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June 6, 2016
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"Then. Now. Forever." The WWE video leads us into the show.
We go live into the arena to see Dean Ambrose making his way to the ring. In the ring, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, and Kevin Owens are standing on ladders. Kevin Owens goes first as he talks about how the other five men will make history as the ones that lose to him when he grabs the Money in the Bank briefcase. Owens will then give matches to anyone – not the guys in the ring – like Waylon Mercy or The Four Horsemen. Sami Zayn then criticizes him and says he'll take on all comers if he can cash in on the opportunity the briefcase affords. He'll offer a match to anyone in the ring or in the back. He'll pay it forward. Dean Ambrose says they've established their differences. Ambrose says he'll fight anyone, even polar bears or aliens. Ambrose wants to get to fighting. Alberto Del Rio tells them to shut up. They keep talking about being champion, but Owens and Zayn have never been one. Compared to them, they're just dogs covered in fleas. They're just paperboys. Cesaro goes to start talking, but Chris Jericho cuts him off. Jericho says he'll throw him into the audience with the rest of the Cesaro Section. Jericho says he created the match and is an expert in it. Cesaro asks why he never won one. Jericho says he has won one, but he stumbles when trying to identify where he won it and when. Jericho says it was in Stupid-Idiot-Ville, which starts a "Stupid Idiot" chant. Cesaro says that must be his hometown, but Jericho responds by saying, "I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot." Jericho says being in the match with him, one of the greatest of the generation, puts them at a different level. Jericho closes his eyes and lets them drink in the gift of Jericho.
They all get off their ladders while Jericho is doing this. Ambrose climbs Jericho's ladder and punches him off. Owens and Zayn go at it on the floor as Cesaro attacks Jericho. Ambrose and Del Rio also brawl.
This leads to Teddy Long's music hitting, and the former General Manager of Smackdown makes his way to the stage. Long talks about Smackdown going live and stumbles over saying it's one of the longest running shows like he did last year in a well known blooper. Long says he would take all of them and make a Disqualification Match and starts going crazy with stipulation matches. Stephanie McMahon comes out and asks what he's doing here. Long calls her "baby girl," and she says she is not his baby girl. Long says Smackdown is going live and he wants to run the show. She says they're not making that decision tonight. Long wants to talk to Shane McMahon, but she says he's on vacation. She then kicks him out with no music. Stephanie then puts the six men in singles matches. Sami Zayn will take on Alberto Del Rio, Kevin Owens will take on Dean Ambrose, and Cesaro will take on Chris Jericho, next. She then dances to Teddy Long's music.
Chris Jericho vs. Cesaro
We join the match in progress to see Cesaro back Jericho into the corner. Jericho gets a cheap shot in, and Cesaro responds with a right hand. They stumble doing a side headlock. Cesaro whips him off, and Jericho shoulder blocks him down. Jericho taunts the crowd and laughs. They lock up, but Cesaro rolls through and does a few kip ups before applying a side headlock. Jericho whips him off, but Cesaro shoulder blocks him down. Cesaro then counters a leapfrog into a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a two count. Jericho chops the chest a few times and sends him into the ropes, but Cesaro flips to the apron. Jericho goes for a springboard dropkick, but Cesaro uppercuts him out of the ring. Cesaro then takes him out with a summersault senton off the apron. Cesaro then sends him into the barricade and connects with a running forearm. Cesaro puts him in the ring and goes to the top rope. Cesaro leaps, but Jericho dropkicks him out of mid-air for a two count.
We come back from the break to see Cesaro fighting up from a chin lock. Cesaro fights out, but Jericho chops him. Cesaro sends him into the corner, but Jericho slingshots over him. Cesaro then uppercuts him a number of times in the corner and starts the uppercut train. Jericho then counters into a backslide attempt, but Cesaro fights him. Cesaro sends him to the apron, but Jericho goes to the top rope. Jericho goes for a double axe handle, but Cesaro uppercuts him out of mid-air for a near fall. Cesaro goes for the Cesaro Swing, but Jericho counters into an inside cradle for a near fall. Cesaro goes for a springboard uppercut, but Jericho counters with a Codebreaker that sends him out of the ring. Jericho goes outside to quickly grab him. Jericho deadlifts him and puts him back in the ring. Jericho picks up a near fall for that. Jericho slaps him in the back of the head and puts him in the corner. Cesaro comes back with an uppercut and catches him with a deadlift superplex for a near fall.
