WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 6, 2016) from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for June 19 in Paradise, Nevada.
Advertised for tonight: AJ Styles explains why he attacked John Cena and joined The Club, Becky Lynch & Natalya take on the women's division, and more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JUNE 6
Alright, folks, time to watch Raw. It'll be interesting to hear if there's any more news about the brand split or if they address the Lesnar fight. Let's do this.
Money in the Bank segment
The show starts with Dean Ambrose already making his way down to the ring. In the ring, there are 6 ladders and the other competitors in the Money in the Bank match (Cesaro, Owens, Del Rio, Zayn, and Jericho) are already perched on top of ladders.
KO starts talking about how he is going to be the man to win but Ambrose interrupts and saying he just wants to get to fighting because that's where this is going, Owens insists he finishes and then does so. Sami talks about how if he wins he'll give anyone a shot. Dean still just wants to fight. ADR calls Sami a paperboy again. Jericho puts himself over as the man who invented the match. Cesaro asks if that's the case, why hasn't he won it? Jericho insists he did. Zayn grills him about where he won it and Jericho stumbles under the pressure. But he does give them the gift of Jericho.
Ambrose then attacks Jericho, while he's gifting, and this breaks into the predictable brawl.
TEDDY LONGS MUSIC???? What is going on here?? Teddy's here! And he botches the line "longest running episodic television show." He then rambles about a match he'd put them all in that made no sense.
Stephanie comes out and Teddy tells her he wants to run SmackDown when it goes live. She says she hasn't made any decisions yet. So he asks to see Shane instead. Steph tells Teddy that Shane is on vacation and tells Teddy to get to steppin' and instructs the truck not to hit his music.
She then makes the following matches:
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Sami Zayn
- Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
- Cesaro vs. Jericho
She then says that now they can hit Teddy's music and she does the Teddy Long dance off the stage.
Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho
The match is very even early on until Cesaro takes control with his uppercut based offense. However Jericho hits a drop kick as Cesaro is coming off the top rope. Raw goes to break as the crowd chants "stupid idiot."
Raw returns and there a ton of uppercuts from the Swiss Superman. As Cesaro is about to hit his springboard uppercut, Jericho hit the Code Breaker! But Cesaro is able to roll out of the ring to avoid the pin and when Jericho finally gets him in the ring, Cesaro is able to kick out.
The match goes back to an entertaining back and forth affair. To show how impressive he is, Cesaro reverses a Walls of Jericho into the frickin' Cesaro Swing! And then he goes right into the Sharpshooter to get Jericho to tap!
Cesaro def. Jericho
Really fun match.
They play a video package about Seth and Roman's history, this focused on Seth's version. (They'll play Roman's later.) As per usual, it's a good video by the WWE production team. It spans from the Shield's debut through his surgery and injury up to now.
Rusev vs. Jack Swagger
This is a rematch from SmackDown... and the last decade.
Titus O'Neil is on commentary.
Rusev dominates most of the match, but Swagger has a burst of offense and tried to apply the Patriot Lock. Rusev rolls out of the ring. Swagger rolls out as well and both men hit a clothesline. When battling to beat the count out, Rusev shoves Swagger into Titus and slides in just in time to win by count out.
Rusev def. Swagger via count out.
After the match, Swagger and then Titus run in and Rusev gets a big boot from Titus.
John Cena/AJ Styles segment
John Cena comes to the ring. He talks about how amazing that moment was last week when the crowd chanted for him and AJ for minutes. (He gets the fans to do the chant again for a bit.) Now he wants answers from AJ about why he did what he did last week.
AJ responds alongside the Club. As the crowd is chanting again, Cena said that the match was going to happen, why did he need to take a cheap shot with his "junkies from the Bullet Club." AJ says he did it because that was the plan he had all along. He says Cena insults him every time that bell rings and on John's best day, he can't beat Styles. He'd run circles around Cena in the ring.
Cena is disappointed that AJ's insults are so unoriginal. John calls AJ a bust... saying he failed in the Royal Rumble and failed twice going for the WWE title. He says, "You couldn't get past Roman Reigns and now you want to pick a fight with John Cena? You don't know who you're dealing with."
AJ says that everyone knows that once you wrestle John Cena and lose, best get the shovels because Cena buries people. So he got himself some insurance to prevent that.
The Club make their way down to the ring. However, before they can make it into the ring, the New Day comes down for the save and the New Day and Cena hold the ring.
The Vaudevillains vs. Enzo & Cass
Enzo and Cass have a Muhammed Ali themed promo before the match.
This is a pretty short match. At the end of the it, English goes for the same spot from Extreme Rules that injured Zo and tosses Enzo out of the ring. Enzo sells the bump. Cass is furious and can't be held back by the referee. Because he can't be controlled, Cass is DQ'd.
The Villains def. Enzo & Cass via DQ
Post match, Cass gives Gotch the East River Crossing.
Mess with the Enzo, you get the Cass.
Backstage, Tom Phillips asks if Sami Zayn considers himself the underdog tonight. Zayn says yes because Del Rio has already won a MITB match. He's interrupted by the Pride of Mexico. ADR says that becoming champ is for men like him, not people like Sami.
