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WWE Raw Results, Recap, Grades: Becky Lynch Gets Final Pre-Hell in a Cell Laugh on Asuka and Bianca Belair

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On Monday night, WWE used Raw for the final build for “the red brand” ahead of Sunday’s Hell in a Cell event. Included in that was a match between Raw women’s champion Bianca Belair and Asuka. Belair, Asuka and Becky Lynch are set to meet in a triple threat match for Belair’s title at Hell in a Cell.

Belair was able to get the win over Asuka, but it was a post-match attack by Lynch that was the big moment of the segment. Lynch left both Asuka and Belair down to send a final message to both women ahead of Sunday night’s title clash.

Becky Lynch gets last laugh on Bianca Belair and Asuka

Becky Lynch opened the show with an in-ring promo, explaining once again that she handed Asuka the Raw women’s championship when she stepped away because of her pregnancy and claimed that turned Asuka into a “selfish monster.” Asuka was the first to interrupt, followed by Bianca Belair before a three-way brawl broke out, leading to Asuka and Belair bouncing Lynch from the ring.

Bianca Belair def. Asuka via pinfall with a reversal into a pin. The match started after the show-opening brawl with both women going all-out until Belair was able to reverse an Asuka pin into one of her own. Predictably, Lynch struck the second after the match ended, putting down both women in the post-match chaos.

Not much advancement of any stories in the show, just a lot of continued build, including this and the rivalry between Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. It’s not exactly thrilling or earth-shattering but at least attention is being paid to continuing to build to the big event on Sunday. Grade: B-

What else happened on WWE Raw?

Ezekiel & The Mysterios def. Alpha Academy & Kevin Owens via pinfall when Ezekiel pinned Chad Gable with a corkscrew suplex following stereo 619s from The Mysterios.

Seth Rollins interrupted a Cody Rhodes promo but when Rhodes challenged Rollins to come to the ring and fight him, Rollins refused. This led Rhodes to jump out of the ring and over the ringside barricade to brawl with Rollins.

Alexa Bliss def. Doudrop via pinfall with Twisted Bliss.

24/7 Championship – Tamina def. Dana Brooke (c) via pinfall to win the title. The pin happened during a Miz TV segment involving The Street Profits.

24/7 Championship – Akira Tozawa def. Tamina (c) via pinfall to win the title. Tozawa pinned Tamina seconds after she won the title.

Mustafa Ali def. Ciampa via disqualification after interference by Theory. The stipulation stated that Ali would get a future shot at Theory’s United States championship with a victory. After the match, Theory continued his attack and said that match would happen immediately.

United States Championship – Theory (c) def. Mustafa Ali via pinfall to retain the title after hitting A-Town. After the match, Adam Pearce announced that Vince McMahon decided to see Theory defend his title in a “fair match” at Hell in a Cell on Sunday. Theory attacked Ali backstage later in the show.

Riddle & Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Usos via disqualification after Jimmy Uso used Riddle’s scooter to hit Riddle. The match was a “champion’s contender match” which means, in theory, Riddle and Nakamura are now due a title shot. Riddle hit Jey Uso with a top-rope RKO after the match.

Liv Morgan def. Rhea Ripley via pinfall with a roll-up after a backstabber. AJ Styles was ringside to help Morgan fight off interference from Damian Priest. Finn Balor also helped attack Priest after the match.

Bobby Lashley signed his contract for a handicap match against Omos and MVP at Hell in a Cell. The show ended with the contract signing, which turned into a brawl after Omos and Lashley threw security out of the way of a clash. Cedric Alexander attacked Lashley from behind, allowing MVP and Omos to attack Lashley before Lashley speared Omos through a table to close the show.

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