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WWE Raw results, live blog (June 7, 2021): Tag team battle royal

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WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 7, 2021) from the ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in the very same venue.

Advertised for tonight: a tag team battle royal to determine the next top contenders to the Raw tag team titles featuring The New Day, RK-Bro, Lucha House Party, The Viking Raiders, and Mace & T-Bar, a contract signing for the upcoming Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre WWE championship match, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick 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.)


Your eyes tell the stories of a day you wish you could recall the moments that once have, retract the footsteps that brought us to this favor. I wouldn’t ask this of you, because I’m here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Randy Orton making his entrance, flanked by Matt Riddle.

AJ Styles and Omos make their entrance.

Styles gets on the mic in the entry for a State of the Tag Team Division address, and says they’re going to defend their tag titles when WWE goes back on the road. Styles sings the praises of each team in the match and they go back and forth for a while talking about nothing of much importance.

The Miz makes his entrance in a wheelchair, flanked by John Morrison. Miz says the tag division has become dry, and that’s why Morrison brought his drip stick, to moisten things up.


We get RKOs for both New Day guys and Lince and go to break before the bell.

Extinction (Mace & T-BAR) vs. John Morrison vs. Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. RKBRO (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal)

Battle royal chaos, Morrison and Dorado getting into it and trying and failing to eliminate one another, John at one point blasting Lince with the drip stick and then eliminating him! Extinction dump Morrison and cut a swathe through the rest of the teams! Orton turns around into the double goozle, but Riddle saves his partner! Matt eats the double chokebomb, Vikings get into it with Extinction!

A brawl breaks out, T-BAR and Mace get dumped and we go back to break.

Back from commercial, Raiders running hot but Riddle fights back with kicks, RKO blocked, Ivar pops him up... SPRINGBOARD HART ATTACK! Riddle gets eliminated, New Day go to town on Ivar, chopping the big viking down with kicks! Erik eliminates Woods, up and over and he lays Kofi out with shotgun knees! Slamming Ivar into Kingston, Randy posts Warbeard and drops Erik with a series of lariats!

Snap scoop powerslam, float over Ivar, cartwheel into a knee, Erik staggers the Viper, Warbeard slams him and then gets dropped by a double stomp from Kofi! Riddle runs interference, Randy eliminates Kofi, Vikings eliminate Orton...

Viking Raiders win, last eliminating Randy Orton to become #1 contenders to the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.

We get a video package recapping the Raw Women’s Championship title scene of the last few weeks.

Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are hanging out backstage when Charlotte Flair rolls up.

She asks for her loss to Nikki Cross to be stricken from her record but there’s nothing they can do. Flair claims they’re both jealous of her, and Rhea Ripley rolls up. She says she respects Nikki and should have taken her seriously, so if anybody deserves a rematch against her tonight, it’s her. Deville pitches a tag match, Rhea and Charlotte against Nikki and a partner of her choosing.

Flair says she can be professional about it and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get a recap of our opening match.

Cut to Viking Raiders backstage celebrating and making plans to go get turkey legs. AJ Styles and Omos roll up, the big man eating a turkey leg, and Styles says that to them, they’re just wannabe vikings who don’t use electricity or deodorant. Erik says the way he lives honors the vikings that came before him, and if they have a problem with that, they have a problem with them.

A video package for Alexa Bliss follows.

Elias is in the ring to play us a song.

He talks about how he had to split from Jaxson Ryker to preserve his sanity, saying he saw the ghosts of war in his cold eyes. Ryker attacks him from behind and lays him out!

And so we go to break.

Elias vs. Jaxson Ryker

Ryker on the attack early, out and back in, clubbing away, whip reversed, a clothesline sends the Drifter to the floor! Back inside, Elias back in the fight, big spinebuster gets a two count and Jaxson has to slap himself in the face to refocus! Right hands, Manhattan Drop, fireman’s carry but Ryker grabs a fistful of beard to slip out before planting him with a thrust spinebuster!

