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WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 2

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterJune 2, 2014

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 2

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    Credit: WWE.com

    The June 2 edition of WWE Raw rewarded the patient fan.

    In the first few hours, comedy matches, cheap pop and disappointing in-ring action tempted fans to grab the remote. WWE saved its most compelling stories and thrilling clashes for the last portion of the night.

    The Shield followed Evolution's lead and broke up, The Wyatt Family claimed the unofficial No. 1 contender's spot and one Superstar earned the right to be a part of the Money in the Bank Ladder match.

    The Payback fallout show quickly shifted its focus to the next pay-per-view, offering some appealing possibilities for June 29. It took a long while for Monday's Raw to gather speed, but it did, allowing the audience to see a trio of brothers implode.

Opening Segment

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    Evolution ambled down to the ring, bruises lining Triple H's face. 

    He barked about the battle not being over. It wouldn't end until The Shield no longer existed, he told the fans. Batista pushed back. He didn't want to fight The Shield anymore, demanding the one-on-one title shot he was promised.

    The COO said that even if he gave Batista a shot against Daniel Bryan, he'd probably choke.

    Batista quit, throwing down the mic before storming off. Randy Orton stood by as Triple H yelled for Batista to come back. 

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "The funny thing is they think they've won."—Triple H on The Shield.

    Batista gives a princess wave before leaving.

    "The world just collapsed around Triple H."—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Batista helped elevate The Shield one more time. His refusal to fight it again and the fact that battling it led to Evolution splitting says a lot about the group's power.

    The segment was simple, effective and expected. Fans knew that Batista was taking off to promote his new movie, and the shaky alliance that was Evolution 2.0 wasn't going to last.

    As angry as Triple H was and the fact that he repeated that this was not over suggest he'll continue to go after Roman Reigns and company. Orton is likely to fall away in the process as the story zeros in on The Game.

Bad News Barrett and Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam and Sheamus

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    The two sets of foes for the midcard titles at Payback met in tag team action.

    Cesaro and Sheamus continued their brawl from the pay-per-view. They traded knees to the gut and forearms to the back. Bad News Barrett stepped in and soon tasted a clothesline.

    Rob Van Dam entered for the fan favorites. His kick-heavy offense had him on top early, but a nasty clothesline from Barrett slowed him down. Cesaro took his turn at beating on Van Dam before tagging Barrett back in.

    The heels punished Van Dam with slams and strikes, keeping him away from Sheamus.

    A hard kick afforded Mr. Monday Night an escape route. Sheamus charged in, rattling the ring by slamming both men. He missed a Brogue Kick on Cesaro, and Barrett hit Winds of Change for a two-count.

    Paul Heyman led Cesaro away from the ring, which left Barrett alone. 

    The bearer of bad news didn't last much longer. A boot to the face and a Five-Star Frog Splash did him in.

     

    Result

    Van Dam and Sheamus win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "The only person who will be seeing stars tonight is Rob Van Dam."—Barrett.

    Barrett nails Van Dam with a clothesline in midair that snaps his head back.

    Cesaro hurls Van Dam into the barricade.

     

    Grade

    B

     

    Analysis

    This was a solid, fun match. Cesaro and Sheamus' chemistry was the highlight, and it's clear WWE is continuing with that feud.

    Heyman spent most of his time at the announce desk insulting Sheamus. Leaving the match prematurely is the company's way of holding back something from this story, making fans hungry to see more. It adds animosity and makes Cesaro look part shrewd, part cowardly—in short, a proper heel.

    Those two won't disappoint should they get a rematch at Money in the Bank.

Damien Sandow as Lance Stephenson

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    Damien Sandow came out in a Lance Stephenson jersey. He pretended to be Stephenson, praising LeBron James and trashing the Indiana Pacers.

    He then displayed his basketball skills. That essentially meant moving the ball from one hand to the other.

    Big Show walked into the ring, and Sandow immediately challenged him to some one-on-one. The giant threw the ball into Sandow's stomach before punching him in the mouth.

    A slam dunk later, and Big Show was headed back to the locker room.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "The Indiana Pacers are a losing team from a losing city."—Sandow.

    "How dare you interrupt my display of mad skills."—Sandow to Big Show.

    John "Bradshaw" Layfield calls traveling and charging on Big Show.

