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WWE Raw results, live blog (June 27, 2022): John Cena returns

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 27, 2022) from Sames Auto Arena in Laredo, Texas, featuring all the brand’s final push to Saturday’s Money in the Bank premium live event on the Vegas Strip.

Advertised for tonight: The 16 time WWE World champ is here! John Cena returns to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his main roster debut with the WWE Universe, and maybe inch closer to a match with Theory in the process. WWE’s also announced that Kevin Owens match against Ezekiel, Elias or Elrod will be a Money in the Bank qualifier. Those are the only thing advertised as of this writing, but there are more spots to fill in July 2’s Battles for the Briefcases and only five hours of television left before the show — so while we’ll undoubtedly spend a lot of time with Cena, there will be Money in the Bank build as well.

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here.


If you see me bleeding, leave me alone, don’t want you in my world throwing stones. This glass house isn’t yours to call home, so we’re done... game’s over, time for me to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with footage of John Cena walking into the arena and being celebrated by the roster and referees and assorted crew members earlier today.

In the present, a bunch of dudes are in the ring for a battle royal and the Mysterios and Shinsuke Nakamura and Matt Riddle make their entrances to join the match.

Money in the Bank Qualifying Battle Royal

All-out brawling to start, it’s a battle royal. Veer Mahaan beating on Nakamura, he shifts his attention to Akira Tozawa and eliminates him and then Shelton Benjamin right after. Mustafa Ali and the Mysterios trying to eliminate Veer and they hit a double 619 and dump him out of the ring!

Shanky and R-Truth have a dance-off, Truth gets eliminated and then Jinder dumps Shanky! AJ Styles dumps Mahal, T-BAR gets Reggie up in a military press and throws him into the Indian contingent to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Riddle dodges elimination, we see Ali getting eliminated by Ciampa during the break. Tom fails to eliminate Styles and gets eliminated himself! Miz and AJ brawl, the A-Lister gets tripped up but ducks the 619! Basement DDT connects on Mysterio the Elder and Miz fails to eliminate him!

Dolph Ziggler eliminates Dominik, gets into it with Rey, Ziggler and Miz on the apron laying kicks into the greatest of all time and eliminating him with a toss into the barricade! Riddle dangling as they work on him! Ricochet eliminates T-BAR and we go to break.

Back from commercial, more back and forth and Ziggler gets eliminated! Riddle and Nakamura go at it with BattlArts bati-bati slaps, Miz is being tended to on the floor with an injured knee. Matt dumps Shinsuke, Ricochet springboards into an enzuigiri from Styles and gets dumped on the floor!

AJ and Riddle going at it as the final two, throwing strikes, Matt puts him on the apron, but the Miz pulls AJ out and eliminates him, still in the match with his knee miraculously healed! Riddle blocks Skull-Crushing Finale, passes the A-Lister to the apron, hanging DDT connects! RKO reversed into Skull-Crushing Finale!

Miz charges in, Riddle headscissors him over the ropes but the A-Lister stays in the fight! RKO on the apron...

Matt Riddle wins, last eliminating the Miz to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match.

Commentary hypes up the 20 Years of Cena celebration.

Street Profits are backstage hyping up tonight’s show and are joined by John Cena, who talks up their energy and tells them to never forget how good they are.

The Usos make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a bumper with Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Booker T, “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson, Trish Stratus, and Triple H putting John Cena and his legendary career over.

Matt Riddle is interviewed backstage.

He tells Randy Orton that he loves him and that win was for him. He’s been having a rough go of it but John Cena told him not to give up and now he’s going to Money in the Bank.

Jey Uso vs. Montez Ford

Uso in control early, Ford gets a comeback off an up-and-over and a kneeling armbar. Jey to his feet, whip reversed, leapfrog, leapfrog, arm drag back into the armbar! To the apron, Uso trips him up and then throws him into the steel steps to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Uso beating Ford down vigorously in the corner, telling him he doesn’t actually want the smoke, and that gets Montez angry and leads to him dropping Jey with a lariat! Kick combination, standing moonsault... NOPE! Jumping neckbreaker from Uso... STILL NO!

Calling for it, Jey charges in but Ford meets him with a superkick! Running blockbuster... NOT ENOUGH! Dawkins and Jimmy on the floor, fountain of dives, back inside...

Montez Ford wins by pinfall with a frog splash, earning the right to choose the stipulation for their title match at Money in the Bank.

We see the Mysterios walking backstage when they run into Judgment Day.