Elias runs away, referee Shaun Bennett counts...

Jaxson Ryker wins by countout.

Drew McIntyre makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, a table is set up in the ring with Drew McIntyre sitting at it for a contract signing.

Sonya Deville and five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce are present to host the signing, and Deville introduces Bobby Lashley. Lashley doesn’t enter and Drew says he’s not waiting, and he knows how it’d go anyway. He narrates Bob making his entrance and talking about how he’s had title shot after title shot but he’s missing the point.

There’s a story McIntyre loved growing up about Robert the Bruce. He lost a couple big battles in his first year and he had to go into hiding, spending three months in a cave. He looked up in the cave and saw a spider trying and failing to make a web. The spider kept getting back up and he sympathized with the spider but told him to give up.

But eventually the spider made the web and the Bruce got another army together and won Scotland’s freedom at the battle of Bannockburn. Robert said (paraphrased) if at first you don’t succeed, beat Lashley’s ass at Hell in a Cell and win back your championship. Montel Vontavious Porter appears on the tron and says some business has to be discussed before any pens go to paper.

Lashley, MVP, and their entourage make their entrance at this point.

MVP congratulates Drew on manipulating his way into facing the champion once again, and asks Pearce how he’s going to reward the champ for his compliance last week. Bob says he wants this to be Drew’s last title match against him ever, and McIntyre agrees, if he loses, but he needs something in return. He wants a match with no outside interference, inside Hell in a Cell.

Lashley agrees, Adam and Sonya sign off on it, Drew signs and then Bob signs, and the match is official! McIntyre has some last words— he’s been in the Cell and Lashley hasn’t, and he knows you’ll never be the same afterward. But he’s willing to go through all of it again just to inflict punishment on Bob like he’s never felt before.

He doesn’t know what Lashley believes in but he should start praying, because the only mercy he’s getting is a Claymore between the eyes.


Nikki Cross is interviewed backstage.

She says this is something that’s been inside of her the whole time and she just needs to remember that it doesn’t matter if you’re the prettiest or the strongest, it’s her tenacity that helps her succeed, and the only thing she would regret is not taking the chance. She’s got a tag partner in mind and introduces her... Asuka!

Nobody is ready for Nikki Cross and Asuka.

But we are ready for Sheamus to make his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, we get a hype reel for WWE’s return to live touring.

Sheamus gets on the mic before our next match can begin, complaining of the injustice of these two gobshites getting a chance to wrestle for his title after breaking his bleedin’ face. If he wasn’t under strict doctor’s orders to avoid messing up his nose... Carrillo and Ricochet make like they’re gonna dive on him and he backs off!

Ricochet blasts Humberto off the apron and squares up with Sheamus and we go to break before the match can actually begin.

Humberto Carrillo vs. Ricochet (WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match)

Back from commercial, the match is joined in progress, Ricochet working Carrillo over in the corner. Forearms on forearms, O’Connor roll blocked, springboard crossbody from Humberto... NOPE! One-arm deadlift powerbomb... STILL NO! Forearms in the corner, back body drop puts him on the apron, jockeying for position, Carrillo knocks him to the floor with a kick and follows it with a suicide dive!

Back inside, missile dropkick... NOT ENOUGH! Scoop and a slam, nobody home on the moonsault, Humberto rolls through and lands on his feet but Ricochet turns him inside out with a lariat and follows it with a German suplex! To the apron... SPANISH FLY TO THE FLOOR LEAVES BOTH GUYS DOWN AND OUT! Referee Rod Zapata counts, neither man can make it...

The match goes to a double countout draw.

New Day are seen hanging out backstage, Xavier Woods wanting to paint a hole on a wall somewhere, Road Runner style, when Montel Vontavious Porter rolls up.