Cesaro runs into a boot, and Jericho takes him down with a missile dropkick for a near fall. Jericho and Cesaro trade punches with Cesaro coming out on top. Cesaro then connects with a lariat before trying for a Neutralizer. Jericho counters into a back drop, but Cesaro rolls through. Jericho rolls out and applies the Walls of Jericho. Cesaro rolls through that and punches him. Cesaro then rolls into the Cesaro Swing with multiple revolutions before turning it into the Sharpshooter for the submission victory!
Winner by Submission: Cesaro
Match Rating: **
A replay is shown of AJ Styles and The Club attacking John Cena in his return to RAW last week. They'll fight at Money in the Bank.
Later tonight, The New Day will take on The Club in a six-man tag team match. Coming up next, we'll take a look at the rivalry between Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
WWE pays tribute to the late Muhammad Ali and shows tweets from some WWE personalities paying him tribute.
A spectacular video airs talking about the feud from the point of view of Seth Rollins.
Lana introduces the WWE United States Champion, Rusev, to the ring. Rusev will face Jack Swagger, next.
Titus O'Neil will be on commentary for the next match.
Rusev w/ Lana vs. Jack Swagger
Rusev takes him down with a waistlock takeover, but Swagger quickly fights up. Swagger blocks a punch and connects with some right hands. Rusev reverses a whip and takes him down with a spinning heel kick for a two count. Rusev stomps him a few times before putting him in the corner. Rusev punches away at him in the corner before kicking him in the midsection and connecting with a running boot to the head. Rusev applies a modified chin lock, but Swagger fights up. Rusev knees him in the midsection and puts him in the corner, but Swagger avoids an avalanche. Swagger connects with a corner clothesline and sends him to the opposite corner. Rusev elbows him in the face and hits the ropes, but Swagger powerslams him for a two count. Swagger goes for the Patriot Lock and locks it in, but Rusev gets out. Rusev gets out of the ring to recover. Swagger gets out on the opposite side of the ring and they kill each other with a double clothesline on the floor! They slowly get up. Rusev shoves Swagger into O'Neil and gets in the ring to win by count-out.
Winner by Count-Out: Rusev
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Rusev kicks Swagger as he gets in the ring. O'Neil charges the ring and hangs onto the ropes. Swagger chop blocks Rusev, and O'Neil takes him out with a big boot. They do the "We the people" chant as Rusev looks like he's seen a ghost.
John Cena makes his way to the ring. Replays are shown of AJ Styles and The Club attacking Cena last week on RAW. Cena says you don't know what you have until it's gone. We had passion and electricity. Last week, he and Styles were in the ring looking eye-to-eye. That's a moment that happens once in a generation. Usually we have a rowdy Monday Night RAW crowd like this one (that got a light response from this tough crowd), and sometimes we have a "Let's go Cena/Cena sucks" chant. That kicks up. Half of them have his back, and half doesn't want him back. For two and a half minutes, they had Cena and Styles chants. Cena then gets that going. Cena says he's only had electricity like that once before with The Rock. The Rock and AJ Styles had very different career paths, but that didn't change the energy. A lot of people didn't think that would happen. For fifteen years, people asked, "What if?" We were finally going to get that answer, but now he needs an answer to another question: "Why, AJ, why?" Why the hell did he take the easy way out? Now what we have is a chance for AJ Styles to explain himself. Cena then calls him out to the ring.
