Kickoff: Natalya vs. Liv Morgan
The Queen of Harts toyed with Liv early on. Natalya continued to show off the renewed aggression that has been a staple of her work of late, stretching Morgan in a classic surfboard and demanding the official “ask her” while the underdog babyface screamed in agony. Morgan finally created separation with a modified Codebreaker but could only keep her third-generation opponent down for a count of two.
She followed up with a dropkick to the back but found herself planted face-first in the center of the ring. Natalya attempted the Sharpshooter, but Morgan countered into a small package for two. A step-up enzuigiri followed, stunning Nattie. A series of roll-ups ensued and Morgan kept the former women’s champion down for the three-count and upset victory.
Winner: Liv Morgan
Thoughts: Fun little match between these two. Natalya can work with absolutely anyone and Liv is getting better with each match. She is finally getting the spotlight after that break of hers. Hopefully she resumes her Riott Squad storyline once things go back to normal.
NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
Charlotte hit a series of chops then Ripley came right back with the Riptide just two minutes into the match but Charlotte kicked out and rolled out of the ring. Ripley was in control for a bit until Charlotte caught her leg in the ropes and worked it over from there. Ripley planted Charlotte with a slam but Charlotte still managed to get to her feet first. Ripley tried fighting back but Charlotte kicked her leg out of her leg.
Ripley did manage to catch Charlotte with a couple of kicks, a low dropkick and short-arm clotheslines. Charlotte again kicked her in the leg, sending her out of the ring. Charlotte went to the top but Ripley caught her in the electric chair position and slammed her face-first for a two count. Ripley followed later with a flying dropkick for two. Charlotte avoided a boot and chop-blocked Ripley. Ripley booted Charlotte in the chest then put her in a standing cloverleaf.
Charlotte slipped out and went for the Figure Four but Ripley fought her off, then Charlotte applied a Boston Crab. They exchange rollups for two counts, then Ripley nailed a big boot for a nearfall. Charlotte went for a moonsault but Ripley got her knees up, then Charlotte hit a spear for a nearfall. Charlotte applied the Figure Four, then transitioned into the Figure Eight and Ripley tapped out while screaming in pain.
Winner: Charlotte Flair (NEW CHAMPION)
Thoughts: A very physical and intense match. They sold the physicality of each other’s moves and gave each other a fight. It was a bit lethargic at times, but the overall psychology was good. Charlotte in NXT could be great, and I can’t wait to see how it goes.
Lana was in Lashley’s corner against Aleister Black. Later in the match, Lashley set up for the Dominator but Lana hopped on the apron and demanded he opts for the spear instead. A confident Lashley set up and rushed toward Black, only to run right into Black Mass, allowing Black a victory.
Sonya Deville was in Ziggler’s corner in his match against Otis. Otis slammed Ziggler and went for the caterpillar but Deville jumped on the apron so Otis stopped mid-move. Ziggler kicked him low while the referee was distracted. Mandy Rose entered, slapped Deville and gave Ziggler a low-blow. Otis did the caterpillar elbow drop for the pinfall win. Rose celebrated with Otis. Otis picked up Rose and they kissed. He walked away with Mandy in his arms.
The Street Profits retained their Raw Tag Team titles, where Ford did a frog splash and Dawkins pinned Theory for the win. Theory, Garza and Vega attacked the Street Profits after the match until Bianca Belair made the save. Belair speared Vega and gave her the K.O.D. Dawkins, Ford and Belair celebrated together.
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks vs. Tamina
The match started out evenly until they decided to team up to eliminate Tamina. She was eliminated at when Banks gave her a 619, Bayley hit a flying elbow, Banks hit a frog splash, Evans hit a moonsault, Naomi hit a split-legged moonsault, and they all pinned her at once.
Naomi was dominating both Bayley and Banks until Bayley saved Banks from a submission. Banks hit a back cracker then applied the crossface and Naomi tapped for the elimination.
Bayley and Banks then teamed up on Evans. Bayley went for a running knee but Evans ducked and she nailed Banks by accident. Bayley hammered away on Evans until Banks yanked her off to confront her. As they argued, Evans clocked Banks with a Woman’s Right for the elimination.
They fought back-and-forth until Evans hit a nice moonsault for a nearfall. Banks jumped in and gave Evans a back cracker. Bayley followed with a headlock driver for the pinfall win.
Winner: Bayley (c)
Banks grabbed the title and gave it a look before handing it to Bayley. Banks raised Bayley’s arm as she celebrated.
Thoughts: Fun match where everyone got to look strong. I liked the Team BAD interaction. The eliminations weren’t rushed and they advanced the storyline between Sasha and Bayley. I don’t think Bayley should’ve retained, but let’s see where this goes.