The one night a year where Raw and SmackDown go head to head in direct competition is in the books, and it featured little to no actual stakes to any of the matches.
On of the matches saw Raw’s Women’s team, featuring Bianca Belair, Carmella, Liv Morgan, Queen Zelina and then-Women’s Tag Team Champion Rhea Ripley pick up a victory over SmackDown’s Women’s team of Sasha Banks, Shayna Baszler, Shotzi, Natalya and Toni Storm.
Rhea Ripley recently spoke about the match with Sportskeeda, where she was asked about her then-Tag Team Champion partner Nikki A.S.H not be including on the team, even though Rhea was. Rhea admitted that she felt the decision to not include Nikki on the team was ‘a little disrespectful’.
“I think I am more disappointed than Nikki is because she’s such a positive person. Yes, I know she’s upset. But I am very upset for her because I know that she’s worked so incredibly hard for everything that she’s accomplished. She’s been in this business for a lot longer than I have. To not have her on the team is a little bit disrespectful. To have one half of your Tag Team Champions on the team and not the other half, it seems a little bit silly to me. We obviously work well enough together to be champions, so why not have Nikki on the team with us? I think we could really make some magic. I’m just disappointed, I really am.”
Rhea and Nikki would go on to lose the Women’s Tag Team Championship to Queen Zelina and Carmella just 24 hours later on Raw.
The lack of actual stakes for the show led to the show garnering little interest compared to other pay-per-views.
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