WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 15, 2020) from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, with the fallout show after Backlash.
Advertised for tonight: Seth Rollins has invited Rey Mysterio and his son Dominik to Raw, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JUNE 15
I know weather’s gonna be fine, but I can’t see you ‘cross the streamline. My love waits for me in daytime, but I can’t see you through the snowblind. But I wasn’t there for you, and yet I am here to liveblog this pro wrestling show.
The show opens with the intro video.
Randy Orton makes his entrance.
He gets on the mic and cuts a promo about his victory over Edge last night and how he knew Edge was never going to be the competitor he used to be, and how Edge reminded him of how it feels to be the Legend Killer. He wishes he was here so he could thank him, and it’s not just because he punted him in the head, it’s because he tore Edge’s tricep clean off the bone.
He knew it the moment it happened and he could have ended the match there but Randy wanted to torture him, and make it clear that his career was over. He knows Edge is in surgery right now, but he’ll be cleared in July of 2029, and he’d be happy for their paths to cross once again.
He comes down and asks Randy what kind of man he thinks he is, and he says he’s cold, he’s calculating, and he’s a son of a bitch. He says Edge never quits, and he’s not gonna quit now, and Orton doesn’t get a say in how this story ends. Randy says he can’t believe Christian would interrupt him, this isn’t about him and it never has been nor ever will be. He’s just jealous of his friend Edge, and Orton sees that look, he knows what he wants— one more match.
Christian says absolutely not, he’s just here to defend Edge, but Randy says he and Edge are the same and he knows he can’t accept that. He knows he’s not medically cleared, but he’s got a way around that— Christian vs. Orton, unsanctioned, tonight. And if Christian doesn’t accept tonight, the offer expires and it proves that we all know he’s nothing more than a coward.
Angel Garza and Zelina Vega are interviewed backstage.
Vega says no arguments are happening in their group, and nobody cost anybody a match. Garza says he was just trying to help Andrade, but when you care deeply about something you have to be willing to let it go. He can only imagine his heartbreak, but he knows he’s going to get over it. They feel for Kevin Owens because yet again, Angel is going to have to prove that he’s inferior.
Garza asks for a special post-match interview, and Andrade “Cien” Almas rolls up to shake his hand and wish him luck, saying he hopes he can beat Kevin Owens, and if he doesn’t, he gets over his disappointment.
We go to break with the knowledge that the match is next.
Angel Garza vs. Kevin Owens
Hot and heavy from the start, Frye/Takayama punches, and Andrade “Cien” Almas interrupts. Forearms and chops, continuing to bring the violence, Garza bails and comes back in with a jawbreaker over the ropes. Owens smashes his face into the turnbuckles, Almas tries to return him to the ring, Vega gets between them and walks off to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Garza’s in control and working the leg over. Charging in, sidestep the Bronco Buster, Owens nails him with a kick to the back of the head and chops in the corner! Enzuigiri from the apron, Angel up top for a missile dropkick for two! Clubbing blows, kneeling bow-and arrow, Kev fights out, headbutt, off the ropes, Almas cuts him off!
Garza gets distracted by him being up on the apron, kick to the gut...
Kevin Owens wins by pinfall with the Stunner.
Zelina Vega returns to ringside in the aftermath as Garza and Almas bicker. She yells at them to listen to her and that they both want the same thing so they need to stop fighting against each other and start fighting together, and an uneasy peace settles over them.
A recap of Lashley/McIntyre from last night follows.
Montel Vontavious Porter and Bobby Lashley are backstage, and MVP promises he’s gonna get everything he’s got coming to him, on his word.
An interview rolls up but they don’t want to talk because they’re busy strategizing. Porter gives her the story she should be reporting, about Bob getting cheated out of his victory.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, MVP and Bobby Lashley make their entrance.
Porter gets on the mic and says Lashley had his night ruined last night and Drew McIntyre had the unmitigated gall to capitalize on the situation. Lana was thirsty for attention and it’s exclusively her fault that the WWE Championship isn’t around Bob’s waist right now, and if Drew had any integrity he would have given him a rematch on the spot, but instead he’s hiding behind another man’s wife.
She wants to be clear, it was Bobby’s stupid idea to banish her from ringside, but he knows she’d never do anything to hurt him, and she’d even put his career over hers. She got divorced for him, even! MVP yells at her and calls her a thot, and she tells him he’s a snake who’s trying to ruin their relationship.
