Monday Night Raw TV Report for July 11th, 2016 – “Competition”
Introduction Segment: Video Promo and Welcoming
The regular Raw video plays, the pyro goes off in Joe Louis Arena, and we are live from Detroit, Michigan! Michael Cole acknowledges us, and in the ring, there are wrestlers for a Battle Royal.
Intercontinental Champion The Miz, and his real-life wife Maryse, are at ringside. Miz proclaims this Battle Royal will make his challenger for his I.C. Title at Battleground on Sunday, July 24th! He stays on commentary.
Match #1: #1 Contender’s Battle Royal to the Intercontinental Championship – D-Von Dudley VS. Bubba Ray Dudley VS. Curtis Axel VS. Dolph Ziggler VS. R-Truth VS. Jack Swagger VS. Konnor VS. Darren Young (with Bob Backlund) VS. Aiden English VS. Simon Gotch VS. Viktor VS. Baron Corbin VS. Jey Uso VS. Jimmy Uso VS. Alberto Del Rio VS. Bo Dallas VS. Goldust VS. Apollo Crews
Aiden English is out first, followed by Konnor and Curtis. Baron chucks out Truth, and punches Viktor to the floor! One Uso attempted to throw out his brother, but the brother held on. They play it up, and then throw and superkick D-Von over the ropes!
Gotch and Jey were dumped during the ad. Goldust is enziguried to the floor by Del Rio, and Crews drops Dallas over! Swagger clamps on the Patriot Lock on Jimmy, but the other Uso gets out of it. Corbin hurls Jimmy and Jack! Apollo crossbodies off the top turnbuckle to Alberto, and Darren eliminates Bubba! Del Rio kicks and enziguris Baron, but misses one on Ziggler! “The Show-Off” capitalizes with a Fameasser, but cannot eliminate Alberto.
Del Rio goes through the ropes and is kicked, but because he went through the ropes, he is still in the match, until Crews chucks him! Dolph clotheslines Baron, but both land on the apron. Ziggler is back in the ring and Corbin still on the apron. Dolph runs, but is caught and tossed out! Apollo tries at Corbin, and both tumbled to the floor! Darren is left in the ring and receives the victory!
Winner and #1 Contender to the Intercontinental Championship: Darren Young (with Bob Backlund)
Later tonight, Vince, Shane, and Stephanie McMahon are back. Up next, at Brock Lesnar in both WWE and UFC; as well, Tag-Team Champions The New Day and The Wyatt Family went at it on The Wyatt’s compound.
Segment #2: Office Promo
Shane and Stephanie are wondering why their Dad is back. Seth Rollins walks in and speculates that Mr. McMahon is all about him; he also reveals that he has video about Roman Reigns that needs to be seen. Seth also wants his own talk show, called “The Rollins Report,” and detested Shane’s idea of “The Ambrose Asylum.”
Segment #3: Video Promo
Still-clips of Brock Lesnar’s fight in UFC from Saturday night; in his post-press, he mentioned Randy Orton as his next opponent for SummerSlam! Cole announces that Orton will comeback at Battleground, to be interviewed on Chris Jericho’s “Highlight Reel.”
Segment #4: Backstage Promo
Zack Ryder and United States Champion Rusev, with Lana, talk about Ryder wanting to wrestle for the U.S. Title. Sheamus suddenly shoves Zack and they will wrestle next!
Match #2: Single – Sheamus VS. Zack Ryder
Zack punches away right away but Sheamus takes over for a bit, until Sheamus hits the ring post with his shoulder! Ryder nails the Broski Boot for a near-fall, but is cut-off on the top turnbuckle and Brogue-Kicked for the 1 – 2 – 3.
Winner via Pinfall: Sheamus
Post-match, U.S. Champ Rusev marches down, but Zack punches back. Rusev counters with an overhead belly-to-belly, and then locks in The Accolade, repeatedly “I accept your challenge!”
Later tonight, The Club – Gallows and Anderson – will be in a Tag bout with Enzo and Cass!
Match #3: Tag-Team – Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) VS. The Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara and Kalisto)
Fandango and Sin start out, with Fandango armdragging Cara, who hits a shoulder-block back. Sin flips through and gives Fandango a headscissors, and then chops at Breeze who was tagged. He flips over the top rope and kicks Tyler, but misses a running-splash. Breeze switches with Fandango who runs and boots Sin for two!
