WWE Great Balls of Fire comes to us live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Sunday night. The Kickoff Show starts at 6PM CT with the main card beginning at 7PM CT. The following predictions are the way I would book the show along with how I think WWE will.
Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Universal Championship
I’ve really enjoyed this feud. RAW in general is a much more enjoyable experience for this viewer when Paul Heyman is motivated and fully engaged in the feud he and Lesnar are in. Lesnar has to win here, but I hope Joe is made to lose in a way that keeps him strong.
My Winner: Lesnar
WWE Predicted Winner: Lesnar
Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns in an Ambulance Match
I expect WWE to give Reigns the win here, but I’d rather see Strowman continue to get the better of Reigns leading to their blow off match at Summerslam.
My Winner: Strowman
WWE Predicted Winner: Reigns
Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks for the RAW Women’s Championship
I don’t expect a clean finish in this one. I’m a big fan of Alexa and I don’t want to see her run end here. Somehow either Bayley or Nia, perhaps both get involved and figure into the finish. My hunch is Bayley costs Sasha the win due to her interference backfiring.
My Winner: Bliss
WWE Predicted Winner: Bliss
Dean Ambrose vs. the Miz for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
In no way should they put the title back on Ambrose. In fact, they should end this feud and not go back to it for another 2-3 years.
My Winner: Miz
WWE Predicted Winner: Miz
Seth Rollins vs. Bray Wyatt
I’m as big a Bray Wyatt fan as there is, but unfortunately WWE’s booking of him has beaten me down to the point where I just don’t care about him or this feud. The wrestling in this match should be very good, but as far as who wins, it doesn’t make a difference.
My Winner: Wyatt
WWE Predicted Winner: Rollins
Sheamus & Cesaro vs. the Hardyz in an Iron Man Match for the RAW Tag Team Championship
The tag team division on RAW was just hotter when Matt and Jeff held the titles. In addition, there just aren’t enough top babyface acts to feud with Sheamus and Cesaro. Put the belts back on the Hardyz because they should never have dropped them in the first place.
My Winner: the Hardyz
WWE Predicted Winner: Sheamus & Cesaro
Big Cass vs. Enzo Amore
Cass has to win this match. A loss would seriously jeopardize whatever singles run WWE has in store for him. Nobody expects Enzo to win and sometimes going with what’s most obvious isn’t a bad thing.
My Winner: Big Cass
WWE Predicted Winner: Big Cass
Neville vs. Akira Tozawa for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Neville continues to do stellar work as champion. I’m also a fan of Tozawa and I expect him to win the title, just not here. Neville should retain here while also making Tazawa look good. I expect this feud to continue leading to Tozawa finally winning at Summerslam.
My Winner: Neville
WWE Predicted Winner: Neville
Enjoy the show!
New Day opens the show with their usual shtick.
New Day vs. Gallows & Anderson
Gallows and Anderson start the match aggressively showing good fire.
A really nice pace to this match that has the crowd into it. Nice near fall after the Big Ending. But minutes later New Day goes over clean to retain the titles.
Gallows & Anderson are damaged beyond repair. At this point WWE might as well split them up. It's an absolute joke the way WWE has booked them. It's sad when an act’s peak was when they debuted.
TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick
Perkins offers Kendrick a handshake, he refuses. Nice!
Nice heel work from Kendrick. They're working a much slower pace than the opening match.
The hurricanrana over the top rope by Perkins was impressive.
Some nice submission mat work from both men. Perkins retains by submission. The two hug it out after match, then Kendrick blasts Perkins with a head butt. Apparently this feud isn't over, which is a good thing in my opinion.
The match started out slow, but the second half of was very good. Some real nice submission reversals down the stretch from both guys. Overall a good match.
WWE2K17 commercial. Huh, surprised to see Alberto Del Rio in it.
Holy hell, what is Cesaro wearing?!? As good as his in ring work is, he just doesn't have the overall package a main eventer needs to have. It's unfortunate too because I like Cesaro.
Cesaro vs. Sheamus
If nothing else, this is a hard hitting match so far.