AJ Styles comes out to a good reception with The Club behind him. A loud "AJ Styles" chant breaks out. They let it go out a little bit. Cena says the excitement is there. Why did he go back with his junkies from The Bullet Club? Styles says he had a plan. He wanted to shake his hand, look him right in the eyes, and punch him right in the face. The crowd boos that. It worked to perfection. Styles says Cena insults him. Cena is great on the microphone, the morning and late night shows, and movies – well, the one he has cameos in at least. Cena insults him every time the bell rings. Styles says he knows that it burns Cena up inside to know that he can't beat him. Styles mocks the "You can't see me" taunt. Styles repeats the same thing he tells his kids when they ask why he hasn't faced Cena: it's because he would run circles around him.
Cena says he can't believe Styles had fifteen years to come up with insults and that's the best he could do. It's the same thing every other person says when they meet him face-to-face. Cena says his jokes are as outdated as his jorts. Cena says he sees a man who worked two decades to try to make it and finally got a surprise entrance in the Royal Rumble and did nothing. Then he was gifted an opportunity at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and failed twice. Instead of shaking it off, he second guessed himself. A lot of people have told him he's God's gift to sports-entertainment, and he's been a bust. Styles looked to the one guy that could save his ass and make him feel like he belongs. Cena says that isn't phenomenal – that's desperate. Styles couldn't get past Roman Reigns and now he's trying him? Styles doesn't know who he's dealing with.
Styles tells him to back it up. Styles says he's not desperate. He's been all over the world. Desperate is for people that have nowhere to go. It doesn't matter where he goes. They would welcome him back. It doesn't matter if it's Osaka or Tokyo, Japan – he'd sell them out in a second because that's what happens when he steps in the ring. Styles says he has nothing else to prove. Unfortunately for Cena, he has nothing to lose. The guy in the fight with nothing to lose is the most dangerous. Cena says he knows that because he has nothing to lose every time he steps in the ring. Cena asks why it is him versus The Club. Styles says everyone that knows this place knows that if you lose to Cena, you can get the shovels out because you'll be buried. The Club is there as an insurance policy to keep his head above ground. The Club goes down to the ring and surrounds Cena. Cena prepares for a fight. The Club puts up the clique signal and start to get in the ring, but they bail out when The New Day runs down. The Club leaves the ring as The New Day stands tall with Cena.
The New Day will face The Club later tonight.
The Vaudevillains are already in the ring.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass make their way to the ring. Enzo goes through his shtick. Big Cass pays tribute to Muhammad Ali before Enzo talks about his concussion at the hands of them. Enzo says his jaw is strong like Ali's. Big Cass says they're the next WWE Tag Team Champions. There's only one word to describe them: S-A-W-F-T!
The Vaudevillains vs. Enzo Amore and Big Cass
The Vaudevillains tag in and out taking turns attacking Enzo. Big Cass gets tagged in and takes out Simon Gotch with an Empire Elbow, but Aiden English breaks it up. Enzo runs in, but English big boots him down. English then sends Enzo into the ropes much like the move that gave Enzo the concussion at WWE Payback. Big Cass realizes what he just did, and he viciously attacks English in the corner. The referee tries to get him back, but he can't. The official calls for the bell.
Winners by Disqualification: The Vaudevillains
Match Rating: 1/2 *
Gotch tries to attack Big Cass, but Cass takes him down with a big boot. Cass then lays him out with the East River Crossing. Big Cass and Enzo embrace in the ring.
Tom Philips catches up with Sami Zayn backstage and asks if he feels like he's the underdog in the match against Alberto Del Rio. Zayn says he is the underdog. Del Rio is the only one in the match that has won the Money in the Bank contract and won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A win tonight would prove that he belongs. Alberto Del Rio walks up and says he has big dreams of winning the contract and the title. That would make Zayn's life mean something. All those people that doubted him and laughed at him would be proven wrong. They would be right. Winning the contract is for men like him, not Zayn. Zayn's dreams are his reality. Del Rio says he's a dog and a paperboy before walking off.
Some more tweets from WWE personalities are shown honoring Muhammad Ali. A picture of Hulk Hogan and Ali is prominently shown.
