Raw Results and Thoughts – 6/23/14

Here are the results for the 6/23/14 edition of Monday Night Raw. Results were done by Matt Boone of SEScoops.com

In-Ring Segment: Stephanie McMahon & Vickie Guerrero
Michael Cole opens up this week’s show, which is the 1,100th episode of WWE RAW and the “go-home” show for this Sunday’s Money In The Bank pay-per-view. From there, Justin Roberts introduces “one of the principal owners of WWE,” Stephanie McMahon. Highlights are shown of Roman Reigns qualifying for the Money In The Bank ladder match for the title at last week’s RAW.
Stephanie addresses getting sick due to Vickie Guerrero’s cup of coffee last week. She demands Vickie come out and face the consequences. Vickie apologizes for Steph getting sick and says Roman Reigns is the person who spiked her coffee. Steph addresses the fact that Triple H made sure to tell Vickie not to allow Reigns to get into the Money In The Bank ladder match, and she did.
Vickie apologizes for that as well and promises that it won’t happen again. Steph says Vickie’s been riding the coattails of her late husband for nine years. The fans all break into a huge “Eddie! Eddie!” chant. Steph gets ready to tell Vickie she’s fired, but Vickie cuts her off by apologizing again. She says she’ll beg. She gets on her knees and begs. Steph tells her to get up. She says she has two options. She either gets fired tonight or she remains the GM of SmackDown if she can win her match tonight. Vickie asks who her opponent is. Stephanie says it’s herself. The fans all chant “Yes!” wildly. Vickie says if there’s one name people respect in this industry more than McMahon, it’s Guerrero. She says the one thing Eddie taught her was how to “lie, cheat and steal.” She accepts Steph’s challenge and walks off.
What’s On Tap For Tonight
After that in-ring segment, it is announced that Triple H will reveal the participants in the second Money In The Bank ladder match later tonight. An Intercontinental Championship match between Bad News Barrett and Dolph Ziggler is announced. Also, tonight’s main event is announced. In a four-on-three handicap match, Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton and Cesaro will take on John Cena, Roman Reigns and Sheamus. We head to commercial.
Jimmy Uso (with Jey Uso) vs. Luke Harper (with Erick Rowan)
When we return from commercial, The Usos make their way down to the ring. Michael Cole hypes up The Usos’ title defense against Luke Harper and Erick Rowan this Sunday at Money In The Bank. After The Usos entrance, some weird music plays and out comes Harper and Rowan to what I guess is their own — very weird — theme music. It sounds like “he’s got the whole world in his hands” on a weird instrument. We’re informed that it will be Luke Harper one-on-one against Jimmy Uso.
Harper hits a surprising dropkick to jump off into an early lead over Uso. Uso tries to fight back, but Harper cuts him off and continues to deliver some punishment. Harper, by the way, has a bit of a beard-cut and/or haircut. Something looks slightly different about him.
About two-to-three minutes into the match, Rowan causes a distraction at ringside, allowing Harper to hit his clothesline from hell on Uso for the pin fall victory.
Winner: Luke Harper
Jey Uso (with Jimmy Uso) vs. Erick Rowan (with Luke Harper)
After the match, Harper and Rowan begin to head to the back until they hear Jey Uso on the mic challenging them to come back. He specifically calls out Rowan. The two head back to the ring and Jey hits his dive over the top rope and onto both guys on the floor. We head to commercial.
When we return from commercial, Uso and Rowan are already in the ring duking it out in this impromptu one-on-one followup match. Rowan is in control of Uso and the crowd is trying to rally behind Jey. Uso tries coming off the top to turn the offensive tide in the match, but Rowan caught him and slammed him down.
The finish in this one was pretty much the opposite of the previous match, as some distractions on the outside allowed Uso to hit his finisher on Rowan for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Jey Uso
After The Match: The Action Continues, Bray Speaks
After the match, the action continued as Uso hit a dive onto Harper on the floor. Meanwhile, Rowan starts pummeling the other Uso inside the ring. Harper ends up joining him and both of The Wyatt Family members beat up both of the WWE Tag-Team Champions, both inside and outside of the ring.
They remain inside the ring holding the titles up and then Bray Wyatt appears on the titan tron. Bray talks about what it takes to be a good leader as he congratulates Harper and Rowan on their triumphs. He then switches topics and talks about his own title shot this Sunday at Money In The Bank. We head to commercial.
Pre-Taped Segment: Rusev & Lana
When we return from commercial, a pre-taped vignette airs showing Rusev and Lana standing in front of monuments in Washington, D.C. Lana dresses down some of the U.S. historical local stuff and puts over Russian stuff. After that, she cuts basically the same promo she does live in the arena’s every week. Rusev concludes the vignette with some broken english mumbling.
