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WWE Raw Results: Three Major Returns, New Champion Crowned

WWE Monday Night Raw
June 30, 2014
XL Center
Hartford, Connecticut

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WWE Monday Night Raw Pre-Show:

Tonight’s WWE Raw Pre-show kicks off with fans piling into the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Byron Saxton is hosting the panel. He’s joined by Booker T and Alex Riley. They’re actually filming from WWE studios in Connecticut, which Riley says is their new home. They talk about tonight’s show and the mystery former WWE Champion that is returning. Saxton shows us footage from Money In the Bank and talks about John Cena winning the WWE World Heavyweight Title.

We go back to the panel with footage from the Money In the Bank ladder match, including Dean Ambrose beating up Seth Rollins with a chair. We see Rollins talking to Tom Phillips after the pay-per-view about getting the job done. Riley talks about Rollins needing The Authority to get the win. We go to Network promos and get a look at The Usos defeating Luke Harper and Erick Rowan at Money In the Bank.

Riley and Booker predict many title reigns to come for The Usos. They also agree that Rowan and Harper have a bright future. We go back to the arena. Renee Young is with The Usos. Jimmy Uso gets emotional talking about their win last night. Jey reveals they’re teaming with Sheamus tonight. We go to the panel and more Network commercials. Saxton shows us footage from the Daniel Bryan and Bo Dallas segment last night. We get more talk from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.

WWE Monday Night Raw: 

First In-Ring Segment:

We open Raw with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. They make their way down to the ring. Stephanie gets the mic and says they are celebrating the outcome of Money In The Bank. She puts over Seth Rollins win at Money In The Bank. Triple H says that Seth Rollins is the future of the WWE. Triple H then puts over John Cena’s win at Money In The Bank, and then introduces John Cena.

Out comes Cena and he makes his way to the ring.  Cena first says that when Daniel Bryan is healthy he will give him an opportunity. Stephanie then announces that John Cena is the cover athlete for WWE 2K15. Cena says thanks, but that they are being too nice. Cena says that they didn’t have the same look last night when he won the title. Triple H mocks Cena and tells him to chill out. Triple H says he has no problem with Cena being a champion, as long as he does it with respect. Cena then says he will do it the hard way, and Triple H says fine. Triple H then announces that Cena will defend the title at Battleground in a fatal four way.

Triple H then says that the opponents are Randy Orton, Kane, and Roman Reigns. There will be a tag team match between the four tonight. Cena leaves and Triple H reminds him that if he survives that match, that there is always a plan b. Out comes Seth Rollins. He is in action next.

First Match: Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam

The match starts with RVD knocking Seth Rollins to the outside, and Rollins takes his time to regain himself. Rollins gets back in the ring and hits a couple of kicks, before taking RVD  down. RVD pushes Rollins off, and Rollins goes to the outside in frustration. Rollins gets back in the ring and gets kicked in the head immediately. RVD then begins to work the back in the corner, and then hits a kick to the head. RVD then begins to attack the mid section, putting Rollins in an abdominal stretch. Rollins gets out and falls to the outside again. This time RVD follows him to the outside. Rollins catches RVD with a clothesline, and is in control as we head to commercial.

We return with Rollins in control over RVD. Rollins bounces RVD off the ropes, and then catches him into a one legged Boston Crab. RVD however find a way out and rolls up Rollins for a two count. RVD then begins his comeback. RVD then hits the Rollins Thunder on the injured back of Rollins. RVD makes the cover but only gets a two count. RVD then hits a backbreaker, and then goes for the split legged moonsault, and it connects. RVD makes the cover but only gets a two count. Rollins gets control again, and goes for the powerbomb, but RVD gets out with a hurricanrana. RVD then goes up top for the five star frog splash, but Rollins rolls to the outside. RVD still jumps on Rollins on the outside, hitting a huge cross body Rollins is thrown back in the ring, but then takes advantage when RVD gets in the ring, hitting the Curb Stomp. Rollins makes the cover for a three count.

