WWE RAW Results 6/27/16

WWE RAW Results 6/27/16

WWE RAW Results
June 27, 2016
Tampa, Florida
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

We immediately go into the arena to hear the music of Seth Rollins. As Rollins makes his way to the ring, they advertise his WWE Battleground match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against champion Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. Rollins says in four weeks at Battleground, everyone will get the match they’ve wanted: all three former members of The Shield in a triple threat match. Rollins pauses for a moment and says it’s time to talk about Roman Reigns, even though he’s not supposed to. People boo the mention of his name. Rollins says the Reigns scandal embarrassed him. As the architect of The Shield, he brought Reigns into the fold. Reigns’ embarrassment is a stain on Rollins’ reputation. Rollins then reads Reigns’ tweet out loud: “I apologize to my family, friends and fans for my mistake in violating the WWE’s wellness policy. No excuses. I own it.” Rollins criticizes the tweet. Back when they were in The Shield, Reigns didn’t care what the fans thought and didn’t have any friends. As for Reigns owning it, he is owning up after the fact. Rollins says Reigns can own it all he wants, but the bottom line is he owns Reigns. He owned Reigns last year at WrestleMania, and he owned him at Money in the Bank when he beat him for the WWE Championship. Rollins says Reigns doesn’t deserve a second chance or forgiveness. Most of all, Reigns doesn’t deserve to be in the main event of Battleground. The right thing to do is take Reigns out of the match and give him the one-on-one match against Dean Ambrose for the WWE Title that he rightfully deserves. The crowd is mostly receptive to this idea.

Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and the WWE Champion makes his way to the ring. The company seems to no longer be referring to it as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Ambrose gets a nice reception as he gets into the ring. Ambrose stalls for a bit and taunts Rollins. Ambrose says Rollins looks worked up and jerky. Is this really about Reigns or is it about him having the title? Ambrose says Reigns made a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes. Ambrose used to be friends with Rollins, so he made a huge mistake. Rollins wears skinny jeans, which is a huge mistake. Ambrose says Reigns made a mistake and owned it. Unless he has New Day’s time machine, there’s nothing that can be done about it. In his mind, the triple threat match is still on.

AJ Styles’ music hits, and he comes out to a huge reception. The crowd chants “AJ Styles.” Styles says Rollins should listen to Ambrose because Battleground should have a triple threat match… only with him in the match. The crowd does a “YES” chant. Styles says he’s the guy that beat John Cena in a dream match. Take out Reigns and put him in the match and all will be right with the world. Ambrose says he doesn’t make the decisions around here, but Reigns is still in the match. Styles requests to be put in because he deserves it. It should be a Fatal Four-Way match. Ambrose says he doesn’t care because he’ll whoop them all. Rollins says this needs to be a one-on-one match.

John Cena’s music hits, and the face that runs this place makes his way to the ring to a huge reception before the crowd begins to split on him. Cena says Dean Ambrose is a fighting champion. Ambrose will fight a friend, a foe, and a fraud. Will he fight the franchise? Maybe there’s a mixed opinion, but he’s held the title fifteen times. Fourteen years ago today he had his first WWE match, so this is his WWE birthday. If you’re really checking your facts, for the last twelve years he’s lived in Tampa. This gets a big reception. The most important thing is the last time he faced Dean Ambrose with a championship on the line, Cena won. The look on Ambrose’s face says times are changing, so he can prove it. At Battleground, it should be a Fatal Five-Way!

Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she comes out to barely any reception. She says she has a solution to their problem, but before she does, she wants to commiserate with Rollins. What happened with Reigns is an embarrassment, but even worse is the fact that standing in the ring as WWE Champion is Dean Ambrose. Ambrose defiantly holds up the title. She says she’s mortified. How can we reconcile this? She’d ask her brother Shane McMahon, but he’s not here again. She’ll have to take matters into her own hands, but she’s ok with that. She likes the idea of Styles and Cena joining the match, but an opportunity like that must be earned. Therefore tonight, Seth Rollins will go one-on-one against John Cena. As for AJ Styles, he’ll go one-on-one against the champion Dean Ambrose. If they both win their matches, they’ll be added to the WWE Championship match at Battleground. She wishes everyone but Ambrose luck. Her music hits, and she walks off.

