Raw Results and Thoughts – 6/9/14

Here re the results for the 6/9/14 edition of Monday Night Raw. Results provided by Matt Boone of SEScoops.com.

Daniel Bryan Stripped, MITB Announcement & Tonight’s Main Event
This week’s show from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota opens with no music or commentary, just Justin Roberts in the ring introducing Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. “King of Kings” plays as The Authority makes their way to the ring. Michael Cole welcomes us to the show and informs us about the promised “blockbuster announcement” scheduled for tonight.
“It’s a good night to be right,” starts “The Game.” Stephanie says she’s likes that line. She talks about the “blockbuster announcement” as the Minneapolis fans get on her case with a loud “you suck” chant. Steph talks about the situation surrounding the title. She introduces a pre-taped segment from Dr. Joe Maroon, the doctor who performed on Daniel Bryan’s neck. He basically says Bryan won’t be ready in time for the Money In The Bank pay-per-view.
Stephanie says you can’t expect an “A+ recovery from a B+ player.” The fans boo, but HHH tells them not to blame him. He says this isn’t the Daniel Bryan Fan Club, it’s a business. He says what’s best for business is a champion that can actually defend his title. Stephanie says it is with a heavy heart that they officially strip Daniel Bryan of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. The fans all break out in “No!” chants.
Steph says this is the first time Bryan is hearing of this, so she apologizes. She also apologizes to Brie Bella for basically quitting for nothing since Bryan ended up getting stripped anyways. The Authority confirms that the Money In The Bank ladder match will be for the vacant title. She says there will be a series of qualifying matches to determine who will be in the match. The first entrant, which happened on SmackDown, was Alberto Del Rio (wasn’t that on RAW last week, not SmackDown?). HHH says the second person to enter is in just because he deserves it, and that is “The Viper” Randy Orton. HHH guarantees that at the Money In The Bank PPV, we will crown a new champ. Steph says “amen to that.”
HHH says it’s ironic that after pulling off the fluke of a lifetime at WrestleMania and all the fans wanted to rub it in their faces, it turns out they were right all along. He says Bryan simply isn’t championship material. He says Bryan isn’t even here tonight. HHH goes into a rant about his “adapt or perish” speech, as he talks about Seth Rollins adapting. As for The Shield, “well, look for yourself.” Highlights are shown from last week’s RAW of Rollins turning on Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose.
After the video, HHH says, “I don’t know about all of you, but I believe in Seth Rollins.” He announces that Reigns and Ambrose will step into the ring in a six-man tag-team match against all three members of The Wyatt Family. He says he doubts Reigns and Ambrose can find a partner in a locker room full of people they demolished over the past several months. He says Rollins adapted and tonight The Shield will perish. “King of Kings” plays again as we are shown the WWE titles hanging above the ring. We head to commercial.
Money In The Bank Qualifying Match

– Bad News Barrett vs. Sheamus

When we return from commercial, the WWE United States Champion Sheamus makes his way to the ring. Out next is the WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett. Barrett cuts a “Bad News” promo on his way to the ring.
The bell sounds and here we go with our first official Money In The Bank qualifying match of the evening. Barrett gets the early lead in the match, but Sheamus ends up fighting back. Sheamus hits his big 10-forearm shots to Barrett on the apron. He goes for a big knee drop off the top rope, but Barrett moves and is now back in control of the match. Sheamus is knocked over the top and out to the floor as we head to a mid-match commercial.
We’re back from the break and we see Barrett choking Sheamus in the ring as Sheamus starts fighting back to his feet. Both guys end up hitting their semi-finishers for near falls. Sheamus goes for a big high spot onto the floor but misses. Barrett tries letting the ref count Sheamus out, but he makes it back into the ring at the count of nine.
Barrett calls for the Bad News Bull Hammer Elbow, but he misses and Sheamus counters with his White Noise for a close near fall. Barrett nearly gets himself DQ’d by refusing to stop beating on Sheamus, and then out of nowhere Sheamus rushes out of the corner and blasts Barrett with the Brogue Kick. 1-2-3. Sheamus advances to Money In The Bank.
