WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles Match: Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
We go to the ring for tonight’s main event and out first comes Shotzi Blackheart in her tank. Tegan Nox is out next. Out next are the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions – Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley. The two teams meet in the middle of the ring and have words before we get formal ring introductions from Taylor.
Banks starts off with Nox, taking her down in the middle of the ring. They get up and trade holds. They tangle some more and go into the corner. Banks breaks and taunts Nox. Banks keeps control and covers for a 2 count. Nox catches Banks with a backslide for a 2 count. Blackheart tags in as Nox drops Banks on her face. Blackheart with an Oklahoma Roll for a 2 count. Bayley also comes in and goes at it with Blackheart. They trade more holds and quick pin attempts. Bayley drops a big knee on Blackheart and taunts her as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and Bayley is in control of Nox. Bayley runs into an elbow in the corner and she goes down. Nox with a double axe handle across the back. Nox rocks Bayley again but they collide and both go down in the middle of the ring. Blackheart and Banks tag in at the same time and they go at it.
Blackheart runs over Banks and drops her face-first into the mat for a pop. Blackheart with a big knee, forearm and Switchblade kick to Banks. Blackheart continues her offense with a belly-to-belly suplex to Banks for a close 2 count. Banks is on the apron now. Blackheart runs and goes to kick her to the floor with a Wrecking Ball but she misses and ends up on the floor. Banks runs off the apron with the Meteora on the floor. Banks brings it back in with a close 2 count and she’s surprised.
Banks tags Bayley back in and they double team Blackheart. Banks misses her double knees in the corner. Bayley goes to work on Blackheart but gets kicked, then sent face-first into the turnbuckle. Nox tags in and they take turns hitting cannonballs on each of the champs in opposite corners. Nox sends Banks to the apron and ends up chokeslamming her onto Bayley on the floor.
Blackheart leaps from the top, with an assist from Nox, and splashes to the floor with a crossbody, taking both champs down on the ground. Blackheart brings Bayley back in as the crowd cheers them on. Nox helps Blackheart with a big suplex on Bayley but Banks makes the save by sending Nox into them. All four Superstars are down on the mat now. Banks and Nox trade big shots now, both going down. Banks ends up on Nox’s shoulders as Blackheart tags in. Banks sends Nox into the corner but Blackheart nails a missile dropkick for another close 2 count. Banks immediately reverses into the Bank Statement in the middle of the ring.
Blackheart gets free and applies Cattle Mutilation. Bayley runs in with a steel chair but Nox stops her and grabs it. The referee is distracted by Nox and the chair now. Bayley breaks Blackheart’s submission, flipping her over and allowing Banks to go back to the Bank Statement. Blackheart taps out for the finish.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
– After the match, Banks and Bayley stand tall in the middle of the ring with their titles as the music hits. They will now defend against The IIconics on Monday’s RAW. We go to replays. Banks and Bayley continue their celebration until NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai flies into the ring and takes them both down for a big pop. Shirai unloads and delivers running double knees in opposite corners to each SmackDown Superstar. Shirai keeps control and clears the ring. Banks and Bayley regroup at the bottom of the ramp as we get replays of Shirai’s attack. Shirai raises her title in the air, staring Banks and Bayley down. Tom goes over the matches for next week’s show now. NXT goes off the air with Shirai posing up top, with her title on the line.
– We go back to the ring and out come WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions – Sasha Banks and SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, the birthday girl. They mention their Triple Threat win at WWE Backlash but Bayley says they have much more to celebrate – today is her birthday!
Bayley says they figured they would do a whole Birthday Celebration Week – beginning tonight on RAW, then on Wednesday’s NXT they will defend against Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox, then they will bring it back home for Friday’s SmackDown. Banks addresses The IIconics and says they better never tell them when they will defend their titles. She goes on but the music interrupts and out they come to the ring, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. The IIconics say no one wants to hear about their week, they want to hear an answer to the challenge from earlier. Banks and Bayley remind them they lost at Backlash, and don’t believe tonight’s quick win counts for anything. The IIconics go on and tease them for having a meltdown last year when they beat them for the same titles at WrestleMania 35.
The IIconics say Banks and Bayley couldn’t handle the pressure then, and damn sure can’t now. Banks starts yelling about pressure but she gets slapped down to one knee. Bayley starts yelling about The IIconics ruining her day. She accepts the challenge. Banks holds her cheek while The IIconics back up the ramp, taunting the champs. Tom says we will wait and see if that match is made official.
