WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 6

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2022

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from June 6

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    Credit: WWE

    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of WWE Raw on June 6.

    Sunday's Hell in a Cell delivered another fun pay-per-view that allowed the Superstars of WWE to show the world what they can do, but the main story coming out of the event was how Cody Rhodes worked his match with a torn pectoral muscle.

    Here is a full rundown of the results from the PPV:

    • Bianca Belair defeated Asuka and Becky Lynch
    • Bobby Lashley defeated Omos and MVP
    • Kevin Owens defeated Ezekiel
    • Judgment Day defeated AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan
    • Riddick Moss defeated Happy Corbin
    • Theory defeated Mustafa Ali
    • Cody Rhodes defeated Seth Rollins

    With HIAC now in the books, it's time for WWE to begin the buildup for Money in the Bank on July 2. Monday's Raw dealt with all of the fallout from this weekend and much more.

    Let's look at everything that went down on this week's show.

Cody Rhodes Opens Show

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    The American Nightmare opened the show to address the WWE Universe. As he came to the ring, he only used his left arm to shake hands with fans.

    He received a standing ovation and got a little choked up when the crowd began chanting his name. He said he saw all of the kind words on social media, but he wrestled because it was his privilege. He said his feud with Rollins was done.

    After a few minutes of Rhodes talking, The Visionary made his way to the ring looking a little banged-up, too. He said he still did not like Rhodes, but after what he put himself through at HIAC, he had earned Rollins' respect. He told Cody that Dusty Rhodes would be proud of his baby boy right now, and Cody teared up a bit.

    They shook hands, and Rollins left Rhodes in the ring to get one more pop from the crowd. As The American Nightmare turned to wave one last time, Rollins ran back out and attacked him with a sledgehammer.

    Several officials tried to stop him, but the damage was done before they had a chance to step in. This segment was fantastic because most of it was genuinely emotional, but the ending kept Rollins' heel character from getting any kind of babyface reactions moving forward. The best part was that it was legitimately surprising.

    Grade: A+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • When Rhodes returns, he is going to be one of the most over babyfaces in pro wrestling.
    • As he walked to the ring, his right arm was just kind of hanging there. You could see he was still in pain, but he appeared to be in good spirits.
    • Rollins putting out his left arm to shake Cody's hand since his right arm was injured was a nice touch.

Dana Brooke vs. Becky Lynch

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    After Cody made his way out of the arena, Becky Lynch came out looking sad about how everything went down Sunday. Dana Brooke was already in the ring.

    As they got started, the entire 24/7 division started running around the ring causing mayhem. Brooke pinned Akira Tozawa when he got into the ring to win back the 24/7 Championship.

    Lynch grabbed a mic and said nobody gets to win a title in her matches except for her. She threatened everyone at ringside that if they interfered, she would smash their face in.

    The match got started after the break. Everybody else had exited the ringside area, so it was just the champ and Big Time Becks to fight over the belt. After Lynch hit a few moves, Asuka's music hit and she danced her way down to the ring.

    When Brooke countered the Man-handle Slam, Asuka held Lynch's foot so Brooke could get the pin. It's great to see Asuka and Lynch continuing their feud because they will have great matches, but this segment was not a good way to make people care about it.

    The 24/7 division used to be one of the funniest parts of any WWE show, but the segments just feel forced now. WWE needs to get rid of that title or figure out a way to make it actually mean something.

    Grade: D

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Lynch threatening several people at once was a cool moment because a bunch of people at ringside looked like they believed her.
    • Asuka might have the best ring jackets in all of professional wrestling.
    • Brooke is not as bad in the ring as some people might claim, but when you see her with somebody as skilled as Lynch, it's obvious how far Brooke still has to go.
    • It hurt a little bit to give something involving Lynch a D.

The Miz vs. Riddle

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    The Miz and Maryse were up next for an episode of "Miz TV." They plugged their reality show's new season and played up their heel personas a bit before Riddle decided to make an unscheduled appearance.