Cesaro pulls out a 619!
Nice Celtic Cross into a backbreaker lead to a good near fall.
Sheamus has been working over Cesaro’s back the entire match, yet he's able to execute the Cesaro Swing. Awful psychology.
Oh crap! Cesaro just gave himself a self inflicted Piledriver after diving onto Sheamus through the ropes. Jeez, that was scary!
Nice near fall after The Neutralizer. The crowd thought it was over. This is awesome chants.
This was by far the best match of the series until the end. These two delivered in a big way to the point Cesaro nearly broke his neck. I'm disappointed with the end of the match. There should've been a payoff after seven matches against each other. The official result is a No Contest.
No Mercy commercial
A backstage segment with Charlotte and Baylee
Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
The crowd doesn't seem into this match. Although, it's been the equivalent of a basic RAW match.
Jericho and Zayn are exchanging...slaps.
The match picked up towards the end leading to some decent near falls. I think the Codebreaker out of nowhere for the clean pin surprised the crowd because of the previous near falls. I thought it was a good match, but I was expecting more between these two. Hopefully this isn't the end of their feud.
A KFC promo.
Hispanic Heritage Month commercial.
A backstage segment with Kevin Owens, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley.
Charlotte vs. Baylee vs. Sasha Banks
Of course there's friction between Baylee and Sasha.
That was an awkward triple drop kick that didn't land on anyone.
Damn, Charlotte is impressive. She's been dominate the first part of the match.
For the record, I really dislike Triple Threat matches. If there's no DQ then why doesn't Dana Brooke just help Charlotte win?
Dana Brooke isn't very good yet at this point in her career.
Just because a match is long, it doesn't automatically make it good. I'm not not saying this was a bad match. I think it went too long and there were a few sloppy spots. While I expected Charlotte to retain, I'm disappointed Baylee took the pin.
Cut to the Kickoff Show panel for a recap of what we’ve seen so far tonight.
Rusev vs. Roman Reigns
Let's go Roman, Roman sucks chants.
A good back and forth match so far.
Reigns is taking it to Rusev outside the ring.
Rusev kicks out of the Superman Punch in a nice near fall.
With the Lana distraction I thought that was it. Good near fall. Reigns with the Spear, and there's Lana who pulls the referee out of the ring. She's sent to the back.
Reigns powers out of the accolade. Spears Rusev and gets the clean pin. And new…
I don't like the finish. The match was excellent. Both guys brought it tonight and there were some fantastic near falls. After Reigns powered out of the Accolade, I knew he was going over. The crowd did pop for the title change.
No Mercy commercial
WWE Ride Along commercial
Backstage segment with Rollins, Foley and Stephanie.
Hell in a Cell commercial
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
Rollins’ surgically repaired knee is the focal point of the match.
The Spanish announce table is exposed, that'll play a role later in the match.
Good back and forth match to start.
Botched gut buster by Owens. Rollins selling his ribs well.
And there's the table spot as Owens misses a Swanton crashing through it.
Here comes Jericho to distract Rollins. Nice near fall by Owens.
Rollins had the match won but Jericho put Owen’s leg on the bottom rope.
Ref bump. Rollins has KO pinned but the ref is out. Enter Jericho, who puts the boots to Rollins.
Nice suicide dives from Rollins. Stephanie sends another ref to the ring. Seth walks into a pop-up powerbomb, and still…
This was an OK match. A bit overbooked for my liking with the Jericho interference, the ref bump and Stephanie sending in another official. The fact that Triple H was nowhere to be found was a big disappointment.
This show wasn't as good as Backlash. I didn't agree with some of the booking decisions, especially the tag team match, and some of the matches didn't deliver the way I thought they would.
Overall Grade: C
WWE Clash of Champions is live from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN on Sunday night. The stakes are for many WWE Superstars as titles are on the line in five matches on the card.
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship
There's no doubt this will be the match of the night. Owens and Rollins are two of the best in the business. The big question coming into this match is what role does Triple H play. He hasn't been on TV since he helped Owens win the title, so it will interesting to see if there's more story development. In my opinion this is the the easiest match to predict because there's no way WWE is taking the belt off of Owens this soon. The only question is whether Triple H shows up or not.
