For weeks, the entire Raw Women’s division has been fighting among itself to get an opportunity at Alexa Bliss. And, in a historic Women’s Gauntlet Match to determine who will contend for the Raw Women’s Title at the WWE Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view, one woman finally rose above the pack to get such an opportunity: Sasha Banks.
Not only that, se had to go through the toughest possible opponent to do it: No. 2 entrant Nia Jax started off by snuffing out Bayley’s (No. 1) attempt to get back in the orbit of the Raw Women’s Title and followed up by dispatching Mickie James, Dana Brooke and Emma at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively, before The Boss finally made her entrance at No. 6.
Despite a veritable onslaught by the powerful Jax, Banks chipped away at her foe slowly by simply refusing to stay down, finally finding daylight with a Shining Wizard and muscling Nia down with a modified Bank Statement that earned the submission. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle arrived to congratulate Banks; Bliss to mean-mug her, but Banks got the last word by dropkicking the champ and snatching the Raw Women’s Title for a demoralizing game of keep-away.
Of course, complacency is not an option. One big fight is over, but another is two weeks away.