He wants to talk business with Kofi Kingston and says he’s been impressed with his work lately. Kofi says he’s got stuff to do and MVP suggests that before he represented Bobby Lashley, he was a Kofi guy, and he talks about how proud he was of Kingston for winning the WWE Championship. KofiMania was everything and then it just ended, and he knows he doesn’t want to talk about it but suggests that he caught a glimpse of that Kofi again last week, until he shook Drew’s hand and looked comfortable with being a loser.

KofiMania ended because Kofi let it, and there are no friends in show business. But he knows he wants to be back here shucking and jiving with his friends— Kingston cuts him off and talks about the little kids watching Raw and learning to believe in themselves because of him, and why does Bob fight, money? MVP says he fights for honor, prestige, and the accoutrements of being champ, and walks off to send us to break.

Back from commercial, we get another Eva Marie vignette, this time advertising her for Raw next week.

We get another recap of our opening match.

Mansoor is working out backstage when Mustafa Ali rolls up to ask if he’s ready. Mansoor says he is, and Ali says he isn’t, because he’s ready to fight fair and square, but Drew Gulak isn’t going to fight fair. He leaves Mansoor deep in thought.

Jeff Hardy gets an inset promo during his entrance, complaining about how locker room vets don’t get respect like they used to, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Cedric Alexander gets an inset promo about how last week was only a taste and he’s taking his legacy to new heights tonight by beating Jeff Hardy.

Cedric Alexander vs. Jeff Hardy

Back and forth in the feeling out, Alexander with a dropkick, choking Hardy in the turnbuckles, dropkick to the back and a reverse chinlock applied. Jeff fights out, mat slam cuts him off, trading punches, leg-feed solebutt sends Cedric spiraling to the floor! Off the ropes, Alexander cuts him off with an elbow, cover... NOPE!

Wristlock, chest kicks, clubbing blows, back to the reverse chinlock! Hardy fights out, right hands get a solebutt, whip to the corner, up to the second for a tijeras! Lariat follows, Atomic Drop into a Russian legsweep, double leg drop victory roll pin... NOT ENOUGH! Twist of Fate blocked, fakeout into a basement dropkick to the knees, Alexander with a Jackhammer of all things... STILL NO!

Cedric on the second, mocking Jeff but he dives into a boot... TWIST OF FATE! Hardy goes up top...

Jeff Hardy wins by pinfall with the Swanton Bomb.

Rhea Ripley is stretching backstage when Charlotte Flair backs into her and demands that she follow her lead and leave Asuka to her. Ripley tells her that her title makes up for her experience so she better follow her lead tonight.

Nikki Cross makes her entrance to send us to break.

Asuka & Nikki Cross vs. Charlotte Flair & Rhea Ripley

Flair and Cross to start, Charlotte shoving her down and demanding Ripley tag in. Rhea obliges, collar and elbow, the champ drops her but wastes time taunting Flair and gets taken down into a schoolboy for two! Tag to Asuka, back to the lockup, side headlock, shot off, drop down, duck the boot! Asuka dances, off the ropes, shoulder block, they get into a shoving match but Rhea headbutts her to break it up!

Asuka with the octopus hold, Flair tags in and breaks it up, hammering Asuka with chops! Cross tags in, float over the slam, shove her off, tag back to the Empress. Working a wristlock, arm wringer, reversed, Charlotte with a side headlock and Rhea tags her out. Malfunction at the junction, Asuka hits a hip attack on Ripley and knocks her to the floor!

Rhea shoves Charlotte on her way back inside, Flair pulls her off the apron and decks her with a forearm! Referee Darrick Moore yells at them and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Cross has a side headlock in, step-up into a tornado headlock takeover, up and over, back body drop to the apron, big right hand and a shoulder thrust, roll through schoolboy... NOPE! Big delayed suplex gets Ripley a two count, Flair tags in, Nikki almost takes her out with a sunset flip after another malfunction at the junction!