Backstage, Teddy Long comes into Steph's office dancing to his theme music he's playing on his phone! He talks about how strong the tag division is and proposes a fatal 4-way for the tag titles involving the Vaudevillains, Enzo & Cass, the Club, & and the New Day. Stephanie asks Teddy how he even got past security. He says he bribed his way in. After she tells him to leave, she calls marketing to make the match that Teddy suggested.
Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio
ADR has very early control, but as Raw is about to go to break, Sami turns it around with a back flip off the barricade on to Del Rio.
Raw returns as Sami is fighting his way back in control. A backstabber gives Del Rio control again and Sami has to withstand ADR's offense. Sami is able to fight back and go for the Helluva kick but ADR gets the boots up. Del Rio then sets Sami up on the ropes to go for his stomp finisher. After some fighting from Zayn, Del Rio hits the stomp finisher for the 1-2-3.
Del Rio def. Sami Zayn via pinfall
Backstage, Dean Ambrose walks by KO backstage. Owens tells Dean he should worry about him tonight. Kevin thinks Dean has been more off the deep end than usual.
They play Roman Reigns package regarding his history with Seth Rollins.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens
The fight spills outside early. KO tosses Ambrose against the barricade picks up a headset, and starts barking at Byron. He can't say much as Dean jumps on the announce table and jumps on him.
The fight makes its way back into the ring and Owens takes control. KO goes to the top rope and Dean meets him there and hits a big superplex. The new men trade moves. KO goes for the Pop Up Powerbom but Dean turns it into a huricanrana. KO rolls outside and Dean goes for a suicide dive... but Owens catches him and runs him into the apron. The KO gets on the apron and hits a frog splash on to Dean on the floor!
Owens gets Dean in the ring and tosses him against the ropes for the Pop Up Powerbomb. However, Dean is able to catch KO in the Dirty Deeds for the 1-2-3.
Ambrose def. Owens via pinfall
After the match, Ambrose grabs a ladder and climbs up to grab the briefcase. KO runs back and knocks the ladder down, sending Ambrose into the top rope.
Another Darren Young/Bob Backlund video. It's the same one from SmackDown where Backlund talks about how he doesn't run.
Charlotte/Dana Brooke/Becky/Natalya segment
Charlotte and Dana Brooke come to the ring. Charlotte says she wants to apologize. She says that when she told Ric Flair he was dead to her, she just meant professionally. She still wants to be family but she doesn't want him in her spotlight.
Nattie and Becky interrupt to say they aren't believing a word she's saying. Nattie says that the way Charlotte treated her father was disgusting. Becky says that's what the champ does - she uses people. Becky then tries to warn Dana that the same is going to happen to her.
Dana seems a bit concerned like she perhaps buying into Bex and Nattie. Dana slowly backs away from Charlotte, but then turns and attacks Nattie. The allows Brooke and Charlotte to take out the other two.
There's a Shining Stars video promo. So they're still around.
Tyler Breeze (w/Fandango) vs. R-Truth (w/Goldust)
They play a pretaped promo where Tyler is telling Fandango that he had a procedure where all of the hair follicles were removed from his body!!!
Early on, Fandango tries to distract truth, Goldust tries to fight him, then fight spills into the ring, and the match ends up getting thrown out. Golden Truth go at Breeze-ango, who bail.
Teddy Long comes out... AND MAKES IT A TAG TEAM MATCH! HE DID IT!
Well... I have some bad news... he didn't do it. He got escorted out by security instead.
On his way out, Steph tells him that there isn't going to be some old, pathetic fool running SmackDown. Instead, it's going to be someone young and smart. She says it's not going to be Shane McMahon but it's going to be her.
Throughout the night, they played small Muhammad Ali videos showing tweets from different WWE talent remembering him. Now they play a longer one about his connection with pro-wrestling.
The Club vs. New Day
The New Day cut a pre-match promo about how the club of the WWE Tag Team Champions is the only club that matters.
The match starts with a brawl with all 6 men. Outside, Kofi and Big E are taken out. AJ and Woods are in the ring. Woods does a leap over the top rope onto Gallows and goes back in on AJ. However, as they fight onto the apron, Karl Anderson kicks Woods and then AJ Styles hits a Styles Clash on Xavier on the floor! This match hasn't even started yet!
Raw goes to break and comes back. During the break, the New Day had to take Woods to the back and when it comes back, Big E and Kofi are walking to the ring as serious as can be.
The match starts up and Kofi starts off and he is fighting angry. Big E tags in and he takes it to Anderson. However, outside, Big E takes a Pele from AJ and a boot from Gallows and now the Club are in control. Big E is face in peril for awhile until Kofi gets the hot tag and he is fired up. He goes after AJ, hits the Boom Drop and sets up for Trouble in Paradise but Gallows interferes.
The match returns to Kofi and AJ in the ring, but after he hits the SOS on Styles, Anderson breaks up the pin and the match breaks down, with men hitting moves on each other. The last move was AJ hitting the Phenomenal Forearm on Kofi for the 1-2-3.
The Club def. the New Day
After the match, the Club keeps beating on the New Day until Cena makes the save. But after Cena fends off Anderson and Gallows. AJ is able to get the jump on Cena and leaves him laying. However, Kofi flies in and takes out AJ and Big E and Cena dole out a Big E and AA and they stand tall at the end.
That's the show, folks. Thanks for watching with us!