     

    Grade

    C-

     

    Analysis

    Dressing up as Stephenson isn't as silly as going as D-Sizzle, but it's just as mildly amusing. WWE has made a habit of making Sandow serve as the punchline, and it's unclear where it can possibly take this.

    He doesn't ever seem to be upset about losing or getting beat up. He doesn't retaliate. 

    The act is a running joke that wasn't all that funny the first time.

Bo Dallas vs. Kofi Kingston

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    Before the match, Bo Dallas claimed that the Miami Heat won the Eastern Conference Finals because they "Bo-lieved."

    Dallas' early advantage went away quickly thanks to Kofi Kingston's kicks. The high-flyer had Dallas retreating before a number of knees to the head put Dallas in control for a few moments.

    Kingston's speed and leaping got him several near-falls. Dallas countered with the Bo-Dog and was soon taking his customary victory lap.

     

    Result

    Dallas wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I'm winning!"—Dallas.

    Fans chant "Bo-ring!"

    Dallas drops Kingston onto the top rope.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    This is the most we've seen from Dallas on the main roster. It was his longest, most even bout so far.

    He and Kingston had good chemistry, meaning we'll probably see them face off a few more times.

    Dallas' character has great potential, and we've just seen it in its early stages. Focusing on making puns with his name, though, isn't the best use of his gimmick. Someone needs to tell John "Bradshaw" Layfield that.

Stephanie McMahon Addresses the World Title Situation

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    Stephanie McMahon recounted what happened with Daniel Bryan at Payback. She called him selfish and said that she should have fired Brie Bella long ago.

    She announced that if Bryan can compete at Money in the Bank, he'll have to face Kane in a Stretcher match. If he can't, the Money in the Bank Ladder match will be for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    John Cena stepped into the ring.

    He talked about how much he enjoyed the fans. He said that Bryan is really good and championship material, that McMahon was letting her personal feelings cloud how she has handled the world title situation.

    She took his insults and then booked him in a match against Kane.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "He stood impotently by as she lay on the sword for him."—McMahon on Brie and Bryan.

    Cena calls McMahon "a spoiled, jealous egomaniac."

    "Payback's a b---h, and then again, so am I."

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    The decision about Money in the Bank was wise. The journey there wasn't nearly as entertaining as it should have been.

    The segment too often dragged on. Cena briefly hit an emotional high when talking about Bryan, but it took too long to arrive to that point.

Kane vs. John Cena

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    Kane and John Cena traded right hands before the big man used a kick to the face to take him down. The Devil's Favorite Demon then stomped on his old foe.

    Each of Cena's early flurries ended courtesy of Kane's power. After stringing together a number of signature moves, Cena found himself flat on his back. Kane smashed on Cena despite warnings from the referee.

    Eventually, the referee called for the bell. That didn't stop Kane, though.

    He rammed Cena into the steel steps and tried to hit the Tombstone piledriver. Cena fought back, throwing the steps at Kane.

    The masked man then had an Alicia Fox-like meltdown at ringside, smashing a chair against the announce table and pushing over the ring steps.

     

    Result

    Cena wins via disqualification.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "How to stop the demon?"—Michael Cole.

     

    Grade

    C

     

    Analysis

    This wasn't supposed to be a great match. It was a short clash meant to have Kane play the part of destroyer and Stephanie McMahon's puppet.

    The problem is that his beating was so tepid. His attack on Daniel Bryan weeks ago was compellingly vicious. This was humdrum in comparison.  

    Having Cena come out on top here is an odd choice. That move makes Kane look less powerful and boosts Cena, who was already riding high thanks to Payback.

Los Matadores vs. Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre

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    Heath Slater announced that with some help from Miracle-Gro, Hornswoggle's hair had grown back.

    As Slater and Drew McIntyre battled the bullfighters, El Torito yanked off Hornswoggle's wig. He scurried back into the locker room as El Torito laughed at him.

    Diego took advantage of the distraction, rolling up Slater for the win.

     

    Result

    Los Matadores win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Hornswoggle rocks an Afro wig.

     

    Grade

    D-

     

    Analysis

    The chuckles that the sight of Hornswoggle's hair produced save this from a failing grade. Otherwise, what is there to savor here?

    The Los Matadores and 3MB feud has gone on far too long. This round didn't even see any real in-ring action, El Torito's flying skills or anything memorable other than a single sight gag.

    WWE continuing to come back to this rivalry long after it peaked is like trying to make a sixth cup of team from a single tea-bag.