MVP fires back that he got Lashley a WWE Championship shot, Lana claims that she and Bob were on a roll, and Lashley says she’s not capable of winning anything but likes on social media, and he’s sick and tired of her putting their lives out there just because she wanted to be famous. Lana calls him delusional and says if she wanted to get famous off her sex life, she would have slept with somebody more famous, like Drew.
Bob wants a divorce, and he and MVP leave together.
We get a recap of the whole Street Profits / Viking Raiders situation.
The two teams are interviewed backstage.
Last night they had to join forces to face the enemy, who were ninjas, and should ever the WWE be threatened again, Viking Profits will assemble for a cinematic universe with merchandise and an animated series.
Akira Tozawa and his ninjas roll up and demand a sequel. He’s told there’s no spot for them in a sequel, but if they want another fight, they can get it any time. The huge ninja from last night rolls up, Profits hold the Vikings back, and the ninjas leave to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Street Profits make their entrance and party with the crowd.
Akira Tozawa & Some Ninjas (???, ???, & ???) vs. Viking Profits (Angelo Dawkins, Erik, Ivar, & Montez Ford)
Erik blasts a ninja right out the gates, the match breaks down in short order...
Viking Profits win by pinfall with a diving splash from Montez Ford on A Ninja.
Post-match, Tozawa and the big ninja get in the ring, and the Viking Profits have a huddle. They want the smoke, and—
BIG SHOW IS HERE! HE CHOKESLAMS SOME NINJAS AND TOZAWA AND THE BIG GUY RUN AWAY!
Seth Rollins is shown walking backstage.
He talks about how he’s going to the ring to deliver a message to the Mysterios, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of tonight’s opening segment, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Backstage, Christian is talking on the phone about how he knows all the risks involved here and he doesn’t know what he’s gonna do.
A recap of Seth Rollins nearly ending Rey Mysterio’s career follows.
Rollins makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He says last week he came out here and sat at the commentary desk and kindly invited Mysterio to come to Raw this week and, yes he’s not technically medically cleared, but he just wanted to have a peaceful conversation and clear the air. The fact is Rey is a hero, and he sacrificed himself for the greater good.
Sadly, Rey declined the invitation and took the coward’s way out, but fortunately his son Dominick has taken it upon himself to come here on behalf of the family. And so— Mysterio interrupts via satellite. He says not to worry about him right now but he didn’t know his son was headed to Raw until it was too late.
He knows what Seth is capable of, so he’s giving him one warning. Rollins says he has no intention of hurting him, he just wants to help him, and he needs Rey’s help for that, to encourage Dominick to join him and Buddy Murphy and Austin Theory. Rey calls him crazy in Spanish and says his son will never join him, which gets Rollins to say he’s left with few options.
His men are going to find him and bring him here, but if Dominick isn’t part of the solution, he’s part of the problem, and if he’s part of the problem, he must be sacrificed. Mysterio says if he or any of his goons touch his son, he’ll end them. Seth heard loud and clear, an eye for an eye, eh? Fortunately for Dominick, Rey doesn’t make his decisions, and he’s got two roads to take.
Either he stands by Rollins, joins his cause, stands on the right side of history, or he can make the choice his father did, and he can become a sacrifice as well. Either way he wants to thank him... DOMINICK BLINDSIDES HIM WITH A NORTHERN LARIAT! The younger Mysterio puts Rollins into the steel steps after beating on him and Murphy and Theory arrive!
He sidesteps them and bails through the crowd!
MVP and Lashley are hanging out backstage when R-Truth rolls up.
He wants to give his condolences for Bob getting sent to Claymore Country, wherever that is, but he can’t think of the word. He tells him his divorce is a raw deal, haha it’s funny because the name of the show. He’s teaming with Drew later tonight and he’s happy to back it up, and he runs off when the erstwhile Beat Down Clan get threatening.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley and MVP are stalking backstage looking for R-Truth.
He’s struggling under a ring screaming about somebody trying to get his baby, and attributes it to ninja problems as Drew McIntyre rolls up. Porter tells McIntyre he may have left with the title, but he doesn’t see a champion, and he should worry less about protecting this clown and more about Lashley.
And if Drew had any integrity, he’d put the title on the line, and Truth should put the 24/7 on the line and make their tag match winner takes all. Truth wants to do it but McIntyre is reticent, but Lashley goads him into accepting.
Iconic Duo (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce) vs. Liv Morgan & Natalya
Royce and Morgan to start, but Natalya tags herself in. Peyton with a hard right, whip Nattie into the corner but she gets flapjacked to the apron. A scorpion kick staggers Neidhart and the working over begins. Tag in relatively short order, Liv comes in hot, spin-out facebuster, whip reversed, back elbow out of the corner sets up a missile dropkick for a nearfall!