Coming up tonight, we’ll see the return of The Highlight Reel with special guests Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Coming up next, we’ll see Charlotte and Dana Brooke take on Paige and Sasha Banks.

-Commercial Break-

Paige and Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke

Charlotte will start that match against Sasha Banks. Sasha talks a little trash before running over to Dana Brooke and tagging her in. Dana comes into the ring and faces off against Sasha. Sasha bounces her in the corner and chokes boots her in the face a few times. Dana quickly pulls her into the turnbuckle and talks trash until Sasha slaps her. Paige is tagged in, and they send Dana into the ropes for a double hip toss. Charlotte runs in, and she eats a double dropkick. Charlotte and Dana regroup at ringside as we go to commercial.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Dana choking Paige on the ropes. Charlotte is tagged in, and they execute a double-team suplex for a two count. During the commercial, Charlotte blindsided Paige on the apron. Charlotte tags Dana back in, and she does a handstand choke in the corner. Charlotte tags back in, and she hits a snapmare before applying a chin lock. Paige fights out, but Charlotte kicks her before connecting with a flipping neckbreaker. Charlotte knocks Sasha off the apron and lets Dana choke Paige as the referee is distracted. Charlotte blocks Paige from making a tag and powers her to the corner. Paige fights out and takes out both Charlotte and Dana. Charlotte stops her from making a tag, but Paige superkicks her.

Sasha and Dana are tagged in. Sasha hits a pair of clotheslines and a dropkick. The crowd is really into Sasha. Sasha lays Dana across the turnbuckles and delivers a double knee to the midsection. Sasha covers, but Charlotte pulls her out. Sasha ducks an attack, and Charlotte eats a superkick from Paige. Sasha gets in the ring, and Dana rolls her up for a two count. Sasha knees Dana in the face and applies the Bank Statement for the win.

Winners by Submission: Paige and Sasha Banks
Match Rating: * 

The commentators welcome all those in China watching WWE Monday Night RAW tonight.

Replays are shown of Titus O’Neil assaulting Rusev last week on RAW. They were supposed to have a match, but it never happened. Coming up next, they’ll have their match.

-Commercial Break-

Lana is standing in the ring as we return from break. She gives the introduction for Rusev while gloating that he is her fiancée. Replays are shown of Rusev telling Titus O’Neil’s children that their father is a loser at Money in the Bank. That set O’Neil off the next night on RAW.

Rusev w/ Lana vs. Titus O’Neil

Before the bell rings, O’Neil viciously takes Rusev down and punches away at him. O’Neil stomps him in the corner until the referee pulls him back. Rusev demands the bell to be rung. The bell rings, and O’Neil punches away at Rusev. O’Neil clubs the chest, and Rusev looks like he’s out on his feet. O’Neil sends him into the corner and avalanches him before hitting a powerslam for a two count. Rusev quickly pops up and clotheslines him down. Rusev lets out a guttural scream and punches away at O’Neil. Rusev relentlessly punches away at him before simply getting up. Rusev knees away at him and stomps him in the corner. Rusev applies a chin lock, and a light “Let’s go Titus” chant breaks out. O’Neil fights out, and he runs into a picture-perfect dropkick from Rusev. O’Neil comes back with an elbow and he punches away at him. Rusev quickly stops him and hits the ropes, but O’Neil hits a pair of clotheslines. Rusev gets out of the ring to avoid the big boot. Rusev wants his WWE United States Championship and goes to leave. Rusev sees O’Neil charging him, so they wipe each other out with a double clothesline on the floor! They slowly get up, and O’Neil sends Rusev into the timekeeper’s area before getting in the ring to get the count-out victory. Rusev looks livid.

Winner by Count-Out: Titus O’Neil
Match Rating: 3/4 *

Later tonight, we’ll see Dean Ambrose take on AJ Styles. If Styles wins, he’ll be inserted into the WWE Championship match at WWE Battleground.

