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5 talking points from WWE Raw 25 May 2020: Where is Shayna Baszler?

Asuka, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler will battle at the Money in the Bank PPV
This week's Raw was started off by the MVP Lounge (WWE)

5 talking points from this week’s WWE Raw

Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley ended the night fighting it out as their rivalry grew further ahead of Backlash.

However, this week’s WWE Raw had a lot to talk about. The IIconics beat up Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross and there was a fun segment again between the Viking Raiders and the Street Profits.

Apollo Crews in action against Andrade
Apollo Crews in action against Andrade for the US title (WWE)

There was one big name missing from the show on this week’s episode, and that is where we start.

1) Big star missing

A triple threat match was set to find out who Asuka would face and defend her title against. However, one big name was missing as Shayna Baszler wasn’t involved in this.

Natalya, Charlotte and Nia Jax took part in this clash, but Baszler should have been involved. She has been a destructive force since coming onto Raw, but for some reason, she was missing.

2) No Charlotte is good news

Thankfully, it was Jax who won the triple threat match and not Charlotte. The NXT Champion was involved in this clash for some reason, and it would have been crazy for her to win it too.

Nia Jax won the triple threat match on Raw
Nia Jax won the triple threat match on Raw (WWE)

Charlotte has been seen too many times on SmackDown and Raw since winning the NXT crown. She is the NXT Champion and despite being one of the greatest talents ever, she should remain on NXT more than wrestling on other brands.

3) El Idolo on a downwards slope?

The surprising result of the night was seeing Crews picking up the US title from Andrade. El Idolo has been excellent since becoming the US Champion but this loss was a shock.

Losing the title at a PPV makes sense but on Raw? That’s a little weird. There have been rumours going around that Andrade’s lack of English is a problem for some in WWE, and it would be horrible if that was the reason for him to lose to Crews.

Apollo Crews is the new United States champion
Apollo Crews is the new United States champion (WWE)

Andrade has a perfect manager in Zelina Vega, and she can do a lot of work on the microphone, similar to what Paul Heyman has done with Brock Lesnar.

4) Rollins continues to spread darkness

Seth Rollins has found another member for his stable, Austin Theory, but the Monday night Messiah still has a dark aura around him.

He attacked Humberto Carrillo after tonight’s show and warned Aleister Black to stay away. Rollins also has called for a retirement show for Rey Mysterio next week, and he seems to have taken up his role extremely well on Raw.

5) McIntyre always wants a fight

WWE Champion McIntyre doesn’t back down from a fight. Unlike champions who pick and choose when to attack, McIntyre is willing to go out and show his dominance.

Drew McIntyre took a shot at MVP
Drew McIntyre took a shot at MVP (WWE)

The Scot attacked MVP and dared Lashley to come early on the night. He then came out to make the save for the Street Profits in the main event and even took a spear for his troubles.

McIntyre doesn’t need to go out all the time, but he does, which is a refreshing change from the time we had Lesnar as a champion.

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