Stephanie McMahon is backstage texting when Teddy Long walks up listening to his theme song. Long says if he were running things, he'd have Enzo and Big Cass take on The Vaudevillains, Gallows and Anderson, and The New Day in a Fatal Four Way for the WWE Tag Team Championships. She asked how he got past security. Long takes out a dollar and says, "The dollar-dollar makes you holla-holla." She asks him to leave. She then calls marketing and books the exact match Long just suggested.
Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio
Charles Robinson, the best referee ever, is the official for the match. Del Rio kicks him in the midsection and punches him in the corner. Del Rio sends him into the ropes, but Zayn ducks a clothesline and takes him down with a head-scissor takeover. Del Rio goes outside, and Zayn follows. Del Rio bounces him off the apron and sends him into the barricade, but Zayn takes him out with a moonsault off the barricade.
We come back from the break to see Del Rio applying a chin lock to Zayn. Zayn fights up and punches out of it. Del Rio sidesteps an avalanche, but Zayn comes back with an elbow and a boot to the head. Zayn floors him with a cross-body block for a two count. Zayn goes for a suplex, but Del Rio counters into a Backstabber for a near fall. Zayn blocks a boot to the face and rolls him up for a two count. Del Rio quickly kicks him in the head for a near fall. Del Rio sets up for the Cross Arm Breaker, but Zayn fights it. Del Rio hits the ropes, and Zayn takes him down with a clothesline. Zayn goes for the Helluva Kick, but Del Rio boots him in the face. Del Rio props him up on the top rope, but Zayn fights him off. Del Rio quickly comes back with an enzuigiri that puts him in the tree of woe. Del Rio goes for the double stomp, but Zayn arm drags him off. Zayn sits up, but Del Rio punches him in the back of the head. Del Rio then takes him out with a double stomp for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Alberto Del Rio
Match Rating: * 1/4
Dean Ambrose is walking backstage when he sees Kevin Owens laughing. Ambrose asks what he's laughing about. Owens says he's laughing at him. Ambrose shouldn't worry about polar bears. He should worry about him. Owens says in two weeks he's going to try to dismantle him with a ladder. However, Ambrose has seemed off these past few weeks. Ambrose asks if he was off when he beat him for the Intercontinental Championship last year. When Owens loses the briefcase and is sulking, will he still be off? Owens says he needs help. Ambrose says, "No, you need help, bro." Ambrose walks off, and Owens says he's not his "bro."
We'll hear Roman Reigns' side of the story on his feud with Seth Rollins, next.
Another video airs that showcases Roman Reigns' point of view on the Seth Rollins feud.
Dean Ambrose makes his way to the ring. He'll be in action against Kevin Owens, next.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens
Ambrose ducks Owens and punches away at him. Owens reverses a whip, but Ambrose takes him down with a pair of clotheslines. Owens quickly rolls out of the ring to recover. Ambrose follows him out and bounces him off the commentary table. Owens then sends Ambrose over the table. Owens steals Byron Saxton's headset and talks trash until Ambrose clotheslines him off the table. Ambrose gets him in the ring and connects with a back suplex. Ambrose goes to the top rope, but jumps over Owens. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Owens takes him out with an enzuigiri. Owens follows up with a running senton for a near fall. Owens kicks him in the back and boots him in the head. Owens clubs him in the back of the head and talks trash. Owens punches him down and goes for a short-arm clothesline, but Ambrose ducks it and connects with a neckbreaker. Ambrose comes back with some right hands and hits the ropes, but Owens punches him. Ambrose goes for a rebound clothesline, but Owens superkicks him for a near fall. The crowd, which has been dead throughout the whole show, continues to be despite the action. Owens drops a leg and applies a chin lock. Ambrose fights up and punches out. Ambrose hits the ropes, but Owens catches him with a back elbow. Owens goes to the top rope, but Ambrose comes back with a superplex. Ambrose connects with a running forearm, but Owens counters out of the bulldog. Owens connects with a German Suplex and goes for a cannonball, but Ambrose floors him with a clothesline.
