Money in the Bank is in the record books: Sheamus now walks through the WWE Universe with not only a bad haircut but the MITB briefcase. Seth Rollins has reclaimed his WWE World Heavyweight Championship and the build for Battleground has begun.
Monday Night Raw was live tonight from Cleveland, Ohio and here’s all it all went down:
The show kicks-off with a replaying of the touching tribute to “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes.
Seth Rollins is out first – all smiles – as he proudly flaunts his title which is back around his waist. Rollins discusses how he is the best thing about Raw before getting into the expected trash-talking of Dean Ambrose. Rollins pulls out a “list” of people he would like to “thank” for his success – a list consisting solely of the name “Seth Rollins.” Rollins would then point out Johnny Maziel who was live in attendance and make reference to LeBron James; claiming both men would never bring a championship to Cleveland. (Go Warriors) The eventual arrival of Dean Ambrose would result in a short fist fight before Rollins retreated to the back. Ambrose then takes a seat in the middle of the ring; stating that he will not leave until Rollins makes his way back out.
Backstage: Triple H, Stephanie, and Seth Rollins discuss the situation in the ring. Triple H informs Rollins that his next opponent for will be announced later in the night.
Back in the Arena: Sheamus is out to challenge Dean Ambrose.
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
Sheamus targets the “injured” knee of Dean Ambrose as this match takes on a slow pace. The physicality soon picks up as Sheamus attempts to leave with his briefcase. However, a distraction from Randy Orton allows Ambrose to pick up the victory before Orton takes out some of his frustrations on The Celtic Warrior.
Match Winner: Dean Ambrose
Match Rating: 5/10
Backstage: Seth Rollins and J&J Security exchange words.
King Barrett vs. R-Truth
Very quick match. R-Truth gets the roll-up three-count. (Best Part: R-Truth and his ridiculous "royal" attire)
Match Winner: R-Truth
Match Rating: 1/10
Kevin Owens is out to address John Cena. Owens talks about not needing any kind of endorsement from Cena. Owens states that he feels disrespected and demands a rematch against Cena before issuing an open challenge ... which is accepted by Dolph Ziggler.
Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
Great action throughout this match between two men who are clearly dedicated to their craft. This bout was packed with hard bumps and quick offence. Fantastic contest that ended courtesy of the Pop-Up Powerbomb.
Match Winner: Kevin Owens
Match Rating: 8/10
Backstage: Paige attempts to rally her fellow Divas against The Bella Twins before Nikki and Brie arrive with their typical Bella-banter.
Randy Orton vs. Kane
Orton and Kane slug it out before Sheamus appears and Kane turns the match into a No Holds Barred contest; setting up Orton for a sudden loss.
Match Winner: Kane
Match Rating: 3/10
Backstage: Seth Rollins and Kane exchange some very heated words.
Big Show vs. The Miz
The Miz picks up a count-out victory when Big Show tosses him onto Ryback (who was on commentary). Big Show loses focus as The Miz crawls back into the ring. (Just make the Triple Threat match official already.)
Match Winner: The Miz
Match Rating: 1/10
Roman Reigns is out to address Bray Wyatt screwing him out of the MITB briefcase. Reigns is looking for a fight and calls out Wyatt who appears on the titantron. Wyatt explains his actions - stating that Reigns stole his opportunity. Wyatt holds up a picture of Reigns and his daughter (from a recently aired commercial) and sings - in a very creepy tone - the children's tune: "I'm a Little Tea Pot" as the segment draws to a close.
The Bella Twins vs. Paige (2-on-1 Handicap Match)
Paige holds her own for as long as she can before the numbers game proves too much to overcome. Nikki hits The Rack Attack for the victory.
Match Winner: The Bella Twins
Match Rating: 3/10
Machine Gun Kelly is out next ... following his performance Kevin Owens comes out and Powerbombs MGK off the stage. (Good job, Owens)
The New Day vs. Prime Time Players and Neville
This was your usual six-man match. The hot-tag to Neville brought about the high-risk offence and the victory.
Match Winners: Prime Time Players and Neville
Match Rating: 4/10
Backstage: Dean Ambrose talks to Kane about the man he once was: The Big Red Monster.
The Authority make their way to the ring to announce the next challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship but are interrupted by the champ himself, Seth Rollins. Rollins is oozing with confidence until his next opponent is revealed as: BROCK LESNAR!!!
The inevitable third match between Kevin Owens and John Cena at Battleground should see Kevin Owens going over; especially if WWE wants to position Owens as the second top heel in the company behind Seth Rollins. (Owens should eventually become the top heel)
What was the point of making Barrett the King of the Ring? Nothing has come of the new gimmick. (R-Truth is funny, though)
Paige needs to continue this anti-Bella campaign and capture the Divas Championship when all is said and done.
Is it necessary to include Big Show in the Intercontinental Championship picture? The Miz and Ryback one-on-one would make for a better match.
Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns could make for an interesting rivalry. Reigns will probably struggle when it comes to keeping up on the mic with Wyatt but at least Wyatt has been placed into some sort of angle.
Brock Lesnar is back and ready to reclaim his championship. Seth Rollins has been doing well as champion but it is hard to view him as a legitimate threat to Brock Lesnar. Seth Rollins will enter this match as the underdog despite his championship status.
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