Finn Balor asks if everyone is forgetting that Rey’s got an anniversary coming up soon too. Royal Rumble winner, multiple-time world champion, loved and respected by everyone, and Finn is confused as to what he’s not teaching Dom. Damian Priest says they’re not picking a fight, they’re just trying to open eyes to the way that leaders lead everyone down the wrong path.

Balor says maybe Dom doesn’t have bad luck, but rather a bad father. Rey challenges them to a tag match next week, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we get a video package celebrating John Cena’s career.

Kevin Patrick is in the ring to interview the Miz.

He’s asked about Logan Paul training for a return to the ring and says they will return as the most must-see tag team in WWE history at SummerSlam. They’ll continue their winning ways, just like they beat the Mysterios at WrestleMania, but Patrick reminds him of his turn on Paul at WrestleMania.

Miz asks if this is journalism and says he’s the biggest full-time superstar in WWE and on Friday he’ll be on the Today Show, plus he has Miz & Mrs., so when a celebrity comes to WWE they want to use his notoriety and his knowledge to become an even bigger star, and his turn was actually just a teaching lesson.

Logan understood and they’re still on the same page and they’ll become tag team champions together one day. Miz says the only disappointment around here is AJ Styles, who targeted him and tried to grab onto his coattails and here we go talking about Miz’s balls again.

Enter AJ Styles, who slides in the ring and decks the Miz, sending him sprawling and us to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for the Undertaker’s one deadman show.

AJ Styles vs. the Miz

Styles in with strikes, he has the advantage until Miz takes things to the floor and we go to break.

Back from commercial, reverse chinlock from the Miz, basement DDT to cut Styles off when he tries to escape! Chest kicks, Styles blocks, looking for the Styles Clash but the A-Lister reverses, roll through, duck a kick, fireman’s carry... USHIGOROSHI FOR TWO!

Styles in, Codebreaker in the corner when he gets hung up and Miz has the advantage! Backbreaker rack, Miz fights out, off the ropes, Busaiku Knee... AJ STYLES KICKS OUT! Skull-Crushing Finale reversed into a victory roll, no dice, brainbuster follows but AJ is slow to capitalize!

Miz decides to take a walk, referee Aja Perera counts...

AJ Styles wins by countout.

We see John Cena backstage giving Ezekiel a pep talk.

He asks if Elias is here and Zeke says he’s somewhere around here but he’s busy.

Austin Theory rolls up to get in his face and talk about how much better he is and take a selfie, but Cena walks off.

Bianca Belair makes her entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial we get another round of praise for John Cena, featuring Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, John “Bradshaw” Layfield, Chris Jericho, Stephanie McMahon, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Bianca Belair is interviewed in the ring.

She says she wishes Carmella was out here because everything she wants to say she wants to say to her face, and you’d think that after winning her #1 contender’s match she’d have the confidence to say it to her face, but Mella had to cheapshot her, and she’s always been a cheater because she thinks she has to and nobody respects her.

It’s not because she’s not good, it’s that Carmella doesn’t respect herself. Bianca knows that Carmella has the potential to be great, but she can’t see it.

Carmella makes her entrance.

She says she’s got it all, beauty and brains, and if she’s not given the respect she deserves, she’ll take it just like she’s gonna take the Raw Women’s Championship on Saturday, because Mella is Money.

Carmella leaves and comes back to try and cheapshot Belair but Bianca has her scouted and drops her all the way to the floor!

Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss are interviewed backstage about competing against each other at Money in the Bank.

Alexa says she likes Liv but she’s ready to compete and Morgan says they’re not friends because friends lift each other up, and she’s gonna knock her off that ladder and claim that contract and change her life forever. She’s learned from John Cena that sometimes you gotta step to someone in your way and let them know their time is up and your time is now.

Liv says she’s gonna win Money in the Bank and beat Bliss tonight, but Alexa says that’s not gonna happen, and we go to break.

Alexa Bliss vs. Liv Morgan

Asuka is on commentary for this one.

Morgan right in with a headlock takeover, headscissors reversal, waistlock, standing switch, another, standing switches all around, Insault to Injury misses, both women go for lariats and end up down and out! Liv charges in, up to the second, Bliss sidesteps, shotgun dropkick for two!

Liv in with a reverse chinlock, really grinding it in, reverse the DDT...

Liv Morgan wins by pinfall with a side victory roll pin.

We get a hype reel for John Cena’s legendary contributions to Make-A-Wish.

Vincent Kennedy McMahon makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial the roster is arrayed on the ramp and Mr. McMahon gives John Cena a big introduction.