Roman Reigns vs. Rusev for the WWE U.S. Championship
I've enjoyed this feud. Rusev and Reigns are both solid in the ring so I expect these two to deliver in a big way in what should be the blowoff to their feud. This is a tough match to predict. The U.S. Championship seems below Reigns, but a win could be the start of a slow rebuild back to the main event. Rusev has been excellent as the U.S. Champion. I think a loss by Rusev hurts him more than a Regins loss.
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks vs. Baylee for the RAW Women's Championship
The RAW Women's Division is a mess. Baylee is already an afterthought. Sasha Banks needs rebuilding and Dana Brooke just isn't very good. Expect there to be friction between Banks and Baylee while Brooke interferes in the match.
New Day vs. Gallows & Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championship
I'm going to spare you the rant about how WWE completely mishandled the booking of Gallows and Anderson. It's unfortunate that WWE has put Gallows and Anderson in a position to where they need the belts to get them over. It's a true indictment on WWE’s inability to plan and tell compelling stories. Such a waste. Anyway, I'll go with a meaningless title change here.
Winner: Gallows & Anderson
Cesaro vs. Sheamus to decide their Best of Seven Series
This feud has been better than I expected. The matches in their best of seven series have been entertaining. The winner of this will earn a shot at a Champioship in the future. I expect a hard hitting, quality match between these two. We’ve seen Sheamus at the top of the card and we all know how well that went, so I'm going with Cesaro to finally get his shot at the top.
Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho
I wish this match had more build up. I'm looking forward to this match as much as any match on the card simply because of the talent in the ring. I'm hoping this feud continues well past Clash of Champions so we can see two can do with more time to build their feud. Look for Jericho to score a tainted victory and the feud to continue.
TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Formerly as Manik in TNA, now TJ Perkins became the first WWE Cruiserweight Champion since 2007. He’ll take on veteran, Brian Kendrick. I couldn't be happier for Kendrick, a talented and well respected wrestler getting one last run with the company. He’ll serve as an excellent mentor to the young talent on the roster, but this is all about Perkins and showcasing him as the man in the Cruiserweight Division.
Nia Jax vs. Alicia Fox
The Kickoff Match features RAW’s force of nature, Nia Jax as she takes on Alicia Fox. The former champion, Fox will look to stop the path of destruction caused by Jax. Unfortunately for her, it's not going to happen.
Enjoy the show!
A torn labrum for Finn Balor. Out at least six months. He has to be devastated.
That was hard to watch as Finn was clearly distraught over his injury and having to relinquish the Universal Championship.
Seth’s timing is impeccable.
Sami Zayn...from SummerSlam Kickoff Show to Universal Champion contender.
WWE made the best of a bad situation regarding the Universal Championship. Rollins vs. Zayn was a good match. Sami is a master at selling. While the outcome was never in doubt I like that they gave Zayn an out with the ankle injury. Seth is clearly the favorite to win the title.
Rinse and repeat. Another good RAW match between Kevin Owens and Neville with the outcome never in doubt. It will be hugely disappointing if Vince uses this as another opportunity to give Reigns’ another run with a belt.
I'm officially tired of New Day.
It's time for New Day and Gallows & Anderson to move on. Their feud has definitely run its course.
Sweet Jesus, Titus O’Neil alone in the ring, with a microphone. His promo is making me uncomfortable it's so bad. Titus vs. Young, another feud no one cares about.
I don't know where they're going with Rusev but he's cooled quite a bit over the the last 2-3 weeks. I don't know what everybody else thinks but these qualifying matches are way too predictable.
Dana Brooke adds absolutely nothing to Charlotte’s act.
And finally after two hours we finally get something to cheer about...Bayley! The only problem is RAW roster continues to distance themselves from the SmackDown roster.
Nice debut for Bayley.
The Dudley’s mentioning the Hardy’s drew a big pop, and then DELETE chants. I enjoyed that segment. Gallows & Anderson drew major heel heat by taking out the Dudley’s. I'm all for getting Gallows & Anderson away from the awful New Day feud and giving them the edge they had when they first debuted.