Renee gets in the ring to interview Rollins. Rollins says that he may sound arrogant, but its not arrogance if he can back it up. Seth says everyone is just bitter he was right. Ambrose then goes on the titantron. Ambrose says that at the end of day Rollins didn’t win. He says that this is actually better for him, because now he will be there every time Rollins even thinks of cashing it in. Ambrose says that briefcase is full of TNT, because every time he tries to cash it in, its going to blow up right in his face. Rollins yells that it is his time as we go to commercial break

Winner: Seth Rollins

Second In-Ring Segment:

Rusev and Lana make their way to the ring. Lana says Rusev’s last opponent was a failure, but thats okay because the US are accustomed to failure. She says that they lie to their children that the USA is the greatest country in the world. Lana says that there is only one super power in the world, and that no one can stop the onslaught of Russia or Rusev. She then asks who is Americas next failure to compete against Rusev. Out comes the Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter! Zeb says that he is sick of them coming out and slamming the USA every week. Colter says that the only reason she can say whatever she wants is because of something called the Freedom of Speech. Colter then says he knows someone who can stop Rusev, and its Jack Swagger. Lana begins to laugh, as Rusev and Swagger have a stare down. Rusev appears to back off, but then runs at Swagger. Swagger hits a couple of arm drags and Rusev retreats! Swagger and Colter stand tall.

Second Match: Sheamus & The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family

Rowan and Jet start the match off. Jimmy us tagged in right away, and the Usos hit a double super kick.  Rowan is clothesline to the outside, and we go to commercial again. We return with Rowan in control over Jimmy. Rowan keeps Jimmy grounded, and then begins to pound away. Bray is tagged in, and hits a big splash. Harper is then tagged in, and then runs into a kick and elbow by Jimmy. Jimmy then hits a corkscrew from the top, and tags in Sheamus. Rowan is tagged in as well, and Sheamus begins him comeback.

Sheamus jumps from the top onto Rowan and Harper, and then hits a powerslam as well. Sheamus calls for the Brogue Kick, but gets distracted by Bray. Rowan takes out Sheamus, and tags in Harper. Harper hits a big boot on the outside, and then tags in Bray Wyatt. Bray keeps Sheamus down, and then tags in Rowan. Rowan hits a splash for a two count. Rowan then puts Sheamus into a headlock. Sheamus tries to fight out but Rowan keeps him grounded. Bray is tagged in. Bray goes for a splash, but Sheamus moves. Bray however knocks Sheamus to the outside, and Bray tags in Harper.

Harper hits a super kick and makes a cover, but only gets a two count. Sheamus gets up and hits the Irish Curse, and then makes the tag to Jey Uso! Jey then begins his comeback again Harper. Jey flies over the top on Harper, and then brings Harper back in to the ring. Jey hits a big super kick, but Rowan comes in to break up the pin fall. Everything breaks down, and Harper is able to capitalize with a clothesline for a three count.

Winner: The Wyatt Family

Tom Phillips is backstage with Nikki Bella. He asks about Brie Bella being escorted out of the arena at Money In the Bank. Nikki said she honestly didn’t think it was a mistake to invite her. Stephanie McMahon appears and says The Bella Twins have a match against Cameron and Naomi. Stephanie remembers Brie abandoned Nikki so she will have to wrestle a handicap match now.

We see a limousine arrive in the back. It’s the returning former WWE Champion. We go to commercial.

Third In-Ring Segment:

Out comes Bo Dallas. Bo asks for 60 seconds of silence for two wrestlers who can’t compete right now; Bad News Barrett, and Daniel Bryan. Bo Dallas then gets the mic again and says that he was the voice of inspiration last night for Daniel Bryan, as well as the bigger man. We are then shown a clip of the segment between the two last night. Nikki then comes out for her match.