He wears down Cara with a rear chinlock, but Sin battles back and springboard-moonsaults Fandango! Cara makes the hot-tag, but Kalisto slips on the middle rope. Breeze tries to take over, but Kalisto hits another second rope and springs back with a crossbody! He plants Tyler with a hurricanrana-facebuster, and Cara splashes onto Fandango from the top turnbuckle to the floor! Breeze rolls-up Kalisto for two! Kalisto kicks back and leaps onto the second turnbuckle, but Tyler kicks him and rolls up again, taking this!
Winners via Pinfall: Breezango
After the break is “The Rollins Report.”
Segment #5: Arena Promo
Seth Rollins is out and presents his first-ever “Rollins Report;” it is a combination of him asking obvious questions to Roman Reigns, with Roman’s answers being compressed from old footage to “appropriately” match.
Back live, Rollins still lobbies for Roman to be removed from the Triple-Threat WWE Championship Match at Battleground, much to the crowd’s cheers. The WWE Champion himself, Dean Ambrose, interrupts. He commends Seth on his video, but Rollins retorts angrily, calling Dean a “joke.” He says that Dean couldn’t defeat him at all last year when Ambrose was challenging for the championship, and that he couldn’t beat him in singles competition. Rollins declares that Battleground is find out who is best out of The Shield.
Ambrose responds that he is still here, unlike other wrestles who have gone for a variety of reasons. (No names were called out.) Dean heats up on the mike, yelling at Seth that he’s done what he had to do to get the WWE Championship; he warns Rollins to imagine what he’s going to do to hold on, but relents and gives Rollins the ok for a WWE Championship Match tonight! Rollins goes for it, but quickly backs out and wants to have it next week.
It is made official – next week on Raw, WWE Champion Dean Ambrose will put his title on the line against Seth Rollins!
Match #4: Single – Kevin Owens VS. Cesaro
(Note: Sami Zayn is on commentary.) Before this contest begins, Owens is shown arguing with referees backstage that it is an “unsafe working environment” since Zayn is at the announce table. He asks them to remove Sami from the table, and Stephanie walks in, backing Kevin’s demand up. In the arena, the referees take Zayn take Sami away, but as Kevin walks down the ramp, they engage in a punch-up.
Segment #6: Backstage Promo
Mr. McMahon is here and says to Rene Young that he is going to announce the new Smackdown! Commissioner, maybe.
They lockup, and Owens clutches a headlock on. Cesaro flips out and gutwrench-suplexes Kevin for a one-count! Cesaro headlocks back, but Owens hits with a shoulder-block; Cesaro leapfrogs and hurricanranas a running Owens, then tries The Big Swing, but Kevin worked his way to the ropes to break. Cesaro follows with a somersault-splash off the apron, but misses a running-uppercut and is kicked over the timekeeper’s barricade.
In the ring, Owens senton-splashes for two and kicks, but Cesaro reverses a suplex try into a suplex of his own! Cesaro hits uppercuts and flips over onto the apron, but Kevin elbows him to the floor!
Owens has Cesaro in a chinlock, and gives him a neckbreaker with his knee. 1 – 2 – Cesaro kicks out! Kevin clotheslines in the corner and follows with a Cannon-Ball Splash, but Cesaro moves! He hits repeated uppercuts and almost gets this! Kevin pokes Cesaro in the eye and goes for the Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Cesaro leapfrogs and springs off the middle rope with a Tornado-Uppercut! 1 – 2 – Kevin gets his shoulder up!
Cesaro puts John “Bradshaw” Layfield’s hat on and runs around with ring, meeting Owens with another uppercut against the corner barricade. He goes to the top turnbuckle and soars off with a crossbody, covering to get another two! Cesaro tries another Swing, but Kevin kicks him back. He boots Cesaro out of the corner and goes fro the Tornado-DDT, but Cesaro catches him and places him on the top turnbuckle! He dropkicks and climbs, but Owens slides out and plants Cesaro with a reverse-TKO (reverse-fireman’s carry and neckbreaker!) for the finish!
Winner via Pinfall: Kevin Owens
Post-match, Kevin gets on the headset and promotes himself until Sami flies back in and hammers away. He rolls Owens back in the ring, where Cesaro Swings him multiple times!
Segment #7: Video and Backstage Promo
The Club’s attack on John Cena along with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassidy making the save from last week’s Raw. Rene Young is with A.J. Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson, asking them about Anderson and Gallows taking on Enzo and Cass later tonight.
All three decide that Enzo and Cassidy have done wrong by trying to help Cena, who is not at tonight’s Raw. They decide to “beat up John Cena” later this week at The ESPY’S.
Match #5: Single – Heath Slater (with Social Outcast members Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel)
Titus completes this one with his Clash of the Titus sit-down spinebuster!
Winner via Pinfall: Titus O’Neil
Segment #8: Backstage Promo
Rene Young inquires Sasha Banks on her matchup with Dana Brooke later tonight; Banks states that she is ready for Dana.