And the predictability continues as Roman Reigns beats Chris Jericho to advance to the Fatal 4-Way next week.
Obviously this wasn't the show WWE had in mind coming out of SummerSlam. It was a decent to average show. The main issue I had with this RAW was it was so predictable. It would've been nice to have had one surprise entrant in next week's Fatal Four Way Match. The highlight of the show was the long awaited debut of Bayley.
Overall Grade: C-
Wow, WWE tackling the Roman Reigns suspension head on. I like it. Now, how about mentioning Brock Lesnar competing at UFC 200?
Is Seth delivering a babyface promo? Sure sounds like it.
I still prefer the more serious, no nonsense Dean Ambrose character.
Tell me JBL didn't just say John Cena is the greatest he's ever seen!
Good opening segment. WWE is giving away two huge matches for free tonight in Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles and Seth Rollins vs. John Cena. One can argue these matches can headline a WWE Network Special easily. WWE saying Reigns’ suspension is an embarrassment is interesting. They could've very easily shied away from it, but instead they drove home the fact Roman Reign f@&ked up.
The Backstabber into the Bank Statement looks really good. Decent women's tag match, basically meant to highlight Sasha.
They had to give Titus a win over Rusev in order to keep the feud going. The feud is growing on me...slightly.
Did Stephanie just put down a WWE Studios movie by telling Miz and Maryse there's no press or red carpet because those things are for actual theatrical movie premieres? Seriously, how tone deaf is her character?
I love when WWE brings up rules that they never adhere to whenever it suits the narrative. Case in point, Kane bringing up the 30 day rule. And speaking of Kane, what the heck happened to his character? This version is just awful.
What has been a pretty dead crowd, they're awake for Rollins vs. Cena.
Really good match between Cena and Rollins. The Club costing Cena the match was predictable, but it worked.
A squash match on WWE TV?!?
“We are hard, and we’re looking for some action.” - Heath Slater. Now that's funny. I can get down with a Social Outcasts vs. Enzo & Cass feud.
Becky Lynch would make a fantastic babyface women's champion.
The Highlight Reel > Ambrose Asylum
The Highlight Reel > Miz TV
The Titantron 6500 was sorely missed.
I can't recall the last time I was excited to see Kane wrestle. That was terrible. Maryse faked an ankle injury to get Miz out of the match? I can't see there being too much excitement over a Kane vs. Miz feud. This feels like a step down for Miz.
The best part of the tag team match between Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews and Cesaro is the tension between Del Rio and Sheamus. It's time to turn Alberto face. For the actual tag match, eh.
The New Day’s parody of the Wyatts didn't work for me. I'm sure the eventual match between the two teams will be good, but the comedy needs to go away for this feud.
Seth Rollins is good on commentary, not on Kevin Owens’ level, but pretty good.
Cena getting involved and costing Styles the match was predictable, but it made sense. I'm curious to see if we get a one on one rematch or a 6-Man Tag Match at Battleground.
This was a good edition of RAW. The crowd seemed hit and miss throughout the show. Although we got two PPV main event worthy matches with AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins there was no way WWE was going to alter the Battleground main event. Because of that, it brought both matches down a notch.
Letter Grade C+
Paige & Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte & Dana Brooke
Titus O’Neil vs. Rusev
Seth Rollins vs. John Cena
Enzo & Cass and The Social Outcasts
The Highlight Reel
Alberto Del Rio
Seth Rollins on commentary
Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles
Stephanie McMahon and Kane
Bob Backlund and Darren Young
The Miz vs. Kane
Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus vs. Cesaro & Apollo Crews
WWE RAW - June 20, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Kudos to WWE finally admitting defeat and taking the title off of Roman Reigns. I still think the best scenario at Money in the Bank would have been a Rollins and Reigns double turn, and Rollins winning the belt. Now you've got a babyface Dean Ambrose chasing Seth Rollins for the title. That said, I'm just happy to see a new WWE World Champion.
