WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 19, 2023) from the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Money in the Bank Premium Live Event scheduled for early next month in London.
Advertised for tonight: Logan Paul makes his return to WWE television, presumably to set something up for Money in the Bank but it’s unclear exactly what he’ll be doing. Meanwhile, the final women’s Money in the Bank qualifier will take place, as Trish Stratus takes on Raquel Rodriguez. Elsewhere, Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley takes on Natalya, Matt Riddle battles Ludwig Kaiser, and a whole lot more.
Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here. Reminder: GIFs and pics allowed, but no links to illegal streams, please.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JUNE 19
Hey kids, shake it loose together. The spotlight’s hitting something that’s been known to change the weather, and it’s time for me to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Seth Rollins making his entrance for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship open challenge.
He soaks in the crowd singing his song when Finn Balor attacks him from behind and beats him down! They brawl around ringside, Finn laying punches in on the announce desk and throwing Seth into the ringpost! More mounted punches, stomps, referee Chad Patton failing to break it up and road agents Kenn Doane, Jason Jordan, and Adam Pearce come in with a bundle of referees to pull them apart!
Balor breaks away... STEP-UP COUP DE GRACE OFF THE STEEL STEPS! ANOTHER ONE! AND ANOTHER!
And so we go to break!
Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
We go backstage where Seth Rollins is looking for Finn Balor only to get blindsided and beat down by the Prinxe while road agents circle and look for an opening to pull him away! Finn says he’s been waiting seven years for this and it’ll be his at Money in the Bank.
The Miz is in the ring upset that we are not talking about him and how disappointed he is that Seth Rollins isn’t able to hold the open challenge where he was going to accept that challenge and win the title. He talks about how he’s a god here in Cleveland and now he’s going to issue his own open challenge, right here, right now! (Van Halen’s kicking ass in America?)
Tommaso Ciampa makes his entrance, blasting Miz with a boot and accepting the open challenge!
The Miz vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Ciampa hot out the gates with boots, action to the floor, back suplex slam into the announce desk cover! Back inside, Miz on the comeback, basement DDT... NOPE! A boot, Awesome Clothesline in the corner, the A-Lister breathing hard and running hot.
Headed up top, double axehandle off the top countered by a dropkick! Tom picks him up, underhooks...
Tommaso Ciampa wins by pinfall with Fairytale Ending.
Commentary hypes up tonight’s show.
Judgment Day make their entrance, mics in hand, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Finn Balor gets on the mic.
He says Seth Rollins’ little open challenge is canceled because of him, and he’s the only one that’s gonna take the World Heavyweight Championship away from him. And as for the crowd, if they like singing the song so much, they’ll be singing it at his funeral.
Rhea Ripley takes over and says that Finn will take the World Heavyweight Championship home to Judgment Day and she’s got the women’s division locked down. Damian Priest will win Money in the Bank, and her Latino Heat is gonna put down our favorite, Cody Rhodes.
Priest talks about how he’s gonna win Money in the Bank and tells Cody to keep his boy’s name out of his mouth or he’ll never be able to fight anyone again. Dominik Mysterio tries to speak but gets drowned out in boos. He eventually stops waiting and shouts about how he’s challenging Cody to find two partners to have a trios match against them tonight.
We get a Bloodline video package featuring the Usos finally standing up together and united against Roman Reigns.
Byron Saxton interviews Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn backstage.
Owens is upset about being asked about the Bloodline again, Zayn tries to get him to calm down and says they need to talk. He didn’t want to do this in front of people but enough’s enough. KO says it’s just them and Byron, say it. Sami admits that he thinks Kev is a rageoholic and has an anger problem.
Owens is predictably upset, and Zayn says if he can avoid having any other tantrums for the rest of the night, he’ll leave it be, but if he blows up even once he has to admit that there’s a problem. KO accepts his challenge and walks off.
Zayn apologizes to Byron.
Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville make their entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package designed to look like someone scrolling through TikTok that mostly highlights footage of Chelsea Green having hissy fits in public.