Winner and advancing to the Money In The Bank ladder match: Sheamus
Backstage: Wyatt Family Promo
Backstage, we see the sheep mask. Then Luke Harper starts talking about urges. Bray Wyatt pops into the picture and takes over the promo. He talks about The Shield being victim of their own urges. He says tonight they will burn for it. Erick Rowan, behind the sheep mask, concludes the promo by saying “follow the buzzards.” We head to commercial.
Rusev (with Lana) vs. Zack Ryder
When we return from commercial, “The Ravishing Russian” Lana is introduced. She dresses down America and our leader, Barack Obama. A video is shown of Obama working out and looking kind of silly. Then she talks about Vladimir Putin. For whatever reason, Justin Roberts — not Lana — then introduced Rusev. Rusev cut a promo in Bulgarian and closed with one basic line in English. He and Lana make their way to the ring. They are carrying the medal they were presented last week. Already in the ring is Zack Ryder, Rusev’s opponent for tonight.
The bell rings and Rusev immediately goes to work on Ryder. Rusev blasts him with some headbutts and then slams him down to the mat. Ryder is back up and firing away with punches. Ryder hits a double-knee to the face spot on Rusev but Rusev immediately responds with a huge super kick. Lana tells Rusev to “crush” so Rusev obliges and applies The Accolade. Ryder taps out immediately.
Winner: Rusev
After The Match:
Rusev keeps beating on Ryder until Lana finally stops him. She puts the medal around his neck as his music plays. An explosion happens and then a giant Russian flag is lowered above the ring. We head to another commercial.
Ryback & Curtis Axel vs. Goldust & R-Truth
When we return from commercial, Ryback and Curtis Axel are already in the ring. Next, Goldust’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Once he gets to the ring, he turns and points to the entrance way. R-Truth’s music hits and out he comes to serve as Goldust’s partner for this week.
The bell rings and Truth and Axel will start things off for their respective teams. Axel gets the offensive advantage early on. Ryback and Axel utilize quick tags to keep fresh guys on Truth until Truth finally lands a good shot that buys him enough time to make the tag to Goldust.
Goldust takes the hot tag and comes in like a ball of fire, hitting everything that moves. Everyone is in the ring now. Ryback throws Truth out to the floor. He turns around into a sidewalk slam from Goldust. Goldust turns around into a roll-up by Axel. Axel holds the tights and gets the 1-2-3. Cody Rhodes is shown backstage watching.
Winners: Ryback & Curtis Axel
Backstage: Summer Rae Attacks Layla
Backstage, we see Layla getting makeup put on. She talks trash about Summer Rae. Out of nowhere, Rae pours a bunch of milk on her, slams her on a table and walks off. We head to commercial.
The Shield Takes Out 3MB, Addresses Seth Rollins
When we return from commercial, 3MB are standing in the ring. Heath Slater says right now The Shield is supposed to be out here to talk. He goes to talk trash about The Shield until their music plays. Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose make their way to the ring through the crowd.
Reigns and Ambrose hit the ring and immediately start beating down all three members of 3MB. Mahal is thrown out to the floor. Reigns follows him out. He attacks him more on the floor until McIntyre attacks him from behind. Ambrose makes the save. They throw McIntyre over the barricade and then turn their focus to Mahal. We see Heath Slater running to the back. Out of nowhere, Reigns appears and spears Slater on the ramp. The fans break out in a “Roman Reigns” chant as he makes his way back to the ring.
Back in the ring, Reigns and Ambrose are standing tall. Ambrose has a mic. He says The Shield was untouchable and they will go down as one of the greatest groups in sports entertainment — ever. He says they dominated WWE and beat everybody — even Evolution. He says little did they know they had a cancer inside the group and that cancers name was Seth Rollins. He says Rollins stabbed his brothers in the back to suck-up to The Authority. He says eventually they’ll get the chance to rearrange his face. He says he’s looking forward to hearing what Rollins has to say later tonight. We see Rollins watching them on a monitor backstage. He says they’ll listen to every word and then beat the hell out of him.
Reigns has the mic now. Reigns says Rollins committed the most unforgivable sin. He calls him the scum of the earth. He says he isn’t the only problem, the other problems are Randy Orton and Triple H. He says when he’s done with Orton he won’t be the face of WWE, he’ll be the ass. He says after he’s done with him he’s gonna get his hands on Triple H. He promises to take him out too. The Shield music plays as we see Rollins looking on backstage one more time. We head to another commercial break.