You deserve it chants for Ambrose. Glad to see him get his moment opening RAW as the WWE World Champion. And here comes Roman Reigns.
You can't wrestle chants directed at Reigns are so misplaced. Definitely not a “smart” crowd.
Great response to the chants from Reigns. It was certainly off script, I wish WWE would allow him to go off script more, I think it would've helped him get over better with the male demographic.
Seth Rollins gets huge reactions from crowds, WWE should've called an audible the night he returned.
It's time to bring back the serious Dean Ambrose character. The wacky Dean facials don't fit the moment.
Here comes the money…
Rollins vs. Reigns in a #1 Contender's Match tonight. Nice hook to keep viewers tuned in.
I'll never get tired of watching Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens. Nice win for Sami. Hopefully we get a big blow off match between the two of them before they get separated after the draft.
A Fit Finlay sighting!
A good pull apart brawl is always fun to watch.
People Power! Personally, I'm a fan of John Laurinaitis’ wardrobe.
How you doin? Enzo Amore is instant energy. Damn Shane, stop trying so hard.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Enzo and Cass, but their matches are too formulaic. Enzo gets worked over to start, hot tag, then Cass clears ring, goes on offense, tag back to Enzo for finish. I'm also disappointed with the treatment of the Vaudevillians. It was obvious they were taking the pin at Money in the Bank, and here they are taking another clean pin from Enzo And Cass. They're in no better position than the Dudleys at this point.
Love the sarcasm in the apologies from The Club.
“Winning is the key to success in WWE.” - John Cena. Someone should tell Dolph Ziggler.
Cena looked legitimately shocked the crowd was chanting his name.
That was an excellent segment with Cena and the Club. Styles was great as the sarcastic, gloating heel and Cena’s serious, no BS delivery was spot on. The Cena vs. Styles feud is the best thing going in WWE.
You'd think WWE would give Anderson a little offense before Gallows and Styles interfered. Doesn’t Cena have any buddies back stage who could come out for the save? This isn't the first time Cena’s been outnumbered against the Club.
I'm digging Natalya as a heel. It gives a fresh set of opponents and it allows her to work with the younger talent.
The End of Days is a wicked finisher. Corbin's facials and body language are way ahead of his in-ring skills.
Good to see Paige back in the mix, although she works better as a heel. If you haven't heard, the ring is her house.
I'm really trying hard to like Dana Brooke.
Shouldn't Charlotte be disqualified due to Brooke putting her foot on the rope? Good match up until the end.
Finally Sasha Banks returns to RAW. Looks like Banks vs. Charlotte for SummerSlam; where does that leave Paige?
The Wyatt’s have one of, if not the best entrance on the current roster. Not the return I was hoping for. Are the Wyatts heels or faces? Just like with Seth Rollins, WWE dropped the ball with Bray Wyatt. The crowd desperately wants to cheer him, yet he returns as a tweener? I don't even know. Not to mention New Day’s act doesn't mesh well with the Wyatts.
Everything Rusev does usually lands in the Good section, this didn't. I just don't have any desire to see him feud with Titus O’Neil. I respect Titus, the person. Titus the wrestler, not so much.
Look at tough guy Shane talking down to Chris Jericho. I thought that was Stephanie’s job.
Good match between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The double count out was necessary to set up the Triple Threat at Battleground. I like Ambrose delivering Dirty Deeds to both Rollins and Reigns to close the show. WWE needs to build Ambrose up as much as possible heading into Battleground.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
John Cena and AJ Styles segment
Baron Corbin vs. Zack Ryder
Charlotte vs. Paige
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
The Vaudevillians vs. Enzo & Cass
The Wyatts return
Rusev and Titus O’Neil
This week's Fighting Champion's Top 10 WWE Superstars. The rankings are determined by the impact the superstar made on the current week's shows, where they stand on the card and their intangibles.
1. Dean Ambrose (4)
Of course the new WWE World Champion is #1! Ambrose won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and then cashed in later in the night on Seth Rollins. Ambrose sat in on commentary for the Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns #1 Contenders Match on RAW and delivered Dirty Deeds to both guys after the match.