-Commercial Break-

Stephanie McMahon is talking on her cell phone backstage when she bumps into Corporate Kane, who begs for a moment with her. Kane thanks her for meeting with him and considering him for Smackdown Live. Shane McMahon can’t get over their past, so that’s a problem. Stephanie says she’s running Smackdown Live. The Miz and Maryse walk up to her and can’t believe there is no press for their comeback. Kane mentions he’s been in a movie. Miz mocks his movie and says he’s a trained thespian while Kane looks like the Devil’s Favorite Insurance Agent. If Kane were running Smackdown, he’d have a huge problem with his Intercontinental Championship being gone for a month. The rules state that one has to vacate a title if it’s not defended for thirty days, so he’d book an Intercontinental Championship match. She says that’s a great idea and tells Miz his opponent will be a mystery. Miz looks disgusted. Kane says they should do lunch sometime and walks off.

Coming up next, we’ll see John Cena take on Seth Rollins. If Cena wins, he’ll be put into the WWE Championship match at WWE Battleground.

-Commercial Break-

John Cena will host The ESPY’s this Wednesday.

If John Cena wins, he’ll be added to the WWE Title match at Battleground
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena

Charles Robinson, the best referee of all time, is the official for this match. The bell rings, and they take their time as the crowd chants at them. They lock up, and Rollins applies a side headlock. Cena whips him off and shoulder blocks him down. Rollins quickly pops up and regains his composure. They go for a test of strength before Cena applies a side headlock. Rollins whips him off, leapfrogs him, and shoulder blocks him down. Cena gets up and circles the ring. The crowd is absolutely electric for this match. Rollins kicks and punches Cena down before clubbing the back. Rollins head-butts him and sends him into the ropes for a beautiful dropkick for a two count. Rollins punches Cena, but he has a whip reversed on him. Cena then dropkicks him down. Cena punches him in the corner and sends him to the opposite corner, but Rollins elbows him before going to the second rope for a blockbuster neckbreaker to pick up a two count. Rollins stomps away at him and punches him. Rollins applies a chin lock, but Cena breaks his grip and gives him some instructions. Cena connects with some shoulder tackles and a back suplex powerbomb. The crowd is booing him. Cena goes for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle, but Rollins kicks him in the face. Cena falls out of the ring to recover as Rollins mocks the “You can’t see me” taunt.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Rollins escape an STF attempt, but Cena connects with two shoulder tackles and a back suplex powerbomb. Cena blocks a kick to the face during the 5 Knuckle Shuffle and hits a second back suplex powerbomb. Cena then catches him with the 5 Knuckle Shuffle. Cena goes for the Attitude Adjustment, but Rollins slides off and kicks him in the midsection. Rollins then kicks him in the head and picks up a near fall. Rollins runs into a back elbow, and Cena leaps off the second rope with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Both men are down as a light and obligatory “This is awesome” chant weakly breaks out. Cena pulls Rollins up, and Rollins takes him out with an enzuigiri for a two count. Rollins gets to his feet, but Cena blocks his punch. Cena absolutely whiffs on a punch in a bad camera angle before Rollins takes him out with a sloppy dropkick. Rollins goes to the top rope, but Cena cuts him off. Cena goes for a Super AA, but Rollins counters into a corner powerbomb for a near fall. Rollins goes to the top rope for a frog splash, but Cena moves.

Both men take their time to catch their breath. Cena goes to the top rope, and Rollins scales the ropes to catch him with a superplex! Rollins immediately rolls through and gives him the falcon’s arrow for a near fall! Rollins cannot believe Cena kicked out. Cena slowly gets up, and Rollins goes for a Pedigree. Cena catapults him into the corner, but Rollins lands on the second rope and flips off with a cross-body block. Cena rolls through that and connects with a big AA. Cena covers, but Rollins gets his foot on the bottom rope. Cena goes for another AA, but Rollins lands on his feet and goes for the Pedigree. Cena gets out and takes him down to apply the STF! Rollins nearly gets to the bottom rope, so Cena pulls him back. Cena then lets him go and looks at the ramp. AJ Styles and The Club are making their way down to the ring. Cena prepares for a fight. Styles gets on the apron and Cena swats him away. Rollins then turns Cena around and drops him with the Pedigree for the win! John Cena will not be added to the WWE Championship match at WWE Battleground.