Third Match: Nikki Bella vs. The Funkadactyls

Cameron and Nikki start. Cameron shoves Nikki in the corner, and then throws her to the ground. Cameron goes for a quick cover, but only gets a one count. Nikki fights back with an elbow, and then hits a jaw breaker. Naomi tags her self in, and hits a cross body from the top rope. Naomi then hits the Final Cut for the three count.

After the match Cameron and Naomi get in a shoving match then referee Charles Robinson seperates them. Cameron walks away.

Winner: The Funkadactyls

Bad News Barrett Medical Update:

We’re shown the injury Bad News Barrett suffered on Friday Night SmackDown. We’re told that Bad News Barrett seperated his shoulder and that he will be out for a number of months. Also that as of now the Intercontinental Championship is vacated and at the WWE Battleground PPV there will be a battle royal to determine the Intercontinental Champion.

Fourth Match: Cesaro w/Paul Heyman vs. Kofi Kingston

Cesaro and Kofi lock up, with Cesaro gaining the advantage first. Cesaro beats Kofi down in the corner, and then hits a wicked uppercut. Kofi fights back with a cross body, and then launches Cesaro to the outside. Kofi hits a senton over the ropes on Cesaro, and then drags Cesaro back in the ring. Kofi makes the cover but only gets a two count. Kofi goes to the top but is caught into a backbreaker by Cesaro. Cesaro begins to lay in on Kofi in the corner, and then puts Kofi down and locks him into a headlock. Kofi gets out but is then hit with a clothesline. Cesaro stomps on Kofi, and then hits a scoop slam.

Cesaro calls for the swing, but then says never mind and continues to stomp away. Kofi gets back in it with a roll up, but then Cesaro hits a boot on Kofi that floors him to the outside. Kofi is down as we head to commercialWe return with Kofi Kingston celebrating a victory that was won on the app.

Cesaro begins the assault on Kofi after the match, throwing him into the steel steps and the announce table. Cesaro continues the beat down, using the ring post, and hitting a vicious clothesline.

Winner: Kofi Kingston

We have a backstage segment with Santino Marella and Adam Rose promoting the Twisted Iced Tea drink.

Fourth In-Ring Segment:

We return and Vince McMahon’s music hits! Unfortunately it is Damien Sandow. Damien mocks Vince, calling himself Vincent Kennedy McMahondow. Sandow says that he is the greatest talent of this generation. Sandow then enters himself in the battle royal. Stephanie gets on the titantron and tells Damien Sandow he is going to pay for mocking her father. She says he has to wrestle Khali right now.

Fifth Match: Damien Sandow vs. The Great Khali

Khali hits the chop right away for the three count.

Winner: The Great Khali

Fifth In-Ring Segment:

We come back from commercial and the former champion is The Miz. Miz asks if everyone missed him. Miz says that he was tempted to never come back, and that he was told he was bigger than the WWE. Miz says that he comes back because everyone takes him for granted. Miz says that he will leave when everyone begs him to stay. Out comes Chris Jericho!

Miz asks if Jericho has something to say. Miz then says is this 2012 Jericho where he wont talk and just stand there in his lite bright jacket. Miz then says that he is a movie star and that he is a box office draw. Jericho then hits the Codebreaker! Jericho grabs the mic and  before he can finish his thought, the Wyatt’s music hits! The lights come on and all three Wyatts are in the ring! Jericho tries to fight back, but Bray gets the advantage and hits Sister Abagail.

Tomorrow night on the WWE Network Dolph Ziggler will take on Cesaro on WWE Main Event.

Sixth Match: Fandango w/Layla vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler strikes first with a dropkick. Cole reveals that on the WWE App, Summer Rae extended a truce to Layla and she accepted it. Back and forth in the ring now. Fandango slams Ziggler face first and covers for a 2 count. Fandango kisses Layla and it costs him as Ziggler makes a comeback. Fans chant for Ziggler as he mounts Fandango with right hands in the corner. Ziggler nails a neckbreaker and drops a big elbow. Summer Rae comes in the ring out of nowhere and flirts with Ziggler. She grabs him and kisses him as fans cheer and Fandango looks on upset. Ziggler grabs Summer and kisses her now. Fandango asks Summer what’s going on and she leaves. Ziggler nails a Zig Zag from behind for the win.

