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Hello everyone and welcome back to Monday Night Raw! Tonight is the go-home edition of Raw before Money in the Bank! We here at Wrestling News World also want to send out our deepest condolences to the victims of the shooting in Orlando this weekend, and to the LGBT community at large. This was a terrible, terrible tragedy and I hope that the world gathers together to spread love after this and not try to use it to their personal agendas.
Question of the Week: If you could give any NXT superstar a “re-debut” or a restart on the main roster who would it be and why?
Raw opens with all the superstars on the stage for a moment of silence for the victims of the attacks in Orlando.
AWWWW NEW ORLEANS! DON’T YOU DARE BE SOUR!
Kofi- Wooooo. This Sunday at Money in the Bank only on the WWE Network the New Day will defend our WWE World Tag Team Championships! Against not one, oh no! Not two, oh no! But three other teams! But who are these other teams!?
Woods and Big E stare down at Kofi’s sneakers.
Kofi- You’re not who-ing, this is where we who.
Woods- Why are you wearing these old people shoes?
Kofi- Nah, these are the Steph Curry shoes. These are hot in the streets right now.
E- What streets?! Connecticut?
Kofi- I mean those are some hot streets.
E- You got on orthopezes.
Woods- The “I’ve fallen and can’t get up 12’s”
E- The Shuffleboard 6’s
Kofi- Look I don’t care what you say, what anyone says these shoes are fire baby! I’m a shoe guy. Regardless of our shoes, at Money in the Bank we will walk out with these titles around our waists? Why BECAUUUSE.
E- NEW DAY ROCKS!–
Enzo and Cass interupt
Enzo- MY NAME IS ENZO AMORE AND I AM A CERTIFIED G AND A BONAFIDE STUD AND YOU CAN’T TEACH THAT! AND THIS RIGHT HERE IS BIG CASS AND HE’S 7 FOOT TALL AND YOU CAN’T TEACH THAT! BADA BOOM REALIST GUYS IN THE ROOM HOW YOU DOIN!?
Woods- We’re good actually.
Cass- This Sunday at Money in the Bank me and Zo have our first chance at the Tag Team Championships and we are going to Vegas, we’re going all in, and we’re walking out with the titles. We all cool, we cool with everything you’ve been doing. Your unicorns, your cereal, your massagers for “her pleasure” sticking out of your foreheads.
New Day- Yup. Yup. Yup.
Cass- But if we’re gonna be teaming up tonight I’ve got one question….Kofi are you serious with those Jerry Seinfeld shoes you got on?!
Woods and E- OOHHH HE GOT YOU HE GOT YOU!
Woods- Correction it’s the I have a Bass Pro Shop Membership card 9s.
Kofi- Respect your veteran! Respect the shoes!
Cass- He’s right let’s talk about something else, let’s talk about Franny. Your girl Franchesca 2, is your girl right. Where was she last night. Last night she was with Enzo.
Cass- And Enzo had his lips ALL over her!
Enzo- You wanna talk about Franny there. Franky. Franny. Last night we might have been in New Orleans but she’s no Saint. I had Franny out on Bourbon Street, I was pouring bourbon down her lip piece. What a wonderful world and I was playing with her like Louie Armstrong. Enzo had her going ALL NIGHT LONG!
Woods- I am the only one who blows my girl!
Kofi- And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The verbal jousting between Enzo and Cass and the New Day! Let’s go!
Gotch- If the children’s section of the ring will fall silent for a moment…
English- That’s you morons.
Gotch- Only real men who represent a bygone era can provide this city true entertainment.
English- You see, IT’S A NEW ERA AND THE NEW TAG CHAMPS WILL BEEEE THE GREATEST TEAM THERE IS IN WWE (he sang this all).
Gallow and Anderson interrupt.
Anderson- All of you shut up! What is this camp WWE’s annual talent show? Listen playtime is over boys.
Gallows- We hate to be the fun police, wait no we don’t. This Sunday there will only be one team with those titles in the air and that’ll be us. Based on this showing it’ll be easier than scoring on the New Orleans Saints.
Cass- Since we’re in the Big Easy, I’m gonna make this real easy. You 4 there is only one word to describe you and I’m gonna spell it out for you! S-A-W-F-T!
