Monday Night Raw TV Report for June 6th, 2016
Introduction Segment: Arena Promo
We are live right away in Oklahoma City as Dean Ambrose is making his way to the ring. In the squared circle, Cesaro, Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Alberto Del Rio, and Sami Zayn are all on ladders. Dean climbs in and climbs on. Lillian Garcia, the ring announcer, calls out all of their names.
Owens stops Lillian and tirades about his opponents and being the Money In The Bank winner. Ambrose just wants to get to the battle, but Kevin keeps on going about being the WWE World Heavyweight Champion after Money In The Bank. In a shot on a “cheap plug,” Owens says he will take on everyone from WWE/W.C.W.’s past, who he sees on the WWE Network.
Sami detests Kevin’s ideas, and says he will give anyone on the current roster a shot at the title if he wins; Ambrose still want to just get to the punches; and Del Rio dresses down his challengers. Cesaro tries to move this along, but Jericho interrupts, citing that the Money In The Bank Ladder Match was his innovation. Cesaro inquires why “Y2J” has actually not been a victor in any of these matches though, despite inventing it; Jericho and Zayn debate when Jericho “won it,” and the jokes continue. Dean has had enough and punches Jericho, igniting the predictable brawl.
Music that we haven’t heard for a while plays, as former Smackdown! General Manager Theodore R. Long returns! He wants to be in control when Smackdown! becomes a live show on July 19th, then books a bunch of matches in one with all the Money In The Bank contenders. Stephanie McMahon walks out and tries to figure out what Teddy’s about, but also informs him that no one has been named for Smackdown’s leadership. Long wants to talk to Shane instead, but Stephanie says Shane is on vacation. She orders Teddy to leave, and has Sami Zayn wrestle Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens go against Dean Ambrose, and Cesaro wrestling Chris Jericho!
Match #1: Single – Cesaro VS. Chris Jericho
They are in the corner and slap each other, and trade standing headlocks. Jericho gives a shoulder-block and panders to the fans, receiving boos in response. He clamps on a wristlock, but Cesaro repeatedly kip-ups out of it, and gives Jericho a shoulder-block of his own.
Chris whips Cesaro over the ropes, but Cesaro lands on the apron and uppercuts as Jericho tried a springboard-dropkick. He follows with a somersault-senton from the apron to the floor, then hurls Jericho into the corner barrier and runs with an uppercut! Cesaro ascends the top turnbuckle and dives, but “Y2J” counters with a dropkick for a near-fall!
Jericho has Cesaro in a headlock, but his Irish Whip is reversed, and Cesaro gives him numerous uppercuts in the opposite corner. Jericho is whipped to the apron, but climbs the turnbuckle and jumps, but again is met with an uppercut! 1 – 2 – Jericho raises his shoulder!
Cesaro signals for the swing, but Jericho reverses into a victory-roll to get two! Cesaro tries another Uppercut, but Jericho counters into the Codebreaker! Cesaro rolls to the floor though, and Chris puts him back in after a struggle. 1 – 2 – Cesaro lifts his shoulder! Jericho tries a move on the apron, but Cesaro counters with an uppercut and suplexes him into the ring! 1 – 2 – Jericho kicks out!
“Y2J” hits back with a missile-dropkick from the middle turnbuckle, but Cesaro does not stay down! They hit each other back-and-forth until Cesaro hits a hard clothesline. He tries the Gotch Neutralizer, but Jericho reverses into the walls of Jericho; Cesaro turns him over and into the Swing, swinging him for fourteen-times. Cesaro locks on The Sharpshooter, and Jericho gives up!
Winner via Submission: Cesaro
A recap of The Club’s attack on John Cena from last week’s Raw is shown. It is announced that A.J. Styles VS. John Cena will take place at Money In The Bank.
Segment #2: In Memoriam
Still-pictures and Twitter words from wrestlers remember Muhammad Ali, who passed away over the weekend.
