I’m back bit**es! Sorry about being gone for so long, I’ve been a busy man and haven’t been able to watch Monday Night Raw for a few weeks now, but I’m back and better than ever. I know I said I would be covering both Raw and Smackdown now, since Smackdown went live, but unfortunately I won’t be able to watch Smackdown Live this week, making this edition of The 3 Count just about Monday Night Raw. With that being said, here are the 3 biggest takeaways from Monday Night Raw.

1. A New Championship Was Announced- As many people had expected, with Smackdown Live having the WWE Championship, as Dean Ambrose retained it at Battleground, Raw would get a prestiges belt of its own. The surprise, however, was in the name of the title. Many speculated that it would simply just be called the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but alas, they decided against it. The new title belt will be called… the WWE Universal Championship. Yup. I have mixed opinions about it. I don’t hate the name, but why couldn’t they just call it the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? I get they’re trying to make it seem like they did it for the fans, but Stephanie is a heel who usually doesn’t care what the fans think. So, why name your exclusive championship after the WWE Universe? A match was set up at Summerslam to decide who the first ever Universal Champion will be, but I’ll get to that later.

2. A New Women’s Champion Was Crowned- At the beginning of the show, Steph and GM Mick Foley announced a few things for this episode of Raw, one of which I’ll get too in a second. One of the things was that, since Charlotte had tapped out to Sasha Banks at Battleground, they would have a one on one match for the title: Sasha Banks v Charlotte. Overall, it was a great match and was the, in my opinion, match of the night and the best women’s match we’ve had in awhile. Sasha made Charlotte tap out using the Bank Statement, crowning her the new champ. It was an emotional moment for her, as she teared up , as the crowd was doing several chants, such as “Yes! Yes! Yes!” and “You deserve it!” Indeed she did deserve it.

 

3. The Match for the Universal Championship Was Set- As mentioned, Steph and Mick had announced a few things at the opening of the show. After they announced the new belt, they announced there would be two fatal-fourway matches, and the winners of those matches would face each other at the end of the show to determine who would face Seth Rollins at Summerslam. The first match was Kevin Owens vs Rusev vs Cesaro vs Finn Balor, with Finn getting the win after pinning Rusev. The other fatal four-way was Chris Jericho vs Roman Reigns vs Sami Zayn vs Sheamus, with Roman, surprisingly (-_-), picking up the win, making the main event Reigns vs Balor. I personally expected Regins to win and face Rollins at Sunmerslam, however, the WWE decided to give Balor the win, setting up a Balor v Rollins match at Summerslam for the WWE Universal Championship.

Overall, I would say it was a really good Raw. The fatal four-way matches were full of spectacular moves, Sasha Banks v Charlotte was the match of the night, and the announcing was splendid as well. I’m intrigued to see how Smackdown Live will follow up. With that being said, that concludes this edition of The 3 Count! Make sure you follow me on Twitter @KA_Persources for up to date sports news and live tweeting of WWE events!

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