Chelsea Green & Sonya Deville vs. Katana Chance & Kayden Carter
Chance and Deville to start, Sonya blasts her with a boot, smashing her into the corner, quick tag from Green and they work her over. Tag made, Carter stacks ‘em up in the corner and smashes ‘em both with an elbow! Dropkick into a splash, duck a lariate from Sonya, superkick connects, stereo quebrada / leg drop combo but Chelsea breaks it up!
Setting Deville up...
Katana Chance & Kayden Carter win by pinfall with the Afterparty on Sonya Deville.
Cody Rhodes makes his entrance for an interview on the stage.
He says Judgment Day are on fire, underhanded as they are, putting Balor, Ripley, and Priest over for their accomplishments and opportunities before reminding us that Dominik is also there. He says it won’t be hard to find two partners and he accepts the trios match tonight, and we go to break.
Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin) vs. Indus Sher (Sanga & Veer Mahaan)
Benjamin with a knee to Veer out the gates, Alexander adds a kick and nails Sanga on the apron and a rising knee from Shelton sends him to the floor! Back inside, Mahaan blasts Benjamin right before Sanga throws Cedric into the barricade!
Shelton eats a cross chop to the throat, Sanga tags in, big boot off the ropes blasts Benjamin hard and Indus Sher taunt for the camera!
Indus Sher win by pinfall with a freight train crossbody from Veer Mahaan on Shelton Benjamin.
Backstage, Sami and Kevin are walking backstage when a guy bumps into Owens and spills water on him. Owens says it’s no problem, it’s all good, he has an idiot problem, not an anger problem, and he can’t blame that guy.
They run into Matt Riddle and he asks Owens if he’s been watching his movies. Kev screams but gets a handle back on it and says they’re great and wishes him luck in his match and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Logan Paul is seated on a ladder in the ring, mic in hand.
He says he feels the love and he sees so many kids in the crowd full of potential and ready to achieve greatness just like he did, and the best people in the world come from right here in Cleveland, from Lebron James to Jerry Lawler to himself.
He talks about how he only became great when he left and how much Cleveland literally stinks. He talks about how Clevelanders keep losing— his brother in his last fight, him to Seth Rollins at WrestleMania, hell Miz lost tonight! But he’s gonna singlehandedly put respect back on this great city’s name.
Because he can he called some executives and got himself a special invitation to the Money in the Bank ladder match, and he’s gonna win and cash in and take a title from whoever he wants, whenever he wants, and he’s coming back to Cleveland to celebrate.
He congratulates Logan on making it into Money in the Bank and says he needs him to understand that he and everyone in this arena all know that the only reason he got into this match in the first place is because Ricochet made Logan Paul go viral at the Royal Rumble.
But honestly he doesn’t care how he got in the match because it doesn’t change his thing at all, because he will walk out of London as Mr. Money in the Bank.
Enter Shinsuke Nakamura.
He makes his case for winning Money in the Bank—
Enter LA Knight.
He talks trash about the other guys here and says he brought Logan Paul a map with exact directions for where he can stick each and every bottle of Prime. He says that case has his name on it, and what that means is—
Enter Santos Escobar.
He says none of this matters because at the end of the day, he’ll be standing tall at Money in the Bank and representing La Raza and the LWO.
Enter Pete “Butch” Dunne.
He goes right after Logan Paul and a huge brawl breaks out! Paul hits a big tope and reminds us how to win by climbing a ladder.
We get a recap of our opening segment, because this fresh hell is inescapable.
Matt Riddle makes his entrance and we go to break.
Ludwig Kaiser vs. Matt Riddle
Riddle goes after the leg but Kaiser makes it to the corner and forces a break! Trading strikes, Matt hung upside down in the ropes and dropkick blasts him to the floor! Riddle on the comeback, senton and a Penalty Kick off the apron, jawing at GUNTHER, he gets blindsided and we go to break!
Back from commercial, up top and jockeying for position, Riddle hits a fisherman superplex! Trading forearms in the middle of the ring, Pele Kick from Matt, kip-up, corner forearm, exploder suplex connects! Knees up on the senton, to the floor, corkscrew Asai moonsault takes Kaiser out!