Alicia Fox vs. Naomi
WWE Divas Champion Paige is introduced. She makes her way to ringside for commentary for the next match. Out comes Alicia Fox. Next, The Funkadactyls make their way to the ring. Cameron joins Paige and the rest of the crew on commentary.
The bell rings and Fox and Naomi go at it. Paige and Cameron argue back-and-forth on commentary throughout this entire match. Paige is delivering some good lines, while Cameron just keeps saying stuff like “close your mouth, honey,” or “whatever” and other stupid stuff. She keeps talking about how Paige should stop talking and JBL keeps informing Cameron that’s not quite how commentary works.
Back in the ring, Fox is taking it to Naomi. The announcers ask Cameron about her heel-behavior lately. It sounds like the guys on the headsets are telling the regular commentary team to take shots at Cameron. Cameron drops another gem in response to a solid line from Paige, that being “yeah, just keep talking.” Cameron’s next great response, “yeah, okay. Rookie.” If she says “actually” one more time too, I’m going to lose my mind. Cameron is the most annoying guest commentator I’ve ever heard in my entire life.
The action inside the ring continues to get ignored as Cameron and Paige bicker back-and-forth on commentary, and as Cameron continues to annoy the hell out of the four-million or so people watching on television. Cameron asks Paige if she “wants a cookie” now. Meanwhile, Naomi hits her finisher on Fox in the ring for the pin. The audio cut out a few times, not sure if someone cussed on commentary or if that was just local problems. Cameron looks pissed that her own teammate won while Paige approaches the ring and stares down Naomi. She stands up on the apron and raises up the title. Paige and Naomi shake hands.
Winner: Naomi
Backstage: Sheamus & Roman Reigns
Backstage, we see Sheamus. Roman Reigns walks in and Sheamus asks him if he’s ready for a fight. Reigns says he is. Sheamus brings up the fact that Reigns and his buddies used to attack him and the other good people in WWE. Sheamus says it will be fun tagging with Reigns tonight but it’ll be even more fun to win the title this Sunday. Reigns disagrees and talks about how he will win. He walks off. We head to commercial.
Titus O’Neil vs. Bo Dallas
When we return from commercial, we see highlights of Titus O’Neil vs. Adam Rose from SmackDown. From there, we see O’Neil standing in the ring. Next, Bo Dallas makes his way to the ring.
Dallas cuts a promo before the match encouraging O’Neil to “Bo-Lieve.” Dallas takes the early lead on O’Neil as the fans chant “Let’s go Bo!” at Bray Wyatt’s brother. O’Neil starts tuning the offensive tide in the match now, as he takes it to the smaller, inspirational leader.
O’Neil lands another move or two and then out of nowhere, Dallas hits his Bo-Dog finisher on him for the 1-2-3. After the victory, he does his “victory lap” around the ring as the fans cheer. JBL puts over Dallas’ undefeated streak on commentary as the biggest thing ever, calling it the “greatest streak in sports entertainment.”
Winner: Bo Dallas
After The Match: Inspirational Words
After the match, Dallas says he’s 9 and Bo. He drops the mic out of the ring. He goes out to get it. He says “silly me, I’ve got butter-fingers.” He then tells Dallas not to stop “Bo-Lieving.” We head to another commercial break.
Triple H’s Money In The Bank Announcement
When we return from commercial, Triple H makes his way to the ring. He talks about the second Money In The Bank ladder match for the briefcase this Sunday night. HHH reminds everyone that he already entered Seth Rollins into the match last week.
He goes on to make the announcement of the additional participants. He announces Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and Bad News Barrett to join Rollins in the seven-person match. Doesn’t that still leave a spot open? I guess Dean Ambrose is going to have to jump through hoops to qualify.
HHH says he predicts someone is going to win, and that someone is “Rob Van D…” he stops himself and starts laughing. He says he thinks Seth Rollins is going to win and then Rollins makes his way out to the ring.
Rollins is boo’d and asks the fans if they still haven’t let it go that he turned on The Shield. He talks about creating The Shield and taking them as far as they could go before dropping the dead weight.
Rob Van Dam’s music plays and out he comes. RVD says he doesn’t think he’s being taken seriously. Rollins says that’s not true, he takes him very seriously — or he did in 2005. RVD says that’s when Rollins was asking his mom to let him stay up late to watch him on TV because he wanted to become a wrestler. He then asks HHH if he remembers when RVD broke his trachea in the first ever Elimination Chamber match. Van Dam asks HHH if he can beat up his golden boy. HHH tells a ring to get out here.
Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam
The ref comes out, the bell rings and here we go. Rob Van Dam is taking it to Rollins here early on. Van Dam hits a lot of his trademark spots on Rollins, controlling the action early on. On that note, we head to a mid-match commercial.