Winner by Pinfall: Seth Rollins
Match Rating: ** 1/4

The Club gloats about costing John Cena the match. Rollins celebrates his win in the ring.

Later tonight, we’ll see AJ Styles take on Dean Ambrose. If Styles wins, he’ll be put into the WWE Championship match at WWE Battleground.

-Commercial Break-

Enzo Amore and Big Cass make their way to the ring to a big reception. Enzo does his usual shtick before they get in the ring. There are two jobbers in the ring. Enzo says there isn’t a beach boy out there that can ride this wave. The wave that they’re riding is the crowd. Enzo says they’re going to ride the wave straight to the top. Enzo is asking the crowd for a favor. He wants them to wait until the match starts, but he wants to see a wave.

Two local talents vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass

The bell rings, and the crowd starts doing the wave. They then immediately handle the two men in the ring and finish them with the Bada Boom Shakalaka for the quick win.

Winners by Pinfall: Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Match Rating: N/A

Big Cass goes to do the “S-A-W-F-T” line, but The Social Outcasts interrupt them. Bo Dallas says they’re right in that there is only one word to describe them, but it’s not SAWFT. It’s H-A-R-D. Heath Slater says they’re fresh off the set from Marine 5. Enzo says they’re hard, and The Social Outcasts argue over who is hardest. Obviously this is an innuendo. Bo Dallas says they’ll get in the ring and show them how hard they are. Slater gets on the apron, and Big Cass big boots him off. Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas get on the apron, but they’re scared away. Big Cass says there is only one word to describe The Social Outcasts, and he’ll spell it out for them: S-A-W-F-T.

The Miz will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship later tonight against a mystery opponent. We’ll also see The Highlight Reel with special guests Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

-Commercial Break-

Another Darren Young/Bob Backlund segment airs. It’s time for the Darren Young Era.

A video airs showcasing the WWE Superstars working out with some Special Olympians. Big Show and Renee Young are on the RAW stage with a bunch of Special Olympians and put over the WWE’s partnership with the organization.

Later tonight, we’ll see AJ Styles take on Dean Ambrose. If Styles wins, he’ll be put in the WWE Championship match at WWE Battleground.

-Commercial Break-

Natalya will be on commentary for the next match. A replay is shown from Money in the Bank when Natalya turned on Becky Lynch following a tag team loss to Charlotte and Dana Brooke. Natalya quotes her late uncle, Owen Hart, by saying, “Enough is enough and it’s time for a change.”

Summer Rae vs. Becky Lynch

Before the match begins, Becky leaves the ring and attacks Natalya on commentary. Becky punches away at her until the referee pulls her back. Natalya tries to retreat, but Becky wipes her out. Becky says Natalya has messed with the wrong girl.

Coming up next, we’ll see The Highlight Reel with special guests Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

-Commercial Break-

Jameis Winston, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is at ringside.

The Highlight Reel with special guests Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

Chris Jericho makes his way to the ring wearing his trademark scarf. The crowd gives him a mixed reception. Jericho says, “Quiet” over and over again until he really upsets the crowd. This is The Highlight Reel and they will be quiet because he has a lot to say tonight. This will be a wild one because his two guests have no regard for each other. They’re hell-bent on ruining their own careers even taking each other out at Money in the Bank allowing Dean Ambrose, the man that put 69 thumbtacks into his body, to win. They’re ruining their own lives and now his own. He’ll get to the bottom of it tonight. Jericho first introduces Kevin Owens to the ring. After Owens gets in the ring, Jericho introduces Sami Zayn to the ring.