John gets on the mic and says this is his WWE birthday and he couldn’t think of a better place to have a birthday. He says tonight isn’t about a moment or a match, this is about us and it’s never lost on him that he stands in this ring because we allow it. Over the years we’ve created an environment for him to be his true self.

We’ve been brave enough to tell him when he sucks and kind enough to tell him when he doesn’t. He’s always wanted to say thank you, and this seems like that right moment. He always says WWE has prepared him for anything, and he’s not talking about movies or whatever, he’s talking about the way we’ve made him a better human being.

We’ve made him a better professional, a better husband, and a better person. He’s been taught empathy, caring, kindness, humility, and perseverance. This isn’t about a last name, it’s about people coming together, and yeah he’s 45 years old and he doesn’t know when he’s gonna wrestle again.

He’s asking us tonight, if you see something that’s good, if you see something that sucks, say something. This has always been about us, we’re just getting started, and if you want some? Come get some.

And we go to break.

Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Bobby Lashley (Handicap Match)

Otis to start, collar and elbow, testing strength against each other, Lashley with a low dropkick and a northern lariat! Bob getting into it with special guest enforcer Austin Theory, Gable cannonballs on him and Dozer follows with a splash to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Lashley overwhelmed two-on-one but he kicks out of a dive! Bob hits an electric chair drop on Otis, he gets the Hurt Lock on Gable...

Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with the Hurt Lock on Chad Gable.

Post-match, Austin Theory slides in the ring and helps Alpha Academy beat Lashley down. He goes to take a selfie and Bob gets out and beats everybody up, hitting a spear on Gable, but Austin runs away from his medicine.

We get a recap of Cody Rhodes’ absolute tour-de-force performance at Hell in a Cell and Seth Rollins’ brutal attack on him on the Raw after, and we’re promised a Cody interview after the break.

Back from commercial, we get an interview with Cody Rhodes, as promised.

He says rehab is rehab and there are highs and lows. He’s in the prime of his career and he won at Hell in a Cell and he’d have loved to have parlayed that momentum into Money in the Bank but he was flying a little too close to the sun, and after Seth’s attack he’s told it’ll be nine months before he’s back and he’s trying to respect that.

This year has one of the most talented Money in the Bank fields, and he puts everyone over and talks about how it’d be something for Seth to win again and successfully cash in. He’s not rooting for anybody, but if Seth wins, he’ll be the first to congratulate him.

John Cena is talking to a crew member backstage when Seth Rollins rolls up.

He has a friendly little chat and tries to relate to John as a fellow Money in the Bank winner and calls Cody Rhodes a chumpstain.

Eventually Omos and MVP roll up.

Porter says they overheard his conversation and talks up the Money in the Bank match, saying it’s a foregone conclusion that his Nigerian Giant is going to win and nothing can stop that. Cena wishes Rollins luck and walks off and that’s the segment.

Becky Lynch makes her entrance and we go to break.

Becky Lynch vs. Doudrop vs. Nikki ASH vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Tamina vs. Xia Li (Money in the Bank Qualifying Elimination Match)

The ring clears in short order, Tamina and Doudrop square up but ASH hits the ring to help her pal. Double whip Snuka into the corner, back body drop to the apron, dropping Nikki and blocking Doudrop with a kick. Right hands, I go to get some soup because I have a migraine and my lovely wife Josie and my girlfriend Mz. Kay inform me...

Becky Lynch eliminates Xia Li.

Lynch and Baszler stacking Doudrop up, she shrugs them off, cannonball in the corner! Becky gets Nikki...

Becky Lynch eliminates Nikki ASH by submission with the Dis-Arm-Her.

Back from commercial, Doudrop wrecking everybody on the floor, back inside Baszler nails her with a knee... SO CLOSE! Getting Tamina up top, we’re all set up... TOWER OF DOOM! Doudrop breaks things up...

Doudrop eliminates Shayna Baszler by pinfall with a low crossbody.

Doudrop slams Becky on the floor, big senton follows, back inside, smashing Tamina into the corner and climbing up...

Doudrop eliminates Tamina by pinfall with a Vader Bomb.

Rolling Lynch back inside, Doudrop with a forearm in the corner, scoop and a slam, headed up top, Becky rolls away from the Vader Bomb! Looking for the Manhandle Slam, blocked, up in the turnbuckles...

Becky Lynch wins, last eliminating Doudrop by pinfall with an avalanche Manhandle Slam to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match.

That’s the show, folks.

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