WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from July 6
This week's Raw puts us two weeks away from Extreme Rules on July 19, so almost every segment from this week's show was devoted to building up the pay-per-view.
Kevin Owens returned to Raw this week to host the man he defeated at WrestleMania 36, Seth Rollins, on an episode of "The KO Show."
Rollins also teamed up with Murphy to take on Aleister Black and the recently medically cleared Rey Mysterio in a tag match.
Big Show was back this week to team up with The Viking Raiders to battle Randy Orton, Andrade and Angel Garza.
Let's take a look at what happened on this week's Raw.
Here is a rundown of what WWE advertised ahead of the show.
- Rollins appears on "The KO Show."
- Rollins and Murphy vs. KO and Mysterio.
- Dolph Ziggler picks his Extreme Rules stipulation.
- Big Show and The Viking Raiders vs. Orton, Garza and Andrade.
Heath Slater vs. Drew McIntyre
Ziggler came out at McIntyre's request, but he did not reveal which stipulation he picked for Extreme Rules. Instead, he brought out Heath Slater. The recently released star talked about their history together from trainees to Superstars.
The One-Man Band spoke about watching McIntyre win the WWE title from Brock Lesnar from his couch as he shed tears of joy for his friend. Slater said he called McIntyre every day after he was released all those years ago but the same courtesy was not returned when he was let go a couple of months ago. He said having kids isn't a gimmick for him. It's real.
He said McIntyre owes him the match he promised him before he was released. McIntyre said he didn't want to fight, but Slater slapped him to make him accept.
After the break, Slater managed to get the jump on the WWE champion before McIntyre put him down with one Claymore for the easiest win he has had in weeks. Ziggler attacked Slater, but McIntyre made the save. He helped his former 3MB teammate up, and they embraced.
Grade: B+ (Promo) D (Match)
Slater has mostly been used as a comedic character in the past, but when he gets the opportunity to do a serious promo, he always delivers.
It is a little strange for WWE to use a recently released star as part of a storyline, but if it was going to be anyone, Slater was the right choice.
However, WWE used him as a jobber instead of giving him a chance to shine against the top star in the company before he is able to start working for another promotion. That would have given him a nice boost and wouldn't have hurt McIntyre's momentum one bit.
The hug at the end was nice, but if WWE is going to bring in someone it just fired, it should at least let them look good.
Sasha Banks vs. Kairi Sane
Sasha Banks and Bayley were out after the break to talk about being the best WWE has to offer in any division. It was their usual braggadocious promo.
Asuka eventually made her way out to address her challenger at Extreme Rules. She said The Boss doesn't stand a chance against her. Bayley spoke up for her friend and put her up for another match, which led to Asuka bringing out Kairi Sane.
After a commercial, The Boss rushed Sane to take control right away. The Pirate Princess leveled her with a right hand and unloaded with a series of strikes to the body that almost sent Banks out of the ring.
She locked in the octopus submission before rolling up Banks for a near-fall. Banks and Sane were trading offense after a second commercial break. The Boss regained the upper hand and kept it for a long time.
Sane drilled her with a spear as she started to build up a head of steam. She was about to win when Bayley interfered to cause a disqualification. Asuka and Sane got the last laugh.
It's always great to see Sane, especially after she has been off television for the past several weeks. She didn't look like she missed a day with how well she performed.
This was a competitive bout that allowed both women to shine. WWE gave them a lot of time, and they used it wisely.
The Boss continues to be one of the bright spots in the women's division. She is great in the ring and one of the best on the mic. She was able to show off both sets of skills Monday. This set up Bayley vs. Asuka for later in the show.
Kevin Owens and Rey Mysterio vs. Murphy and Seth Rollins
Before he brought out Rollins for his interview, Owens took the opportunity to get rid of the chairs in the ring. He was clearly expecting this to go sour right away. Rollins feigned excitement at being invited to "The KO Show" and asked Owens how his ankle was after it was hurt during their WrestleMania encounter.
The Prizefighter presented Rollins with a gift to commemorate their 'Mania encounter. It was the shirt he wore when he defeated The Monday Night Messiah. Rollins tossed it out of the ring and said he didn't give a damn about Owens or his show. He just came out to challenge Mysterio to a match at Extreme Rules.
The Messiah thought he could recruit Owens to his cause and offered to show him his purpose. Mr. 619 came out and accepted Rollins' challenge. KO offered to be Mysterio's partner since Black was found backstage after an attack. Murphy attacked Owens, but Mysterio made the save.
We returned from the break to see the match already in progress. Mysterio and Murphy had an exciting exchange of offense. Rollins got in Dominik's face at one point and gouged his eye before Mysterio could stop him. After a break, The Messiah was in firm control.
The Dutch Destroyer came out as Rollins was preparing to attack Dom again. This allowed Mysterio to pick up the win while Dominik got some retribution of his own.
