WWE Badly Needed Candice LeRae Return, Sami Zayn Is MVP, More Raw Takes

Kevin BergeSeptember 27, 2022

WWE Badly Needed Candice LeRae Return, Sami Zayn Is MVP, More Raw Takes

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    Candice LeRae made a surprise return to WWE, adding a welcome presence to the division. Credit: WWE.com.

    The September 26 edition of WWE Raw featured some big match announcements for Extreme Rules as well as a surprise return.

    Nikki A.S.H. found herself facing a shocking new opponent, Candice LeRae, who was back in WWE after a year-long absence. The Poison Pixie overwhelmed the Scot and caused her to take off her mask in frustration, possibly becoming Nikki Cross again.

    Sami Zayn continued to earn his title as Honorary Uce with a big win over AJ Styles, while The Judgment Day main-evented again and set the stage for Edge vs. Finn Bálor in an "I Quit" match at Extreme Rules on October 8.

    It was a wrestling-focused night when Raw made the forthcoming pay-per-view even more intriguing.

Candice LeRae Brings Much-Needed Veteran Presence to Women's Division

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    Candice LeRae has finally followed husband Johnny Gargano back to WWE. She was an important part of NXT for several years, but she has a chance to be even more important on Raw.

    The 36-year-old picked up a win in singles action, and she could continue that path. She is a fresh challenger for everyone on Raw, including Bayley, Bianca Belair, Asuka and others.

    However, her most immediate impact will likely be in the women's tag team division. She won the NXT titles with Indi Hartwell, who has not done much in recent months. They could bring a formidable team to an understaffed section.

    What matters most is that the women's division has another needed veteran presence. It has been running thin on serious competitors recently, and even those used on a weekly basis were getting lost in the shuffle.

    LeRae can tell a story outside the title scene, beginning with one alongside Nikki A.S.H after defeating the Scot on Monday night.

Nikki A.S.H. Must Ditch Mask to Succeed in WWE

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    Candice LeRae dominated Nikki A.S.H. in what may be the last time the Scot wears a mask. Credit: WWE.com.

    Nikki A.S.H. has teased dropping her "superhero mask" a few times now, but it was only on Monday that she finally took it off. This may not be permanent yet, but she must let this gimmick go to succeed in the long term.

    The superhero idea isn't bad on the surface, but WWE hasn't committed to her at all in the role. She was paired with Doudrop in a tag team that cannot win major matches and lacks character chemistry.

    The women's tag division needs Nikki and Doudrop, especially if they can find the angle that makes them truly a tag team.

    The two Scottish wrestlers can embrace their heritage, which should make it easier to buy them together. From there, Nikki Cross and Doudrop can become genuine challengers.

Sami Zayn Is Most Valuable Star in WWE

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    Sami Zayn fought AJ Styles in the best match of Monday night and pulled out the win with help from Solo Sikoa.

    The Honorary Uce has been WWE's best act recently in a way that no one else can match. Roman Reigns may be the star of the show for The Bloodline, but Zayn has made the group relevant every week while The Head of the Table takes regular time away.

    While the rest of the group may be heels, The Great Liberator is building a following through his performances backstage and in the ring. At any moment, it seems possible The Bloodline could turn on him.

    The anticipation for that moment rivals any other angle in WWE. Until then, he has made an unlikely tag team with Sikoa work.

    Assuming the ultimate goal is to put Reigns against Zayn, it's hard to imagine any other match will be bigger for The Head of the Table at the moment.

Judgment Day Feud with Edge Must End at Extreme Rules

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    The Judgment Day could not hold onto their dominant streak as Damian Priest lost to Matt Riddle in the main event on Monday night.

    The group were also embarrassed by a returning Edge, who challenged Finn Bálor to an "I Quit" match at Extreme Rules.

    This angle with The Rated-R Superstar must end at next month's PPV, though. Edge continues to be a bigger star than this group, and that will continue into the show on October 8.

    Even as this stable gains some momentum, Edge appears to become the more important part of the angle.

    The story has grown stale despite the many talented wrestlers in the mix, but this match can still leave it all on a positive note.

    If Bálor defeats the former group leader, it will be a big moment for The Judgment Day. But it is important that it's the last chapter. The Rated-R Superstar can get his win back against another opponent.

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