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WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (June 2, 2014): Why, Seth? Why?

WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (June 2, 2014) from Indianapolis, Indiana, featuring the fallout show from the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. And what an unbelievable evening of action we were treated to.

Click here to get full results with the live blog. Let's get to reacting to all the night's events:



It's been a very long time since WWE created this many emotions within me during a wrestling show. Undertaker losing his streak to Brock Lesnar was more shocking but didn't really provide any deeper emotional response. It was mostly "I can't believe that just happened and I couldn't disagree with the decision more".

Here, I was forced to confront every feeling I've ever felt.

I was angry at Seth Rollins for betraying his brothers, especially after how beautifully they came together following their shared triumph over Evolution just one night before.

I was sad because I this means The Shield, in its original form, at least, is dead.

I was full on enraged for the same reason.

I was hurt because I felt so very attached not less than 24 hours prior to all this.

I was surprised at this shocking turn of events.

I was confused by Rollins' actions. Why would he do this, especially after everything they had gone through just one day before?

I was scared of what the future may bring.

I was excited for what the future may bring.

Most of all? When all was said and done, I was thoroughly entertained. It was really, really fun.

Segment grade: A+



Back in 2010, Batista had just started hitting his stride as a heel before he abruptly quit the company to go fight fat guys in low end regional MMA promotions and become a movie star. It was sad to see him go then and it's sad to see him go now.

Because, just like in 2010, he was really just hitting his stride.

Batista is a douche, and I mean that in the most lovingly pro wrestling way possible. There are many fans who call him Douchetista because they hate the man but this fan would only call him as much because I hate the character.

He's just so easy to hate.

He wears blueish purpleish arm socks when the rest of his stable is decked out in black. He rocks skinny jeans unironically. He's a grown man with a belly button tattoo and earrings. He's a walking midlife crisis who thinks he's better than you because he could probably steal your girlfriend if he wanted and he can't definitely bench press more than you.

He's a perfect douche.

And he's gone again.

That sucks.

Triple H's impassioned promo helped make this segment, so credit where it's due there, but Batista's little pageant wave of the hand before he walked out was just the best damn thing.

Segment grade: A


In WWE, Stephanie owns you

It shouldn't be surprising, I suppose, but WWE only posted video of Stephanie McMahon updating the WWE world heavyweight title situation and John Cena's match with Kane, completely skipping the two trading bombs in what was an interesting exchange.

John Cena was his usual robotic self. "No, no, let the fans bomb me, I want them to have a good time, I have no feelings, just morals and bad photoshop jokes." He was tasked with putting over Daniel Bryan here while taking shots at Stephanie and while he would have gotten over on anyone else with his schtick last night, Stephanie owned the segment.

Cena going to bat for Bryan, fine. His running up against The Authority, fine.

But at one point he made the silly comment that Bryan won't relinquish the WWE title because he's "afraid" Stephanie will push him out of WWE if he does. That's a bad line and McMahon nailed the response by simply stating "you can't live in fear".

Then Cena brings up Triple H having surgeries that have taken him out of action, as well as himself. And because he can't help himself, he went full Rock and brought up Stephanie's surgeries.

Again, she nailed the response: "That put me in action, but that's another story."

That's what made this segment enjoyable. Cena didn't get to be Jokey John and have his run of the place because Stephanie wouldn't let him.

"Payback's a bitch, John ... but then, so am I."

Segment grade: B+


All the best to all the rest:

  • Cesaro bailing out of the ring to avoid a Brogue Kick from Sheamus and hugging Paul Heyman like a son jumping into the arms of his father was adorable.
  • Keep doing what you do, Damien Sandow. You have a fan for life for throwing yourself into a role most would refuse and not only completely dedicating yourself to it but pulling it off in a way no one else could.
  • Fans are catching up to Bo Dallas. It's probably that grating voice he's perfecting.
  • The return of Foxsana was a curious booking decision with no Paige on this show and the team apparently doing Stephanie McMahon's bidding by taking out Nikki Bella. This has to go somewhere.
  • Done with this 3MB-Los Matadores feud. Can't we move on now?
  • Luke Harper and Erick Rowan pro wrestled last night on that pro wrestling show and, surprise, they're really good pro wrestlers. We even got a Harper promo to make it clear that we need more Harper promos. Keeping Bray Wyatt off this show was also the right call.
  • As for The Usos, I'll let my man D.E.O. tell you the problem with them.
  • Adam Rose is a pretty good worker with a great finisher, he just needs a better story. And to be less of a creep.
  • I'm not one of these Dolph Ziggler supporters who think he's the next Mr. Perfect and is being buried after every loss but I'm not sure I understanding putting Alberto Del Rio in the Money in the Bank ladder match over him. Ziggler is built for those matches. And it's not a matter of Del Rio being a bigger star because he's been devalued as much this year as anyone else on the roster.
  • I love that the guy Cody Rhodes recruited to be Goldust's new partner was Sin Cara because it means one of two things: 1) Cody is actually turning heel and he set this up so Goldust would lose and he could blame his brother for all their issues lately while absolving himself OR 2) He's an idiot who thinks Sin Cara is actually better than he is as a tag partner.
  • That Rusev segment was so very pro wrestling it hurt. All I could think about was the inevitable PPV match against John Cena, a loss, followed the next night on Raw with Cena cutting a promo saying he "compromised Rusev to a permanent end". Then Rusev comes back as a Bulgarian brute who lives in England this time and he's Bad News Barrett's new muscle.

This was a fun show and pro wrestling is on a really hot run right now.

Overall grade: A

That's it from me, Cagesiders. Now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below with all your thoughts on last night's show. How did you like it, if you liked it at all?

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