heat on herself at the start. Her promo was simple, yet it accomplished exactly what it needed to. The crowd rallied behind Becky at various parts of the match. If she’s going to be pushed as an underdog babyface then it looks as if it’s working nicely. Team BAD were likewise put over once again as an effective unit – and this time they really went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that Sasha would get the win. And even if Charlotte wasn’t here this week, we already have a clue of the next step this program will take. Unfortunately Becky didn’t get a win on her own, thus sort of proving Charlotte right. This gives the Divas’ Champion more excuses to look her nose down at her best friend. And in turn it should give Becky more determination to prove her wrong.






  • Francisco Baguer

    The match itself was very good, but there where some flaws. First the Brooklyn crowd reared their ugly heads again with “NXT” & “Boring” chants throughout the match. Second, this match served no real purpose, since it didn’t advance any storylines so it felt thrown together. Finally & most importantly the mistreatment of Sasha. She is the boss, she doesn’t need to go for the “your team sucks” heat. Team BAD is ruining Sasha, not just because of this “New Day Lite” antics but because they made Sasha look weak. Sasha never needed anyone’s help in NXT, she cheated & did other kinds of dirty tricks but she did everything alone.

    • Bobby Calloway

      Er Sasha doesn’t get any other kind of heat so going for the ‘insult the team’ route is the only way she can get booed. As she is being kept a heel, she’s meant to be booed. She’s there to get Becky over and not herself -- and she succeeded for the most part. Sasha’s a professional and clearly takes her work seriously.

      • Francisco Baguer

        It doesn’t change the fact that as good as the match was last night, it served no real purpose since it didn’t advance any storylines so it felt thrown together. How many times have we seen Sasha & Becky go at it like 4 times? Thats the real issue with the division, because they chose to limit themselves to only 9 women on the roster & with all the different combinations they were doing for the matches, they blew their load in a 5 month period & now they are left with nothing, but random rematches with no meaning.

      • Francisco Baguer

        It doesn’t change the fact that as good as the match was last night, it served no real purpose since it didn’t advance any storylines so it felt thrown together. How many times have we seen Sasha & Becky go at it like 4 times? Thats the real issue with the division, because they chose to limit themselves to only 9 women on the roster & with all the different combinations they were doing for the matches, they blew their load in a 5 month period & now they are left with nothing, but random rematches with no meaning.

      • Francisco Baguer

        It doesn’t change the fact that as good as the match was last night, it served no real purpose since it didn’t advance any storylines so it felt thrown together. How many times have we seen Sasha & Becky go at it like 4 times? Thats the real issue with the division, because they chose to limit themselves to only 9 women on the roster & with all the different combinations they were doing for the matches, they blew their load in a 5 month period & now they are left with nothing, but random rematches with no meaning.

    • G.I.R.L.

      Exactly! She was basically a modern Edge (which the women’s division DESPERATELY needs). Vince is out of touch.

  • conan_kun

    I hate those stupid Brooklyn fans chanted “Boring” to top 2 women wrestlers facing each other, this match should at least to be No 1 contender match for future divas title match. Anyways I want Sasha left Team BAD and went back to The Boss character during her NXT days very soon, Naomi and Tamina keeps interfered and ruined Sasha’s match quality.

    A rumor said WWE Creative don’t know how to book Natalya, can’t they even at least book Natalya at Becky’s corner since she had problem with Team BAD too.

    • Bobby Calloway

      Sadly you’ll still get the occasional idiot who refuses to take women’s wrestling seriously. But at least it was clearly just one or two people as opposed to the entire arena.

  • conan_kun

    Recently divas segments after TLC mostly focus on Becky, from matches, promos, tension with Charlotte to being build as underdog.

    Raw Dec 14: Charlotte & Becky Lynch vs Brie & Foxy (Ric Flair interfered but Becky didn’t notice)

    Smackdown Dec 17: Becky vs Brie (Becky noticed Charlotte interfered and argued with Charlotte backstage)

    Raw Dec 21: Becky vs Brie (Becky won without Charlotte’s interference but Charlotte tried to steal spotlight from Becky after the match)

    Smackdown Dec 22: Becky did a great commentary during Brie vs Charlotte, being jumped by Team BAD but Charlotte ignored Becky

    Raw Dec 28: Becky vs Sasha (Becky did a good promo about her background backstage, played an valiant underdog to fend with Team BAD)

    Hope WWE creative can keep it up to make Becky the next Divas Champ.


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