Nikki Bella vs. Aksana and Alicia Fox

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    Nikki Bella didn't last long against Alicia Fox and Aksana. She elbowed her way out of the corner, but Fox knocked her to the ground.

    Fox hit a scissors kick for the win.

    The deranged Diva then threw Nikki out of the ring before doing a cartwheel and yelling at the crowd. The heels beat up on Nikki.

     

    Result

    Fox and Aksana win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Fox points to herself and shouts, "Hashtag winning."

     

    Grade

    D+

     

    Analysis

    Fox's antics saved this. She's the time bomb one waits to see go off. 

    The match itself was too short to tell any kind of story. Nikki being outnumbered didn't get played up enough because she only took a few moves from each opponent.

    Stephanie McMahon gets the credit for ordering this unfair match. Aside from this being another of The Authority's examples of misused power, there was little to take away from the bout/segment.

Adam Rose vs. Jack Swagger

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    Zeb Colter went off on Adam Rose. He promised to run the party-happy star out along with all the unemployed hippies that hang around him.

    Rose led his entourage to the ring while Jack Swagger prepared in his corner.

    Swagger missed his first strike, and Rose responded by tapping him on the butt. The powerhouse smashed Rose in the face with a big boot and suplexed him to the mat.

    He grew increasingly aggressive, frustrated with Rose's antics. 

    Rose came back with a series of jabs and a reverse atomic drop. He followed that up with Party Foul for a three-count.

     

    Result

    Rose wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "It's like watching Randy Couture vs. Bozo the Clown."—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

    Fans sing Rose's theme during the match.

     

    Grade

    B-

     

    Analysis

    Both Swagger and Rose did well to mesh their opposing styles. It was the biggest test Rose has faced either at NXT or on the main roster.

    Swagger's angry response to Rose's silliness added to the match and will be a big part of Rose's future bouts. It was a solid showcase for Rose, especially because the fans reacted to him more than they have before.

The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan

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    The Wyatt Family minus Bray Wyatt delivered a warning to The Usos backstage. The Usos had their own interview, saying that they were looking forward to battling the big bruisers.

    Jimmy Uso stunned Erick Rowan with stinging chops to open the match. When Luke Harper stepped in, Jimmy and Jey buzzed around him, peppering him with strikes.

    The Wyatt Family withstood the flurry and soon had the brothers suffering in the center of the ring.

    Rowan squeezed the air out of Jey. Harper raked his fingers across his face.

    It took some double-team action from the tag champs to take back control. A double kick to the ribs had Harper retreating, but not for long.

    The big man soon clubbed Jimmy in his bandaged torso before Rowan offered his own punishment. Jimmy finally tagged in his brother, who flew at his foes with a frenzied energy.

    Jey looked to finish things off with a splash, but Harper raised his knees to protect himself. A superkick couldn't topple Harper, either.

    In the chaos that bubbled over, Rowan lifted Jey high into the air before smashing him to the mat.

     

    Result

    The Wyatt Family wins via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "Now we take up his cause. We prowl the charred landscape like ravenous dragons with no one left to torture except the same pair of brothers."—Harper.

    "You ever seen a pit bull cornered? Poked at? Hungry? Stray? Crazy? They start getting Uso crazy."—Jimmy.

    Harper hits a nasty boot to Jey's face.

    Jey dives out on Rowan, and Harper soon follows him.

     

    Grade

    A

     

    Analysis

    The Usos and The Wyatt Family delivered another great match together and injected life into a Raw that was sagging at that point.

    WWE was smart to give both teams some mic time. Harper, while not nearly as captivating as Wyatt, was plenty creepy. He got a chance to show off his personality, delivering some chilling lines. He's a much more raw talker than his leader, but experiences like this will allow him to improve.

    The Usos were funny and had some good energy in their interview.

    Once the match began, all four wrestlers showed why they are at the top of the tag division. The contrast of speed and power, along with some quality theater between the ropes, made it one of the night's most enjoyable offerings.

    The Usos' title reign will be far better if they have to go through Harper and Rowan rather than mess with inferior teams such as RybAxel.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

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    With a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder match on the line, Dolph Ziggler battled an old foe in Alberto Del Rio.

    Ziggler used his speed to keep Del Rio off balance. He rolled him up for a two-count and hit him with a succession of elbow drops to the chest. Del Rio responded by attacking Ziggler's arm. He looked to yank it out as the fans chanted for The Showoff.