Owens and Zayn stare at each other in disgust. The crowd is singing Zayn’s theme song before singing “Olé.” Jericho says he senses something is going to happen between them, so he had the Jeritron raised. Jericho says they didn’t always hate each other because Zayn was the best man at Owens’ wedding. That must have made it even worse when Owens stabbed him in the back over and over again. Zayn says he knows what Jericho is trying to do, but he won’t play that game. He’s here to put an end to this. This rivalry has become an obsession and it’s costing them their careers. Zayn’s career is going nowhere and neither is Owens’. The reason Owens didn’t win the Royal Rumble is because of him. The reason Owens lost at WrestleMania is because of him. The reason Owens didn’t win Money in the Bank is because of him. They need to do this at Battleground. On July 19, they might be drafted to two different shows, so this needs to end at Battleground. Owens just stares at him. Zayn says this is the real Kevin Owens. The real Kevin Owens is a coward that hides behind lies. Owens has said him stabbing him in the back was a business move. Zayn demands to know the real reason. Zayn thinks it’s because he resents him and is mad he got signed by WWE before him. Zayn tells him to grow a set and say it to his face.

A “Grow a set” chant breaks out. Owens comes forward with the microphone. Owens says, “I have already told you the truth many times. You may not like it, but that doesn’t make it not true.” Owens says it was the right move for his career. Zayn talks about how he ruined their friendship, but Zayn is really to blame. Everything they’ve done since they met was to get to WWE. They fought together and against each other in the hopes of making it here. When WWE came calling and Zayn signed here a year and a half before he did, was he upset that he didn’t wait for him and made the right call for his career? No, he was happy for him. Zayn wasn’t happy when he got to the WWE. Owens’ success came out Zayn’s expense. What kind of friend does that make Zayn? That proves that he was always a better friend to Zayn than Zayn was to him. None of that matters now. Zayn wants to settle this at Battleground, so he’s got it. Owens drops the microphone.

Jericho says this a huge match for Battleground. Jericho says Zayn is a terrible friend. He’s a terrible friend and a terrible example of what it takes to make it in WWE. Even though Owens will never be as great as him because he’s the best in the world at what he does, he’s still trying to follow his example. Zayn has his head up his rear end caring about what the fans think. The fact that Zayn doesn’t realize that makes him sick. It makes him want to slap his stupid idiot face, but he won’t because Owens will at Battleground. Their match is big, but not as big as what Jericho will do at Battleground. The match being announced on his show makes it bigger, so they’re welcome. Jericho then gives the crowd the gift of Jericho and tells them to drink it in. Zayn and Owens give him a double superkick. They stare at each other, and Owens simply walks off.

Replays are shown of the opening segment of the night. We then see highlights of the Cena/Rollins match. Cena nearly had it won before The Club cost him the match.

Coming up next, The Miz will defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against a mystery opponent.

-Commercial Break-

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
The Miz (c) w/ Maryse vs. Demon Kane

The bell rings, and Miz runs into an uppercut. Kane puts him in the corner and punches away at him. Kane sends him into the corner, but Miz dropkicks him in the knee. Miz kicks and punches away at him before running into a Chokeslam attempt. Miz gets out of it and kicks away at Kane’s knee. Miz hits the ropes, and Kane big boots him down. Kane sends him to the corner and there is a cross up. Kane clotheslines him and drops him with a sidewalk slam for a two count. Kane stomps him before hitting a delayed vertical suplex. Kane hits a low dropkick to the face for a two count. Kane sends him to the corner, but he runs into an elbow. Miz leaps off the second rope into an uppercut. Kane signals for a Chokeslam, but Maryse gets on the apron. Maryse somehow falls and grabs her ankle. Miz elbows out of the Chokeslam and snaps Kane off the top rope. Miz checks on his wife and carries her to the back. The referee counts him out. Kane angrily stares at them.

Winner by Count-Out: Kane
The Miz is still the WWE Intercontinental Champion
Match Rating: 1/2 *

Coming up next, we’ll see Cesaro and Apollo Crews take on Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio.

-Commercial Break-

The Miz is helping Maryse walk backstage before she stops limping and starts dancing around. She says she was acting. Miz loves it and kisses her.