Segment #3: Video Promo
“I said from day one, publicly, privately, within The Shield, anywhere I could, that I wanted to be the best of all-time.” That is Seth Rollins, who talks about his career since debuting at Survivor Series in 2012. “I said that I wanted to be ‘the best of all-time,’ not ‘one of the best.’ There’s only room at the top of the mountain for one guy, and I just happened to be the one who was presented with the opportunity to take the next step. What mattered to me was that I wanted to be at the top of the mountain, on the marquee every single night. I think people misunderstand my relationship with Roman; I don’t dislike Roman, but Roman just happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. ‘I stole Roman’s moment at WrestleMania.’ I mean that’s pretty questionable, I would say, because there was no ‘moment’ without me. Who’s to say that moment wasn’t mine to begin with? I dreamed my entire life of leaving WrestleMania as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. I didn’t give a damn about Roman Reigns’ moment; I wanted my moment. I was at the top of my game, and this industry is harsh, and unforgiving. (Clips of his injury are shown.) On a random night, Dublin, Ireland, the first night of the European Tour, I landed wrong, and all of a sudden, everything that I had worked for, everything that I had dreamed of my entire life was taken away from me in an instant; it’s literately a childhood dream, it’s something you’ve thought about for the last twenty-five years. I did not want to part ways with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship; it was taken from me, unfairly, unjustly. (Clips of his surgery, and him watching Roman Reigns winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 32 from the WWE Network Special on him are intertwined.) I mean, it consumed me. It was the fuel to my fire; it’s what got me up every morning. I’m obsessed with it; I got no problem stepping over him to get what I need. The thing with Roman is that, he’s just a ‘placeholder;’ he’s not a real champion. He sees himself as a ‘top dog;’ he’s just going to have to settle for being ‘second best.’ He’s the guy sitting on my throne, keeping it warm for me; and all I can think about is getting back my title; that’s all I want; I’m obsessed with it. A great man once said, ‘to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man.’ And Roman Reigns has never beat me for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. (Rollins’ return at Extreme Rules and Raw in May is shown.) It’s not my fault that Roman is a casualty on my path to success. I’ve been waiting for this moment, not just for the seven months that I’ve been out; we’re talking for two years. I want to prove to the entire world that I’m better than Roman Reigns, and at Money In The Bank that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”
Lana is in the ring and introduces her man, the United States Champion, Rusev.
Match #2: Single – United States Champion Rusev (with Lana) VS. Jack Swagger
(Note: Titus O’Neil is on commentary.) Rusev starts with a wasitlock-takedown, but Jack twirls out and punches a few times. Rusev reverses a whip and lands a spinning-heel kick for two! Rusev kicks Swagger in the corner, and hits him with a couple more. He clutches on a grounding hold, but misses a running splash in the corner. Swagger follows with a corner-clothesline and slams Rusev to the canvas! He sweeps up the U.S. Champ and manages to get him in the Patriot Ankle Lock; Rusev kicks away and goes to the outside.
Jack follows and both measure each other, then run and double-clothesline harshly! The referee begins the 10-Count as they slug it out, then Rusev pushes Jack into O’Neil; Rusev slides in just before the ten!
Winner via Count-Out: United States Champion Rusev (with Lana)
Post-match, both Titus and Jack attack Rusev until he escapes to the stage with Lana.
Segment #4: Arena Promo
John Cena is out to answer The Club’s challenge. He talks about the “moment” he and everyone felt when A.J. Styles and him stood face-to-face in the ring. John compares this to the time he and The Rock met five years ago; he asks The Club to come out and explain their actions.
A.J., Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows obliges. Styles leads on the mike, saying that Cena “insults” him every time John wrestles. “The Phenomenal One” puts his skills over as superior to Cena’s, but Cena isn’t pleased with A.J.’s verbal. He dresses down A.J. for using the same reason everyone else doesn’t like him and is upset that Styles has to go back to Anderson and Gallows for help. A.J. retorts that it is because of guys at Cena’s level who “bury” guys at A.J.’s; he calls Karl and Luke his “insurance policy.”
The Club walk to the ring and surround Cena, but Tag-Team Champions The New Day run out and make the save! It is announced that there will be a Six-Man between The Club and The New Day later!
Match #3: Tag-Team – The Vaudevillians (Simon Gotch and Aiden English) VS. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Enzo and Simon lockup, but The Vaudevillians takeover quickly with fast stomps in their corner. Gotch and English switch, but Amore manages to tag Cass. He dominates Simon, splashing and slamming him. This breaks down, with English sliding Enzo out of the ring in the same way that caused Amore’s injury at Payback.
Big notices this and goes berserk on both Vaudevillians, making the referee call for the bell.
Winners via Disqualification: Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Post-match, Cass plants Gotch with the East River Crossing spinning-slam while Enzo looks on. Amore and Cass embrace.
Segment #5: Locker Room Promo
Tom Phillips is with Sami Zayn, who agrees with Phillips’ question of Sami being “the underdog.” Alberto Del Rio walks in and rips on Zayn.
Segment #6: In Memoriam
More still-pictures and words in remembrance of Muhammad Ali are shown.
Segment #7: Office Promo
Teddy Long intrudes in Stephanie’s office; he suggests a Fatal-4-Way for the Tag-Team Championship between The Vaudevillians, Enzo and Cass, Anderson and Gallows, and Champions The New Day at Money In The Bank. Steph wonders how he’s here again, to which Teddy insinuates “money talks.”
McMahon takes his advice, and calls marketing to book the bout.
Match #4: Single – Sami Zayn VS. Alberto Del Rio
Both go at it in and out of the ring to begin until Sami moonsaults off the corner of the barricade!