2. AJ Styles (2)
Styles got a big win over John Cena at Money in the Bank with the help of his fellow Club members. On RAW The Club triple teamed Cena after he beat Karl Anderson. Then, on SmackDown, Styles got a win over Jimmy Uso.
3. Seth Rollins (3)
Rollins pinned Roman Reigns clean at Money in the Bank to become the new WWE World Champion. That title reign was brief as Dean Ambrose cashed in Money in the Bank minutes after Rollins' victory. On Raw, Rollins was part of a double count out along with Reigns setting up a Triple Threat Match at Battleground. Rollins went on to SmackDown where he scored a win over Sami Zayn.
4. John Cena (NR)
Cena was on the losing end of his match with AJ Styles at Money in the Bank due to outside interference from the Club. John Cena went to RAW and beat Karl Anderson by DQ and was then beat down by the Club afterwards.
5. Roman Reigns (1)
Reigns' time at the top of the WWE mountain came to an end at Money in the Bank after getting pinned clean by Seth Rollins. On RAW Reigns was counted out of the ring along with Seth Rollins in their #1 Contenders Match setting up a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Championship at Battleground. To make matters worse, Roman will off of WWE TV for 30 days due to a Wellness Policy violation.
6. Rusev (5)
Rusev defeated Titus O'Neil at Money in the Bank to retain the WWE U.S. Championship. On RAW Rusev was attacked by O'Neil who was defending his family's honor after Rusev humiliated his kids after their match at MITB. Zack Ryder became Rusev's latest victim on Main Event.
7. New Day (6)
New Day successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Titles by defeating The Club, The Vaudevillians and Enzo & Cass at Money in the Bank. On RAW, New Day interfered in the Wyatt's return promo, and then on SmackDown they beat the lowly Vaudevillians.
8. Charlotte (7)
Charlotte teamed up with Dana Brooke to beat Natalya and Becky Lynch at Money in the Bank. Charlotte faced Paige for the WWE Women's Championship the next night on RAW where she won with the help of Brooke. After the match Sasha Banks made her RAW return by clearing the champion from the ring. Charlotte interfered in the match between Dana Brooke and Becky Lynch helping Brooke to victory on SmackDown.
9. Sami Zayn (NR)
Zayn was unsuccessful at winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but on RAW he scored a big win over Kevin Owens. He went on to SmackDown to lose to Seth Rollins in a very competitive match.
10. Cesaro (9)
Cesaro was also unsuccessful at winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but went to SmackDown and got a victory over Alberto Del Rio. He did not appear on RAW.
WWE RAW - June 13, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
Appropriate beginning to the show with a moment of silence for the victims of the tragedy in Orlando.
How big are the lifts in Xavier Wood’s boots?
Good opening segment with the tag team division getting major rub. Enzo and Cass carried that segment on the mic. Great heel heat on the Vaudevillians spoiling the verbal battle between Xavier Woods and Enzo Amore. Gallows and Anderson didn't come off as well as the other three teams on the mic, I'd rather see them play the serious, ass kicking role, but all in all a very good start to the show.
Could've gone without Big E slapping Simon Gotch’s ass, but that was a very good 8-man tag match. I'd like to see the Vaudevillians lose the comedy in their act. I might be in the minority but I see money in them. WWE was smart giving Gallows the pin. Anything that makes them look as strong as possible is smart booking in my opinion.
Make Darren Young great again...you're losing me.
Kane's back! I like the idea of Kane running one of the shows much more than Shane or Stephanie.
Sheamus should shave his head completely bald.
Did I miss something? What did Titus O’Neil do to deserve a U.S. Title match? Excellent beat down of Titus by Rusev. I will be hugely disappointed if Rusev loses to O’Neil at Money in the Bank.
I don't consider A.J. Styles “New Era” as Ambrose implies.
More cheers than boos for Seth Rollins.
Way more boos than cheers for Roman Reigns.
The Ambrose Asylum with Reigns and Rollins was fantastic. All three former Shield members were good, but Rollins killed it. Dean Ambrose struck a perfect balance between wacky Dean and serious Dean. I loved him standing tall to end the segment.
Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho? Seriously? Again?
No ring entrances for Paige or The WWE Women's Champion?!? I'm happy to see Paige on RAW. Natalya and Becky Lynch are a distraction on commentary. So now Paige has two victories over Charlotte, yet no push. Ughhh
The women's division is a mess.
Sheamus vs. Apollo Crews, eh.
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro and Kevin Owens teaming with Alberto Del Rio. Money in the Bank can't get here fast enough so we can move onto new match ups and stories.
Really good match between Zayn and Cesaro as expected.
Ahh, the contract signing time filler segment. Is it really necessary for WWE to tell us John Cena vs. A.J. Styles is a WrestleMania worthy match?
Cena with a good promo putting Styles over huge.
Did Cena call Styles an “Indy dude?”
Wow, that was fantastic mic work from both Styles and Cena! Styles is a completely different guy on the mic since turning heel. Last week I felt Cena got the better of Styles, but this week A.J. stood his ground and brought it in a big way. That was so good their feud is overshadowing everything else on the Money in the Bank show.
Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are the most entertaining wrestlers on WWE TV.
The Lucha Dragons vs. Owens and Del Rio was an entertaining match even though the outcome was never in doubt.
Please make Stephanie and Shane go away. Terrible.
Pretty cool visual with all the ladders set up around the entrance ramp.
A decent match between Ambrose and Jericho. The outcome of the match didn't mean anything. In fact, aside from the Lucha Dragons vs. Owens and Del Rio none of the matches meant anything.
WWE really needs to get through Money in the Bank and create new feuds and storylines. I don't think I could take another week of the Money in the Bank competitors either teaming together or wrestling each other.
WWE has done a fantastic job with the Cena and Styles feud. Tonight's segment between the two was a big hit and it's the match I'm most looking forward to.
Tonight's episode was a solid thumbs up for this viewer.
New Day and Enzo & Cass vs. The Vaudevillians and Gallows & Anderson
The Ambrose Asylum
Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
Styles and Cena
Del Rio & Owens vs. The Lucha Dragons
Jericho vs. Ambrose
Paige vs. Charlotte
Sheamus vs. Zack Ryder
Shane and Stephanie
This week's Fighting Champion's Top 10 WWE Superstars. The rankings are determined by the impact the superstar made on the current week's shows, where they stand on the card and their intangibles.
1. Roman Reigns (1)
On RAW, the WWE World Champion appeared in a very well done video package hyping his match against Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank.
2. A.J. Styles (4)
Styles engaged John Cena in terrific verbal battle on RAW, and threatened a three on one beat down until New Day came out to make the save. Later on RAW the Club defeated New Day in a handicap match. On SmackDown, Styles cut a promo along with Anderson and Gallows hyping their Money in the Bank matches.
3. Seth Rollins (3)
Rollins appeared in a video package hyping his match against Roman Reigns at Money in the Bank. It's interesting to note, WWE doesn't seem to be going all out heel with Seth.
4. Dean Ambrose (2)
Ambrose scored an impressive clean win over Kevin Owens on RAW. On SmackDown he lost clean to Chris Jericho, but stood tall after the by atacking Jericho with a chair.
5. Rusev (6)
The WWE U.S. Champion beat Jack Swagger by count out on RAW. After the match he was attacked by Titus O'Neil and Swagger.
6. New Day (7)
New Day came out to make the save for John Cena against The Club. Then later in the main event on RAW Big E and Kofi Kingston lost to The Club in a handicap match. After the match they stood tall along side The Club to end the show. On SmackDown they served as guest commentators for The Club vs. Enzo & Cass match. The match ended in a four-team brawl hyping their match on Money in the Bank.
7. Charlotte (5)
The Women's Division isn't in a good spot right now. With all the talent on the roster I don't understand why WWE only focuses on four women at a time. On RAW, Charlotte cut the same promo from the last few weeks. She ended up standing tall alongside Dana Brooke after taking out Becky Lynch and Natalya.