Back inside, Riddle hits the fisherman buster into a small package... NOPE! Ludwig floats over, big uppercut, enzuigiri, Riddle fires a roundhouse kick, high knee, counter a springboard but Matt kicks out! Corner chop, enzuigiri, up to the second, Riddle counters an uppercut into a German suplex and gets him up...
Matt Riddle wins by pinfall with the fall-forward Tombstone Piledriver.
Post-match, GUNTHER attacks Riddle, Matt fends him off for a while with kicks but gets overwhelmed by the Ring General’s acumen and then Kaiser comes in to hold him down while GUNTHER attacks his leg, stomping the calf hard!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, two trainers are helping Matt Riddle hobble to the trainers’ room.
Imperium roll up on Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn to make sure they saw what they did to Riddle and to warn them the same thing will happen to them. KO unloads and Sami tells him to put it on pause ‘cause they have something to take care of. They clink their titles at GUNTHER and Kaiser and walk off.
We get footage of Alpha Academy chatting about their match earlier and Chad warns Maxxine Dupri to be ready for Valhalla and to remember that it’s all in the hips.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Gable and Erik to start, mat grappling, snap suplex, tags to the big men and Otis is running hot. Stinger Splash puts Warbeard on his back, Erik runs interference and Ivar lays him out with the reverse roundhouse! Quick tags, keeping Dozer off his feet, but he gets the hot tag!
Gable running hot with suplexes, the straps down, he goes up top... MOONSAULT TO THE FLOOR! Back inside, Valhalla up on the apron and Maxxine pulls her to the floor and suplexes her! Erik hits his hip toss Go 2 Sleep while Otis is busy celebrating...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with a hip toss into a knee to the face from Erik on Chad Gable.
Judgment Day are chatting in Gorilla about how they’re the best because they’re all on the same page.
Rhea Ripley makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Natalya is interviewed in Gorilla.
She says what happened at Night of Champions rocked her to the core and she’s still trying to figure out where she fits in in all of this. But tonight is a second chance to prove to Rhea that she belongs and to prove that to herself as well.
Ripley blasts Natalya during her entrance and beats her down! Throwing her hard into the barricade and then the steel steps, then the apron! Big headbutt, into the ring, Riptide connects and referees and road agents swarm.
Raquel Rodriguez is interviewed in Gorilla.
She says she’s got her sights set on the Money in the Bank match but when she wins the briefcase she’s gonna take Rhea Ripley’s title from her, because what she just did was NOT okay.
Rhea storms in and confronts her but Raquel keeps her cool.
Raquel Rodriguez makes her entrance and we go to break.
We see Cody Rhodes warming up when Akira Tozawa rolls up to tell him he’s his man for the trios match tonight.
Rhodes says he’ll consider it and thanks Tozawa and compliments his hair.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens roll up and say they got his text and they all have problems with the Judgment Day and any time Cody needs help, they have his back. Cody says Tozawa just offered and Owens loses his head but Rhodes says he couldn’t ask for better partners than the tag champs.
KO is excited about facepunching and walks off.
Trish Stratus and Zoey Stark get an inset promo where they talk about how Trish is gonna win her qualifier and then one of them is gonna become Ms. Money in the Bank.
Raquel Rodriguez vs. Trish Stratus (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)
Stratus throwing forearms, Lou Thesz Press countered into a ragdoll bear hug and then a waistlock takedown! Drawing Trish up, Rodriguez bodyslams her in the middle of the ring! Clobbering Stratus in the corner, Zoey Stark runs interference and Trish is able to elbow her way out of a waistlock and set up a big slap across the face!
Raquel rams her into the corner, whip across hard, sidestep and Rodriguez goes hard into the post! Big tornado DDT... SO CLOSE! Penalty Kick, fighting in the corner, Raquel wants a powerbomb but Stratus counters with a headscissors into the turnbuckles for two!