When we return from commercial, Rollins is in control of Van Dam. This continues for a minute or so until Van Dam finally starts making a comeback.
RVD hits all of his trademark spots, including Rolling Thunder, before missing a big Frogsplash attempt. This allows Rollins to hit him with a Curb Stomp out of the blue. Before he can make the pin, however, Dean Ambrose hits the ring from the crowd and is all over Rollins like bad acne.
Winner via DQ: Seth Rollins
After The Match: Ambrose Attacks & Speaks
After the match, Ambrose continues to beat up Rollins outside the ring. He beats Rollins until Rollins leaves. Ambrose gets on the mic and says they better add him to the Money In The Bank ladder match for the briefcase, because he’s going to show up either way. He promises to destroy the entire PPV if he isn’t added. We head to commercial.
Backstage: Triple H & Seth Rollins
When we return from commercial, we see Triple H and Seth Rollins backstage. Rollins begs HHH to add Ambrose to the Money In The Bank ladder match this Sunday so he can keep his eyes on him and so Ambrose can’t bum-rush him out of nowhere and cost him the briefcase. HHH eventually does add Ambrose to the match.
WWE Intercontinental Championship

Bad News Barrett (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler

From there, we head back to the ring as Bad News Barrett makes his way to the ring. The WWE Intercontinental Champion has some “Bad News” for us. Hee babbles about this Sunday and then trashes the local “racist” NFL team. We head to commercial.
When we return from commercial, Dolph Ziggler makes his way to the ring. Justin Roberts does the formal introductions for both guys once they are in the ring, as this match is for Barrett’s I-C title.
The bell rings and here we go. Barrett takes it to the “Show Off” straight out of the gate, all-the-while the fans show their support for Ziggler with “let’s go Ziggler” chants. Ziggler gets in some offense, but is cut short by a clothesline over-the-top from Bad News.
Ziggler starts getting some offense in again. He goes for the FameAsser but Barrett reverses it into the Winds of Change. A few moments later, Ziggler hits the Zig-Zag out of nowhere, but can’t follow up with the pin. Barrett rolls out of the ring to recover as we head to a mid-match commercial.
We’re back from the break and we see Ziggler hitting the ten-elbow drop spot on Barrett. After that, however, it isn’t long before the I-C champ is back in firm control of this contest.
The “this is awesome” chants start to pick up as the action picks up. Barrett hits Wasteland on Ziggler out of the blue and immediately covers him, but only manages to get a two-count.
Barrett goes for the Bad News Bull Hammer but misses, Ziggler immediately counters with the Zig-Zag. He jumps right on Barrett for a pin attempt, but somehow the I-C champ managed to muster up the energy to kick out at two.
Another loud “this is awesome” chant breaks out as the fast-paced action in the ring continues. Ziggler goes for a big jumping-splash on Barrett in the corner, but Barrett catches him coming in mid-air with the Bull Hammer Elbow for the 1-2-3.
Winner and STILL WWE Intercontinental Champion: Bad News Barrett
Backstage: Vickie Guerrero & Randy Orton
Backstage, Vickie Guerrero is interviewed. She talks about how she knows she isn’t well-liked, etc. Randy Orton walks up and teases her about possibly getting fired tonight. He says he’d say it was nice knowing her, but he says they both know that would be a lie. He walks off and we head to commercial.
When we return to commercial, Eddie Guerrero’s music plays and out comes Vickie Guerrero. Stephanie McMahon comes out next, but is still in her dress. She tells the girls to “get’m” and out walks several WWE Divas. She tells Vickie that the loser is the person who gets thrown into “that” and we see a big pool full of mud or something brown and disgusting looking.
Anyways, the girls go and gang-attack Vickie. They beat her up and bring her up to the top of the stage where the mud pool is. One-by-one, Vickie ends up throwing all of the girls into the pool. From behind, Stephanie pushes Vickie in. Steph wins, Vickie is fired. After the match, Steph tells Vickie she’s fired and then obnoxiously sings “Na-na-na-na hey-hey-hey, goodbye” until Vickie gets mad and pushes Steph into the mud. Steph over-sells the hell out of being in there, in true McMahon fashion, and pulls a referee in who tries to help her. We head to commercial.
Winner: Stephanie McMahon
Backstage: Goldust & Stardust
When we return from commercial, we see Byron Saxton backstage with Goldust. They talk about the transformation of Cody Rhodes. Goldust says he didn’t see Cody Rhodes, he saw Stardust. In walks Stardust singing “when you wish upon a star” in goofy-ass fashion. He walks off. Goldust tells Saxton, “now I’m the normal one.”
Jack Swagger (with Zeb Colter) vs. Kofi Kingston
We head to the ring where we see Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger. Out next is Kofi Kingston. Both of these guys, who will be competing in the second Money In The Bank ladder match, are in one-on-one competition here tonight against each other.
