- Dakota Mayes
Raw Takes for Oct. 4: Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair
Updated: Oct 14, 2021
Business Picks Up In The Women's Division
Night 2 of The Draft has seen a lot of new additions coming to Raw and new rivalries taking shape. Additionally, it's looking like we may see more cross-brand interactions in the coming weeks leading to Crown Jewel. Here are the top highlights from this week's Raw.
BECKY, CHARLOTTE, AND BIANCA
Becky Lynch started the show by announcing herself as the first draft pick for Raw. She pointed out that she never lost the Raw Women's Championship, suggesting that she could become Becky 2-belts again. Charlotte Flair arrived and was all for the challenge before being interrupted by the EST, who refused to be overlooked in her unfinished business with Becky, and now Charlotte for attacking her on SmackDown.
The crowd knew who they loved and showed Bianca and gave the Queen a big "Charlotte Sucks" chant. Becky stirred the pot by suggesting a match, leading to a match between Bianca and Flair in the main event.
DAMIEN PREIST VS. JEFF HARDY: US CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Priest gained the advantage early by grounding Hardy on the outside. Hardy did his best to come back, but Priest was on top of his game and scooped a roll-up victory after taking a Swanton Bomb. The match was short but good.
Jeff was interviewed post-match and said that his being drafted could be a chance for a different side of him, perhaps even a different ego. Austin Theory then took to the ring acting like a fanboy meeting his hero. With kind words and some feigned awkwardness, he asks a baffled Jeff for a selfie. It turns into more of a before and after pic when Theory drops Hardy and takes another photo. Not a bad start for Theory.
RK-BRO, AJ STYLES, AND OMOS
The tag champs were back together after Randy's absence last week, and the Viper appeared ready to fight, challenging Omos to a match. A will-he-won't-he segment for Omos was promoted throughout the night until the two teams found themselves in the ring together.
Omos seemed like he was about to accept the challenge before a brief scuffle broke out and Randy dropped AJ with an RKO. It was all a set-up to get in the challenger's heads. Not a bad segment. I was hoping for the match, but I think we may see it next week, though.
SHAYNA BASZLER VS. DANA BROOKE
In a short match, the Queen of Spades tapped Brooke with a Kirifuda Clutch and looked to continue her new mean streak of breaking arms before Doudrop made the save. The segment ended with a staredown between the two stars. I expect this to be a short angle with Baszler now drafted to SmackDown, but I'm excited about this match.
BIG E AND DREW MCINTYRE VS. THE DIRTY DOGS
Preceding an entertaining tag match was a confrontation in the ring between the four men. Drew formally challenged Big E to a match at Crown Jewel before Ziggler came out to demand a thank you from both men for teaming with them at the start of their careers, claiming they are where they are, thanks to him. This was a surprisingly good/ hilarious interaction.
The match saw Big E and Drew trying to one-up each other before the Dogz got the upper hand. The faces came out the victors nonetheless, and Big E accepted Drew's challenge afterward.
It looks like WWE will go with a typical tag team/tension-building strategy with these two going forward. It's what they always do when building a match between two faces. It'll be fine, so long as they keep it from being predictable.
BOBBY LASHLEY AND GOLDBERG
Goldberg still wants to kill Lashley, but the Almighty still claims that his attacking Gage was a misunderstanding. He granted Goldberg's match demand as a no-holds-barred match. Goldberg stands by his desire to kill, stating Lashley is not only next, but he's also dead.
The Hurt Business then attacked Goldberg but was then demolished. The Hurt Business should have laid out Goldberg. They are freshly reformed, but this and their match afterward squashed their momentum from last week.
CHARLOTTE VS. BIANCA
Becky was ringside for commentary as the two engaged in a good back and forth bout. Charlotte gained the upper hand by throwing Bianca over the barricade, but the EST powered back. The two were pretty much even until Becky caused a DQ finish by attacking Bianca. Sasha Banks then attacked everyone in the ring to close the show.
I still don't think Charlotte needs to be in this feud. WWE seems to think everything is better by adding the 2nd gen star, but the fans have grown tired of her nonsensical antics and self-insertions into things she has no business with.
Dakota Mayes is our resident WWE expert at The Pyrrhic. Be sure to keep on top of all the latest in news, previews, and reviews in the world of professional wrestling right here with Dakota at thepyrrhic.com.
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