From the Monday Night RAW Pre-Show on the WWE Network and all throughout WWE RAW, the fans were reminded that John Cena was hosting the ESPY Awards on Wednesday and that he was too busy to make it to Detroit for this week’s episode of RAW. So when The Club approached Enzo and Big Cass — Cena’s partners at WWE Battleground 2016 — it looked like they would have a 3-on-2 advantage. However, like the “Super Cena” that he is, the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion made the save, preventing his friends from receiving a Bullet Club beat down.
Brock Lesnar’s win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 was mentioned more than a couple of times throughout the night, as Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton will be one of the headlining matches for WWE SummerSlam 2016 in August. While it hasn’t been announced whether or not Randy Orton or Brock Lesnar will be present on SmackDown Live for the WWE Draft, we do know that Randy Orton will appear at Battleground as Chris Jericho’s guest on The Highlight Reel.
On top of all of that, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Dean Ambrose interrupted the first edition of The Rollins Report after Seth Rollins showed comically-altered footage of a supposed interview he held with the suspended Roman Reigns. While there is already a Triple Threat Match for the Dean’s title at Battleground, The Lunatic Fringe accepted Rollins’ challenge for a 1-on-1 title match, which will take place on next week’s RAW. Also next Monday night, Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon will be forced to name the General Managers of RAW and SmackDown, as Vince McMahon showed up to name Stephanie the Commissioner of Monday Night RAW and Shane the Commissioner of SmackDown Live.
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 Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.
WWE Monday Night RAW results
The following includes all of the matches and their results from WWE RAW on July 11.
— Maryse. (@GirlOfAcerbity) July 12, 2016
- Darren Young won the IC Title No. 1 Contender battle royal when he defeated The Dudley Boyz, The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, The Golden Truth, Alberto Del Rio, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, The Usos, Jack Swagger, Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel and Apollo Crews. The final four included Dolph Ziggler, Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin, along with Darren Young.
- Sheamus defeated Zack Ryder by pinfall after connecting with a Brogue Kick. Post-match, Rusev made his way to the ring and beat Ryder down before locking him in the Accolade and telling Ryder he accepted his challenge for an IC Title match.
- Breezango defeated The Lucha Dragons after Tyler Breeze pinned Kalisto.
- Kevin Owens defeated Cesaro by pinfall after unveiling a new finisher. Post-match, he was attacked by Sami Zayn.
- Titus O’Neil defeated Heath Slater (who was accompanied by the other Social Outcasts) after he connected with the Clash of the Titus.
- The New Day and The Wyatt Family fought at the Wyatt compound in what was essentially an outdoor brawl with no real winner.
- Enzo and Big Cass defeated The Club by disqualification when AJ Styles took out Colin Cassady at ringside, leaving all three members of The Bullet Club alone in the ring with Enzo Amore. Before they could do any damage, however, John Cena made an “unexpected” appearance to save the day.
- Becky Lynch defeated Dana Brooke using the Bank Statement. After the match, Charlotte said that if Banks can beat Brooke again on Thursday Night SmackDown, she’ll consider giving Banks a WWE Women’s Championship Match.
— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2016
Other updates and storyline progressions.
- This week’s episode of WWE RAW began with eighteen men in the ring for the battle royal to determine the No. 1 contender for the WWE Intercontinental Champion. Baron Corbin’s trophy from the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal victory at WrestleMania 32 was at ringside. Bob Backlund was at ringside supporting his new protege, Darren Young.
- Several promos aired for the Cruiserweight Classic tournament, which begins Wednesday on the WWE Network.
- Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon and Seth Rollins were shown backstage talking about Vince McMahon and Rollins’ supposed footage of Roman Reigns to air on the first edition of The Rollins Report.
- A recap of Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt from UFC 200 was shown, followed by a clip of Brock Lesnar discussing his match against Randy Orton at WWE SummerSlam 2016 with the press. Cole then announced that Randy Orton would be appearing on a new edition of The Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho at WWE Battleground.
- Zack Ryder approached Rusev and Lana backstage, asking them to accept his challenge for the WWE Intercontinental Championship tonight on RAW. Before they could answer, Sheamus attacked Ryder. Sheamus then told Zack that they had another match against each other (Ryder defeated Sheamus on SmackDown after eliminating him from the RAW main event last week) and their rematch was up next.
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— Riz. (@johncenaAm) July 12, 2016
- Seth Rollins hosted The Rollins Report, in which he showed an obviously-doctored “interview” between himself and Roman Reigns. Despite his attempts at being a heel, the crowd was almost fully pro-Rollins and anti-Reigns. Dean Ambrose interrupted Rollins and they discussed who was the best member of The Shield. Ambrose agreed to give Rollins a singles match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship right then and there, but Rollins said he wanted to wait so that he could do it on his own time. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship was confirmed for next week’s Monday Night RAW.
- Sami Zayn came to do guest commentary for Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro, but security escorted him back to the locker room after Owens complained about it to Stephanie McMahon.
- Vince McMahon arrived backstage and told Renee Young that he was ready to name the SmackDown “Commissioner” — although he wasn’t sure who it was going to be.
- A recap aired of last week’s brawl between The Club and John Cena, Enzo and Big Cass before Renee Young interviewed AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows about Cena, their match at WWE Battleground, and the upcoming tag team match.
- Renee Young interviewed Sasha Banks backstage about her feud with WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte and her ally Dana Brooke.
- Enzo and Big Cass got on the mic to let The Club know that they wanted to take over John Cena’s spot just as badly as The Bullet Club wants it, but that they weren’t going to use the numbers advantage to do it.
- In the final segment, Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon are joined in the ring by Vince McMahon. He names Shane the SmackDown Commissioner and names Stephanie the RAW Commissioner. Next week on Monday Night RAW, both McMahons have to name their respective General Managers. It appears that the New Era of WWE will have a Commissioner/GM combo on both shows.
— WWE (@WWE) July 12, 2016
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
- WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs. Darren Young
- WWE United States Championship Match: Rusev (c) vs. Zack Ryder
- Six-Man Tag Team Match: John Cena, Enzo & Big Cass vs. The Club
- Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
- Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
- Chris Jericho hosts The Highlight Reel with special guest Randy Orton
- WWE Women’s Championship Match: Charlotte (c) vs. Sasha Banks (unconfirmed)
- Six-Man Tag Team Match: The New Day vs. The Wyatt Family (unconfirmed)
— WWE (@WWE) July 11, 2016
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. The WWE Draft will take place on WWE SmackDown Live, July 19 at 8/7c on the USA Network.
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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