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WWE Divas, July 4th Raw Results – Sasha Shows Charlotte Some Fireworks
Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
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WWE Divas, July 4 Raw Results:

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Things aren’t looking too good for the WWE Women’s Champion. Sasha Banks returned with a vengeance and put Charlotte on notice immediately. She’s gunning for the title and she has proved that with decisive victories over Summer Rae and Dana Brooke. This week on Raw, Charlotte will address the WWE Universe regarding the Sasha situation. We can also look forward to Becky Lynch now making up for abandoning her match against Summer last week – as she faces her in a rematch. Natalya will also be watching.

Charlotte comes down to the ring, Dana Brooke following her. The Women’s Champion claims that jealousy is the strongest human emotion – and she’s had to deal with jealous freaks her entire life. Tis the curse of being the best at everything. No one is more jealous than Sasha Banks. Before Charlotte can say anything else, Sasha walks out. The Boss says that Charlotte may have accomplished a lot – but she has never beaten her. When they step into this ring together, she will easily win. Charlotte reminds Sasha that it’s going to be the one-year anniversary of their debut next week – and she’s been champion most of that time. Sasha rattles off a pretty passionate speech about what makes a Boss – and tells Charlotte that her reign as champion is over. Dana attacks and Sasha fights her off, but Charlotte floors her with a big boot. She attempts to slam her, but Sasha rolls over and locks in the Bank Statement. Dana helps Charlotte out of the ring and they retreat.

Becky opens the match with an enziguri and tries to splash her in the corner. Summer dodges and slams her to the mat – as Natalya is shown watching from backstage. Summer chokes Becky with her boot and floors her with a spinning heel kick. Summer locks on a half-nelson and goes for a snap suplex but it’s horribly botched. Becky kicks out at two and rolls Summer into a small package for two herself. She now comes back with clotheslines, leg lariat and splash to the corner. She hits the Bexploder Suplex but only gets two. Summer retreats to the apron and nails Becky with a sneaky kick. Becky ducks a second spinning heel kick and locks in the Dis-Arm-Her. It’s also announced that Becky will take on Natalya at Battleground.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Also witness the return of Vickie Guerrero to WWE programming, as she submits her name as an option for Smackdown CEO. Welcome back, Vickie. Do you want to see her as Smackdown CEO?

Thoughts:

Raw delivered the goods this week, answering a few of my prayers. The first was to give Sasha some mic time to properly advance her feud with Charlotte. We’ve already seen her ‘walk the walk’ so to speak by picking up those wins and making those run-ins – so now it was time for her to ‘talk the talk’. Her promo was everything one could have wanted. She played face without being bland. She kept her attitude without being bitchy. And she got her point across excellently. Even I felt warm fuzzies when she brought the fans into this – the first time she has really played to the crowd since graduating towards a more heroic character. She’s really making the most out of preserving what made the fans fall in love with her heel character – while also making it work in a fan favourite role. Charlotte was fine on the microphone. She spoke a little too slowly, as if she was speaking to someone who didn’t understand English, and didn’t sound 100% natural – but not enough to detract from the segment. Whilst I was happy with how this played out, I would like to see the Women’s Champion be able to one-up Sasha eventually. The Boss has all the momentum, so I don’t want this to be a one-sided feud. If Sasha’s playing the face, then she needs to look vulnerable. We want to question whether or not she can actually do it. The feud is no fun if we know she’s going to win in the end. Let Charlotte get the upper hand in the weeks leading up to their match – and make Sasha really have to fight for her victory.

Prayer number two was answered and Summer Rae was given a bigger spot on the show. Granted it didn’t exactly set my world on fire – and that suplex botch gave me heart attacks remembering Becky’s initial head injury. They had a short amount of time to work and it was a standard short women’s match: heel works the first part, face comes back towards the end. In spite of that ugly suplex, there were a couple of other fun spots in there – especially the end sequence. It wasn’t anything major but it was nice and snappy, finishing the match on a satisfying note. I’m pleased that Becky is getting a singles match on PPV – seeing as how her feud with Emma unfortunately ended before it could start. While I’ve been happy with how this little program with Natalya has progressed, the next agenda should be giving Nattie some mic time. We have barely heard from her since she turned heel – so we need to get a promo or interview establishing her as a villain now. Hopefully Smackdown will deliver on that front.






