Raw Coverage – March 12, 2018

Charly Caruso waits in the ring and shows us still from last night’s WWE Fastlane pay-per-view where Asuka challenged SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair for WrestleMania 34. Caruso says everyone wants to know why but before she can speak, the music interrupts and out comes RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss with Mickie James.

Bliss mocks Asuka and says last night was so exciting, just look at the priceless look on Flair’s face. Bliss tells Caruso that Asuka’s English isn’t so great and interviews aren’t her thing. Bliss is going to explain what happened. Bliss says Asuka is a fierce competitor and even though she doesn’t speak the language well, she’s very smart. Mickie and Bliss talk about Asuka keeping her streak alive and say she wouldn’t dare jeopardize it by getting in the ring with Bliss at WrestleMania. They both mock Asuka. Bliss brags on retaining her title in the first-ever women’s Elimination Chamber match and says Asuka knows she wouldn’t be able to beat her at WrestleMania, so why even try? Bliss takes another jab at Asuka and says she will be rooting for Asuka to knock Flair off her throne at WrestleMania. Bliss applauds Asuka for choosing the champion of… the B show. Asuka says she chose Charlotte because… to be the woman, you have to beat the woman. Asuka says she wants to face the best champion of WWE.

Bliss says this must be a language barrier thing because Asuka is yelling in her face. Bliss says Asuka really means she wanted to beat the easiest champion. Asuka says she beat Bliss before can do it again, how about right now? Bliss tells her to dream on and says she had the chance. Bliss says Asuka gets to go against someone who has unfinished business with her tonight. Asuka gets… this woman. No one appears. Bliss tries again but no one is coming out. Bliss and Mickie talk off-mic. Bliss shoves Asuka and Mickie drops her with a cheap shot. Mickie taunts Asuka as Bliss looks on. Mickie says let’s fight. We go to commercial.

Asuka vs. Mickie James

Back from the break and the match is underway. Bliss looks on. Asuka ends up dropping Mickie on the floor with a big kick. Asuka takes her time and follows but ends Mickie into the apron. Asuka goes for a kick but Mickie moves and Asuka collides with the ring post. Asuka clutches her leg while down on the floor.

Mickie returns to the ring as the referee counts. Asuka rolls around in pain on the floor. Asuka makes it back in before the 10 count but Mickie goes right to work on the leg. Mickie slams Asuka’s leg around the ring post as the referee warns her. Mickie returns to the ring and goes right back to work on the leg. Mickie with more offense and a close 2 count. Asuka comes right back and drops Mickie with a kick to the head.

Asuka is hurting and is slow to get to Mickie for the pin attempt. She can’t get it. Mickie gets up and they go at it in the middle of the ring. More back and forth now. Asuka misses a kick and Mickie pushes her leg out. Mickie plants Asuka and kips up. Mickie plays to the crowd some and goes to the top. Asuka runs up and cuts her off. Asuka goes for the superplex but Mickie fights back. Mickie counters from the top and hits the sunset flip powerbomb for a close 2 count. Mickie comes right back with another close pin attempt. Asuka avoids the Mick Kick and gets the Asuka Lock applied in the middle of the ring. Mickie reaches for Bliss but has to tap out.

Winner: Asuka

After the match, Bliss storms off to the back as Asuka’s music hits. Asuka sells the leg injury but stands tall and raises her arm. Mickie tries to recover on the mat.

Alexa Bliss walks up on Nia Jax backstage and asks where she was at. Nia tells her to take it easy because Kurt Angle told her to stay in the back to prepare for a match. Asuka had it planned for them to triple team Asuka. Bliss wanted to give Jax the chance to redeem herself after last week’s bad performance. Bliss throws some more subtle shots at Jax but says she loves her. Jax says she loves Bliss too but there’s some tension there. Bliss says it’s time for some tough love. She needs to know that Jax will be there to support her in next Monday’s match with Asuka. Bliss tells Jax to go out there tonight and prove she’s the best.

Nia Jax vs. Joan King

Back from the break and out comes Nia Jax. Enhancement talent Joan King waits in the ring.

Jax destroys King and gets an easy squash match win.

Winner: Nia Jax

After the match, Jax stands tall. The cameras cut backstage to Bliss and Mickie, who apparently don’t know the cameras are on them. Jax watches from the ring as Bliss and Mickie talk trash about her, including comments on her size and other issues. Bliss says Jax is happy carrying her bags and can’t handle the truth, which is that Bliss uses her. Bliss is confident that Jax will be right where they need her next week. Bliss says she has Jax in the palm of her hand. Bliss says Jax is just as dumb as she is big. Jax is watching from the ring and getting upset as the trash talking continues. Bliss and Mickie go on about how they will use Jax next week and beat her down if she gets in the way. Bliss and Mickie are tired of waiting on Charly Caruso to come interview them. She finally comes in and reveals that the mic and cameras have been on, and that everyone heard what they were saying. Bliss and Mickie are worried now. Jax leaves the ring and is crying. She stops on the ramp, gets angry and runs to the back as some fans cheer. We cut back to Bliss and Mickie now. They gather their things and rush off. Charly talks about Bliss vs. Asuka for next week and how the interview is off. Jax comes into the women’s locker room and she’s furious, tossing furniture around. Charly says Bliss and Mickie just left. Jax screams some more and tosses stuff around. We go to commercial.

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