WWE Raw Results (7/18/16)
Monday, July 18th, 2016
From Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI
Report by Zack Krasney of WrestlingNewsWorld.com
Hello boys and girls! Welcome back to Monday Night Raw coverage here at Wrestling News World! Glad to have you back! Well we are here! The last Raw before the Brand Split and what a main event we have! Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship! That's a HUGE match! We are also naming General Managers for Raw and Smackdown to kick off the show. WWE is going pedal to the metal tonight! That leads us perfectly into our...
Question of the Week: Who do you see being named the Raw and Smackdown GMs?
Monday Night Raw
Raw kicks off with the new Commissioner of Raw, Stephanie McMahon! Steph starts to do her intro but is cut off immediately by the new Commissioner of Smackdown! Shane O'Mac!
Steph- You know Shane I'm really not going to miss you pandering to the fans.
Shane- I think what you were about to say is welcome everyone to Monday Night Raw! Sorry I had to get that last one out.
Steph- That's fine because this will be your last night on Monday Night Raw. And Shane i will not miss working with you.
Shane- The feeling is mutual. Every morning I know you wake up and wish you had testicles, but you were. If you had been, that slap from last week wouldn't have gone unpunished.
Steph- Well lady balls are much bigger than testicles.
Steph- There's nothing you can do about it. Just like you're going to do nothing on Smackdown Live.
Shane- Actually what's going to happen is when you wake up Wednesday when the draft is over--
Steph- This isn't about you, it's about how both shows will benefit. Given the success of the Cruiserweight Classic, well we are going to be launching a cruiserweight division exclusively on Raw! And for every 2 picks you get I get 3.
Shane- Daddy's little girl gets exactly what she wants. I've been strategizing with my GM.
Steph- I should take this opportunity to announce my GM. Ladies and Gentlemen the new General Manager of Monday Night Raw!....
MIC FOLEY'S Music hits!!
Mic- Thank you Stephanie! Thank you for naming me GM of Monday Night Raw, it's a huge opportunity. The New Era reminds me of the chances from the attitude era and the atmosphere here reminds me of the Monday Night Wars. The spirit of competition. So as a veteran of the Monday Night Wars a little ember of competition started to glow and then after Steph called me and it turned into a 5 alarm fire. I remember helping to put the nail in the coffin of Nitro. The same ruthlessness I put into the ring I will apply to being General Manager of Raw. Have a nice day.
Shane- Mic congratulations. Steph I have to give you props, Mic Foley as GM of Raw is something everyone can get behind. I'll be intrigued watching Raw. That brings me to my GM. I need someone to embody what Smackdown is about. Breaking the glass ceiling, being the underdog. Who could it be? Who could be more popular and better than Mic Foley. Smackdown Live General Manager!...
Daniel Bryan's Music hits! He shakes Mic and Shane's hand, but won't shake Steph's hand. The crowd is ELECTRIC!
Bryan- Man did you guys miss me or something!? Trust me you guys haven't missed me half as much as I've missed you guys. Stephanie doesn't understand the meaning of pandering because you've never cheered for her. There was a long time that I wasn't ever sure if I'd be able to get near a ring again because I loved wrestling too much, but then Shane called me. He talked about putting the superstars first, making Smackdown live something awesome for the fans. How the battle lines were drawn, how Smackdown was the underdog and I thought...I can come back! And I need to come back because Smackdown Live is the underdog, just like I was, just like all of us were the underdog. Like before, when I beat Triple H, I didn't do that, WE did that! If we work together, Smackdown Live will beat Raw every single week! WE have beat the Authority before and WE will do it again!
Steph- Where do underdogs end up? Not on top. These losers know it, because they know it. Because on ONE night you won. Congrats Daniel. A B+ Player for a B+ show!
Shane- Two things will always be the same, you will always be my little sister and you had to marry a WWE Superstar to stay reliavent. So do you fans think that me and Daniel Bryan can become the juggernaut? Daniel do you have a word for us?
Bryan- Why YES I do! YES! YES! YES!
Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn & Cesaro
Cesaro gets Jericho down and then picks him up straight and hits a gutwrench suplex. Chris with chops to mount offense, but it doesn't work and Cesaro tags Zayn. Jericho chops Zayn and then a shoulder tackle. Arm drags from Zayn to Jericho and then he locks in the arm bar. The hold is released and Jericho charges at Sami but Zayn pulls down the ropes. Sami was going to go for a big move but Owens steps in the way. Jericho blasts Sami from behind and tags Owens who goes right on the attack as we head to break.
Jericho is in control of Zayn as we return. Chris uses the ropes to choke Sami, when the ref breaks it up Owens hits a cheap shot. Jericho with forearms but Sami tries to make the tag still. Jericho throws Zayn to the outside. The ref is distracted with Jericho and Owens goes to attack but Sami throws KO into the barricade. Jericho tries and misses a baseball slide and Sami is able to get in and make the tag. Uppercuts from Cesaro to Jericho and it puts Jericho in the corner. Uppercut Train from Cesaro! Owens runs in to interrupt but eats a dropkick. Cesaro hits the train on KO and Jericho! 2 count on Jericho. Cesaro with a springboard corkscrew uppercut! Another 2 count. Jericho counters the Neutralizer with an enziguri. Both teams make a tag! Owens and Zayn slug it out with right hands at the same time. Big kick from KO and a wicked clothesline! KO goes for the Pop Up Powerbomb but it's countered with a dropkick. Blind tag made by Jericho who knocks Zayn into the corner and Cesaro makes a blind tag. Crossbody from Cesaro! 2 count. Jericho goes for the Walls but Cesaro counters into the Swing! Kevin runs in and attacks but a blind tag is made to Zayn. Sami attacks KO and doesn't realize he isn't legal. Jericho rolls up Sami, but Sami rolls it through for a 3 count!
Winners: Sami Zayn and Cesaro
Backstage Daniel Bryan is talking with Golden Truth, he gets compliments and handshakes from some other superstars. Steph walks up and gives him a backhanded compliment. He says he's back with a vengeance. She insults him again and he tells her good luck trying not to ruin Monday Night Raw.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Darren Young w/Bob Backlund
Alberto throws Young shoulder first into the steel post and then kicks the shoulder. Young fights out of a hold on his shoulder but then eats a clothesline. Darren fights back with some forearms and a belly to belly toss. Atomic drop from Darren and a wicked right hand. Miz gets on the apron but it's right as Alberto rolls up Darren so the ref doesn't see it! Darren kicks out and shoves Alberto into Miz, then rolls up Alberto for the win!
Winner: Darren Young
John Cena comes out to his usual mixed reactions.
Cena- I'm fired up like you guys! What a great Monday Night Raw and a huge week for WWE! Tomorrow night is the WWE Draft! But wait there's more! This Sunday on the WWE Network we got BattleGround! This Sunday The Club they are going to try to beat up John Cena. They are about to realize they can't see me because I got the Certified Gs!
Enzo and Cass' music hits!
Enzo- My name is Enzo Amore and I am a Certified G and a bonafide stud and you can't teach that! And this right here! This is Big Cass and he's 7 feet tall and you can't teach that! Bada boom! Realest guys in the room! How you doin! John...I got something I wanna say. The term do not take this the wrong way has a 0 percent success rate, so with that being said, The Club, don't take this the wrong way you guys are nothing but herbs with insecurities. I always judge a book by it's cover cause I ain't stupid enough to read that book! Besides, you know without ugly in the world there would be no beauty so Luke Gallows thanks for your sacrifice. Luke the only time women open their mouths for you is when they yawn. Speaking of women, AJ Styles you got a haircut like a soccer mom, how you doin? Karl Anderson, you are like Times New Roman font you are as generic as they come. I hate to be the one to pull the nipple out of the babies mouth, but the only time you guys are beating us is on the 31st of Nevuary. Smack talker Skywalker pulls no punches on the mic. You want sympathy look between spit and syphilis in the dictionary.
Cena- Woah woah woah, you're all over the place it seems like you're just spitting out punch lines.
Cass- That's Enzo Amore, it's what he does. That's what makes us such a great team. We're like the best trio that ever was. Like the three musketeers.
Enzo- How you doin'
Cass- Three tenors.