Royce distracting the ref, Morgan with a nearfall on a schoolboy, tag made...
Iconic Duo win by pinfall with their double team facebuster on Liv Morgan.
Post-match, the Iconics call Sasha Banks and Bayley out, saying that’s what happens when they fight one team, not two, and they challenge them to a tag title match on Raw next week. But alas, they know the champs are cowards and want to duck the match, so they know somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody (etc) who can make the match.
Big Show rolls up on Christian backstage.
Show says Orton wants an unsanctioned match so he can do whatever he wants, and he just wants Christian to be aware of the danger. The way he sees it, there’s one of two ways to go about this— either understand he should step back, or go in the ring and shut Orton’s mouth.
Christian thanks him and says he knows what he has to do, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Natalya is backstage trying to keep her cool but berates Liv Morgan for lacking discipline.
It makes perfect sense why Ruby Riott let her go, she says, and Liv walks off as she continues complaining about being humiliated by a division full of ingrates. Lana rolls up and says she was supposed to be married to the WWE Champion now but instead she got humiliated in front of the entire world. She gave her all to the partnership and all she got was a divorce, and she’s sick and tired of being blamed.
Nattie says she gets it.
Christian is on the stage, pacing, when an interview rolls up.
He says he’s proud of his WWE career and everything he’s accomplished, and he has nothing to prove to Randy Orton or anybody else, but he’s not going to be disrespected. Orton wants to give him one more match? He accepts!
MVP rolls up on Apollo Crews backstage and congratulates him on his United States Championship.
Crews says he’s proud to be a fighting champion, and Porter says it’s commendable to take on every comer, but it’s not about that, it’s about fighting the right person, the right time, for the right amount of money, and he’s about to take on Shelton Benjamin, but that’s how you find yourself burning out and becoming a former champion.
So you need someone to navigate the pitfalls for you, and MVP says that can be him. Apollo says if he’s not a fighting champion, then he’s no champion at all, so thanks but no thanks. Montel hands him the title and says the only way he’s keeping it is with him in his corner, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ric Flair is backstage asking Charlotte what’s next.
Someone has to be getting under her skin, he says, but she says she does what she wants, and wooos at him by way of an answer.
Shelton Benjamin gets an inset promo where he says Apollo should take MVP’s advice, because he knows what it’s like to be young and want to be a fighting champion, but he’s gonna need the help.
Apollo Crews (c) vs. Shelton Benjamin (WWE United States Championship)
Collar and elbow, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, duck the lariat, dropkick from Crews! Stinger Splash, sidestep, big German suplex from Benjamin as MVP watches backstage! Corner knee gets a shockingly deep two, half nelson chinlock, trading forearms with abandon, Apollo nails him with a back elbow and follows it up with an enzuigiri!
Standing moonsault... NOPE! Military press, Shelton slips out, schoolboy and his feet on the ropes but referee Chad Patton catches him! Crews witha schoolboy and a handful of ropes himself...
Apollo Crews wins by pinfall with a schoolboy and a handful of ropes to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Backstage, R-Truth is shadowboxing when Akira Tozawa rolls up with some of his ninjas, including a referee ninja.
Truth threatens to get his Jaden Smith on and kick all of them, and they run off as Drew McIntyre rolls up. Drew gives a talking to about taking their match seriously. He understands, no jokes, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for the Undertaker documentary series The Last Ride.
We get a video package for Asuka’s reign as WWE Raw Women’s Champion.
Asuka is interviewed backstage.
She says Nia Jax started this fight, and she’ll end it.
Drew McIntyre is shown pacing backstage when R-Truth rolls back up.
He says he’s spoke to the powers that be, and the only title that will be on the line tonight is the WWE Championship. Drew is, uh, not happy, but Truth says he needs somebody to believe in him, and he knows how painful it is to lose a championship.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Viking Profits are trying to figure out the next step in their feud.
Vikings suggest a chariot race and Big Show is there. They thank him for his help with the extra-large ninja and he says it was his pleasure and thanks them for the merch. He’s enjoyed their rivalry and he knows how to settle it— Profits are tag champs, Vikings are former tag champs, tag title match next week. Boom.
Big Show offers up a sort of disco remix of “We want the smoke”, and everybody dances.