Grade: B (Promo) B (Match)
Owens and Rollins are great together, and this segment was a good continuation of their WrestleMania feud without fully restarting the program. The only thing that didn't work was Rollins thinking he could recruit Owens. He should be smart enough to know KO would never accept.
The match that followed was good if a little predictable. The moment Rollins attacked Dominik is what helped it become more than just another random encounter between rivals. It made this feel more personal.
Winning gave Mysterio the choice of stipulations for his match against Rollins at Extreme Rules. He chose an Eye for an Eye match, whatever that is.
MVP and Bobby Lashley vs. Cedric Alexander and Ricochet
MVP and Bobby Lashley came to the ring with a table and what was clearly a title underneath a black cloth. MVP talked about Apollo Crews and how disrespectful he has been in recent weeks.
Mr. 305 then unveiled the new United States Championship and said it would officially be his after he beats Crews at Extreme Rules. The All Mighty said he was declaring MVP the new champion now and put the title around his waist. This brought out Ricochet and Cedric Alexander.
The high-flyers said a few words before clearing them out of the ring to send us to a break. When we returned, all four men were preparing for a tag match.
MVP was still wearing his suit, but Lashley was doing most of the heavy lifting anyway. The powerhouse dominated Alexander until he was able to tag Ricochet for a double-team combo.
After a decent back-and-forth contest, The All Mighty scored the win with a massive Spear to Ricochet.
The new U.S. title definitely has a different look than the previous belt. Whether that is a good thing will depend on how you personally feel about both designs.
The match that followed the reveal was relatively tame. Lashley and MVP dominating the majority of the action was not surprising at all. Ricochet and Alexander have been waiting for a chance to shine, but this wasn't it.
The Viking Raiders and Big Show vs. Randy Orton, Andrade and Angel Garza
Big Show started for his team, while Garza drew the short straw to represent his team. He tried and failed to take Show down by his leg. The giant cornered him for a big chest chop.
The Raiders tagged in and out occasionally as they took turns punishing Garza. Andrade eventually tagged in and regretted the decision as soon as Ivar nailed him with a right hand.
Garza yelled at Andrade, and Orton read him the riot act at ringside. It was the kind of moment we probably wouldn't have had with a full crowd because we wouldn't have heard the exchange as clearly.
We returned from a break to see the heels in control of Ivar. The Viper finally tagged in for a little offense before he brought Garza back in a few seconds later.
Orton almost took down Big Show with the RKO, but the big man avoided it. After everyone took a turn in the ring, Orton nailed Erik with the RKO to get the pin for his team.
The first half of this match was a standard six-man bout, but as soon as Orton pulled Garza out of the ring to lecture him, it became a lot more interesting.
The Viper serving as a mentor is not a new idea. We saw him lead Legacy with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, but this is different. He is not trying to be a leader but has been somewhat thrust into that position.
Ric Flair's recent interest in Garza and Andrade helps explain why Orton may be interested in them, too. The match may not have been anything special, but the prospect of a new stable led by Orton is intriguing.
Billie Kay vs. Ruby Riott
Ruby Riott had a brief exchange with The IIconics backstage to set up this match with Billie Kay. The green-haired grappler got in the first few hits before Kay took her down.
Kay had a size and power advantage, and she used it to throw Riott around and keep her grounded in a bow-and-arrow submission.
Riott was able to drive Kay's head into the middle turnbuckle, but a distraction from Peyton Royce led to Kay hitting a seated spinebuster for the win.
Having Riott lose two weeks in a row is clearly going to lead to a reunion with Liv Morgan so both women can find a renewed purpose, but WWE can't drag this out too long.
Riott losing two weeks in a row can serve the story as long as she and Morgan defeat The IIconics in an eventual showdown.
This match was short, but at least it progressed a storyline that will add another tag team to the women's division.
Bayley vs. Asuka
Nikki Cross joined the commentary table to get a closer view of her Extreme Rules opponent, Bayley. She was as energetic as she has ever been.
The two women's champions had a furious exchange of counters to start the match. Asuka got the first takedown, but Bayley took control with a running knee. Bayley knocked Cross' headset off her head, and it led to security carrying Cross away to prevent an attack.
We returned from a break to see The Empress in control until Bayley slammed her head into the mat a few times. Asuka never let her keep the upper hand for long.
After a second break, the former Hugger was still talking trash while she beat on her opponent. The Empress used her superior striking ability to turn the tables. She knocked Bayley into next week with a spinning backfist.
The Boss tried to help her partner cheat, but Asuka kicked out. Cross appeared in the crowd to distract Bayley. Sane prevented Banks from interfering and allowed Asuka to pin Bayley.
These women know each other well, and they used that chemistry to put on an entertaining and competitive main event. You can't ask for much more than that.
Cross was a hilarious addition to the first part of the match, and the security guard who removed her should be considered a heel for taking her away from us.
Banks and Sane played their supporting roles at ringside like good partners without distracting from the action in the ring.
The action was good, the storyline progressed and Cross is becoming a breakout star in 2020. This was a solid way to end the show.