Enzo- How you doin'
Enzo- How you doin'
Cass- Destiny's Child
Enzo- How you doin'
Cass- Wu Tang Clan!
Enzo- How you doin'
Cena- I don't know how I'm doin! That last one didn't even make sense Wu Tang has like 2o members. Listen we got a match at Battleground and we gotta get serious.
Cass- Listen we like to come out and have fun with the fans, but when push comes to shove we get serious. As for The Club, there is only ONE WORD to describe them and I'm gonna spell it out for you S-A-
The Club's music hits and interrupts Cass.
AJ- John! Really?! you're gonna tag with these two guys? You're setting yourself up for failure. You made your choice, so I'm going to give you a taste of what you can expect at Battleground.
Karl- Do you guys honestly think you have chemistry. The Club has chemistry. Myself and my hot Asian wife have chemistry. When did you guys meet? 3 weeks ago at catering?
Gallows- The Club has split blood and sold out arenas all over the world together. We've had each other's backs since day one.
AJ- We are a well oiled machine. We are a TEAM. Unliek you 3.
Karl- Tonight the Club has some #squadgoals, because tonight we not only get to beat up John Cena. We also get to beat up Enzo and beat up Cass! We also get to beat up all 3 members of New Day and--
AWWWWWW PROVIDENCE!!! CLAP FOR YOUR TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS AND FEEL THE POWER
Kofi- Well well well, typical Club always talking about the things they like to beat...
Big E- Speaking of jerks, we had our hands full last week when we ventured to the Wyatt's compound.
AJ- Woah woah, aren't you supposed to be hiding under your bed or something? Look out there is Bray Wyatt, Xavier run!
Woods- More of a pantomime but ok. Last week when we went to the compound we found out exactly what the Wyatt Family is capable of. Bray Wyatt's mind games would break any normal man, but we are not normal men. So this Sunday at Battleground we are prepared to show the Wyatt Family why we are the WWE World Tag Team Champions!
Kofi- But first, John I gotta ask man, do you really not understand "how you doin'"
Big E- Enzo asks how you doin and the crowd responds.
Woods- Do you guys mind if I?
Cass- Please, be our guest.
Woods- Seeing as I am a level 21 yes LEVEL 21 Pokemon Go trainer...Team Valor for life. Let's do this. Charmander
Big E- How you doin
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Woods- Now we're only doing the original 150 but that still leaves like 140 so here we go
Cena- WAIT! WAIT! WAIT! Stop listen! Because-
E- BEEECAAAAUSEE NEW DAY ROCKS! NEW DAY ROCKS!
John Cena, Enzo and Cass & New Day vs. The Wyatt Family and The Club
We return from break and Cena is in the ring with Anderson. Karl tags Erick Rowan who stares down Cena. Cena hits a shoulder tackle but Gallows tags himself in. Gallows stares down Cena, Cena tries a shoulder tackle on him but runs into a brick wall. Gallows says up and Cean goes down. Cena tags Big E who taunts Gallows and then hits a Belly to Belly. Gallows tags Strowman. Braun hits a big clothesline to take E down. E tries to tag Cass but Enzo jumps over to take the tag. Enzo gets in and is all kinds of fired up! Woods plays his trombone in support! Enzo runs into a big right hand. Cass tags himself in! Cass gets in Strowman's face and is taller! Cass is not scared at all! Strowman shoves Cena off the side and everyone runs ina nd starts fighting! It all clears out to Cass and Strowman again. Cass goes at Strowman with right hands and a big boot! Strowman doesn't go down but is holding on to the ropes. Kofi tags in and gets caught by Braun who slams him down! We head to break.
We return from break and Bray and Kofi are in the ring. Kofi hits a kick to stun Bray. Kofi tags Cena who hits a shoulder tackle, and another. Cean sets up for the 5 Knuckle Shuffle but Bray does hits reverse spider and it scares Cena. Braun tags in. Headbutt from Braun and then tackles in the corner. Tag to Rowan who goes for a cover and gets 2. Headlock from Rowan. Cena fights out but Rowan hits a dropkick! Tag to AJ Styles! AJ hammers away at the head of Cena. Big right hand from Styles to knock down Cena. Cena runs at AJ but he ends up in the AA neckbreaker! Karl Anderson tags in and hits a heel kick on Cena. 2 count! Tag to Gallows who kicks Cena in the face. Elbow drops from Gallows and a pin for 2. Gallows talks trash and smacks the head of Cena. Gallows goes for a splash but Cena rolls away. We head to break again.