Del Rio is now in control, grounding Zayn with a chinlock. Sami works his way out of it and soars off the top turnbuckle with a crossbody, but Alberto kicks out and gives Zayn a backstabber. Del Rio measures for a kick, but Sami counters with a roll-up for two! Alberto hits the kick, but Sami manages to get his shoulder up! Zayn spins out of a Cross Armbreaker attempt and goes for the Helluva Kick about a minute later; Alberto moves and props Sami upon the top turnbuckle backward. He tries a move, but Zayn elbows away; Del Rio is able to put Sami upside down and jump off with the Double-Stomp for the victory!
Winner via Pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
Segment #8: Backstage Promo
Dean Ambrose is walking through the hallways when Kevin Owens meets him. Owens actually feels sorry for “The Lunatic Fringe,” for what Owens will do to him at Money In The Bank. Ambrose responds, and the two square off later!
Segment #9: Video Promo
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns’ side of his history with Seth Rollins is shown; it starts with The Shield’s debut and his comments about Rollins’ character. He moves on to his first WrestleMania main-event for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in 2015, where he was upset by Seth cashing in the Money In The Bank contract to win the title over Brock Lesnar and him; Roman sounded dejected while talking about this.
Highlights of WrestleMania 32 air, where Reigns did win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship play, and he warns Rollins what he is going to do at Money In The Bank.
Dean Ambrose makes his entrance for his and Owens’ match, next!
Match #5: Single – Dean Ambrose VS. Kevin Owens
These two fight it out at first, and Ambrose gets slung into J.B.L. at ringside. Their brawling style continues throughout until Dean superplexes Owens form the top turnbuckle. He tries his dive through the ropes, but Kevin catches him and runs him into the apron. Owens follows with a Frogsplash off the apron to the floor!
In the ring, Ambrose manages to counter into Dirty Deeds and get the 1 – 2 – 3!
Winner via Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Post-match, “The Lunatic Fringe” grabs a ladder from under the ring and places it in the ring under the briefcase. He climbs it, symbolizing what he wants to do at Money In The Bank, but Owens runs back in and pushes the ladder over, sending Dean crashing!
Segment #10: Arena Promo
Women’s Champion Charlotte, and Dana Brooke, are out. Charlotte apologizes to her father, Ric Flair, for berating him two weeks ago on Raw; she says she still wants to be his daughter outside of the ring, but inside, she doesn’t need him anymore.
Natalya and Becky Lynch interrupt and call Charlotte on her lies. They then focus on Dana, telling her what the Women’s Champ may do if she remains her partner. Brooke thinks this over and shuffles towards Lynch and Natalya, but then pounds away. Charlotte and Brooke leave Nattie and Becky downed in the ring and walk away together.
Segment #11: Video Promo
The Shining Stars (Epico and Primo) put over Puerto Rico.
Match #6: Single – Tyler Breeze (with Breezango partner Fandango) VS. R-Truth (with Golden Truth partner Goldust)
This ends up breaking down and the referee throwing it out.
Winner: None due to Referee Decision
Post-match, Teddy Long walks out and makes this a Tag-Team Match, but no one responds and security moves him to the back.
Segment #12: Backstage Promo
Teddy Long is walked out by security, but not before being accosted by Stephanie, who says she will be the Smackdown! General Manager.
Segment #13: In Memoriam
A video tribute to Muhammad Ali airs. It features his career in the ring – both boxing and wrestling – as well as his accomplishments outside with Civil Rights.
It is announced that The Ambrose Asylum is back next week on Raw, as Dean Ambrose hosts with Seth Rollins and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns as his guest!
The Club make their entrance for the Six-Man Tag, next!
Match #7: Six-Man Tag-Team – The Club (Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, and A.J. Styles) VS. Tag-Team Champions The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E.)
All fight first, and New Day have the momentum!
This is now a 3-on-2 bout, as Xavier has left. Kofi and Anderson begin, with Kingston controlling. Big is in and gives Karl an overhead belly-to-belly, then runs on the apron and splashes him. The referee is helping Kofi, which allows Styles to Pele Kick E on the outside.
The Club govern now, teaming up on Big in their corner, until E moves from Anderson. He makes the hot-tag, and Kofi cleans house on Anderson and Gallows. “The Phenomenal One” is in and tries the Styles Clash, but Kingston reverses into his S.O.S. pin-combo, but is broken up.
A.J. hits The Phenomenal Forearm and covers for the victory!
Winners via Pinfall: The Club
Post-match, Styles, Gallows, and Anderson put the boots to Kingston until Cena charges out and punches down Luke and Karl, but A.J. bolted to the outside. Luke and Karl try again and Cena knocks them down, but A.J. attacks John. Kofi springboard-dropkicks on A.J., and he, Big E., and Cena clear the ring of The Club. The two factions stare at each other to close the show.
End of Raw.