Michael Cole calls attention to the RAW and Smackdown podiums on the stage. He says the COOs of the brands will make their draft picks there on July 19. They’re no longer called General Managers this week.

Replays are shown of Sheamus beating Apollo Crews by count-out on Smackdown.

Cesaro and Apollo Crews vs. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio

Sheamus and Apollo Crews will start out, but Sheamus immediately tags out. Crews hip tosses Del Rio and dropkicks him. Cesaro is tagged in, and he has a whip reversed, but he twists to the apron and boots Del Rio. Cesaro connects with a cross-body block for a one count. Cesaro starts the uppercut train and goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Sheamus runs in. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing on Sheamus, but Del Rio kicks away at him. Del Rio connects with a step-up enzuigiri and a DDT for a near fall. Del Rio puts him in the tree of woe and kicks him in the ribs. Sheamus blind tags in and stomps away at him. Sheamus hits a short-arm clothesline and taunts the crowd. Sheamus sends him to the corner and shoulders him before kneeing him in the face. Sheamus hits the Irish Curse Backbreaker for a near fall. Sheamus applies a chin lock, but Cesaro fights up and punches out. Sheamus takes him down with a hammer and for some reason teases his partner. Sheamus says he doesn’t need anyone. Sheamus reapplies the chin lock, but Cesaro fights up. Cesaro flips out of an Irish Curse Backbreaker and drops Sheamus with a slam.

Crews and Del Rio are tagged in. Crews connects with a pair of clotheslines before lowering his head and eating a kick. Del Rio sends Crews over the top rope. Del Rio slaps Sheamus in the face to tag him in and gives him an enzuigiri. Del Rio then walks off. Crews dropkicks the ring steps into Sheamus’ face and puts him in the ring. Crews then gives Sheamus the spinning sit-out powerbomb for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Cesaro and Apollo Crews
Match Rating: *

JoJo is backstage with Dean Ambrose. She asks if being the WWE Champion is everything he expected. Ambrose says it’s been good, but it hasn’t been everything he expected. He expected a parade outside WWE Headquarters, but you need permits for that. Ambrose likes stepping into the ring against the best and getting to fight all the time. Tonight, he has AJ Styles. Stephanie McMahon walks up. Ambrose asks if she wants an autograph. She says it is appalling to think he’s WWE Champion and the face of her company. Should AJ Styles win tonight and the WWE Championship Match becomes a Fatal Four-Way at Battleground, then she’s one step closer to ending this appalling nightmare. Ambrose says deep down she really likes him.

-Commercial Break-

This Thursday on Smackdown, Dean Ambrose will be the guest on Miz TV.

The New Day does an absolutely hilarious mocking of The Wyatt Family’s “We’re here” video. They then come out dressed as The Wyatt Family. Kofi Kingston is Erick Rowan, Xavier Woods is Braun Strowman, and Big E is Bray Wyatt. Kingston says The Wyatt Family needs a big bowl of Booty O’s. They make sure you ain’t booty. Kingston says The Wyatts are intimidating, but the most intimidating thing about them is their hygiene. Big E says they smell like old rotten cabbage left on the highway in Tampa. Kingston says John Cena already got the local pop. Big E says he was born here at Tampa General Hospital. Kingston says the outfits The Wyatts wear are crazy. Who would wear this? Who? Who? Xavier Woods says they should wrap it up, but Kingston and Big E says this is a roast.

The Wyatt Family’s music hits, and the real Wyatt Family comes out to the stage. Woods is acting differently following his possible possession last week on RAW. Wyatt says all praise to the Power of Positivity. The masses line up like ravenous dogs because they tell them everything they want to hear. It is rare that what they want to hear is what they need to hear. Wyatt says the crowd can vilify him, but his purpose is to tell them what they need to hear. The world is not made up of unicorns and rainbows. It is a cruel world filled with dangerous people. How can the Power of Positivity help a man that lost his job and put food on the table for his starving children? Kingston says the Power of Positivity is not a lie: it’s a way of life. Big E says it’s a song and movement. It flows through your body. It’s something Wyatt would know nothing about. Wyatt asks Woods what he thinks. Woods gets a faraway look on his face. Wyatt says Woods looks shaken. Woods can confide and trust in him. Big E asks if Woods is fine. Wyatt says they’re just playing games, except in this game there are not winners or losers. There is only malice and destruction. In the end, every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess New Day Falls.