Up next, we will look at The Wyatt’s and New Day’s confrontation!
Segment #9: Video Promo
Out in darkened woods, Tag-Team Champions The New Day – Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E. – do battle with Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, and Erik Rowan. It is shot very eerily, very-much like a horror movie; Bray even tries to hit Woods with an axe! The brawl ends with The New Day and Wyatts facing off, and numerous anonymous people with lanterns behind The Family. Bray yells “follow the buzzards,” as Woods, Kingston, and E. look on befuddled.
Match #6: Tag-Team – The Club (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson) (with The Club member A.J. Styles) VS. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Prior to the bout, Enzo and Cass tell The Club that they are here to earn John Cena’s spot the proper way. A.J. gives them another chance to walk away, but Enzo and Big don’t back down.
Enzo and Karl begin, trading holds. Enzo snapmares Karl, but is reversed into a hammerlock. Enzo flips out of that and clutches on a wristlock, but Anderson puts him into the corner. He whips Amore into the corner, but Amore stops himself and rolls up Karl for a two! He backslides for another two, and runs up the turnbuckles while holding Anderson in a headlock!
Karl walks Enzo into The Club’s corner and switches with Luke, who dominates Amore, as does Anderson. Enzo manages to get out of a headlock and hot-tags Cass, who scoop-slams and chops Anderson! Enzo is back in and rolls-up Karl, but Anderson had made the tag to Gallows already, who puts Enzo to the floor.
The Club is back in control over Amore until Enzo boots Luke out of the corner and jumps on him with a DDT! Amore makes a second hot-tag to Big, who cleans house on Anderson! Enzo and Cass goes for their “Bada-Boom Shaka-Laka” Rocket-Launcher Splash finish, but A.J. interferes, causing a DQ.
Winners via Disqualification: Enzo Amore and Big Cass
Post-match, The Club surround Enzo, but John Cena’s music plays! A.J., Luke, and Karl turn to the stage where John Cena is here and marches out! He helps out Enzo and Cass, then they soak in the adoration from the Detroit people!
Match #7: Single –Dana Brooke (with Women’s Champion Charlotte) VS. Sasha Banks
Banks hits Brooke first, and Dana rolls to the outside for a break. Sasha slaps Dana hard in the ring, and Brooke takes another rest. She gets back in the ring, attempting to attack when Banks is distracted by Charlotte. Sasha continues to control, but Brooke does hit back and gets some momentum.
Dana still dominates for a while, until she is kicked out of the corner. Sasha hits a couple of leaping-axe-handle-smashes, and double-knees Brooke in another corner! She rockets a bit later with a crossbody, but Dana gets her shoulder up! Banks goes for her Bank Statement, but Brooke fends her off. She goes for her TKO finisher, but Sasha reverses into her Bank Statement hold; after a little struggle, Brooke has to give in!
Winner via Submission: Sasha Banks
Post-match, Women’s Champion Charlotte induces a challenge for Sasha to wrestle Dana this week on Smackdown!, and “maybe, just maybe,” she’ll get to wrestle Charlotte for title.
Mr. McMahon will be out next!
Segment #10: Arena Promo
Shane, Stephanie, and Vince make their entrances. Vince gives them props on “doing a fair job” with co-running Raw, but is not thrilled with their personalities. He mocks Steph’s disposition lately, and Stephanie takes umbrage. Vince says that Shane was not supposed to even be at Raw, but it was because of the people that Vince put Shane in charge. Vince was expecting “ruthless aggression,” and asks them to “convince” him that they should be Commissioner of Smackdown!
Stephanie rips her brother for ripping on Vince when he was interviewed by Mick Foley. Vince then asks Shane to do the same; he says that he “represents change” and would be the man to do that. He puts the emphasis on “change,” and asks the fans to vote. Of course, they cheer for Shane, but that does not persuade Vince.
The Boss asks for a “drum roll” and the new Commissioner of Smackdown! Live is ….
Shane-O’Mac is jubilant, but Vince also tells him that Shane will not be in charge of Raw though. He names Stephanie the head of Raw, and then puts the importance of competition in every aspect of the company. “I don’t give a damn if you break the law, as long as you don’t get caught!” He then tells hem to pick General Mangers next week on Raw for their shows, and if they don’t, he is going to! “Let the games begin!”
Vince leaves, and Steph and Shane take more verbal jousts at each other. Steph slaps Shane, and they both glare at each other. Steph leaves the ring, and blows a kiss back to the ring, where Shane is giving thanks to the fans to close the show.
End of Raw.
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