John Cena just returned to WWE television on last week’s Monday Night RAW, and already he’s been booked for WWE Money in the Bank 2016. Three huge matches are in place for this year’s MITB so far, and this week’s episode of WWE RAW will not only further the feuds around those matches but hopefully reveal some more matches for the June 19 card. Shane McMahon has ushered in the New Era, which is resulting in a brand-split and a WWE Draft, and the talent will be on full display at Money in the Bank.
On RAW, there’s no doubt that the recently-announced bout between Cena and leader of The Club, AJ Styles, will get some serious attention. Of course, there’s a WrestleMania-worthy match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship that same night — champion Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins — and there’s no doubt the former Shield brethren will be pushing each others’ buttons on Monday Night RAW. And then there’s the Money in the Bank Ladder Match (currently featuring Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Cesaro, and Alberto Del Rio), which is still missing a seventh entrant.
Below is a deeper look at WWE.com’s official Monday Night RAW preview for June 6. Each week, the site provides the WWE Universe with some borderline spoilers in regards to the assumed events that will take place on the WWE’s flagship program, which airs live on the USA Network.
WWE Monday Night RAW Preview
As the WWE comes back through the Midwest, Monday Night RAW airs live from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Be on the lookout for a heel to make a joke about the Thunder blowing their 3-1 series lead against the Golden State Warriors.
Does John Cena belong in The New Era?
In the very same segment that John Cena made his return to WWE, he was confronted by the newly-realigned friends of The (Bullet) Club. After faking a break-up, AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson had their way with the leader of the Cenation, setting up at least one feud that Cena will have to deal with before setting his eyes on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
With John Cena vs. AJ Styles booked for WWE Money in the Bank, the WWE Universe can expect a response from Cena on WWE RAW.
Are Becky Lynch & Natalya poised to dominate the Women’s division?
While The Club try to establish themselves as the dominant New Era force within the men’s and tag team divisions of WWE, Charlotte and Dana Brooke continue to establish themselves as the most dominant New Era force in the WWE Women’s Division.
WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte, along with Dana Brooke and Becky Lynch, are prime examples of why the New Era athletes in WWE will continue to thrive for years to come. Natalya, for her part, may be the most “old school” female on WWE’s active roster. At Money in the Bank, will these duos team up for tag team action? What about a possible Fatal Four-Way for the Women’s title?
Will Seth Rollins’ mind games continue?
For months, the Internet Wrestling Community has longed for the return of Seth Rollins. After vacating the title, it fell into the hands of Roman Reigns, who is loathed by the IWC. He has since become a three-time champion, losing the belt to (and regaining it from) both Sheamus and Triple H.
— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) June 5, 2016
As Rollins and Reigns battle over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it becomes clear that all three former members of The Shield have been around long enough to be considered elders to many of the New Era athletes. At the same time, Rollins, Reigns, and their peers have been pushing out Attitude Era stars since the new breed arrived on the main roster. Where do Rollins and Reigns fit into the New Era equation, and how will their feud be affected by the impending WWE brand split?
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Who will earn “Money” momentum?
WWE’s official preview reminds the WWE Universe that Cesaro was holding the MITB briefcase as WWE SmackDown went off the air on Thursday night. Of course, all six competitors will undoubtedly have things to say this week about why they will win the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but WWE has failed to address one very obvious question: Who will be the seventh competitor in the eponymous ladder match on June 19?
The active WWE roster is full of potential additions. Bray Wyatt hasn’t been on WWE television lately, and he would be a solid wild card for that match. Darren Young has been receiving a fresh push, and while he certainly isn’t in a position to be Mr. Money in the Bank, a high-profile ladder match could be the opportunity he needs to prove that Bob Backlund is the world’s greatest life coach. And, of course, Randy Orton is expected to return this summer. Could it be at Money in the Bank?
Has Titus O’Neil put Rusev on notice?
Rusev may be one of the most obvious heel choices for a WWE United States Champion, but Titus O’Neil isn’t the first name to come to mind when you think of a patriotic wrestler. With both former members of the Prime Time Players focusing on their singles careers, could this program be the first step in a big singles run for O’Neil?
Rusev and Lana continue to bully their way through the WWE’s upper-middle card. Will Titus O’Neil be the man to stop them?
Where To Watch
WWE Money in the Bank will air live on the WWE Network on Sunday, June 19 at 8/7c. The WWE Money in the Bank Kick-off Show begins at 7/6c.
WWE Monday Night RAW airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c, with the RAW Pre-Show airing on the WWE Network at 7:30/6:30c. Replays of WWE RAW aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night RAW is available to stream on-demand the following day with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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