    His arm aching, Ziggler kept fighting back. A Fameasser almost got him the win. A facebuster from the rope got him an even closer near-fall.

    Eventually, Del Rio clamped on the cross armbreaker. Ziggler couldn't escape it.

     

    Result

    Del Rio wins via submission.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Ziggler hits a forceful crossbody and follows it with rapid punches.

     

    Grade

    A-

     

    Analysis

    Ziggler and Del Rio are a pairing WWE can consistently rely on to be fantastic. They work seamlessly together and bring out each other's best. 

    That was true once more on Monday's Raw.

    Ziggler looked gutsy in fighting through the arm injury. Del Rio gets a guaranteed slot in the Money in the Bank Ladder match, marking a return to a higher tier after not being a consistent part of WWE programming much in 2014.

    WWE really needs to find an additional role for Ziggler other than making other guys look good on their way to championship opportunities. The problem is that he's just so good at it, it's easy to see why the company doesn't bother to dream anything else up.

Sin Cara and Goldust vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

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    After Cody Rhodes broke away from his brother at Payback, Goldust had to find a new partner. He chose Sin Cara, who paid off right away.

    The high-flyer dropkicked Ryback in the knee. Goldust came in and darted around The Big Guy. Ryback and Curtis Axel soon overpowered him, though.

    RybAxel took turns smashing Goldust. Forearms, knees and double ax handles had Goldust suffering on the mat.

    Sin Cara came in and delivered some solid offense. He soon fell to Axel's finisher. Goldust consoled his new partner.

     

    Result

    Ryback and Axel win via pinfall.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    Rhodes watches from backstage, emotion burning in his face.

    Sin Cara kicks Axel in the jaw from the apron.

     

    Grade

    B+

     

    Analysis

    WWE is going in an interesting direction with the Rhodes-Goldust story. The typical path would be to have them turn on each other and became enemies right away. 

    Instead, the focus is on Rhodes' frustrations. 

    The company planted some intriguing seeds during a match that had flashes of excitement. This is going to be a slow-burn path to the eventual Rhodes and Goldust collision. Don't count on it happening before SummerSlam.

Russian Hero Award Ceremony

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    Lana claimed that the U.S. incorrectly believes itself to be the world's hero. She called Edward Snowden a hero and said he was allowed to speak freely in Russia.

    Alexander Rusev, in a suit and slicked-back hair, stood on a podium on stage as ministry officials presented him with a medal. Confetti rained down as the Russian national anthem played.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "I'm from Texas. I'm good with English."—John "Bradshaw" Layfield.

    Lana tells fans to shut up and stop chanting "USA!"

     

    Grade

    C+

     

    Analysis

    Straying from the same squash-match routine was a good thought. It just didn't turn out to be very entertaining.

    There's no violence or drama in a man wearing a medal. Had this occurred during the Cold War, it would have been controversial enough to work. Name-dropping Snowden and Vladimir Putin doesn't have nearly the same effect. 

    Rusev needs victims to best gain heat, a direction WWE went when he looked to attack Jim Duggan

Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton

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    Credit: WWE.com

    Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins celebrated their win at Payback. Rollins chuckled about Evolution breaking up.

    Roman Reigns urged Randy Orton to come out and fight him. Orton did, with Triple H by his side and a sledgehammer in his hand.

    Rollins cracked Reigns in the back with a chair before smashing Ambrose with it. Rollins then stood next to Triple H as Orton took his turn at chair bending. An RKO later, and Triple H stood with Rollins, grinning over The Shield's fallen bodies.

     

    Memorable Moments and Quotes

    "When that napalm settled, we did exactly what we said we would do."—Ambrose.

    "Randy Orton bring your ass out here and let me hit you with the symbol of excellence."—Reigns.

    Ambrose's stunned face when Rollins turns on Reigns expressed exactly how many fans must have felt.

     

    Grade

    A+

     

    Analysis

    The Shield's implosion, even though fans knew it was eventually going to come, was still a shocker. Watching Rollins join the dark side was so powerful because The Shield had been so united for so long.

    The betrayal sets up a litany of options going forward. Rollins may be a part of a new Evolution, and Reigns and Ambrose may look to recruit a new member.

    A cliffhanger ending makes next week a must-see and gets the WWE world talking in a major way.

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