Brock Lesnar will face Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9, and The Beast Incarnate has apparently booked his next WWE match as well. It was announced on WWE Monday Night RAW that Brock Lesnar would be competing at WWE SummerSlam 2016 on August 21. His opponent is to be revealed on WWE Thursday Night SmackDown. It wasn’t clear whether Lesnar’s opponent will be revealed live at the taping in Toledo, Ohio tonight or whether it will be a segment that is edited in later. Either way, the WWE Universe should know who Brock Lesnar will face at SummerSlam no later than Thursday.
John Cena fought Brock Lesnar at WWE SummerSlam 2014 over the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. While John Cena vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2016 certainly isn’t out of the question, it doesn’t seem likely that Cena’s rivalry with AJ Styles and The Club will be finished by mid-August. At WWE Battleground 2016 on July 24, Cena will be joined by Enzo and Big Cass in a Six-Man Tag Team Match against The Bullet Club’s AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson.
Of course, the main event of WWE Battleground is a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship between the three former members of The Shield. With Roman Reigns off of WWE programming due to a violation of the company’s wellness policy, Seth Rollins and champion Dean Ambrose are forced to carry Reigns’ portion of the promotion themselves. The fans in Columbus on Monday night seemed to agree when Seth Rollins said that Roman Reigns shouldn’t be allowed to participate in the Triple Threat Match at Battleground.
The full results for this week’s WWE Monday Night RAW and the updated match-list for the WWE Battleground 2016 card are below. This week’s episode of WWE RAW was taped at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
WWE Monday Night RAW results
The following includes all of the matches and their results from WWE RAW on July 4.
- Rusev defeated Titus O’Neil to retain the WWE United States Championship.
- Enzo & Big Cass defeated The Social Outcasts by pinfall after Bo Dallas suffered the Bada Boom Shakalaka. Heath Slater came out with his arm in a sling (the results of the food fight that opened Monday Night RAW) and all three members were dressed as Minute Men. Before they could explain their outfits pre-match, they were interrupted by Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady’s usual pre-game spiel.
- WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose defeated The Miz, the current WWE Intercontinental Champion, in a non-title, champion vs. champion match. Post-match, the Lunatic Fringe joined the commentary team for Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler.
- Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler in a match that was billed as a request made by The Show Off, saying he might not get another chance to steal the show with The Architect if they end up on separate programs after the WWE Draft.
- The Golden Truth defeated The Vaudevillains after Aiden English fell victim to Solid Gold. Breezango watched the match from ringside, but there was no physical interaction.
- Becky Lynch defeated Summer Rae by submission when Lynch locked in the Disarmer. Natalya watched on a monitor backstage. It was announced that Lynch and Natalya would have a match at WWE Battleground.
Other updates and storyline progressions.
- The Fourth of July edition of WWE RAW started with a pre-taped segment involving most of the non-top-tier wrestlers eating a traditional American BBQ-style meal. A food fight eventually broke out, with Heath Slater getting the worst of it, being double-chokeslammed through a table by Kane and Big Show.
- The Bella Twins are featured on the most recent issue of Latina, talking about their role in the Divas Revolution and Total Bellas, which debuts in October on E!
- Multiple highlights of the John Cena/The Club feud aired throughout RAW, building towards the eventual confrontation later in the show.
- Multiple promos aired for the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, with a Bracketology special hosted by Daniel Bryan set for Wednesday on the WWE Network at 8/7c.
- WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte was accompanied by Dana Brooke as she cut an in-ring promo on Sasha Banks. Snoop Dogg’s cousin confronted Ric Flair’s daughter face-to-face, but the duo fled when things got physical.
- It was announced that Brock Lesnar will have a match at SummerSlam. The question of when Lesnar would return to WWE was raised after it was announced he would be a part of UFC 200 in a match against Mark Hunt. The announcement on Monday Night RAW indicated that his opponent would be revealed on WWE SmackDown this week.
- In post-match shenanigans, Seth Rollins cut a promo on Roman Reigns, saying he failed to be the role model he claimed to be and that Reigns shouldn’t be allowed to take part in the Triple Threat Match at WWE Battleground. The WWE Universe in Columbus seemed to agree that Reigns should be kicked from the match. Dean Ambrose got the better of the confrontation when things got physical, hitting Dirty Deeds on the Spanish announce table.
- A pre-taped promo aired from The Wyatt Family in which they invited The New Day to the creepy compound from which many of their vignettes have aired.
- Although he was not in action, a vignette for Baron Corbin aired, and the announce team put him over.
- Vickie Guerrero was the latest former GM to come and make her case for the SmackDown General Manager role, before being escorted away by security. In a later segment, Dolph Ziggler tells security he has no idea who she is, as they continue to drag her out of the building.
- The Big Show cut a promo backstage with the rest of Team USA reminding them that it didn’t matter if they didn’t like each other because they were fighting for the honor of the United States.
- Darren Young and Bob Backlund cut another “Make Darren Young Great Again” promo in which Backlund told Young to start using the crossface chickenwing submission finisher. Young excitedly accepted the offer.
- John Cena cut an in-ring promo about his feud with The Club. AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows came out and cut a promo about how much they love to beat up Cena. After The Bullet Club beat down Cena, Enzo Amore and Big Cass made the save, setting up a Six-Man Tag Team Match for WWE Battleground 2016.
- The Shining Stars cut an anti-Fourth of July promo (pre-taped).
- The “Multi-National Alliance” cut a backstage promo, clearly indicating that they wouldn’t be able to get along well against Team USA. Kevin Owens did an amazing job of taking something ridiculous like the food fight segment and making it seem like a legitimate, adult reason to get in a fight.
- Enzo and Big Cass did a spot for Sonic that was actually entertaining. Enzo was completely on his game all night.
- The New Day cut an in-ring promo before being interrupted by The Wyatt Family. The New Day accept the invitation to come to the Wyatt Family’s compound. Xavier Woods, however, doesn’t like the decision and walks away from the ring, threatening to leave The New Day for good.
These Monday Night RAW results have been corroborated by WWE’s official RAW Results page.
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Updated WWE Battleground Match-List
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
- Six-Man Tag Team Match: John Cena, Enzo & Big Cass vs. The Club
- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
- Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
- WWE Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks (unconfirmed)
- Six-Man Tag Team Match: The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family (unconfirmed)
Unless otherwise noted, matches were confirmed at WWE’s official Battleground preview page.
Where To Watch
WWE Battleground 2016 airs live on the WWE Network on Sunday, July 24, at 8/7c. The WWE Battleground Kick-off Show begins at 7/6c.
WWE Monday Night RAW airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c. 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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