Enzo and Cass & New Day vs. The VaudeVillains & Gallows and Anderson
We return from break and the match started. English flipped Kofi but he lands on his feet and points to the shoes. Tag to Big E who spears Gotch in the corner. Big E puts Gotch in the corner and starts the Unicorn Stampede! Tag to Big Cass and Enzo tags himself in and they hit a double team with Cass throwing Enzo into Gotch. English gets in the ring for a distraction allowing Gotch to hit a suplex on Amore. Tag to Gallows who slams Enzo onto the mat twice. Tag to Anderson who hits a kick to the guts of Enzo. Tag to English who beats down Enzo and goes for a pin and gets a 2 count. Enzo with a big hit and gets himself some breathing room. Enzo throws English out of the ring but English grabs the leg of Amore before he can tag. Enzo breaks free and tags Cass who cleans house! Big E takes out Gallows. Big Cass goes for a big boot but Gotch pulls English out of danger. Tag to Kofi who leaps over the top rope and take out the Gotch and English! We head to break!
We return and Gallows takes out Big E with a big clothesline. English takes control of E in his side’s corner with wicked kicks. Tag to Gotch who double teams E. Tag to Gallows who beats down Big E and tags Anderson. Double Team from The Club and a tag back to Gallows. Standing elbow drop from Gallows. Gallows tries it a second time but E rolls out of the way. Tag to Kofi who takes down all 4 guys. Dropkick from Kofi on Anderson who tagged in. Boom Drop! Kofi misses Trouble in Paradise but counters a running clothesline. 2 count but English and Gotch break it up. Enzo is sent to the floor but Cass hits a big boot to take out Gotch. English takes out Cass and Gallows and Anderson hit the Magic Killer on Kofi for the win.
Winners: Gallows and Anderson & The VaudeVillains
Backstage Shane walks into the office with Steph. They argue about who should run Smackdown when Corporate Kane walks in and says he should run Smackdown. He gives them a resume and letter of recommendation from The Undertaker.
Backstage Ryder is telling people about how Crews blindsided Sheamus on Smackdown. Sheamus walks up and asks him if he thought it was funny. When Ryder says he did Sheamus tells him he won’t be laughing after their match tonight.
Titus O’Neil makes his way down for a match but Rusev blasts him from behind as he’s coming down the ramp. Rusev slams him into the ramp and throws him around the ramp area. Rusev locks in the Accolade on the ramp until a group of refs run out to pull him off. Rusev holds up his title over Titus.
Dean- Back by popular demand, ladies and gentlemen the Ambrose Asylum! Now they say WrestleMania only happens once or year so I don’t know if I hit a time warp or something but this Sunday feels like another WrestleMania. We have two matches that could easily main event WrestleMania. Two years in the making, Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns. A lot of questions will be answered this Sunday. Can Cena hang with the new era? Will Charlotte ever be the same without her dad? What does Chris Jericho sound like falling off a ladder? Who is better Seth or Roman? My first guest, the scum of the Earth, Seth Rollins. *Seth enters* And the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns. *Roman enters*
Dean- This is great huh? This is fun. Let’s get down to it, it’s a talk show so I have to talk. It’s a good deal. Seth you suffered a devastating knee injury. Seth…how’s the knee?
Seth- Have you not watched my special on the WWE Network? I’ll take that as a no. My knee is 100% ready to go.
Dean- Good. Good. What about your face does it hurt?
Dean- Cause it’s killing me! Falls for it every time. How about you Roman, how’s the big easy treating you? *boos*
Roman- Good, mixed tonight but it was better last night on Bourbon Street.
Dean- What about you Seth, have some margaritas? I know they give you a headache. Come on sourpuss it’s a talk show, relax! No one is trying to jump out of a christmas box and beat you up, chill! Smile! Have fun! We all haven’t been in the ring together in how long? We had so much fun back then!
Seth- I’m not a party pooper. We did have some good times! I mean, New Orleans. Superdome, we took out those old bogies the New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania. What about London, the Helicopter and wrestled The Undertaker and Team Hell No. Roman, Oos, remember Japan that sushi tray that went all around. We did have some good times. What about when we found Ambrose unconscious by that dumpster. Where was that, Oklahoma? The best times I ever had in this ring were with you guys. We won titles together, traveled the world together. The 6 man tags were legendary. Or the matches against Wyatt family. How about Evolution? We sent big Batista packing. If you think about it, Dave owes us because now he’s a big movie star. For real though, the best time I ever had in a ring with you guys was when I took a chair and put it in your back. Dean I know you weren’t there, but at WrestleMania when I stole your moment and cashed in my Money in the Bank contract and became the first memeber of the Shield to become WWE Champion.