We return and Wyatt is standing over Cena. Wyatt misses with a senton and Cena tries to make a tag and get Cass! Styles is in but eats a shoulder tackle. Cass hits the scoop slam on Styles and then the Empire Elbow! Big Splash in the corner but then gets blasted by Strowman from behind. Kofi hits Trouble in Paradise on Strowman and then Big E hits a running splash to knock Braun out of the ring! Rowan hits a big spin kick to take out E and then tries a powerbomb on Kofi, but Kofi reverses it and sends Rowan flying. Bray runs in and plants Kofi! Woods with a missile dropkick on Bray that knocks him out fo the ring. Woods leaps over the rope and takes out everyone who is on the outside! In the ring AJ goes for a springboard assault but Cass ducks it and hits a big boot! Gallows interrupts Boom Shakalaka! Cena in and hits the AA! Anderson hits a spinebuster on Cena! Enzo hits a leaping DDT from the top rope! Everyone is laid out! On the outside New Day and The Wyatts battle on the ramp! Enzo and AJ are in the ring. Enzo tries to reverse the Styles Clash but ends up connecting with Cena and knocking him out. AJ hits Styles Clash for the win!
Winners: The Club and The Wyatt Family
We get a video of Seth Rollins in an empty arena. He does a monologue talking about The Shield, winning the WWE Championship, hurting his knee and coming back. He talks about Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose being his former brothers and how he always wanted to be the best and so he used them to achieve his dreams. How he is going to beat Dean Ambrose to regain what was stolen from him.
Mic is backstage talking to Breezeango. Shane walks up and congratulates him, but asks why he wants to work for Steph. Shane says word is going around that Steph hired him because the fans love him and because she can manipulate him. Mic says he went into their partnership with his eyes open, he saw her rise to power. He sees her ruthlessness as passion for the company.
Sin Cara vs. Baron Corbin
Baron turns Cara's mask around so he can't see and hammers away at him. The ref pulls Baron off and eats a springboard elbow from Sin Cara. Baron is knocked out of the ring and Sin Cara hits a leaping attack of the top rope. Back in the ring Cara goes for a springboard move but runs into a big right hand from Corbin. Deep Six for the win!
Winner: Baron Corbin
Corbin continues the attack but Kalisto runs out to make the save. Corbin gets out of the ring, but when Kalisto turns around Corbin pulls him out of the ring and beats Kalisto down.
Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke
Sasha and Dana start but Sasha ducks a clothesline and goes right for Charlotte. Dana attacks from behind but Sasha makes it over to Becky for a tag. Becky takes down Dana and puts her in an arm submission. Dana fights out and goes on the attack but Becky gets the better of her. Leg drop from Becky, and a second and third! Tag to Sasha who takes down Dana and Charlotte. Natalya pulls Becky of the apron and throws her into the ring post and the barricade. After the match the heels attack and then walk off.
Winner by DQ: Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch
Dean talks about how when he was in the Shield he told the world to brace themselves because they were going to change history. That's exactly what he did when he cashed in and won the WWE Championship. He never backs down from a fight and that's exactly what tonight is going to be and exactly what Sunday is going to be.
Dolph Ziggler & Zack Ryder vs. Rusev & Sheamus
Sheamus and Ryder start and Sheamus is on him with uppercuts. Ryder puts Sheamus in the corner and hammers away with forearms. Rusev runs in and then Sheamus attacks from behind. Zack gets thrown out and then Rusev throws Ryder into the barricade. Sheamus hits a rolling senton on the outside and then rolls Ryder in. Ryder is slammed and then Sheamus fakes a tag to Rusev but then decides to lock in a headlock instead. Ryder fights out and hits a neckbreaker. Ryder and Sheamus both go for a tag and make it. Ziggler hits a big splash and then hits the Fameasser. Sheamus runs in but Ryder runs in and clotheslines him out of the ring. Rusev hits a massive kick to the back of the head of Ziggler. Rusev locks in the Accolade on Ziggler and Dolph taps.
