WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 10June 11, 2019
WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 10
Heralded as a WrestleMania-equivalent event, WWE Super ShowDown has come and gone, setting up Raw to pick up the pieces.
Seth Rollins fended off a Money in the Bank cash-in from an overconfident Brock Lesnar with the help of a steel chair Friday, leaving fans once more to wonder when The Beast Incarnate will truly cash in his contract.
Shane McMahon pulled off an improbable upset with the help of Drew McIntyre, pinning Roman Reigns after a Claymore. While retribution was certain, Raw promised more frustrating celebration from Shane-O-Mac.
The Usos and The Revival also continued their battle for dominance of the red brand. Jimmy and Jey pulled out the win Friday, but both teams were given a shot at Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder this week. All three teams had a chance to walk out with the Raw Tag Team Championships.
While none of the women were allowed to wrestle in Saudi Arabia, the Stomping Grounds pay-per-view approaches on June 23, with Becky Lynch set to battle Lacey Evans again. Both women were looking to get a leg up Monday.
This week's show was important for executing on the fallout from Friday's Super ShowDown. Many had a chance to keep up their momentum with another major WWE show less than two weeks away.
Sami Zayn Gives His Support to Baron Corbin Against Seth Rollins
After a recap of his successful defense against Baron Corbin and attack on Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins talked up how ready he was to fight The Beast Incarnate again.
The Lone Wolf interrupted to announce he would get a rematch with The Architect at Stomping Grounds with a special guest referee of his choice.
Sami Zayn arrived to put his hat in the ring for the role of match official. After Rollins threatened Zayn, Kevin Owens came out to defend his best friend, setting up a main event clash between KO and the universal champion for later.
The typical lazy opening segment of Raw does not get better with time. While The Beastslayer is a solid promo, it felt entirely unnecessary for him to open the show. It does not help that he and Corbin have so little chemistry working off each other.
The Lone Wolf can get a crowd worked up, but he will not be taken seriously with Lesnar lurking in the background. Adding Zayn and Owens to the mix only emphasizes how few top villains there are on both brands to contend with the universal champion.
Lars Sullivan vs. The Lucha House Party (Elimination Handicap Match)
Lars Sullivan dismantled The Lucha House Party in retaliation for the team's beatdown at Super ShowDown. He pinned Kalisto after the Freak Accident and eliminated Lince Dorado with a running sit-out powerbomb.
Finally, after doing extra damage by planting Kalisto on the steel steps, he finished off Gran Metalik with a diving splash.
Sullivan def. Lucha House Party by pinfall, last eliminating Metalik
This was an impressive showing from The Freak, but Kalisto, Dorado and Metalik deserved better. They were treated worse than local competitors brought in just to get squashed.
These luchadors are far better than their main roster treatment, yet they have been marginalized repeatedly for the sake of larger competition. If they aren't exclusively working 205 Live for the rest of the year, the trio better get a tag team title run for its work.
The Miz, Braun Strowman and Ricochet vs. Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley and Cesaro
On "Miz TV," The Miz questioned Samoa Joe on his heinous actions against Rey Mysterio last week. The United States champion just laughed at the replay. He wanted to address the future and his next challenger, which brought out multiple stars.
Braun Strowman challenged the champion before Bobby Lashley followed him out. Ricochet wanted his own shot before Cesaro punched him in the mouth. This started a brawl that turned quickly into a six-man tag team match.
The babyfaces dominated throughout until The Samoan Submission Specialist ran up the ramp at just the threat of The Monster Among Men. After Lashley and Strowman were both taken down, Cesaro was left alone to take a Skull-Crushing Finale into a 630 splash for the loss.
Ricochet, Miz and Strowman def. Cesaro, Joe and Lashley by pinfall
This was a fun surprise setup for a match that allowed everyone to shine. The talking was mostly kept to a minimum with the action speaking for itself. Talented wrestlers all were promoted as legitimate challengers to the U.S. champion.
Joe versus any of these competitors would help elevate the prestige of the title. While the long-term story is Joe vs. Strowman, it would make sense to start with Ricochet. He would benefit massively from this spotlight and be well-suited to bringing the best out of the champion.
Becky Lynch and Bayley vs. Lacey Evans and Alexa Bliss (w/ Nikki Cross)
Michael Cole interviewed Lacey Evans and Becky Lynch, who traded jabs that devolved into frustrated insults. The two promised to finish this in the ring later.
Alexa Bliss talked Nikki Cross into standing at ringside in her tag team match with Evans against The Irish Lass Kicker and Bayley.
The resilient babyfaces refused to stay down in this match. However, after Evans threw Cross into Lynch, The Sassy Southern Belle hit the Woman's Right on The Man. She connected with one on Bayley to set up Twisted Bliss.
The Hugger got her knees up to block The Goddess, but she was not ready for The Lady, who hit a third Woman's Right to take the win for the heels.
