SmackDown Women’s Title: Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross
Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss wre at ringside to support their partners. Both women landed early slaps to set the tone for the match before Cross got off to a hot start, scoring several near falls early before hitting a crossbody off the apron onto Bayley on the outside. Bayley trapped Cross in the ring apron but Cross ducked under the ring and popped out the other side, trapping Bayley in the same position and administering a beating.
Bayley scored a near fall after hitting a Bayley-to-Belly. Cross hit a reverse DDT and a bulldog before a series of back suplexes for another near fall as the match became more competitive and intense, frustrating the champion into running face-first into the middle turnbuckle. Banks slipped her “BOSS” four-finger ring to Bayley as the referee was distracted, allowing Bayley to drive a punch to the ribs of Cross and score the pinfall win.
Winner: Bayley (c)
Thoughts: Good match between the two, Nikki’s aggression was on point, although she could expand her moveset. The finish was predictable and I don’t know why they are having Bayley cheat all the time if it’s not going to result in her opponent getting a rematch. Hopefully it is Banks vs Bayley for the title next, it has to happen.
Raw Women’s Title: Asuka (c) vs. Sasha Banks
This time, Bayley was with Sasha at ringisde, while Kairi Sane accompanied Asuka. Banks worked some knees early and used a bit of a hair pull to toss Asuka to the canvas and go for a Banks Statement early, but Asuka was able to get to the ropes. Asuka made a comeback and drilled Banks with a sliding knee to the face as Banks was outside the ring. Banks was able to counter the Asuka Lock attempt that followed, taking control of the match again. Banks worked a lot of interesting submissions early, including some illegal small joint manipulation, wrenching on the fingers of the champion.
Banks avoided an Asuka hip attack and tried to hit a German suplex from the apron to the floor. Asuka reversed the position, but Banks slid between her legs and powerbombed her into the ringside Plexiglas. Moments later, Banks locked in the Banks Statement again, but Asuka managed to grab the bottom rope again. Asuka hit some big suplexes before unloading with a series of kicks for a two count.Banks avoided a diving dropkick from Asuka and hit her with a running knee for her own near fall.
Banks went up top and Asuka tried to counter into a German suplex from the top rope, but Banks was able to flip and land on her knees. She then fell as she tried to hit a springboard and was checked on by the ref to make sure her knee was OK. Banks was able to continue, seemingly not suffering a major injury. After Bayley got involved in the match, bringing various titles into the ring, Asuka attempted to mist her but blew the mist into the eyes of the referee. Bayley then hit Asuka with the title belt and took the shirt off the referee and counted 1-2-3.
Winner: Sasha Banks (unclear)
Thoughts: It was an amazing match, they got plenty of time and delivered some cool spots and transitions. Their chemistry is top notch. The finish, however, was unnecessary and convoluted. I know it will probably lead to a match/segment on Raw where Asuka gets the title back, but the story could’ve been told without it. Banks and Bayley had an easy story with the SmackDown Women’s title and with each passing week they are turning it into something else.