Ambrose pulls himself up and goes to the top rope, but Owens crotches him up there. Owens then connects with the cannonball for a near fall. Owens goes for the Pop-up Powerbomb, but Ambrose counters into a hurricanrana that sends Owens out of the ring. Ambrose goes for a suicide dive, but Owens catches him and drives him into the barricade! Owens gets on the apron and crushes him with a Frog Splash on the floor! Owens gets him in the ring and looks up to the Money in the Bank briefcase. Ambrose quickly comes back with Dirty Deeds for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: **
Ambrose goes to leave the ring, but he looks up at the briefcase. Ambrose then pulls a ladder out from under the ring and puts it in. Ambrose sets it up and begins to climb up, but Owens tilts the ladder over. Ambrose hits the ropes hard. Owens sets the ladder up, but doesn't climb it. Owens points at the briefcase and screams that it belongs to him.
The WWE Women's Champion, Charlotte, will be out with Dana Brooke, next.
Another skit with Bob Backlund and Darren Young airs. They still have yet to be in the same room together. Backlund has his car keys and orders him to walk to the next town.
Charlotte makes her way to the ring with Dana Brooke. Replays are shown of her kicking Ric Flair out of the ring two weeks ago. Dana hands Charlotte a microphone. Charlotte says every great champion knows to admit when they're wrong. Since she's earned the respect of the WWE Universe, she wants to apologize. For the last few weeks, she's been watching the footage with her and her father and she's sorry. That needed to be said. They don't know what it's like to be on top. She has so much pressure on her. She's sorry she didn't explain herself better. When she said Ric Flair was dead to her, she meant professionally. She still wants to celebrate Christmas with him, work out with him, and be his best friend. As the WWE Women's Champion, she doesn't want to share her spotlight. She can be champion without Ric Flair. She can't be Daddy's Little Girl without Daddy.
Natalya's music hits, and she comes out to the ring with Becky Lynch. Natalya asks Becky if she's buying any of this. Becky doesn't. Charlotte says this has nothing to do with them. Out of all people, she expected Natalya to understand. She's surprised the E! Network hasn't asked Natalya for a reality show on her family since they're a huge train wreck with her father and uncle. Natalya says her family isn't perfect, but the way she treated her father is disgusting. Becky says Charlotte uses people and will use Dana like the rest of them. Charlotte says that would never happen. Dana is her protégé because she has a lot of wisdom to share. Natalya tells Dana to look at the track record. Charlotte is a master manipulator. Charlotte asks if they're done. Dana looks conflicted, and Charlotte tries to get her to come around. Charlotte tries to get Dana to leave the ring with her, but Dana moves over by Natalya and Becky. Dana then attacks Natalya. Charlotte puts Natalya in a chokehold while Dana hits Becky with a Michinoku Driver. They then pose in the ring.
NXT Takeover: The End is coming on Wednesday. The New Day will take on The Club later tonight.
The Shining Stars are shown in another vignette talking about Puerto Rico.
Breezeango makes their way to the ring. A vignette is shown of Tyler Breeze shaving Fandango's back.
Tyler Breeze w/ Fandango vs. R-Truth w/ Goldust
R-Truth splits under a clothesline and does a dance. R-Truth punches away at him until Breeze knees him in the midsection. Breeze hits the ropes, and R-Truth takes him out with a jumping heel kick. Goldust attacks Fandango at ringside when he was trying to distract R-Truth. Fandango rolls into the ring, and R-Truth falls over him. The referee calls for the bell.
Winner by Disqualification: R-Truth
Match Rating: 1/4 *
Teddy Long's music hits, and says it isn't going down like this. Long says this is why he should be running the live Smackdown. Long has the only solution: this will restart as a tag team match. Security comes out and escorts him out. Long says it was worth a shot. There will not be a tag team match. Long says, "#TeddyLongRunningSmackdownLive" and leaves with security. Breeze and Fandango back up the ramp away from The Golden Truth.