Evans and Bliss def. Lynch and Bayley by pinfall
After last week's sloppy showing against Charlotte Flair, Evans rebounded in a big way in this tag team match. She was the ring general of the contest, driving the action, and it made her look like a truly dangerous challenger to The Irish Lass Kicker.
It was disappointing to see Bliss and Cross marginalized here. Their story continues to be one of the best Raw has despite a limited spotlight with The Goddess' focus divided.
Paul Heyman Announces Brock Lesnar Is Done Announcing His Cash-In
Paul Heyman denounced Seth Rollins' attack on his client, Brock Lesnar, at Super ShowDown. In retaliation, he stated they were done announcing when The Beast would cash in Money in the Bank.
The Advocate guaranteed that his client would be WWE universal champion again when he wanted to be.
Heyman has been talking in circles for years now, and it makes even his better work feel stale. Few can match his energy, but this promo could have had the same effect as a backstage interview after Super ShowDown.
The Beast has left WWE for a while, but the company will treat every week like a potential opportunity for Lesnar to cash in. It is a story that works, but no one will buy it most weeks.
WWE Women's Champions The IIconics vs. Local Competitors
The IIconics gave local competitors a chance at the longest-reigning women's tag team champions in WWE history.
It was hardly a competition, though, as Peyton Royce and Billie Royce hit their tag team finisher for the win.
IIconics def. local competitors by pinfall to retain the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships
It's a funny angle that Kay and Royce continue to stand as champions with just two title defenses to their name. However, the story has ruined the momentum the women's tag team division once had. Everyone is just letting them get away with it.
The Kabuki Warriors disappeared from TV inexplicably after their name was announced, and they are the only team actually interested in the titles. What happened to all the other women fighting to get into the Elimination Chamber just for the opportunity to be crowned as champion?
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre Celebrate Their Victory over Roman Reigns
Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre celebrated Boy Wonder's big victory over Roman Reigns with champagne.
The Scottish Psychopath promised to make The Big Dog completely unrecognizable when he was done beating him down at Stomping Grounds.
The heels then invited The Revival to celebrate with them, though they told Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder they could only join the party fully if they win the Raw Tag Team Championships.
This was a boring segment led by two heels spouting overwritten lines with no punch. If Reigns had gotten involved, it would have at least given the crowd something to get excited about, but even that didn't happen.
This segment felt just as ineffective as all of McMahon's heel run outside of his matches with The Miz.
Raw Tag Team Champions Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder vs. The Revival vs. The Usos
Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins refused to be called a Cinderella story in a pre-match interview. However, the chaos of this match was too much for the champions.
Jey Uso looked poised to take this for his team with a series of superkicks. However, after hitting a splash, Dawson snuck in and stole the win as Wilder held Jey back from breaking up the pinfall.
The Revival def. Hawkins and Ryder and The Usos by pinfall
While this was an ignominious end to what could have been a special title run, the final match of Hawkins and Ryder's reign was strong from bell to bell. The champions did all they could with the limited spotlight they were given.
It makes sense, though, to put the titles back on The Revival. The two men are the gold standard for tag team wrestling alongside The Usos on Raw, and this feud can finally turn in a positive direction with real stakes.
'Firefly Fun House' Shows You Can Eat Your Friends
Bray Wyatt wanted to have fun on "Firefly Fun House," but Mercy the Buzzard and Ramblin' Rabbit got into an argument. Wyatt threatened to bring out The Fiend, which calmed them down.
Rabbit was then allowed to speak his mind; however, as he threatened to expose the secrets of the "Fun House," Wyatt stopped him.
He then smashed his friend with a hammer and offered a brand-new spread for fans to buy, made from Ramblin' Rabbit.
As always, "Firefly Fun House" is the best part of Raw. The disturbing show would be good if it were completely separate from the wrestling product. To this point, it has been with weekly nonsensical videos that have no through-line.
Wyatt should step back into the squared circle again soon, and it will be interesting to see how he can translate all this madness to his in-ring work. Ramblin' Rabbit could use a few weeks away from The Eater of Worlds.
Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens (Special Guest Outside Referee: Sami Zayn)
Sami Zayn frequently distracted both referee John Cone and Seth Rollins to allow his best friend, Kevin Owens, to dominate throughout. The Underdog from the Underground eventually stopped Cone from making a three-count.
This set off The Architect, who put his hands on Zayn. The outside referee called for the disqualification to give KO the win.
Baron Corbin tried to take advantage after the bell, but The Beastslayer got a steel chair and took out his frustration on Zayn as The Lone Wolf retreated up the ramp.
Rollins finished it with a Stomp as Corbin looked on.
Owens def. Rollins by disqualification
This was barely a match, with Zayn so heavily involved. Both KO and Zayn have completely reverted back to the roles they had before their injuries, and it has left them both barely credible as top heels. They can't even pull off a lopsided victory without a DQ.
While the crowd is clearly invested in an aggressive Rollins as champion, his matches are suffering at the moment from the booking. If the focus of his second match with Corbin is the special guest referee, it will be a long, boring title defense.