Along with Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair will challenge Becky Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s title next Thursday (Oct. 21) at Crown Jewel. But first, The EST will challenge Charlotte Flair for the Raw Women’s championship on Mon., Oct. 18.
As noted in that tweet (and the commercial for Raw embedded above), the new red and blue rosters set by the draft that happened earlier this month add another wrinkle to both these matches. Those changes will go into effect on SmackDown next Fri., Oct. 22. Once that happens, Lynch and Belair will be Raw Superstars. Flair will join Banks as a member of the SmackDown roster.
The most straight-forward fix would be to have Bianca beat Charlotte on Monday, while The Boss takes the blue belt in Saudi Arabia. But the next PPV on the calendar is, Survivor Series - “the one night of the year where Raw squares off against SmackDown.” Either in the build to that Sun., Nov. 21 event in Brooklyn or at the show itself, WWE could book some housecleaning to get the titles on the right brand. Or they could just arrange a backstage swap like Street Profits and New Day did with the tag straps last year.
I’m rooting for chaos, and Bianca Two Belts. It would a nice make good for SummerSlam.
Anyway, here’s a look at the rest of Monday’s card, which is the go home for Crown Jewel:
- Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s championship
- Xavier Woods vs. Jinder Mahal in the semi-finals of the King of the Ring tournament
- Doudrop vs. Shayna Baszler in the semi-finals of the Queen’s Crown tournament
- Street Profits vs. RK-Bro (non-title)
- Big E & Drew McIntyre vs. Dirty Dawgs
Sound like a plan?