Bobby Lashley & Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Drew McIntyre (c) & R-Truth (WWE Championship)
McIntyre and Lashley to start, circling, collar and elbow, fighting into the ropes, Drew breaks dirty with a pieface and Bob gets in his face. Shove gets a forearm and chops, champ backing him into the corner, whip across, Lashley explodes with a lariat, but gets caught by a headbutt and a lariat in return!
In the corner, tearing at Bob’s face, Lashley fires off a forearm, a clubbing blow, backing Drew into the corner and working him over with elbows! Charging shoulder thrust, tag to Porter, double whip but McIntyre gets a knee and a spinebuster and some breathing room. Jumping neckbreaker takes Montel out, lying in wait, blind tag from Truth!
Ron charges in, overhead belly-to-belly catches him, tag to Lashley! Throwing Truth into the barricade, we go to break with the title in danger.
Back from commercial, the heels are continuing to work R-Truth over. Drive-By misses, Truth lays him out with a leg lariat and the path is clear. Tag made, Drew in hot, overhead belly-to-belly, looking for Future Shock, denied, back elbow, arm wringer, tag to Montel. McIntyre blasts him off the apron, smashes him into the barricade and throws him back inside.
Off the top, diving brain chop into a kip-up, Future Shock connects but Lashley breaks it up! Jockeying for position... CLAYMORE! Truth wants the tag, Drew gives it to him, with the assist...
Drew McIntyre & R-Truth win by pinfall with an assisted splash on MVP.
Ric Flair has a chat with Christian backstage, knowing a thing or two about breaking retirements. He warns him not to get hurt, but Christian says he’s not going to regret it, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get an ad for tonight’s edition of Raw Talk.
Bayley and Sasha Banks make their entrance and get on the mic.
They talk up their successful defense of the tag titles, and they’re in the mood to celebrate. Not only that, but today is Bayley’s birthday, so they thought they’d make it a whole birthday week celebration, including their title defense on NXT. They dismiss the Iconic Duo’s challenge from earlier—
Enter the Iconic Duo.
They want a real answer, but the champs say it doesn’t matter who you throw against them, because the end result is the same. The Iconics request a wambulance and remind them that they lost the titles them before. They slap Sasha, Bayley screams about it being her birthday and accepts the title match, which leads to bickering between her and Banks as Royce and Kay walk off.
We get a recap of the whole Seth Rollins / Dominick Mysterio deal from earlier.
Nia Jax makes her entrance and gets an inset where she says last night’s double count-out was dumb luck, and we go to break.
Asuka (c) vs. Nia Jax (WWE Raw Women’s Championship)
Asuka with a dropkick out the gates only to get hammered by a lariat. Short-arm lariats follow, Jax drawing her up for more only to be caught in the flying armbar! Nia gets away and rolls to the apron, champion off the ropes, running hip attack sidestepped and Jax hosses her up, jockeying for position to no avail.
Back inside, leg kicks light her up but a forearm drops the Empress! Disdainful kicks, back to the armbar, but Nia is able to get under the ropes for the break! Off the ropes, baseball slide dodged, Jax gets under her... POWERBOMB ON THE FLOOR SENDS US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Jax has an Argentine backbreaker rack locked on, shaking it before she drops Asuka. Upkick from the champ, Codebreaker staggers her challenger, off the ropes, sliding knee... NOPE! Headed up top, Nia cuts her off, jockeying for position, trapped in the Tree of Woe and Asuka hits a running double stomp for two!
Chest kicks ensue, a headbutt, fireman’s carry into the Samoan drop but Asuka’s foot is under the plane of the ropes! Jax angrily shoves referee John Cone to the mat, he’s ready to throw it out but the champ acts fast...
Asuka wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin to retain the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Randy Orton is interviewed backstage.
He asks if Christian is a legend, gets an affirmative answer, and says he agrees. He says unsanctioned means there’s no rules, no regulations, and in a few short minutes, the legend of Christian will be destroyed.
And so we go to break.
Christian vs. Randy Orton (Unsanctioned Match)
Ric Flair makes his entrance during introductions for the unsanctioned match between Randy Orton and Christian and gets in the ring.
He says he’s spoken to Edge and he doesn’t want the match to happen, but Christian says he has to do it.
The bell rings... AND THE NATURE BOY LOW BLOWS CHRISTIAN! Orton off the ropes...
Randy Orton wins by pinfall with the punt.
Post-match, Orton yells in Christian’s face, asking him why he’s here.
Medics hit the ring and tend to Christian as EMTs get the stretcher out while Orton continues to yell about how this is Christian’s fault and he didn’t mean for this to happen.
That’s the show, folks.