Tags made, sliding kick from Asuka, hip attack takes Flair out, Codebreaker connects but Charlotte returns to run interference! Rhea catches the Alarm Clock, northern lights into the bridge... NOPE! Suplex, hip attack, Flair and Ripley end up brawling while referee Darrick Moore tries and fails to restore order... NATURAL SELECTION! Cross takes her chance...

Asuka & Nikki Cross win by pinfall with a lateral press from Cross on Rhea Ripley.

Alexa Bliss is in the playground with Lilly.

She earmuffs the doll and reminds us that Shayna Baszler said she’s just a stupid doll, but she’s wrong, and she promises it’ll be a real scream when Shayna joins them later tonight.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of the contract signing between Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley earlier tonight.

Drew Gulak vs. Mansoor

Gulak in control early after a body slam against the ropes, going to work on Mansoor’s leg, ankle lock, stepping on the back of his neck! Mansoor ducks a lariat, whip to the corner, boot up, folding press gets Drew a two-count! Oklahoma roll, no good, looking for a handful of tights, Mansoor reverses...

Mansoor wins by pinfall with a side press.

Backstage, Randy Orton gives Matt Riddle the key to his mouth and he opens it up.

Riddle rambles on at length about what their adventures as a tag team should be like until Randy shushes him again and he locks his mouth after asking if he’s gonna come out to his match tonight. Orton is noncommittal and Matt gives him his key again to send us to break.

Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Riddle

Double leg to start, Kingston throwing headbutts in return, whip across, Stinger Splash into a snapmare, Penalty Kick, only two! Big splash, another two, Riddle with the big senton for a nearfall of his own! Back and forth with strikes, Randy Orton makes his entrance, Kofi drops Matt with a springboard dropkick and then knocks Randy out with a baseball slide!

Action to the floor, Kofi dives on Riddle and Orton and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Riddle boots Kingston into the corner, charging forearms into the exploder suplex, off the ropes with a Penalty Kick! Drawing him up, Kofi floats over the suplex, boots up on the charge, springboard Frankensteiner goes kind of awry but the follow-up stomp lands clean... NO! Looking for the springboard German suplex, Kofi blocks, up top, jockeying for position... SHADOWS OVER HELL!

Cover... RIDDLE BRIDGES OUT! Bodyscissors puts Kingston out of the ring, Riddle gets himself together, misses with a knee, forearm sends Kofi back to the floor! Attacking him against the announce table, forearms and kicks, back inside, cutting Kingston off with a knee strike, hanging DDT connects! Kofi blocks the RKO, Matt ducks Trouble in Paradise, fall-forward Tombstone blocked, Kingston has him this time...

Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise.

Backstage, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler yell at each other over Reginald and Alexa Bliss and whether or not Shayna needs Nia’s help, which she does not want.

And so we go to break.

Back from commercial, Alexa’s Playground is set up inside the ThunderDome.

Alexa Bliss talks to Lilly for a moment before Shayna Baszler comes storming down.

Bliss wants Baszler to apologize to the doll but Shayna scoffs and calls her delusional before blaming her for the loss of the tag titles. Alexa calls her silly and Lilly says something to her, which causes her to solemnly tell Baszler it’d be in her best interests to apologize. Shayna snatches the doll out of her hands and mockingly apologizes... for her being a stupid doll.

She drops Lilly and Alexa attacks, taking her down and beating on her with forearms! Baszler steps on the doll and stares her down, at which point Bliss freezes... SHAYNA STOMPS THE DOLL! The lights flicker and Baszler leaves the ring, but the camera follows her backstage as the lights continue to flicker and things fall down near her.

The Queen of Spades beats a hasty retreat but finds the doors locked.

The lights go out all the way for a moment as she continues to try and find a way out, slipping through an open door and barricading herself inside an office. Pausing momentarily in front of a mirror, she sees that Lilly is in the office with her, but when she turns around, she’s not there! Back to the mirror, she still sees the doll, and she breaks the mirror in her terror!

Shayna screams.

That’s the show, folks.