The Usos vs. Fandango (with Layla) & Damien Sandow
When we return from commercial, we see The Usos doing their thing on the top of the ramp. The WWE Tag-Team Champions make their way to the ring. Out next, still covered in milk is Layla, followed by Fandango. Those two make their way to the ring, with Fandango not wanting to dance with her because she’s covered in crap. Fandango waits for his tag-team partner. Damien Sandow comes out in a leotard and does some interpreting dancing. It’ll be Fandango and Sandow against The Usos in tag-team action.
The bell rings and here we go. Jimmy Uso and Fandango start things off for their respective teams. Uso gets the better of Fandango so he tags in Sandow. Sandow comes in doing some more interpretive dancing. Sandow’s dancing gimmick is getting over like rover with the crowd, as a loud “let’s go Sandow” chant breaks out. Sandow dances around too much, however, as he walks right into a super kick from Uso.
Uso makes the tag and throws Fandango out of the ring. The other Uso comes off the top with the big splash. 1-2-3. The WWE Tag-Team Champions get the victory. After the match, we head to another break.
Winner: The Usos
Bo Dallas vs. Xavier Woods
When we return from the break, Xavier Woods is in the ring. Out next is Bo Dallas. Dallas cuts a “Bo-Lieve” promo focused on Daniel Bryan. He says the key to Bryan’s recovery is to “Bo-Lieve.”
The bell rings and here we go. The fans immediately break out in a “Bo-Lieve” chant. As Dallas is dominating Woods, he yells at the fans to show Woods respect because he’s trying his best. In the end, Dallas hits the Bo-Dog for the 1-2-3.
A loud “CM Punk” chant, which came out of nowhere, broke out during the end of the match. After the match Dallas does his victory lap and then gives some words of encouragement to his opponent. We head to commercial.
Winner: Bo Dallas
Money In The Bank Qualifying Match

Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro (with Paul Heyman)

When we return from commercial, Paul Heyman is standing in the ring. He brags about Brock Lesnar conquering Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania. Heyman points out that Lesnar was a dominant athlete at the University of Minnesota, since RAW is in Minneapolis tonight. He says this is the proper place for a WrestleMania XXX victory party. He says our next WWE World Heavyweight Champion wishes to celebrate the biggest victory of his career tonight. He keeps hyping Lesnar up, or so we’re supposed to think, but he ends up revealing that the history making win at WrestleMania was Cesaro in the Andre Battle Royal.
He introduces Cesaro. Cesaro’s horrible music plays as he makes his way to the ring for this Money In The Bank qualifying match. Out next is his opponent, Rob Van Dam.
The bell rings and here we go. Cesaro takes the early offensive advantage in this Money In The Bank qualifying match. Cesaro remains in control as we head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return Cesaro is still in control of Van Dam, as we hear a smattering of “We Want Lesnar” chants in the background. The fans finally try and rally behind Van Dam with loud “R-V-D” chants. They end up working as RVD temporarily floors “The King of Swing” with a big kick.
We see a shot of Heyman freaking out on the floor as Van Dam remains in control, taking it to the winner of the first-ever Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Van Dam hits his split-legged moonsault for a near fall.
In the end, we have a very basic finish. Cesaro regains control of the match and simply hits his Neutralizer finisher for the clean 1-2-3. With the win, Cesaro advances to the Money In The Bank ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, we head to commercial.
Winner and advancing to the Money In The Bank ladder match: Cesaro
Rollins Speaks, Reigns-Ambrose Attack, Wyatt’s Do Too, Cena Saves
Michael Cole’s “exclusive interview” with Seth Rollins, where he promises to explain his actions from last week’s RAW is up next.
When we return from the break, Michael Cole is in the ring, which has the formal carpet laid out, and he introduces Seth Rollins. Rollins comes out to a new solo theme song and is in a full suit, which looks like the one he wore for the Slammy Awards last year.