    They traded some insults until Ciampa came out of nowhere to attack the former MMA fighter. This led to The Miz taking on Riddle in a match. The A-Lister was forced to wrestle in his suit, but at least he took off his tie first.

    Riddle easily took control once we returned from the commercial break and attempted to hit the RKO before The Miz rolled out of the ring. The Bro grabbed him by his back pockets and tore his pants off.

    Riddle hit the RKO for the win. The crowd reacted positively to this, but it wasn't anything people will be talking about by next week.

    Grade: C-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Maryse saying The Miz has average balls was funnier than it should have been. Riddle asking him to prove it was not.
    • Acting like you thought a foreign person sneezed when they speak their native language is not funny and hasn't been since Rodney Dangerfield stopped making that joke. It wasn't even that funny back then.

The Usos vs. Street Profits

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    Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins were out first for this Championship Contenders' match, which basically means the winning team may or may not earn a title shot.

    Dawkins started against Jimmy Uso, but both men tagged out after their initial exchange ended with Jimmy at ringside trying to recover.

    The first couple of minutes of this match was a little slower than you would expect from these two teams. Even though they have done battle multiple times already, it seemed like they were taking their time to feel each other out. The action started to pick up just as the show went to a break.

    This was a decent match, but it did not end up being as good as we know these teams can be together. They got a lot of time and were able to pace themselves well, but it lacked some of the excitement we have come to expect from both duos.

    Most of the best spots happened after the second commercial break. Ford ended up sending Jey into the timekeeper's area when the fight spilled out of the ring. The Street Profits ended up winning when Ford beat the count back into the ring.

    The outcome was not ideal, but this was still a solid performance from four talented wrestlers.

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The crowd comes alive when Ford starts picking up steam. He can be such a huge star if WWE books him the right way.
    • Speaking of Ford, he continues to pack on the muscle. If he keeps this up, he will be the most muscular high-flyer ever.
    • The Usos seemed to be off a step for a couple of minutes, but they found their groove eventually.
    • Watching Dawkins hit a big dive over the top rope is a lot of fun. He has improved a lot over the past couple of years.

Lashley Promo, Dominik Mysterio vs. Veer

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    Bobby Lashley gave a promo about moving on from MVP and focusing on what's next. That is when Theory's music hit, and he interrupted to tell Lashley that he deserved this time instead of him. The All Mighty challenged him to put his U.S. title on the line.

    Theory said he didn't deserve a title shot but still tried to take a selfie with him. Lashley kicked him out of the ring to end the segment. This was filler. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't really good, either.

    Grade: C-

    The next match saw Veer and Dominik Mysterio add another chapter to the story they started a couple of months ago.

    Predictably, the powerhouse tried to ground Dom while the high-flyer tried to use his speed and agility to avoid him. Dom made the big man chase him in and out of the ring before Veer finally got his hands on him.

    This match went much longer than their past encounters and stretched through a commercial break. Dom was able to hit a 619 and a Frog Splash, but Veer kicked out at one. Rey ended up getting his son disqualified when he attacked Veer to prevent him from injuring Dom.

    It was kind of nice to see Veer get a bit more time to work. The match was pretty down-the-middle in terms of quality. Nothing special, but nothing to complain about either.

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • It sounded like WWE edited in a lot of boos for Theory, so it's hard to tell how the live crowd actually felt about him.
    • Lashley is decent on the mic, but having MVP was such a big help. Another mouthpiece might not be the worst idea.
    • Dom's Frog Splash looked good this week.

Judgment Day Adds a New Member

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    Judgment Day came to the ring to deliver a promo about how it defeated Styles, Balor and Morgan on Sunday. Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley both spoke before Edge took over.

    He soon revealed that Balor was the newest member of the group. The Prince joined them in the ring and said he finally sees things clearly. He thanked Ripley and Priest for helping him open his eyes to the truth.

    Then, Priest said the last thing holding them back was Edge. He proceeded to hit The Rated-R Superstar with the mic before all three members of Judgment Day beat him down. Balor hit the Coup de Grace before they put him through the announce table.