The bell rings and here we go. Swagger is all over Kingston early, but Kingston fights him off with various kicks. Swagger is eventually too much for Kingston, as he takes over control of the offense in the match.
The two battle back-and-forth, with Kingston hitting a huge dive onto Swagger on the floor. Back in the ring, Kingston scores a close near fall on The Real American. Seconds later, however, Swagger locks Kingston into the Patriot Lock. Kingston tries for a while to escape but eventually is forced to tap out.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Backstage: Alberto Del Rio, Cesaro & Paul Heyman
Backstage, Renee Young is with Alberto Del Rio. She says he wasn’t who she was expecting. He says he might not be who she was expecting, but he is exactly who she should be talking to. He reminds her that he’s undefeated in Money In The Bank ladder matches.
In walks Paul Heyman and Cesaro. Heyman brags about being the one in 21-1 and hypes up Cesaro’s chances to win the title this Sunday night. Del Rio asks Heyman if Cesaro talks or if he’s just Heyman’s puppet. Cesaro says he speaks five languages but none of them are loser. Heyman pulls Cesaro back and the two walk away. We head to commercial.
Damien “Abraham Lincoln” Sandow vs. Big E.
Back on RAW, we see Damien Sandow standing in the ring dressed up as Abraham Lincoln. He cuts a quick promo about how people never found him entertaining, well how do they feel now. Out comes Big E. It looks like Lincoln is making his long-awaited in-ring return here tonight on RAW in Washington, D.C.
The two have a brief match, which amounted to basically a squash match as Big E. dominated Sandow for about two minutes and then hit him with the Big Ending for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Big E.
After The Match: Big E. vs. Rusev Set Up
After the match, Big E. gets on the mic to address the Rusev and Lana segment from earlier tonight and represent America. His new character seems to be a very pro-U.S.A. guy who talks like a proud minister, much like the old WWE manager Slick or something like that. Just awful, god-awful stuff. Anyways, Lana ends up coming out and distracting Big E., allowing Rusev to beat him down from behind. We head to commercial.
John Cena, Sheamus & Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton & Cesaro
When we return from commercial, John Cena is backstage with Renee Young. He cuts a typical Cena-style promo about this Sunday’s WWE Money In The Bank pay-per-view and then makes his way to the ring. Out next is his partner, Sheamus, followed by his other partner, Roman Reigns. Those three will take on the foursome of Bray Wyatt, Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton and Cesaro here in tonight’s main event. All of those guys make their way to the ring as well. We head to commercial.
We’re back from the break and the match is underway. A lot of the guys on each side have had turns in the match, with the heels dominating for the most part. We head to our final commercial break of the evening with the bad guys in control of the match.
And we’re back from our final commercial of the evening and we see Cesaro controlling Cena in the middle of the ring. He finally makes the hot tag to Reigns, who comes in like a bat out of hell and blasts everyone in sight with a Superman punch until Del Rio slows him down with a backbreaker from behind.
The heel team continues to utilize quick-tags, keeping Reigns in their corner to control the match. Some of the tags are blind tags, with the heels looking at each other like “what the hell?” Finally, Reigns breaks free and makes a tag to Sheamus.
Sheamus takes the hot tag and now he is making his big fired-up comeback for his team. All of the guys end up in the ring, all of which hit their finishers off-and-on, finishing with Sheamus blasting Cesaro with a Brogue Kick for the 1-2-3.
Winners: John Cena, Sheamus & Roman Reigns
After The Match: Kane Attacks, Added To MITB
After the match, Kane’s music hits and out he comes. He throws Reigns into the barricade on the floor, chokeslams Sheamus in the ring and knocks Cena down in the ring with a big punch. However, then he chokeslams Alberto Del Rio, showing no baby face or heel favortism. He chokeslams Cena next. Then, Triple H’s “King of Kings” music hits and out he comes. He says, “ladies and gentlemen, the eighth entrant in the Money In The Bank Championship ladder match — The Demon Kane.” After that, Kane turns around right into a huge spear from Roman Reigns. RAW goes off the air with HHH looking worried and Reigns staring him down and pointing at him from inside the ring.
Erik’s Thoughts: As per usual with me I thought tonight’s Raw was pretty solid. There was definitely more action than talking with Ziggler and Barrett stealing the show with a phenomenal match. I thoroughly enjoyed the Vickie Guerrero segment and here’s why, sometimes when you play a heel (bad guy/girl) the biggest thing you can do is give the people what they want and be on the receiving end of humiliation or getting your butt kicked. Tonight Stephanie thought she got the upper hand with Vickie but instead Vickie was the one who had the last laugh. Watching her look to the sky then do the classic Eddie shake as his music played, that’s what wrestling is all about. 

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