Big right hand, Camel Clutch, reversed into a side slam after some struggle! Rodriguez clobbers her, Stinger Splash, scoop and a Snake Eyes! Trish ducks a lariat but eats one from the other arm, fallaway slam follows and Stratus rolls to the floor!
Becky Lynch arrives to attack Zoey Stark from behind, she and Trish get into it...
Trish Stratus wins by disqualification, qualifying for the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Post-match, Becky is beside herself and Raquel is furious! The heels run away and celebrate on the ramp, leaving the babyfaces to stew in their animosity.
Bron Breakker is interviewed backstage.
He says surely Seth Rollins won’t use what happened tonight as an excuse not to show up and face him tomorrow. He talks a big game about being a workhorse and he’s been waiting for this opportunity and if you think what Finn Balor did tonight was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
He’s gonna hurt Rollins and you should get used to seeing his face on Monday nights because he’s gonna win the title.
Shinsuke Nakamura makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Byron Saxton interviews Becky Lycnh.
She says she screwed herself, or did she, because now she gets Trish Stratus in a match with ladders! She has enemies in Damage CTRL, Trish Stratus, Zoey Stark, hell she and Zelina Vega aren’t friends, and either she wins the briefcase or she goes down in a blaze of glory but she’ll take Stratus and Stark with her.
Bronson Reed vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Nakamura out the gates with kicks, Good Vibrations, cravate knees, snapmare and a knee drop but Reed kicks out! Banzai Drop and an elbow drop fight Bronson into it, Shinsuke gets the sliding German suplex! Here comes Ricochet to jaw with the King of Strong Style and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Reed in control, dropping Nakamura with a forearm and drawing him back up for a big chop! Shinsuke sidesteps, kick in the corner, diving knee... NOPE! Front chancery, Bronson breaks his grip, ripcord snap scoop powerslam... SO CLOSE!
To the floor, Reed with a battering ram shoulder off the apron, jawing with Ricochet on the floor, kicks from Shinsuke, Bronson sidesteps and sends him crashing into the One and Only! Big suplex from Reed, he goes up top...
Bronson Reed wins by pinfall with the 747 Splash.
We see Judgment Day hanging out and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins appears from the hospital.
He says they took him out of the arena to x-ray his ribs but he doesn’t stop and he doesn’t make excuses, so he’ll be at NXT tomorrow night to defend his title against Bron Breakker. And as for Finn Balor, there’s the guy that beat him seven years ago.
Money in the Bank can’t come soon enough.
We get babyface entrances for our main event and we go to break.
Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens, & Sami Zayn vs. Judgment Day (Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio, & Finn Balor)
Balor and Rhodes to start, mat grappling, shot off, drop down, leapfrog caught into a fireman’s carry drop on Finn! Coming back in the aftermath, Cody in the corner, quick tags and cheap shots! Rhodes tags out to Zayn, big boot sends Dom spiraling and Rhea Ripley gets a cheap shot in to keep control of the match as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Judgment Day running hot on Zayn with quick tags, backbreaker sets up an axe kick, cover for two! Sami almost gets a tag, Mysterio cuts him off and Finn comes in to light him up with chops! Owens with the hot tag, unloading on Dom, stomping a mudhole in his proverbial ass!
Running up the ramp to cut him off with a northern lariat, back inside with a superkick, cannonball in the corner! Balor in, Sling Blade but he runs right into a superkick! Tags made, Rhodes in hot on Priest with flying forearms! Up and over, snap scoop powerslam, cover for two!
Rhea Ripley runs interference, Damian hits South of Heaven... SAMI BREAKS IT UP! Dominik comes in to fight him, Zayn throws him to the apron and clubs him off of it! Ripley back up on the apron, Sami considering his options, off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO WIPES MYSTERIO OUT!
Cody Cutter, cover... SO CLOSE! Back and forth, Cody blocks a springboard, cover and again Dominik breaks it up! Mounted punches, into “everybody do something cool” territory, inverted facelock...
Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens, & Sami Zayn win by pinfall with Cross Rhodes from Rhodes on Damian Priest.
That’s the show, folks.