Teddy Long is walking backstage when Stephanie McMahon confronts him. She says the fun and games are over. Smackdown is going live on July 19, but they won't have some old incompetent man run the show. Her father wants someone in charge that is young and has business acumen. That's not her brother. It's going to be her running Smackdown. Stephanie then kicks him out of the building.
Coming up next, WWE will have a tribute video for Muhammad Ali.
A tremendous video airs that highlights the life of Muhammad Ali, particularly the wrestling aspect of his career.
Next week on RAW, we'll see The Ambrose Asylum with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins as guests. The Shield will be in the ring together.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson make their way to the ring followed by AJ Styles. Another replay is shown of Styles and The Club attacking John Cena last week. The Club will face The New Day, next.
The New Day makes their way to the ring. Xavier Woods in two weeks time, they'll be in a Fatal Four Way match for the Tag Team Titles. Big E says they're in a club, but it's not the Hair Club For Men because they're bald. Kofi Kingston wishes they were the Mickey Mouse Club so he could get autographs for himself and his sons. Woods starts to sing it, but Big E says that could get them sued. Woods says they're in an actual club of WWE World Tag Team Champions. New Day rocks!
The Club vs. The New Day
The New Day and The Club stand face-to-face. A brawl breaks out between the two teams. Big E clotheslines Karl Anderson out of the ring, and Kofi Kingston gets Luke Gallows out of the ring. Xavier Woods takes AJ Styles down in the ring. Anderson avoids Big E at ringside, and Big E hits the ring steps. Kingston jumps off the steps, but Gallows punches him out of mid-air. In the ring, Woods clubs Styles down. Woods then takes Gallows out with an impressive summersault senton plancha. Woods gets in the ring and punches Styles out of the ring. Woods goes to the apron and kicks Styles away. Anderson then boots Woods down on the apron. Styles grabs Woods and gives him the Styles Clash on the floor! The match has yet to start.
We come back from the break to see Big E and Kingston walking down to the ring. Woods is injured and had to go back to the locker room. The New Day will compete in this match three-on-two. The referee calls for the bell to start the match.
Kingston and Anderson start the match. Kingston punches him to the corner and avalanches him. Anderson powers him to his corner, but Kingston fights them off and gets away. Kingston connects with a back suplex before tagging in Big E. Kingston kicks Anderson in the chest before Big E hits a belly-to-belly overhead suplex. Big E chokes him and splashes him on the apron. Styles charges Big E at ringside, but he ducks it. Styles stumbles him with a pelé kick, and Gallows floors Big E with a big boot. Anderson stomps away at Big E as he gets back in the ring. Gallows tags in, and he clubs away at him before Anderson tags back in. Anderson boots him in the face and tags in Styles. Styles hits a corner clothesline and tags Gallows back in. Gallows hits a corner clothesline for a near fall. Gallows applies a chin lock before dropping some elbows. Big E rolls out of the way of one, so Anderson is tagged in. Big E avoids an elbow drop from Anderson as well.
Kingston and Styles are tagged in. Kingston connects with a springboard chop and knocks Gallows off the apron. Kingston chops Styles down and connects with a dropkick before hitting a leaping clothesline. Kingston catches him with the Boom Drop before giving Gallows a DDT. Styles grabs Kingston and sends him to the corner. Styles avoids a cross-body and goes for the Styles Clash, but Kingston counters into the SOS, but Anderson breaks it up. Big E runs in and gives him the Belly-To-Booty Suplex. Gallows big boots him, and Kingston superkicks him out of the ring. Styles then floors Kingston with the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Club
Match Rating: * 1/2
The Club continues to attack The New Day until John Cena runs down for the save. Cena takes out Anderson and Gallows with punches and gets in the ring, but Styles quickly leaves. Cena attacks Gallows and Anderson as they get on the apron. Styles then attacks Cena with a forearm. Styles punches away at Cena before getting up and laughing. Styles stomps him before Kingston takes him out with a springboard dropkick. Anderson runs in, and Big E connects with the Big Ending. Gallows comes in, and Cena catches him with the AA. The Club retreats as Cena stands tall with The New Day.