Dean- HAHAHAHA! Yeah. Well let’s keep things on track. Roman, what can we expect at Money in the Bank.
Roman- Big dog walks in as champ and walks out as champ.
Dean- I think it’s funny because Seth here thinks he’s the rightful champion. Isn’t that right, Seth?
Seth- Did he ever beat me for that Championship?
Dean- Ok I know I didn’t really explain the runs, but it’s my show I ask the questions. Roman how do you feel about that.
Roman- If you’re the rightful champion why do I have this?
Dean- I JUST explained to Seth, my show I ask the questions. Kinda my deal. Seth, why does he have this.
Seth- He’s got that because my knee caved out from carrying this company for all of last year. While I was gone, he earned it. At Survivor Series, he beat you Dean. At WrestleMania he beat the Game Triple H. So yeah, he earned it. One thing you haven’t done is beat ME. Because you CAN’T beat me, because I’m better than you. I’m two steps ahead! We are a lot alike, but there is one big difference. You wouldn’t have that without me. I created the Shield. If I hadn’t hurt myself, you wouldn’t have had the chance. I earned everything own my own! At Money in the Bank I will win back my title on my own!
Dean- On your own. Ok so no J & J security? No Authority, Corporate Kane, Army, Navy?
Roman- No he’s right he did it on his own. He broke up the Shield on his own, he screwed us over on his own. You didn’t just break up a group you broke up a brotherhood. We were your boys, your friends, we had your back. The only ones who had your back! For what? Limelight? You wanna be the man, run around here saying you’re the man. You’ll have the spotlight Sunday, and after Sunday they’ll call me THE guy not because I’m the champ but because I beat YOU.
Dean- There you have it, this Sunday World Heavyweight Championship on the light. The question is who walks out as champion? Seth Rollins? Or Roman Reigns? The Guy. Who is it gonna be? Or…or. What if I win the Money in the Bank Contract and whether it’s Seth or Roman…I cash in the same night and walk out as WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
Seth shoves Dean in Reigns and Ambrose fights back. Roman throws Dean off Seth and tries to attack but Seth counters. Dean attacks Seth again. Dean turns around and hits Dirty Deeds on Roman! Dean stands tall!
Dean is walking backstage and Steph joins him. She tells him he turned the show all about him. Dean tells her it was pretty cool. She tells him tonight he’ll face Chris Jericho. She asks him if all that hatred and poison in her veins is contagious? She tells him it can be good if you know how to use it.
Paige vs. Charlotte w/ Becky and Natty on commentary
Charlotte takes control but Paige fights back and hits a wicked running knee to the face of Charlotte. They exchange chops and Paige hits a Superkick and gets a 2 count. Paige shows some frustration. Charlotte rolls Paige in a small package and gets 2. Charlotte tries for her submission but can’t lock it in. Big boot from Charlotte. Charlotte tries again but Paige kicks Charlotte out of the ring. Dana runs up to protect her and rolls Charlotte back in the ring. Charlotte wasn’t ready and gets hit with the RamPaige for the win!
Charlotte is furious and tells Dana to get her title.
Backstage Renee asks Cesaro about Money in the Bank. Sami Zayn walks in and says he is just there because he figured Renee would want both sides of things since they’re wrestling each other tonight. Cesaro tells Sami he’s being extremely rude and this is just like Sami. Cesaro tells Sami he acts like a child. Sami tells him they’re in the same match tonight, they’re in the same match Sunday, as far as he’s concerned they are equals. Cesaro tells Sami he’s been in WWE for 4 years, Sami has been in WWE 4 months. Cesaro doesn’t see them as equals.
Charlotte is yelling at Dana for what she did. She tells her there is no room at the top for errors. She tells Dana they have some work to do before Sunday.
Zack Ryder vs. Sheamus
Sheamus is right on Zack Ryder with heavy blows. Sheamus connects with the 10 beats. Ryder hits a forearm for space and when Sheamus charges at him Ryder pulls down the top rope. Ryder hits a dropkick from the side of the ring onto Sheamus. Ryder hits the Broski Boot! And a second! Ryder goes to the top and Ryder hits the Elbro Drop! 2 count! Ryder signals the Rough Ryder but Sheamus ducks it and sends Ryder into the turnbuckle and then Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick for the win.