After the match, Ziggler looks back at Summer Rae and it looks like there’s something brewing there.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Seventh Match: Rybaxel vs. Stardust & Goldust

Ryback and Axel immediately go on the attack, taking out Stardust. Goldust and Axel start off, and Goldust is taken down. Ryback is tagged in and hits a clothesline from the back. Ryback hits a suplex for a two count. Ryback hits a chop in  the corner, and then follows it with a fall away slam. Ryback then goes for the Meat Hook, but Goldust hits a spinebuster. Stardust and Axel are both tagged in. Stardust begins his comeback, taking out Ryback and and Axel. Stardust then hits a modified facebuster for the three count.

Winner: Stardust & Goldust

Sixth In-Ring Segment:

We return and out comes Paige. Paige gets a mic and says she is a women of few words. Paige says that she has to say that she deserves her championship and that she is hear to stay. Out comes AJ Lee! AJ gets the mic and says that Paige is right. AJ says that Paige did something no one could do, and that’s beat her. AJ says that success got in her head, and that she knows the person she became. She says that she wants to say thank you for giving her the slap in the face she needed, and congratulations. Paige says she isn’t stupid, and that no one wants to see her defend her title tonight. AJ says the crowd obviously wants it, and Paige says fine.

Eight Match: WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige (c) vs. AJ Lee

AJ gets hit with a kick to the head, and Paige begins to gloat. AJ rolls her up and gets the three count!

Winner: New WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee

Ninth Match: John Cena & Roman Regins vs. Kane & Randy Orton

Orton and Cena start the match off. Orton bounces Cena off the ropes, and then hits a shoulder block. They lock up again, and Cena hits a hip toss. Reigns gets tagged in, and then Kane is tagged in as well. Both big men face off, with Reigns getting the advantage. Reigns throws Kane over the top rope, and are in control as we head to commercial break.

We return with Orton in control over Reigns. Reigns tries to fight back, but Orton slams Reigns into the mat. Orton hits a big knee to the face, and then tags in Kane. Kane beats down Reigns in the corner, and then tags in Orton. Orton puts Reigns in a headlock. Reigns fights out and hits a big clothesline. Reigns goes outside to hit his dropkick, but Kane gets in the way. Reigns takes out Kane, but Orton hits a clothesline right after. Orton puts Reigns in the ring, and then tags in Kane. Kane puts Reigns in a headlock. Reigns gets out with a clothesline, but Kane gets a tag, and Orton keeps Reigns away from Cena. Kane is tagged in back in, and Reigns fight back with a Samoan Drop! Reigns gets to Cena, and Orton is in as well.

Cena hits his comeback, but before hitting the AA, Orton makes a tag. Kane then gets hit with Cena’s comeback as well. Orton comes in the ring and hits an RKO, but Reigns takes him out. Kane is hit with a Superman Punch, and then Reigns and Orton brawl all the way to the back. Kane goes on the outside and hits Cena with the steel steps.

Kane hits a tombstone on Cena, and Cena is out cold. Out comes Seth Rollins! Seth Rollins tries to cash in, but out comes Dean Ambrose! Dean Ambrose chases Seth out of the building, and Roman Reigns comes back and spears Kane! Reigns and Triple H stare each other down, with Triple H backing down. Roman Reigns stands tall as Raw concludes!

Winner: Roman Regins & John Cena by DQ

Josh’s Grade for WWE Raw: 9/10

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Josh Lopez is the host of the Pro Wrestling Experience on Chicagolandsportsradio.com and is a graduate of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting. You can email him at joshlopezwwe94@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @JoshLopezCSR

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