Winner via tap out: Rusev and Sheamus
Daniel Bryan and Mic Foley start talking. They point out their similarities while taking little passive aggressive shots at each other, but all in good spirit. Daniel says they never got the chance to fight in the ring, but they are fighting now. Raw vs. Smackdown, may the best show win.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship
Stephanie, Mic Foley, Shane, and Daniel Bryan are all at ringside for this one.
We get a lock up to start and Rollins gets behind Ambrose, but Ambrose counters with a takedown. Rollins gets out and onto the apron for a breather and Ambrose gets up on the turnbuckles in a laying position to mock him. Rollins twists the arm but Ambrose counters into a side headlock takedown. Arm drags from Ambrose and Rollins slides out of the ring to catch his breath again. Rollins gets in and puts Ambrose in the corner and stomps away at him. Ambrose with a clothesline takedown but Rollins gets up and goes for a clothesline, he misses and Ambrose clotheslines Rollins out of the ring. Ambrose does a neckbreaker that slams Rollins neck into the barricade. Big clothesline from Dean and then Ambrose hits a clothesline from the apron! We head to break.
We return and Rollins is in control. Rollins hits a kick to the spin of a seated Ambrose, then locks in a headlock. Ambrose fights out but Seth shoves him into the corner and locks it in again. Rollins puts Ambrose on the ropes and pulls on the face. Rollins rolls out and clocks Ambrose who was hanging on the ropes. Rollins with the slingblade in the ring! 2 count! Rollins locks in another headlock but Ambrose fights out but it cost both men. Ambrose with chops and jabs! Forearm by Ambrose and it takes down Rollins! More chops from Ambrose and a cover! Rollins reverses and so does Ambrose. 2 count! Big neckbreaker from Ambrose! 2 count! Ambrose charges at Rollins but Rollins hits a dropkick. Rollins goes for the Pedigree but it's reversed! Ambrose clotheslines Rollins out of the ring! Ambrose hits the suicided dive! Rollins rolls Ambrose back in but he turns it into the Lunatic Clothesline but Rollins sees it coming and counters! Rollins does a powerbomb on Ambrose into the barricade! Ambrose is rolled in and Rollins hits the Frog Splash! 1-2-NO! Ambrose kicks out and we head to commercial!
We return and Dean counters a powerbomb into a hurricarana! Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds but Rollins counters into the pedigree and Ambrose counters out of it, and Rollins counters into a flying knee! Rollins goes up top but can't connect with a Frog Splash! Both men are down! Rollins hits a forearm to the face of Ambrose, twice, but the third time Ambrose hits one of his own! Rollins kicks the face of Dean repeatedly but Dean ducks one and hits chops and jabs! Rollins gets Dean up for the corner powerbomb and connects but Dean uses the momentum to hit a wicked Dirty Deeds! Rollins is able to get his foot on the rope before the 3! Rollins rolls out of the ring. Dean clears off the announce table and gets on the barricade but Rollins rolls off before Dean can do anything. They battle on the ring apron and Seth tries a Pedigree but Ambrose fights out and clotheslines Seth into the ring. Ambrose to the top rope but Seth hits a kick to the gut and puts Ambrose in the pedigree! It connects!! 1-2-AMBROSE KICKS OUT! Seth is furious! Seth stalks Ambrose and picks him up for a second pedigree, Ambrose counters and rolls up for 2. Ambrose connects with a Lunatic Clothesline! Ambrose to the top rope, Rollins runs up and catches him. Ambrose shoves him down and it knocks out the ref. Rollins back up and hits the Superplex! Dean immediately locks in a pin! 1-2-3! Both men had their shoulder down though. Rollins is celebrating but there is obvious confusion. Shane and Steph get in the ring. Steph celebrates with Rollins while Shane tells Dean that Seth didn't win. Steph grabs a mic and the belt and says Rollins was the winner! She hands Seth the title and his music plays. It seems like nothing but confusion and we'll have to tune in tomorrow for our answers!