    This is the most interesting development since this group started. It feels like this was also how WWE wanted to write Edge off TV for a bit, which is a weird choice unless he's injured.

    The segment went well, but what comes next is going to be the most important part.

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Being able to see Ripley's leg tattoos somehow makes her even more intimidating.
    • The swerve here was kind of surprising. They got everybody talking about who the new member would be to distract us from the fact that one would be leaving.
    • They really did a number on Edge with the chair shot at the end and the table spot.

Omos vs. Cedric Alexander

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    Omos defeated Cedric Alexander with one move, his two-handed chokeslam. For some reason, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode came out for an interview in a place that WWE never uses for interviews anymore.

    Omos and MVP got angry, so Ziggler hit a superkick and The Dirty Dawgs ran away to the back as the Nigerian Giant gave chase.

    The match can barely be classified as a squash match, and what happened after it was over was so random that it's hard to know what WWE was even trying to accomplish. This buried Alexander deep.

    Are Ziggler and Roode babyfaces now? Nobody knows. All we know is this was so weird and uneventful that giving it any grade seems pointless. If any of this leads to anything important, it will be a miracle.

    Grade: Incomplete

Ezekiel vs. Otis

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    Chad Gable was at ringside to support Otis as he took on Ezekiel, who was fresh off his loss to Owens at Hell in a Cell.

    The big man had the upper hand at first, but Zeke began to build up a head of steam after hitting a few good shots. He brought Otis down with a nice crucifix pin for the win.

    This match was short and didn't have enough time to showcase either man's full ability, but the few minutes we got were all right.

    Ezekiel grabbed a mic and told Owens that he wanted a rematch. KO came out and accepted his challenge on the condition that Zeke admits that he is actually Elias.

    Ezekiel admitted that he is Elias. Owens celebrated, but then Zeke said he was lying and he really was Ezekiel. He hit a jumping knee to the face before running from Alpha Academy.

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The crucifix Ezekiel used looked good. It's hard to get that move on a guy with a back the size of Otis'.
    • It's nice to see the crowd getting behind Ezekiel because he has done a good job with this storyline. KO has been the MVP, but Zeke deserves credit, too.
    • What do you think WWE's endgame is with this whole thing? Will we ever get Elias back, or is Ezekiel here to stay?

Doudrop vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Liv Morgan vs. Rhea Ripley

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    The main event of the evening was a Fatal 4-Way to determine the new No. 1 contender for the Raw Women's Championship. Liv Morgan, Rhea Ripley, Doudrop and Alexa Bliss were the competitors. Nikki A.S.H. was there to be in Doudrop's corner, while Bianca Belair sat near the commentators' table without joining them.

    Morgan and Ripley paired up for a fight as soon as the bell rang, so Doudrop went after Bliss. Once the powerhouses sent Morgan and Bliss out of the ring, they started trading shots. Ripley and Doudrop were unable to take each other down with punches and clotheslines.

    All four women had some time to shine, but it did feel like Ripley had more moments than the other three. It was a little surprising that we didn't see many spots involving all four women, but there were plenty that included three of them at a time.

    We did get all four involved in a Tower of Doom, but that almost always happens in this kind of match. Nikki interfered to keep Morgan from winning, and that cleared the way for Ripley to hit Doudrop with Riptide for the win.

    Everybody did a good job here. You could only point to a few minor mistakes, and that is bound to happen when more than two people are in a match. Putting Ripley over was the right call, too. The crowd seemed to be on board with this, and for good reason.

    Grade: B+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The new entrance music Ripley debuted recently is good. It's not as generic as some of the other new themes we have gotten in recent months.
    • Corey Graves saying "Ripley just kicked Bliss in the soul" was a good line.
    • Ripley was the only one in the match to pay attention to Belair at ringside.
    • Morgan is a trooper. She took a flat back bump from the apron to the floor, and then Doudrop hit her with a senton right away. That had to have knocked some air out of her lungs.
    • Morgan and Bliss reversed their inside cradle spot a few too many times, but they made it look good.