– Lana is backstage with Angel Garza. She can’t believe Mickie James already has a title shot when it should be Natalya. She goes on praising Natalya. Garza agrees that this is unfair, and says Lana’s passion for justice is intoxicating, the fire in her eyes… Zelina Vega walks up with Andrade and asks Lana to give them a minute. Vega rants at Garza and he tells her he’s tired of being blamed for every set back they have, when Andrade lost a match. The tension continues as Andrade steps to Garza. They argue and Vega gets in between them, yelling that this is enough. She says she can’t do this anymore, then she walks off. Garza and Andrade brawl a bit as we go back to commercial.
RAW Women’s Title Match: Mickie James vs. Asuka
We go back to the ring and out first comes RAW Women’s Champion Asuka. She poses in the corner as the pyro goes off. Back to commercial.
They lock up and go at it to start. Mickie takes Asuka down for a quick pin attempt. Asuka turns it around and does the same. More back and forth now. James trips Asuka and hits a neckbreaker in the middle of the ring. Asuka kicks out at 2. They tangle off the ropes and Asuka ends up nailing a big kick to the face for a close 2 count. Asuka goes for a Hip Attack but Mickie moves and Asuka gets stuck on the middle rope. James rocks Asuka and sends her out to the floor. James also falls to the mat and we go to commercial with both competitors down.
Back from the break and they’re going at it in the middle of the ring. Asuka fights off James from behind and drops her in the corner. Asuka runs into a big elbow. James catches Asuka and sends her flying with a head scissors. Asuka ends up hitting the Hip Attack in the middle of the ring. Asuka is fired up now. Mickie catches her with a Flapjack out of nowhere. Mickie kips up for a pop.
Mickie wastes some time but climbs to the top and Asuka cuts her off. Asuka climbs up but Mickie knocks her to the mat. Mickie leaps with the Thesz Press but Asuka kicks out at 2. More back and forth now. They trade big strikes on their feet now. Asuka dodges a kick and rocks Mickie with a back fist. Asuka with kicks while Mickie is on her knees now. Asuka charges but Mickie ducks a kick and grabs her leg, going right into a single-leg Crab. Asuka drags Mickie to the bottom rope but Mickie pulls her back to the middle of the ring. Asuka rolls her into a 2 count.
Mickie drops Asuka with a kick to the jaw but barely connects. Asuka kicks out at 2, grabbing the bottom rope just in time. Asuka catches Mickie and rolls her into an arm bar on the mat. More back and forth on the mat now. Asuka blocks the DDT. Mickie fights Asuka off and rolls her into a 2 count. Asuka takes James right back down into the Asuka Lock. Mickie resists but the referee calls the match out of nowhere, apparently saying Mickie tapped out.
– After the match, it’s announced that Asuka wins as Mickie can no longer continue. The referee hands Asuka the title as her music hits. The music interrupts as Zelina Vega comes marching to the ring to boos. We see the referee checking on Mickie at ringside as Vega takes a mic and starts ranting about how she’s been thinking of her future. Today it dawned on her that she has wasted some of the best years of her career, managing two selfish ingrates like Andrade and Zelina Vega. Ingrates… just like Asuka. She says Asuka was handed the title by one of the greatest but she’s been nothing but reckless with it. She says Asuka has been so worried about the Superstars of yesterday, ignoring one of the greatest of today. Vega. Vega says she’s here to tell Asuka’s she’s ready for the title. Asuka fires back in Japanese and laughs in her face. Vega rocks Asuka and drops her with a slap. Asuka looks to come back but Vega exits the ring, taunting Asuka. Asuka’s music starts up as the two Superstars continue taunting each other.