It was a very eventful Monday Night RAWlast night, as fans were treated to the announcement of a new top-level championship for the brand, and a key shift in the title scene as one of WWE's top up-and-coming females finally held the Women's Championship for the first time in her career.

Return of jobber squashes

Remember the old days of WWE television, back when it was still WWF? Back then, it was common for the company to field the likes of Barry Horowitz, Duane Gill, Steve Lombardi, and the late “Iron” Mike Sharpe as enhancement talents whose only job was to take the loss and make their established opponents look good.

That effectively ended in the mid-‘90s as RAW as a TV program was gaining steam, though NXT fans have seen their share of one-sided jobber squashes.

That was fine in NXT, but in this Monday Night RAWepisode, it was a bit odd to see top-drafted NXT women’s wrestler Nia Jax and former Wyatt Family monster Braun Strowman defeat “local talents” Britt Baker and James Ellsworth respectively. Still, this hopefully won’t always be the case, as it would certainly take away some prestige from RAW (as a TV show and a brand)if these nondescript, non-roster jobbers keep appearing to count the lights for up-and-comers.

Women’s title changes hands on freeTV

These days, it’s unusual for any kind of WWE title movement on free television.

But since this week’s RAW episode was an extra-special one, it was a good idea for WWE’s creative team to jump the gun and give Sasha Banks a chance at Charlotte’s WWE Women’s Championship. For the throngs of fans who have long been waiting for “The Boss” to win the Women’s title and end the heel Charlotte’s reign of terror over the division, this was a long time coming, though it still may have made more sense to let the match take place at SummerSlam.

That said, the match told a good story, with Banks taking a page from the book of her childhood hero Eddie Guerrero by ensuring Charlotte’s lackey Dana Brooke would be banned from ringside. That made it a strict one-on-one affair with no outside shenanigans, and it was a thrilling match from start to finish, with Banks defeating Charlotte for the Women’s title via Bank Statement.

RAW brand gets its own main event belt

For the past couple of years, WWE has kept things simple by having just one main event title – the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, which Randy Orton unified toward the end of 2013. After all, what sense did it make for two top-tier belts to exist when the original brand split had quietly ended well before that? But with a new brand split in place, it comes as no surprise that there’s a new top-tier title up for grabs. And it makes perfect sense too.

The only thing wrong with it is the rather awkward name of the title – the WWE Universal Championship. That may take some getting used to, but this week’s episode showed us that the first-ever WWE Universal title match will be worth watching out for.

With top draft pick Seth Rollins penciled in by The Authority for the inaugural title match at SummerSlam, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and GM Mick Foley announced two four-way matches, with the winner of each to fight it out in the show’s main event for the right to face Rollins.

In the end, it was top NXT draftee Finn Balor making his RAW debut in grand fashion, winning his elimination match, then facing Roman Reigns at the end of the evening, going overas he now prepares to see action against Rollins at SummerSlam.

Quick results:

Finn Balor d. Cesaro, Kevin Owens, and Rusev (Elimination match for WWE Universal Championship)

Nia Jax d. Britt Baker (local enhancement)

Roman Reigns d. Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, and Sheamus (Elimination match for WWE Universal Championship)

Neville d.

Curtis Axel

Sasha Banks d. Charlotte for WWE Women’s Championship

Braun Strowman d. James Ellsworth (local enhancement)

Enzo and Cass d. The Shining Stars

Finn Balor d. Roman Reigns for right to face Seth Rollins for WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam

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