The Club is backstage talking strategy. AJ Styles will face Dean Ambrose, next.

-Commercial Break-

The New Day is walking backstage. Xavier Woods is the only one not celebrating. Renee Young asks if it was a good idea to mock The Wyatt Family. Kingston and Big E talk about how it was a great idea. Woods just walks off, and they follow him.

Seth Rollins will be on commentary for the next match.

If AJ Styles wins, he’ll be added to the WWE Title match at Battleground
Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles

Charles Robinson, the greatest referee of all time, is back for another match. They circle the ring and lock up. They tussle into the corner before Ambrose gives a clean break. They lock up, and Ambrose applies a side headlock before taking him down. Styles rolls him for a one count. Ambrose keeps the headlock applied. Styles whips him off, and Ambrose shoulder blocks him down. Ambrose rolls him up for a one count. Ambrose takes him down with another headlock takeover. Styles fights up, so Ambrose wrenches the arm. Styles then takes him down with a headlock takeover. Ambrose fights up and body slams Styles. Styles sweeps the feet and chops the chest. Ambrose reverses a whip, but he lowers his head. Styles goes for a Styles Clash, but Ambrose gets out. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Styles gets out.

-Commercial Break-

We come back from the break to see Ambrose trapped in a chin lock. During the commercial, Styles took Ambrose out with a knee to the head. Ambrose fights up, but Styles dropkicks him down and yells that no one does it better. Styles picks up a one count. Styles applies a knee-to-the-back chin lock. Ambrose fights up, but Styles punches him to the corner. Styles clotheslines him in the corner for a near fall. Styles applies an arm bar, but Ambrose fights up. Styles reverses a whip and goes for a leapfrog, but Ambrose catches him and drops him on the top rope.

Ambrose punches and chops away at Styles before hitting some running forearms. Styles reverses a whip, but Ambrose clotheslines him down. Ambrose connects with a fisherman’s suplex for a near fall. Styles elbows him in the face and flips through a back suplex attempt. Ambrose blocks a strike combination and connects with a neckbreaker for a near fall. Ambrose goes to the top rope and leaps over Styles as he charges. Ambrose catches him with a backslide pin for a near fall. Styles goes for the Styles Clash, but Ambrose counters into a jackknife pin for a two count. Styles comes back with a sit-out wheelbarrow face-buster for a near fall. Styles goes to the top rope, but Ambrose cuts him off. Ambrose then hits a double-arm superplex!

Ambrose connects with a running forearm and goes for a bulldog, but Styles counters into a torture rack slam for a near fall. Styles can’t believe it. Styles goes for the Phenomenal Forearm, but Ambrose kicks him and goes for Dirty Deeds, but Styles gets out. Ambrose goes to the second rope, and Styles somehow clips the left leg as he avoids the move. Ambrose clutches his knee in pain. Ambrose avoids an avalanche and hobbles around the ring. Styles then zeroes in on the injured limb and applies the Calf Crusher, but Ambrose somehow gets to the bottom rope. Styles charges, but Ambrose drops him over the top rope. Ambrose punches his leg and takes Styles out with a suicide dive. Ambrose puts him in the ring and goes to the top rope for a cross-body block, but Styles rolls through. Ambrose punches him, and Styles takes him out with a pelé kick. Ambrose quickly comes back with a rebound clothesline.