Sheamus continues the beatdown after the match but Crews runs out for the save. Crews sends Sheamus out of the ring and continues to attack him. Sheamus runs through the crowd to get away.
Backstage Shane is talking to Kane when Kevin Owens walks in. He says he doesn’t want to talk behind anyone’s back but Del Rio just showed up and he thinks that’s a little disrespectful to the company. Shane asks what Kevin suggests he do? Kevin suggests taking Del Rio out of the Money in the Bank match. Del Rio bursts in and says he knows it was Owens who told airport security he was a threat! Del Rio starts talking in Spanish. Owens asks Del Rio if he thinks he’s cool because he speaks another language and then reminds him he’s not the only one who can, and starts speaking in French. Kane yells over them and suggests that if he were in charge that he’d put them in a team building match tonight. Del Rio and Owens against the Lucha Dragons and if they lose then the Dragons take their spot at Money in the Bank. Shane thinks that’s a great idea and sets the match.
Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn
They lock up to start and Cesaro gets behind Zayn. Sami twists the arm but Cesaro does his flopping fish move. Sami out to the apron but flips over Cesaro to get back in and hits a hurricarana. 2 count. Headlock by Zayn. Sami leaps at Cesaro and it caught MIDAIR and slammed down. Sami goes for a springboard move but Cesaro hits an uppercut before he can get up and Sami crashes to the floor below. We head to break.
We return and Sami is trying to fight out of Cesaro’s control. Sami does and hits a crossbody off the middle rope. Cesaro fights back with an Uppercut and gets the Uppercut Train going. Cesaro goes for the swing but Sami fights out only for Cesaro to do a big jumping stomp! Sami gets up and hits a HUGE clothesline and Michinoku driver! Sami gets a 2 count. Sami goes up top but Cesaro hits a dropkick to knock Sami off. Cesaro runs up and hits a Suplex from the top rope over the ropes! Cesaro goes for the Neutralizer but Sami lands on his feet. Sami tries something of his own but Cesaro lands on his feet! Cesaro goes for a powerbomb but Sami flips it into a Sunset Flipping Powerbomb! 1-2-3!
Winner: Sami Zayn
Cena- We got a rowdy audience here in New Orleans tonight. This Sunday Money in the Bank might as well be WrestleMania. Money in the Bank contract on the line, Champion vs. A man who never lost the Championship, 2 living legends face off. You guys know I love WWE, I believe this is the top of sports entertainment. For whatever reason the decision makers told AJ Styles he didn’t belong here. That’s where I get respect for AJ. He went around the world and made a name for himself. I have won 15 World Championships here in WWE, he was won more outside WWE. He is the single greatest man to never wrestle in WWE. Then Shane McMahon comes in and says no we want that man! So the man in the WWE faces the man from around the world. Tonight we’re going to do this a little different, I talked to Shane McMahon, Michael Cole you might wanna get out of the ring it’s going to get a little messy in here. Now we just need Mr. AJ Styles.
AJ comes to the ring- For the past 2 weeks I have turned your world upside down. Speaking of the world they’re still talking about what I did to you last week. You know what John at Money in the Bank I’m gonna do it again. When that bell rings I’m going to run circles around you and I’ll be the one saying you can’t see me. Because you can’t BEAT me. Now where do I sign.
Cena- That depends on you. There are two contracts here. One that is John Cena vs. AJ Styles 1 on 1. Another contract that is AJ Styles and the Club vs. John Cena.
AJ- What do you mean?
Cena- One contract is 15 years of what if is answered. If you fight with the Club I will go out and fight my very best and you’ll win. You’ll win and secure that you’re captain of the bitch club. Or you could sign this one and bring back the electricity we had the first time! Finally can the underdog slay the giant. You sign this, we get a real answer to What If?
AJ- I see what you’re doing here John. You don’t think I can beat you 1 on 1. Is it because you’re a 15 time World Champion. Because you won the Royal Rumble twice. OR because you’re the face that runs the place. You wanna talk about what ifs. What if I was here 15 years ago? I’ll tell you, you wouldn’t be a 15 time world champion, you wouldn’t have won the Royal Rumble twice, you wouldn’t be on crappy tv shows and in crappy movies, you wouldn’t be the face that runs the place!
