The Monday, July 8 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, which aired live from Baltimore, Md., opened with a video package strongly hyping the debut of The Wyatt Family.
Raw supervising general manager Vickie Guerrero was introduced to the ring with her assistant, Brad Maddox. Guerrero elected to climb up a ladder in resemblance of her career success. After continuing to brag about herself and career accomplishments, Jerry Lawler interrupted and told Guerrero not only will the McMahon family evaluate her job performance on Raw, but also the viewers watching the show.
Guerrero, in a attempt to boost her chances with the viewers, began to hype what was in store for Raw, including three booked matches and a face-to-face confrontation between John Cena and Mark Henry.
Match No. 1: Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Your winner via pinfall: Daniel Bryan.
Terrific and energetic opening match to kick things off on Monday Night Raw. This kind of match is what's needed to keep viewers tuned in during the first hour of Raw. Bryan and Sheamus had very good chemistry in the ring and were able to bring a very good performance.
Match Rating: 4.5/5.
Match No. 2: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs. Tons of Funk
Your winner via pinfall: Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns.
A better-than-expected match, as the WWE allowed Tons of Funk to compete meaningfully against Rollins and Reigns. Although the outcome was predictable, the match helped make Rollins and Reigns, look strong heading into their title defense for the tag team belts at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
After another video package of the Wyatt family, Cena came out to the ring and called Henry to the ring. Henry tells Cena that he is the world's strongest man, labels him a "puppet" and claims that his chances are high of being in the Hall of Fame after taking away the WWE Championship title. Cena told Henry that he must win this Sunday at Money in the Bank to enter a spot into history.
Suddenly, Henry attacked Cena and delivered the World's Strongest Slam.
Match No. 3: Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel
Your winner via pinfall: Chris Jericho.
Despite the loss, Axel looked refreshed after struggling recently to find his spot in the WWE as a top card talent. In the end, this was a pretty decent match at best.
Match Rating: 3/5.
Match No. 4: Sin Cara vs. Alberto Del Rio
During the match, Dolph Ziggler came out ringside and began to taunt Del Rio. A distracted Del Rio attacked Ziggler outside the ring before being taken out by Cara.
Although this could have been a more entertaining battle between two technical wrestlers, the match itself never took off to full potential, as the WWE elected to have Ziggler appear to hype his match against Del Rio at Money in the Bank.
Match Rating: 3/5.
After the match, the McMahon family, including Triple H, came out to the ring for Guerrero's job evaluation. Guerrero, who got the opportunity to speak first, talked about her passion for the professional wrestling fans and pride in her work.
Stephanie McMahon asked Guerrero if signing Brock Lesnar was the right thing to do. Guerrero apologized to all of them and didn't expect Lesnar to go on the offense. Vince McMahon stood up next and praised Guerrero's decision to hire Lesnar and her vision for Raw.
Triple H slammed Guerrero, telling her she is not fit to run Raw. After Vince and Triple H allowed Stephanie to make the final decision, she allowed the viewers who voted to make the choice. After the voting results showed Guerrero failed overwhelmingly, Stephanie went ahead and fired her.
Vince quickly turned into his classic character and blamed everyone for their decision to fire Guerrero. He announced that Maddox would take control of the new general manager spot on Raw.
Match No. 5: Kane vs. Christian
Your winner via pinfall: Kane.
A pretty basic battle that helped further hype the Money in the Bank ladder match. Nothing spectacular to note on this match.
Match Rating: 2.5/5.
Quickly after the match, members of The Wyatt Family made their debut on Raw and attacked Kane before a commercial break.
Match No. 6: AJ Lee and Alicia Fox vs. Kaitlyn and Layla
Another basic match that served its purpose to further promote Lee against Kaitlyn at Money in the Bank. Throughout the shortened match, the only exciting moment was Kaitlyn's spear by ringside on Lee, which was rather impressive. The match also was a decent lead-in to the main event on Raw.
Match Rating: 2/5.
Match No. 7: Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
Your winner via pinfall: CM Punk.
Entertaining main event match with tons of action by Punk and Orton and strong hype from the announcers for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. It was well executed by the WWE to close out Monday Night Raw.
Match Rating: 3.5/5.
Afterward, Bryan attacked Orton and Punk before climbing a ladder and grabbing the briefcase hanging above the ring as Raw faded to black.
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