The two sit down in chairs as fans break out into loud “you sold out” chants. Rollins says he doesn’t understand what all of the controversy is about. He says all he did last week was what’s best for business — his business. He says The Shield, the greatest faction of all-time was created by him. He says he can kill his own creation if he wants. He calls Dean Ambrose a lunatic. He calls Roman Reigns the golden boy. He puts him over but says without the right person to control him, he’s nothing. We see Reigns and Ambrose watching this on a monitor backstage. Rollins says Ambrose and Reigns owe all of their success to him.
Rollins stands up and says he learned one thing from Evolution — you have to evolve, you have to adapt. The fans chant “You sold out” again, but Rollins responds by saying, “no, no no. I bought in. I bought into Evolution. The evolution of Seth Rollins.” He says everyone says he stabbed his brothers in the back, but he said they were just business partners and he simply severed a business relationship. He says every time he said “believe in The Shield” what he meant is what he’s going to say right now “you, and everybody else better start believing in Seth Rollins.” He sits back down and says “that’s it Michael. That’s all you wanted to hear, right?”
He goes on to reference what Dean Ambrose said earlier tonight. He said Ambrose promised to listen to Rollins say his piece and then they’re going to come out and kick the hell out of him. He says, “Well, I’ve said my piece” and then throws down the mic. We hear him off-mic saying “where you at boy?” Reigns and Ambrose make their way out to the ring.
Rollins takes his jacket off and waits for them to enter the ring. As they approach the ring, The Wyatt Family cut-in happens and the lights go off. When they come back on, Reigns and Ambrose are in the ring and we see Luke Harper and Erick Rowan standing across from them. Rollins is on the outside still. Reigns and Ambrose eventually get Rollins cornered, but Bray Wyatt hits the scene, allowing Rollins to escape through the crowd.
Out of nowhere, John Cena’s music hits and he runs to the ring. Cena helps Reigns and Ambrose clear the ring. I guess we know who their partner will be tonight now. After all of that, we head to another commercial break.
Paige vs. Alicia Fox
We’re back from the break, and the WWE Divas Champion Paige is introduced. Out next is the “Queen of Meltdowns” Alicia Fox.
The bell rings and here we go. Fox takes control early on. She remains in control throughout the entire match, outside of a few roll-up attempts from Paige.
Fox continues to dominate the offense as the announcers joke around, pretty much ignoring the match, as do the fans in Minneapolis, as a quick “we want Sable” chant breaks out.
Paige finally gets some offense in, as she knocks Fox out to the floor. Paige freaks out now, screaming like a psycho. She starts beating down Fox and the fans finally wake up. Paige goes to the top-rope but Fox yanks her off. Paige finally locks Fox in her PTO submission finisher. Fox taps out.
Winner: Paige
After The Match:
Fox is all groggy so Aksana comes in to try and help revive her. Fox is smiling. She knocks Aksana’s hands off of her and slaps her in the face. She freaks out and attacks Fox. Now she’s heading out of the ring and the announcers are all worried. Fox grabs a fans water and popcorn and has a meltdown, throwing pop corn at people at ringside, re-entering the ring and throwing it all over Aksana. She ends up grabbing Aksana and holding her tight and saying “I’m sorry” but then freaks out some more and wipes popcorn all over her face. We head to another break.
Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) vs. Santino Marella
When we return from commercial, we hear The Real Americans theme song playing as the announcers plug the season finale of Legends House. In the ring, we see Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Out next is Swagger’s opponent for tonight, Santino Marella.
The bell rings and here we go. Santino puts up a decent little fight early on. He gets the better of Swagger to the point that he rolls out of the ring and throws a fit. Colter slaps Swagger in the face and tells him to get back in there. Swagger turns red, freaks out and re-enters the ring.
Colter’s slap lit a fire under Swagger’s ass, as he’s taking Santino apart limb-from-limb now with ease as a light “we the people” chant starts up and quickly dies down. Swagger misses a spear in the corner and hits the post. Santino pulls out the Cobra but Swagger blocks it and hits his finisher. 1-2-3. Swagger wins. After the match, we head to a commercial break.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Backstage: Cody Rhodes Hypes Goldust’s Next Tag-Team Partner
When we return from the break, we see Goldust and Cody Rhodes backstage. Rhodes says he’s finally figured out who would be the perfect tag-team partner for Goldust. Rhodes hypes the person up and says he will join Goldust next week. He promises that this guy will “magnify the magnificence” of Goldust.
