**Tribute to the victims lost in Orlando**
The New Day are out first tonight to cut a promo about their upcoming Fatal 4-Way match at Money in the Bank. Xavier Woods and Big E rag on Kofi Kingston’s shoes for a while before Enzo Amore and Big Cass are out to talk some trash of their own about Kingston’s shoes and Woods’ trombone. The Vaudevillains are out next to run their mouths and sing a little song. Of course, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows make their way out to state their claim to the WWE Tag Team Championship.
The New Day, Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Club and The Vaudevillains
While the young talent looked good in this match, it was the veteran, Kofi Kingston who stood out most. In the end, The (Bullet) Club score the pinfall and gain the momentum.
Another awkward “Make Darren Young Great Again” promo airs.
Backstage: Shane McMahon approaches Stephanie about the current state of affairs until they are interrupted by Corporate Kane; who offers his services as the General Manger of SmackDown.
Titus O’Neil makes his way out for a match but is attacked by Rusev who takes out some frustration on O’Neil.
-The Ambrose Asylum with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins-
Dean Ambrose discusses the upcoming Money in the Bank event before bringing out Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. The three former Shield members take a trip down memory lane before Rollins reminds Ambrose and Reigns of the day he broke up the group. Tensions are high as the trio continue to exchange banter in a crowd-pleasing reunion. Eventually, the fists begin to fly as Ambrose and Reigns take out Rollins before Ambrose nails Reigns with a Dirty Deeds to conclude the segment.
Backstage: Stephanie McMahon informs Dean Ambrose that he will compete later in the night against Chris Jericho.
Charlotte vs. Paige
In a rather short match, Paige scores the pinfall on the Women’s Champion following a slight distraction.
Backstage: Renee Young interviews Sami Zayn and Cesaro about their upcoming match. The international Superstars exchange words.
Backstage: Charlotte scolds Dana Brooke on their miscue.
Sheamus vs. Zack Ryder
Filler Match: Sheamus win … of course.
Post-Match: Sheamus continues to beat on Zack Ryder until Apollo Crews makes the save.
Backstage: Kevin Owens interrupts Shane McMahon and Kane; complaining how Alberto Del Rio just arrived at the building. Del Rio storms into the office stating that Owens called airport security; causing his delay. Kane suggests that Owens and Del Rio take on the Lucha Dragons with their Money in the Banks spots on the line; Shane concurs.
Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro
What was that? Oh yea, a real wrestling match. Sami Zayn and Cesaro rocked the ring as Zayn scored a big victory.
-Contract Signing between John Cena and A.J. Styles-
John Cena puts over A.J. Styles in a big way before calling out his opponent. Styles arrives to find out that two separate contracts are on the table: one which places Cena vs. Styles one-on-one or Cena vs. The Club. Cena and Styles have some verbal back-and-forth where they each question each other’s position within the business before Styles signs the one-on-one contract.
Kevin Owens and Alberto Del Rio vs. Lucha Dragons
Could you imagine the outrage that would have come along with removing Kevin Owens from the Money in the Bank match? Likely, Owens picked up the victory here.
Backstage: Kevin Owens complains to Stephanie McMahon about Sami Zayn being on commentary in the main event; asking to be on commentary as well; a request which is granted. Of course, Alberto Del Rio wants in on the action as Stephanie places Del Rio in the guest timekeeper role.
Still Backstage: Stephanie and Shane argue over recent decisions as Shane makes Cesaro the special guest ring announcer for the main event. Shane claims that the McMahon siblings will continue to run Raw while he will run SmackDown.
Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose
Some hard-hitting action here while the outside competitors each lurk in the background (Kevin Owens kills it on commentary). In the end, the odds-on favourite heading into Sunday, Dean Ambrose, defeats Chris Jericho.
Post-Match: As expected all six competitors become involved in a physical altercation as Chris Jericho pulls down the Money in the Bank briefcase; and the show concludes in chaos.
Tonight, WWE proved once again how bad they can be on a weekly basis. This kind of programming can drastically alter the entire brand split idea.
The initial excitement about the split has fizzled a little as the concept of someone new pitching to run SmackDown each week is bland and unnecessary. It needs to be Stephanie vs. Shane.
Yes, we saw some real wrestling tonight and the somewhat reunion of The Shield but this episode of Raw bordered on horrible. In order for any sort of brand split to prove successful, WWE needs to step up their game.
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