8. Kevin Owens (10)
Owens lost clean to Dean Ambrose on RAW. On SmakDown, he teamed with Alberto Del Rio and defeated Sami Zayn and Cesaro.
9. Ceasro (NR)
Cesaro picked up a huge career win on RAW by beating Chris Jericho by submission. Unfortunately he wasn't able to keep the momentum going because on SmackDown he lost a tag match along with Sami Zayn to Kevin Owens and Del Rio.
10. The Miz
The Intercontinental Champion has been off TV while filming the Marine 5.
WWE World Champion? Sounds like WWE is making a conscience effort to keep the word, heavyweight out of the title.
Sweet Jesus, Teddy Long butchered his lines. Did WWE purposely want to make Long look bad, or did Teddy accomplish that all on his own?
That opening segment was just...bad. The “silly” character WWE has Dean Ambrose playing brought that whole beginning segment down. The whole thing came across as light hearted, fun banter. Having the the wrestlers on ladders made it worse, and the Teddy Long part…
Good match between Cesaro and Jericho, with a few clunky spots. That's a really big win for Cesaro. It would've meant more had Jericho sold frustration for losing. I like the announce team driving home the strength of Cesaro.
The video package showing the beginning stages of the Shield only reminds me of how much better Dean Ambrose was back then.
Is it just me or is this a babyface video package on Seth Rollins?
Jack Swagger is fired up!
I was enjoying the match while it lasted. I like Swagger getting in the mix. In fact, I'd prefer Swagger vs. Rusev for the U.S. Championship instead of Titus O’Neil. Perhaps we’ll that feud after Money in the Bank.
A.J. Styles seems to have a renewed swagger about him.
When Cena's on, he's on, and tonight is no exception. That was good stuff. Styles is so much more confident. The only complaint I have is Cena calling Styles a bust.
No televised entrance for the Vaudevillians, that can't be good.
The Enzo injury angle did nothing for me. Why is WWE allowing Cass to plow through the tag team division? He's single handedly destroyed the Dudleys and now the Vaudevillians. WWE had a ready-made long term program handed to them with Enzo and Cass against the Vaudevillians.
The Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio match didn't click with me. They seemed a bit off tonight, but I'm sure they'll turn it up for Money in the Bank.
Another good video package from WWE, this time featuring Roman Reigns. This was one of Reigns’ better promos.
Good match between Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose. So it was Cesaro over Jericho, Del Rio over Zayn and Ambrose over Owens. Does that mean next week we see Jericho, Zayn and Owens get wins?
I'm so confused by Charlotte’s promo on Ric Flair. Did WWE change their minds on the direction they're going with him?
I really wish WWE would create more feuds in the Women's Division.
That was sloppy segment. Dana Brooke has a long way to go.
JBL really blew it by mentioning Tyler Breeze shaving Fandango’s back before it actually aired. Cole did his best to cover up the mistake, but the damage was done.
The match between Breeze and R Truth was filler at its worst. I just don't understand why WWE would bring Teddy Long back for this. Did they think it would get laughs? I'm so tired of Stephanie McMahon dressing down talent. It's sad.
Why isn't Muhammad Ali in the WWE Hall of Fame?
Wait, the Ambrose Asylum is back?
I didn't care for New Day’s happy go lucky start, but they got more serious once Xavier Woods took the Styles Clash. Good main event with a predictable finish. You just knew WWE was going to have Cena stand tall after last week's beatdown.
This was an average show at best. Teddy Long and the tired Stephanie McMahaon character was some of the worst WWE television I've seen in along time. RAW had a nice little run going of good shows, but last week's and tonight's shows ended that streak. Hopefully WWE gets it together before Money in the Bank.
Cesaro vs. Chris Jericho
Seth Rollins video package
Jack Swagger vs. Rusev
A.J. Styles and John Cena
Roman Reigns video package
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose
The Muhammad Ali video packages throughout the show
Enzo & Cass vs. the Vaudevillians
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sami Zayn
Charlotte, Dana Brooke, Becky Lynch and Natalya
Tyler Breeze vs. R Truth
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