Backstage: Triple H & Stephanie McMahon; Vickie Guerrero
Backstage, we see Triple H and Stephanie McMahon talking. HHH is pleased with how Money In The Bank is shaping up. Steph complains that John Cena interupted her last week and then interfered in The Shield-Wyatt-Rollins segment earlier. Vickie Guerrero comes in with champagne but sneezes in it and it spills on Steph. Steph says she’s fired Vickie once before and warns her not to make her do it again. She yells at Vickie to get out.
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & John Cena vs. The Wyatt Family
From there, we head straight to the ring. The Shield’s music plays as Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose make their way to the ring through the crowd. We head to a commercial break during their entrance.
When we return from commercial, Reigns and Ambrose’s partner for tonight — John Cena — makes his way to the ring. After that, The Wyatt Family make their way out. The three baby faces stare down the three heels from inside the ring, as The Wyatt Family stays out on the floor.
The bell rings and all six guys collide and battle in and out of the ring. When the smoke clears, Ambrose and Rowan are the legal men in the ring. The Shield and Cena take the early lead in the match, however eventually The Wyatt Family takes control and dominates the good guys in and out of the ring, utilizing a lot of quick tags to keep fresh man involved.
A very loud “let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” dueling chant breaks out as Cena is begging Ambrose for the tag. Harper cuts Ambrose off and beats him back down to the mat. We head to a mid-match commercial on that note.
When we return from commercial, Rowan is dominating Ambrose in the middle of the ring, however Ambrose starts fighting his way out. Rowan ends up cutting him off. Rowan tags Bray back into the match as another dueling “let’s go Cena” and “Cena sucks” chant breaks out.
Ambrose starts fighting back again as the crowd is dieing for him to make the tag. Wyatt cuts him off yet again with a big choke slam. Now Harper attacks Ambrose from behind. Wyatt tags him in. Ambrose gets him down and finally makes the tag to Cena.
Cena takes the hot tag and is hitting any-and-everything that moves. He hits the Five Knuckle Shuffle on Rowan, who is now the legal man. He takes out Wyatt but in doing so, he turns around into a big clothesline from Rowan that kills his momentum.
Wyatt tags in and is beating Cena down over and over again. He finally tags Harper back in and Harper picks up where Wyatt left off. Harper beats Cena up a bit and then tags in Rowan. Rowan takes control of Cena for a while as a random “Fruity Pebbles” chant breaks out directed towards Cena.
Rowan tags Wyatt back in as a “Cena, Cena” chant spreads throughout the Target Center. Wyatt launches Cena half-way across the ring with a big throw. Wyatt does his psycho upside-down thing in the corner, hits the ropes and goes to hit his backwards splash on Cena, but Cena moves just in time. Cena makes the tag to Reigns.
Reigns takes the hot tag and is clearing house of everyone in the ring. Rowan tries to interfere, but Ambrose jumps all over him. They spill out to the floor, leaving Reigns and Harper alone in the ring. Reigns goes for a pin but Rowan jumps back in the ring to break it up. Cena comes flying off the top rope to take out Rowan.
Out of nowhere, Wyatt hits Sister Abigail on Cena. Reigns hits the Superman Punch on Wyatt and throws Rowan out of the ring. Ambrose does a dive through the ropes on him. Reigns turns around into a clothesline from hell from Harper. Out of nowhere Reigns hits the spear on Rowan for the 1-2-3. The show closes with Reigns, Ambrose, and Cena celebrating in the ring.
Winners: Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & John Cena
Erik’s Thoughts: I thought this episode of Raw was good, however it was nothing too special. Sad news about Bryan having to relinquish the title due to injury. His quest for the title since SummerSlam was easily the most captivating story for WWE. With that said this does open up an opportunity for WWE to be fresh but their track record may suggest they go the safe route and make Cena or Orton champion.
Seth Rollins’ explanation of why he turned his back on his brothers was delivered pretty well. Is he going to be hot shot right into the main event? Although it may seem like an impulsive move I believe he’s more than capable of carrying the weight and Rollins being Daniel Bryan’s first road block after he returns can make for some interesting TV and great matches.

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