Bayley & Sasha Banks’ reign as Women’s Tag Team Champions nearly came to an end several times during a chaotic Triple Threat Tag Team Match, but they used their veteran ring savvy to hold onto the gold.
Disorder ruled the bout as a product of the unique rules. Temporary alliances were formed but evaporated quickly.
Nikki Cross’ much-needed tag brought Alexa Bliss into the ring to unleash Five Feet of Fury, mowing down each opponent one-by-one. Bliss duked it out with Banks on the apron until Peyton Royce connected with a crossbody on both that also took out the rest of the competitors, essentially resetting the bout.
The IIconics ruled the ring momentarily until Royce felt the wrath of a combination facebuster from Bliss and Cross, who appeared poised to once again become champions when Bliss delivered Twisted Bliss to Royce. But Banks swooped in at the perfect time, rolling up Bliss to complete a Houdini-like escape and retain the titles.
Lacey Evans and Tamina Snuka vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
Back from the break and out first comes Sasha Banks. SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley is out next and they head to the ring together. Out next comes Lacey Evans. Tamina Snuka is out next.
Bayley and Banks stall some to start but Tamina runs over both of them in the corner. They try to stall some more and double team but she keeps control. Evans applauds her. Bayley ducks a clothesline but Tamina ends up slamming Bayley in the middle of the ring. Tamina splashes Bayley in the corner. Bayley jumps on Tamina’s back but Banks comes in off the tag. Bayley chops Tamina’s leg but she’s still up. Banks with a knee to Tamina’s face. Banks comes in and unloads on Tamina. Banks with shoulder thrusts in the corner now. Bayley tags back in as they unload on Tamina with double teaming in the corner.
Bayley with a boot to the face to bring Tamina back down in the corner. Bayley works Tamina over and tags Banks back in. Tamina blocks the double team and drops them. Bayley saves Banks from a Samoan Drop, pulling her to the floor for a breather. Bayley tells the referee they need a break. Evans comes over to them at ringside. Evans ducks a clothesline from Banks and drops her with a big elbow. Evans stares Bayley down against the apron now. Tamina grabs Bayley from the ring but gets hung up on the middle rope. Bayley comes back in off the top but Tamina meets her on the way down with a big right hand. Banks and Bayley are down on the outside for a breather now. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and Evans rocks Banks with a bunch of knees from the apron. Evans drops Banks with a kick. Evans launches herself over the top rope with an elbow drop to Banks. Evans goes to the top for a moonsault but Bayley distracts her on the apron. Banks stops the moonsault. Banks keeps control and hits the basement dropkick for a close 2 count. Banks and Bayley double team Lacey with elbows. Bayley covers for a 2 count.
Bayley works Evans around the ring now, using the middle rope on her. Banks with a cheap shot while the referee is distracted with Tamina trying to come in. Banks tags in and they double team Evans in the corner again. Bayley is legal again as they take turns with strikes on Evans. She tries to fight back but they beat her down in the middle of the ring. Evans ends up blocking the double team and tagging in Tamina. Bayley and Banks knock Tamina to the floor before she can come in. Banks follows but Tamina launches her into the barrier. Banks jumps on Tamina’s back but Tamina slings her and she hits the ground. Tamina brings it back in and levels Bayley with a clothesline and a headbutt.
Tamina with a corner splash to Bayley. Tamina launches Bayley across the ring. Tamina with another running splash in the corner. Tamina crawls to the top for the big Splash but Banks runs at her from the apron. Banks gets dropped but Bayley stops Tamina and attacks her. Tamina sends Bayley back to the mat but lands on knees when she goes for the Splash. Bayley ends up throwing a fit some and hitting the Bayley-to-Belly on Tamina. Bayley goes to the top rope and hits a flying elbow drop but somehow Tamina kicks out. Evans ends up coming in and dropping Banks with a Woman’s Right but Bayley sends her to the floor. Bayley turns around to a superkick from Tamina. Tamina with a Samoan Drop to Bayley for the pin to win.
Winners: Tamina and Lacey Evans
– After the match, Tamina stands with Evans as her music hits. We go to replays. Banks and Bayley are down on the outside trying to recover.