The Club makes their way to the ring, and Ambrose prepares for a fight. Styles turns him around and connects with a brainbuster for a near fall. John Cena runs down and takes out Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Styles wants a fight. Ambrose rolls up Styles, lets him roll through, and connects with Dirty Deeds for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: ** 

The Club pulls John Cena off the apron and takes him out. Ambrose hobbles toward them. Seth Rollins gets in the ring and gives Ambrose a Pedigree. Cena tries to fight off Gallows and Anderson until Styles joins in and overwhelms him. Styles mounts Cena and punches away at him. Gallows and Anderson then give him the Magic Killer on the stage! The Club stands over Cena and talks trash. Back in the ring, Rollins gives Ambrose another Pedigree. Rollins picks up the WWE Championship and puts his foot on Ambrose while holding up the title. On the stage, The Club also raises up their arms.


Quick Match Results

* Paige and Sasha Banks def. Charlotte and Dana Brooke via Submission
* Titus O’Neil def. Rusev via CO (non-title)
* Seth Rollins def. John Cena
* Enzo Amore and Big Cass def. Two local talents
* Kane def. The Miz via CO in a WWE Intercontinental Championship match
* Cesaro and Apollo Crews def. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio
* Dean Ambrose def. AJ Styles (non-title)

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33 COMMENTS

  1. So since Ambrose and Rollins won and the rest of the show had nothing to do with anything of importance, what was the point of even having Monday Night Raw tonight?

  2. If you win your in the title match, and neither won, what was the point of that? Time filler? They need to go back to 2 hours

  3. If the WWE is referring to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as just the WWE Championship……does that mean the Big-Gold Belt will return for the Draft?

  4. Could they put Owens and Zayn in the cell? Or a cage? Some stipulation? If they both go to Raw, how about a “Loser Leaves Town” match? Last man standing? Any thoughts?

  5. God, I hope not. No offense to the Big Gold Belt, of course, just that they should really retire it and let it be remembered for its great lineage.

  6. Well, these days in WWE there are too many talents (even before the brand split) worthy of a belt (except Miz ofc).

    Dean Ambrose
    Seth Rollins
    AJ Styles
    Kevin Owens
    Sami Zayn
    Cesaro

    and if they debuts…
    Finn Balor
    Samoa Joe
    Nakamura

    ..and we have only 3 belts! And (please agree with me) US belt is a joke.
    So we NEED a Heavyweight Belt in SmackDown too. Maybe not the ‘Big Gold Belt’ but there should be something!

  7. You know what, I was hoping that Cena and Styles win their matches so we COULD have an Elimination Chamber title match at Battleground. That would have been awesome but oh well. We will still have the triple threat match, another Cena-Styles match, another Zayn-Owens match.

  8. Whether you admit it or not .. Raw is boring without Roman.. Whether you hate him or love him.. he really brings excitement and interest in Raw..

  9. Or they should go the “WWE Undisputed Champion” way in 2002, where the champ was not affiliated to a single brand and defend the title against anyone from either roster, or both.

  10. He’s an idiot. Last week he called Ambrose’s Dirty Deeds to Rollins a Pedigree. He’s screwed up like that too many times to say he was caught up in the excitement of the moment.

  11. It was plan B since the build up for the triple threat will not involve Roman Reigns. But yes, they do need to go back to 2 hours.

  12. Pretty sure that was a very decent Raw. Which is more than I could say for the last couple of months that Roman brought boredom to the main event scene.

  13. From your mouth to Vince’s ear. But he hasn’t given a damn about the fans for the longest time so don’t get your hopes up.

  14. Not to excuse Cole’s awfulness but he does also have Vince McMoron screaming in his ear so who knows how much of it is Vince’s screw ups with Cole adding in his own.

  15. The US belt wasn’t a joke when Cena had it. He made it interesting last year before his injury. But that was because he defended it every week on TV, of course, unlike the Miz hiding with the IC belt on a Hollywood set.

  16. ” But that was because he defended it every week on TV” and win every freaking time until he got injured. What’s so interesting in that?
    and I really don’t like Rusev (or even Titus). To be candid, the last US champ I really liked was Dean. But that was only because his exceptional performance in mic and in-ring, not because he had the belt.

  17. Correction: Xavier Woods was parodying Luke Harper. He had the jeans, white tank top, and was saying “yeah, yeah yeah”.

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