This week on Raw, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross managed to capture the WWE Women’s Championships from The IIconics. They did so in a four-way elimination match also featuring Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville and The Kabuki Warriors.
The match reportedly took place on Monday’s Raw instead of the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view event because WWE higher-ups wanted to give the match more time.
They felt as if the match would have been cut short if it was on a pay-per-view that is already scheduled to have ten matches, with one more possibly being added.
In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer is reporting that the decision to move the match to Raw was actually made by Raw’s new Executive Director, Paul Heyman.
“That was said to be a Paul Heyman decision, probably figuring the title change would mean more with a longer match and could be showcased better rather then being a forgotten part of a long show.”
Meltzer notes that Heyman felt as if the title change would have felt more coming at the end of a longer showcase match rather than in the middle of a crowded pay-per-view.
Perhaps this means that Paul will be trying to focus on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. This comes in a week where it has emerged that Vince McMahon didn’t even want to introduce the new belts.