Cena- SHUT UP! Enough man! Your club isn’t full of bullets it’s full of bull! I give you a chance and you whine and complain like every other indy guy who thinks they could’ve if they had the chance. You’ve got that chance right now, so sign it and prove me wrong. Or sign the other one and prove that you don’t need a bullet train back to Japan where you left your balls!
AJ signs the contract with no Club help- You’re gonna find out I’m not every other independent worker. Maybe you’ll get the message your time is up and my time is now.
Kevin Owens and Alberto Del Rio vs. The Lucha Dragons whichever team wins gets a spot at MITB
The match starts with Del Rio attacking Kalisto. Kevin yells at him to listen to the ref because he doesn’t want to get disqualified. ADR tags Owens in aggressively. Kevin tries to do a move but ADR tags himself back in immediately. Owens starts to walk out, but then when Del Rio almost gets pin Owens runs in. Del Rio and Owens argue and both get dropkicked out of the ring.
We return from break and Del Rio is in control of Kalisto. Kevin Owens tags in and takes down Kalisto. Del Rio tags himself in. Owens is pissed and shoves Del Rio. Kalisto kicks Del Rio into Owens. Owens is shoved out of the ring. Del Rio gets hit with the Salina Del Sol. Del Rio rolls out to avoid getting pinned but the ref starts counting. Owens has to roll Del Rio back in to avoid the count out. Sin Cara tags in and hits the Swanton on Alberto. Owens runs in to break up the pin to save his spot at Money in the Bank. Owens tags himself in and goes for the Pop Up Powerbomb but Sin Cara reverses it into a crossbody. Sin Cara with a springboard back elbow and a springboard moonsault. Kalisto tries to take out Alberto on the outside but Del Rio counters and sends Kalisto into the barricade. In the ring Sin Cara gets hit with the Pop Up Powerbomb! Kevin Owens pins Sin Cara for the win!
Winners: Del Rio and Kevin Owens
After the match, Del Rio and Owens fight until Del Rio rolls out.
Backstage Owens catches up with Stephanie. He tells her that he heard Sami was going to be on commentary during the Ambrose/Jericho match. Steph asks who approved that and Kevin tells her Shane did. Owens thinks he should get to be on commentary, too. Steph agrees and says Owens can be on commentary. Del Rio interrupts and says that he should get to be out there, too! Steph says he can be the guest timekeeper.
Steph walks into her shared office with Shane. He tells her she’s just trying to one-up her. He then makes Cesaro guest ring announcer for the main event. They argue and talk about Corporate Kane, who walks in. Kane says they aren’t going to make him GM of Smackdown are they? They tell him no. Kane asks Shane if it’s about the whole car battery to the testicles thing? Shane says it didn’t help his case. Shane tells Steph he’s going to keep co-running Raw AND run Smackdown. Steph tells him she doesn’t think so.
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose
Dean slaps Jericho to start and then hits some chops. Crossbody by Ambrose and a suplex. Chops from Jericho but Ambrose sends Jericho outside the ring. Ambrose with a suicide dive. KO taunts Ambrose and Ambrose rips the headset of Owens. Jericho sends Ambrose into the barricade. Owens puts the headset back on. Enziguri by Jericho to Ambrose. Jericho hits a springboard dropkick to send Ambrose out of the ring. Meanwhile, KO, ADR, Zayn and Cesaro all get in each others faces outside. We head to break.
We return and Ambrose takes down Jericho with several forearms. Running forearm in the corner but Jericho counters with a clothesline. Ambrose is put on the top rope and Jericho goes for the Superplex, but Ambrose counters. Ambrose leaps at Jericho but is put into the Walls of Jericho. Ambrose gets to the ropes. Jericho argues with the ref and then hits the Lionsault for 2. Ambrose hits a big clothesline to buy himself some room. Ambrose goes to the top rope but Jericho knocks him to a seated position. Ambrose fights Jericho off and hit a leaping elbow! 2 count. Jericho goes for a Dirty Deeds but Ambrose counters and tries a Walls of Jericho. Jericho to the top rope and Ambrose catches him in Dirty Deeds for the win!
Winner: Dean Ambrose
After the match, all 6 men attack each other. Sami flips off of the top turnbuckle to take out 4 guys on the outside. Jericho grabs a ladder and walks into the ring, sets up the ladder, and grabs the Money in the Bank contract to close out the show.