WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Bayley and Damage CTRL send final message ahead of Extreme Rules


With Extreme Rules less than a week away, Bayley and her Damage CTRL crew used Monday night's Raw to send a powerful message to Raw women's champion Bianca Belair. By the end of the night, Damage CTRL had picked up two wins and brutalized Belair to close the show.

Bayley ended the show by standing atop a ladder holding Belair's title belt -- a final message sent ahead of their Extreme Rules ladder match that will take place on Saturday night.

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A big night for Damage CTRL

Dakota Kai def. Candice LeRae via pinfall after a roll-up. Bayley interfered to allow Kai to score the pin.

Damage CTRL sprung an attack as Bianca Belair and Bayley signed their contracts for their ladder match at Extreme Rules. As the two women were arguing, a video appeared on the Tron, showing Dakota Kai and IYO SKY attacking Asuka and Alexa Bliss backstage. As Belair was distracted, Bayley attacked. Belair was eventually able to throw Bayley into the ring apron before running backstage where a furious Bliss stared into the camera and challenged SKY to a match later in the night.

IYO SKY def. Alexa Bliss via pinfall after hitting a moonsault. Again, Bayley interfered at ringside to set up the finish. Belair ran in to try and make the save, but Bayley and Kai were able to throw the champion into the ring steps before the finish. As Damage CTRL attacked Bliss after the match, Belair again tried to make the save but was struck from behind with a ladder. Asuka limped to the ring with a kendo stick but was also taken out before the group sandwiched Bliss in a ladder and kicked it closed. After further brutalizing Belair, Bayley took the Raw women's championship and climbed to the top of the ladder to pose to close the show.

This was a great week to make Damage CTRL look as dangerous as ever. A pair of meaningful wins that showed off the group's ability to use their numbers to tilt the scales in their favor, a clever set up to an ambush and the show closing brutality did a great job to build up that the three women may have the division in their control. Things now move to Extreme Rules where Bayley and Belair are all but guaranteed to put on a show-stealing ladder match. Grade: B+

What else happened on WWE Raw?

  • The Judgement Day def. AJ Styles & Rey Mysterio via pinfall when Finn Balor hit Styles with the Coup de Grace. Mysterio was distracted by Rhea Ripley at ringside before Dominik Mysterio began begging his father to hit him, allowing Ripley to hit a clothesline on Rey and leave Styles alone for the finish. Styles shoved Rey after the match, blaming him for not being there. The Judgement Day then attacked Styles as he was left alone in the ring as Rey walked off. Before the match, The Judgement Day cut a promo on Edge before Dominik delivered a message to Rey, saying he now has a new family.
  • Bobby Lashley def. Mustafa Ali via submission with the Hurt Lock. Lashley was interviewed earlier in the day and said he wanted to face someone with the same desire that led to him going to the top. Ali answered the call, leading to the match. After the match, as Lashley was picking up Ali in a show of respect, Seth Rollins attacked Lashley from behind before stomping Lashley's face onto the United States title. Rollins also hit Ali with a stomp outside the ring.
  • Daniel Cormier interrupted a face-to-face argument between Matt Riddle and Seth Rollins with a satellite promo. Riddle and Rollins had insulted each other's families and talked trash, but there was a no-contact order ahead of their bout in the Fight Pit. Cormier made it clear he was sick of the nonsense between both and would lay down the law when he reffed their match at Extreme Rules.
  • Otis def. Johnny Gargano via pinfall with a front slam. The finish came after Austin Theory hit Gargano with the Money in the Bank briefcase as the referee was distracted.
  • Braun Strowman def. Chad Gable via pinfall with a powerbomb.
  • Solo Sikoa def. Angelo Dawkins via pinfall after a Swinging Solo. Sikoa was distracted by constant bickering between Sami Zayn and Jey Uso at ringside but still managed to score the win in a match that came about when The Bloodline confronted The Street Profits backstage.
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October 4, 2022, 12:39 AM