At a live event earlier this week, Paige suffered an injury at the hands—or rather the feet—of Sasha Banks. The Absolution leader was facing away from The Boss and clearly wasn’t aware of the kick to the back that was about to come her way. The move knocked Paige to the floor at which point she grabbed her shoulder and was clearly struggling as she attempted to continue on. The match was stopped soon after that, medics could tend to the two-time Divas’ Champion and she has subsequently been removed from this weekend’s live events. The extent of the injury suffered by Paige is unclear right now, but if she is going to be out for a while who could replace her as the leader of Absolution on Raw?
5. Mickie James
Mickie James returned to WWE a while ago now in order to give Asuka a new and credible opponent while she was still in NXT. That went so well that she earned herself a place back on the main roster. Gradually though, James has faded into the background a little and the most notable thing she has done of late was act as a filler feud for Alexa Bliss earlier this year. Someone with a pedigree like James deserves so much more and this may be the perfect opportunity. So far, she has been aligned with Sasha Banks and Bayley, but if Paige is going to be out for a while then James could turn on her current allies and become the experienced and fearless new leader of Absolution.
4. Nia Jax
Absolution has looked pretty fearless for the most part since they arrived on Raw a few weeks ago. Even when they’ve come face to face with the undefeated Asuka, they have had wry smiles on their faces. In fact, the only time the trio has looked threatened was when their beatdown of Banks, Bayley, and James was interrupted by Nia Jax a couple of weeks ago. Jax is the biggest woman on the roster, and even three women would struggle to counteract her raw power. Whether Jax is supposed to be a heel or a babyface is a line that WWE has messed with since her debut. It seems as if they don’t want her being definitively one or the other, although just imagine how feared Absolution would be with her at the helm.
3. The Iconic Duo
The night after Absolution debuted on Raw, The Riott Squad made their bow on SmackDown Live. The main difference between the two trios is that the latter is made up of NXT call-ups while their Raw counterparts have been headed up by Paige. If the Brit is indeed going to be out of action for a while, then perhaps now is the chance for another call-up to lead Absolution. In fact, why not make it two? Who better to lead some young and hungry former NXT stars than Full Sail’s Iconic Duo? It’s a head-scratcher as to why Billie Kay and Peyton Royce weren’t called up to be a part of these factions to begin with, so now there may be an opportunity to rectify that.
Ever since she made a name for herself in NXT, Bayley has been about as babyface as a WWE Superstar can possibly be. Recently, however, The Hugger revealed on The Steve Austin Show that she actually has a contingency plan for if and when WWE ever decides to turn her heel. That process would frankly be fascinating, and maybe whatever it is could factor in the two members of Absolution that may have been left behind by an injured Paige. What’s for certain is that something about Bayley on the main roster needs to change, and perhaps something as drastic as this idea would fit the bill.
1. Alexa Bliss
Perhaps the most obvious choice for a new Absolution leader would be current Raw Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss. Yes, the trio attacked the champ on their first night on Raw, but since then, Bliss has merely become one of the pack that are opposed to the faction. The champ needs to set herself apart from the rest of the group and this may just be the way to do it. What’s more is that judging by their latest interaction on Raw, Bliss may have a powerful enemy in Asuka and The Empress has her sights set on the championship. The Goddess of WWE will need all the help she can get if she wants to successfully fend off a woman who is yet to lose a match while under contract with WWE.
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