Welcome to Bleacher Report’s coverage and recap of WWE Raw on June 6.
Sunday’s Hell in a Cell delivered another fun pay-per-view that allowed the Superstars of WWE to show the world what they can do, but the main story coming out of the event was how Cody Rhodes worked his match with a torn pectoral muscle. Here is a full rundown of the results from the PPV:
- Bianca Belair defeated Asuka and Becky Lynch
- Bobby Lashley defeated Omos and MVP
- Kevin Owens defeated Ezekiel
- Judgment Day defeated AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan
- Riddick Moss defeated Happy Corbin
- Theory defeated Mustafa Ali
- Cody Rhodes defeated Seth Rollins
With HIAC now in the books, it’s time for WWE to begin the buildup for Money in the Bank on July 2. Monday’s Raw dealt with all of the fallout from this weekend and much more.
Let’s look at everything that went down on this week’s show.
The American Nightmare opened the show to address the WWE Universe. As he came to the ring, he only used his left arm to shake hands with fans.
He received a standing ovation and got a little choked up when the crowd began chanting his name. He said he saw all of the kind words on social media but he wrestled because it was his privilege. He said his feud with Rollins was done.
After a few minutes of Rhodes talking, The Visionary made his way to the ring looking a little banged-up, too. He said he still did not like Rhodes, but after what he put himself through at HIAC, he had earned Rollins’ respect. He told Cody that Dusty Rhodes would be proud of his baby boy right now, and Cody teared up a bit.
They shook hands, and Rollins left Rhodes in the ring to get one more pop from the crowd. As The American Nightmare turned to wave one last time, Rollins ran back out and attacked him with a sledgehammer.
Several officials tried to stop him, but the damage was done before they had a chance to step in. This segment was fantastic because most of it was genuinely emotional, but the ending kept Rollins’ heel character from getting any kind of babyface reactions moving forward. The best part was that it was legitimately surprising.
Notable Moments and Observations
- When Rhodes returns, he is going to be one of the most over babyfaces in pro wrestling.
- As he walked to the ring, his right arm was just kind of hanging there. You could see he was still in pain, but he appeared to be in good spirits.
- Rollins putting out his left arm to shake Cody’s hand since his right arm was injured was a nice touch.
After Cody made his way out of the arena, Becky Lynch came out looking sad about how everything went down Sunday. Dana Brooke was already in the ring.
As they got started, the entire 24/7 division started running around the ring causing mayhem. Brooke pinned Akira Tozawa when he got into the ring to win back the 24/7 Championship.
Lynch grabbed a mic and said nobody gets to win a title in her matches except for her. She threatened everyone at ringside that if they interfered, she would smash their face in.
The match got started after the break. Everybody else had exited the ringside area, so it was just the champ and Big Time Becks to fight over the belt. After Lynch hit a few moves, Asuka’s music hit and she danced her way down to the ring.
When Brooke countered the Man-handle Slam, Asuka held Lynch’s foot so Brooke could get the pin. It’s great to see Asuka and Lynch continuing their feud because they will have great matches, but this segment was not a good way to make people care about it.
The 24/7 division used to be one of the funniest parts of any WWE show, but the segments just feel forced now. WWE needs to get rid of that title or figure out a way to make it actually mean something.
Notable Moments and Observations
- Lynch threatening several people at once was a cool moment because a bunch of people at ringside looked like they believed her.
- Asuka might have the best ring jackets in all of professional wrestling.
- Brooke is not as bad in the ring as some people might claim, but when you see her with somebody as skilled as Lynch, it’s obvious how far Brooke still has to go.
- It hurt a little bit to give something involving Lynch a D.
The Miz and Maryse were up next for an episode of “Miz TV.” They plugged their reality show’s new season and played up their heel personas a bit before Riddle decided to make an unscheduled appearance.
They traded some insults until Ciampa came out of nowhere to attack the former MMA fighter. This led to The Miz taking on Riddle in a match. The A-Lister was forced to wrestle in his suit, but at least he took off his tie first.
Riddle easily took control once we returned from the commercial break and attempted to hit the RKO before The Miz rolled out of the ring. The Bro grabbed him by his back pockets and tore his pants off.
Riddle hit the RKO for the win. The crowd reacted positively to this, but it wasn’t anything people will be talking about by next week.
Notable Moments and Observations
- Maryse saying The Miz has average balls was funnier than it should have been. Riddle asking him to prove it was not.
- Acting like you thought a foreign person sneezed when they speak their native language is not funny and hasn’t been since Rodney Dangerfield stopped making that joke. It wasn’t even that funny back then.
Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins were out first for this Championship Contenders’ match, which basically means the winning team may or may not earn a title shot.
Dawkins started against Jimmy Uso, but both men tagged out after their initial exchange ended with Jimmy at ringside trying to recover.
The first couple of minutes of this match was a little slower than you would expect from these two teams. Even though they have done battle multiple times already, it seemed like they were taking their time to feel each other out. The action started to pick up just as the show went to a break.
This was a decent match, but it did not end up being as good as we know these teams can be together. They got a lot of time and were able to pace themselves well, but it lacked some of the excitement we have come to expect from both duos.
Most of the best spots happened after the second commercial break. Ford ended up sending Jey into the timekeeper’s area when the fight spilled out of the ring. The Street Profits ended up winning when Ford beat the count back into the ring.
The outcome was not ideal, but this was still a solid performance from four talented wrestlers.