  • Francisco Baguer

    This Raw was so bad that unfortunately the negatives outweigh positives. Although the promo between Charlotte & Sasha was good, if suffers from Sasha looking too invincible & Charlotte running away despite being taller than Sasha. As much as I love Sasha, I don’t want see her curb stomp Charlotte all the time. Charlotte is bad on the mic, can’t act, & WWE is booking her like a weak champion who always runs & needs help. Sasha claims that Charlotte never beat her, even though she did on NXT. Is WWE jealous of NXT’s success that they just ignore the details of their history?

    We also saw Becky squash Summer in 3 minutes & what does Natalya do? Stands in the back doing nothing. Why aren’t they letting Natalya cut a heel promo? I know she’s capable of doing it better than Paige or Charlotte, but WWE decides to show the same clip from MITB & expect to accept Heel Nattie for that? We need to have some sort of explanation as time why she turned & have her wrestle a match before she meets Becky to get her ready. You think Trish Stratus would’ve ever gotten over as a heel if WWE had her just stand there & watch Lita’s matches from the back? They announced the match for the PPV & so far haven’t brought up their history of them prior to being in WWE. They need to make this feud more than “a friend just being stabbed in the back & get revenge plot.” We have the potential of a Zayn/Owens feud between Becky & Natalya, but WWE just treats it as an afterthought, & the lazy booking is going to hurt this potential show stealing match they will have.

  • conan_kun

    I prefer Becky and Natalya bring up their past story for buildup like Zayn and Owens. If they just do only one match at Battleground then finish, Becky should win. If their feud gonna extend to Summerslam, Becky may either win twice or lose dirty then win back at Summerslam clean.

    What if Natalya wins with a Bret Hart vs Stone Cold type finish from Wrestlemania 13, Becky passes out of Sharpshooter without submitting after selling her leg injury or even getting bust open at Battleground, then Becky wins convincingly in blow off match at Summerslam.

    Sasha said “if it weren’t for your daddy at WrestleMania that title would be mine”, why not let her say that on Raw after Wrestlemania, plus no proper explanation for her MIA in 2 months. I think only Brock Lesnar getting upper hand every shows and ending up win at PPV. It makes Charlotte vs Sasha less exciting as they book Charlotte as cowardly heel. When they are feuding in NXT and their role is reverse, Sasha is not as cowardly as today Charlotte so only way to make it exciting is let Charlotte dumps Dana and makes her more courageous.

    • Duckman

      Heels always need backup in the wwe, Seth Rollins needed j and j security all the time and Nikki Bella needed Brie

      • Bobby Calloway

        I can see the reasoning -- not wanting to bury their faces -- but I question its effectiveness. After all both Charlotte and Sasha dominated NXT without any managers or gal pals helping them out. And Alexa Bliss is getting built up as a solo star. WWE seem to be afraid to let just two people feud.

  • Duckman

    Sasha’s superwoman booking is silly, a little woman beats up two muscle chicks, it seems she is no underdog but Charlotte is, besides where was Paige to have Sashas back? Paige, Becky or Nattie couldn’t beat up both Dana and Charlotte but Sasha can?

  • Francisco Baguer

    This Raw was so bad that unfortunately the negatives outweigh positives. Although the promo between Charlotte & Sasha was good, if suffers from Sasha looking too invincible & Charlotte running away despite being taller than Sasha. As much as I love Sasha, I don’t want see her curb stomp Charlotte all the time. Charlotte is bad on the mic, can’t act, & WWE is booking her like a weak champion who always runs & needs help. Sasha claims that Charlotte never beat her, even though she did on NXT. Is WWE jealous of NXT’s success that they just ignore the details of their history?

    We also saw Becky squash Summer in 3 minutes & what does Natalya do? Stands in the back doing nothing. Why aren’t they letting Natalya cut a heel promo? I know she’s capable of doing it better than Paige or Charlotte, but WWE decides to show the same clip from MITB & expect to accept Heel Nattie for that? We need to have some sort of explanation as to why she turned & have her wrestle a match before she meets Becky to get her ready. You think Trish Stratus would’ve ever gotten over as a heel if WWE had her just stand there & watch Lita’s matches from the back? They announced the match for the PPV & so far haven’t brought up their history of them prior to being in WWE. They need to make this feud more than “a friend just being stabbed in the back & get revenge plot.” We have the potential of a Zayn/Owens feud between Becky & Natalya, but WWE just treats it as an afterthought, & the lazy booking is going to hurt this potential show stealing match they will have.



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