Before RAW officially begins, Superstars stand solemnly with “We Stand With Orlando” on the big screen as Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Alberto Del Rio, Women’s Champion Charlotte, Dana Brooke, WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day, United States Champion Rusev, Lana, Sasha Banks, The Club, and countless others stand on the stage for a moment of silent remembrance for the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend.
RAW then officially gets underway with the WWE Tag Team Champions as The New Day makes their way to the ring six nights before they defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against Enzo & Cass, The Vaudevillains, and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match at WWE Money-in-the-Bank. While Kofi Kingston tries to discuss the challenge that faces them this Sunday, Big E & Xavier Woods are transfixed on Kofi’s shoes and, after some friendly jabbing at their tag team partner, The New Day is interrupted by one of the teams they will defend the tag titles against this Sunday as Enzo & Cass make their way to the ring, doing their signature introduction. Once in the ring, Big Cass says that they have their first shot at the WWE Tag Team Titles this Sunday and they are going to go “all in” and walk out of Las Vegas as the new WWE Tag Team Champions. Big Cass then says that they are cool with The New Day before Big Cass joins in on making fun of Kofi’s shoes. Big Cass then says that Xavier Woods’ trombone, Francesca II, is his “girl” before Cass asks Xavier where his girl was at last night!
Big Cass then says that Francesca II was with Enzo Amore last night and Enzo had his lips “all over” the trombone. Enzo then says that “Franny is no saint” and he was playing Franny like “Louie Armstrong” all night long! Xavier then gets in Enzo’s face, saying that he’s the only one who “blows” his “girl”! Kofi then hypes up a “verbal joust of wits” between Enzo and Xavier before The Vaudevillains interrupt, making their way to ringside. Aiden English sings that the “new era” will reign this Sunday and they will be the new WWE Tag Team Champions before the singing is interrupted by Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, who come out to the stage. Karl Anderson says that “playtime is over” before Luke Gallows says that there will only be one team standing tall as the WWE Tag Team Champions at WWE Money-in-the-Bank and, judging by the competition, they will have an easy job come this Sunday. Big Cass responds by calling The Vaudevillains and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson “sawft”.
Before they square off in a Fatal 4-Way Tag Match for the WWE Tag Team Titles at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, WWE Tag Team Champions Big E & Kofi Kingston, with Xavier Woods in their corner, would join forces with Enzo & Cass to face The Vaudevillains and Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson in an 8-Man Tag match in the opening match of the night. Unsurprisingly, the match would descend into chaos and it was Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson who would take advantage as Gallows & Anderson would isolate Kofi Kingston, hitting the Magic Killer before Gallows pins Kingston to pick up the win for themselves and The Vaudevillains.
Backstage, Shane McMahon confronts his sister Stephanie to set the record straight as Shane reveals that he was not on vacation last week like Stephanie said and he told Stephanie that he would not be at RAW last week due to personal reasons. Shane then says that Stephanie should be in charge of SmackDown and he should be in charge of RAW when SmackDown goes live on Tuesday nights with their own roster next month. Stephanie refuses so Shane offers to be in charge of SmackDown with Stephanie running RAW instead, but Stephanie turns that down as well, saying she wants to run both RAW and SmackDown. Shane comments that Stephanie and Triple H got their chance to run both shows and they ran them “into the ground”.
The sibling bickering is then interrupted by none other than Corporate Kane as the former Director of Operations offers his assistance. Kane says that he is there to offer his services, but Stephanie comments that Kane is “psychotic”. Kane ignores this comment and hands his resume to Stephanie and also hands a “letter of recommendation” to Shane from someone Shane is very familiar with, The Undertaker. Stephanie then hands Shane the resume, opting to leave the office and let Shane handle Kane. Kane tells Shane that he some great ideas that would make SmackDown “red hot”.
Six nights before he challenges Rusev for the United States Title at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, Titus O’Neil was scheduled to compete on RAW before Titus is blindsided by Rusev during his entrance. The United States Champion then sends Titus gut-first into the front of the stage before tossing Titus into the side of the entrance ramp. Rusev then rolls Titus onto the ramp, sizing Titus up before blasting O’Neil in the back of the head with a vicious kick. The United States Champion then locks in the Accolade on Titus on the ramp before referees rush out, trying to get Rusev to break the hold with the referees failing to break it up. Rusev finally breaks the hold before grabbing his United States Title and holding it in the face of Titus before standing tall and holding the title high.
Then it was time for the reunion, of sorts, of The Shield as “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would bring back his talk show segment, The Ambrose Asylum, and his guests would be none other than the two men who will battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Money-in-the-Bank this Sunday, champion Roman Reigns and challenger Seth Rollins. Ambrose welcomes everyone to the Ambrose Asylum before saying that WWE Money-in-the-Bank is like another WrestleMania and a lot of questions will be answered this Sunday. “The Lunatic Fringe” then introduces his first of two guests, calling his former Shield brethren the “scum of the earth” before Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring, not looking at all pleased to be a part of The Ambrose Asylum. Ambrose then gives a more generous introduction for his longtime friend, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, who makes his way to the ring to come face-to-face with his WWE Money-in-the-Bank opponent.
Amused at the tension between Reigns and Rollins, Dean Ambrose’s first question is for Seth Rollins, asking Rollins how his previously injured knee is. Rollins says that he is “100% ready to go” before Ambrose asks Roman how New Orleans is treating him. The champion says that he’s having a good time before Ambrose asks Rollins how he’s enjoying New Orleans, telling Rollins to “have some fun” and not be a “party pooper”. Rollins admits that they had some good times, reminiscing about their match against Kane and The New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania a couple of years ago and their arrival by helicopter in London. Rollins then says that the best times he ever had in the ring were with Ambrose and Reigns, saying that they won titles together and they had some great 6-Man Tag matches as The Shield.
Rollins then says that his favorite moment they shared was when he put a steel chair to their backs when he betrayed them and, even though Ambrose wasn’t a part of it, another great moment they shared was when he cashed in his Money-in-the-Bank contract at WrestleMania and become the first member of The Shield to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Dean Ambrose then gets down to the business at hand, asking what they can expect from Roman Reigns this Sunday with Roman saying that he is going to walk out as champion at WWE Money-in-the-Bank. Ambrose then says that Rollins believes that Reigns is not the “rightful champion” with Rollins saying that Reigns has never beaten him for the title. Reigns responds by saying that, if Rollins is the “rightful champion”, then why is Roman the one holding the belt.
With tensions mounting, Dean Ambrose insists on asking the questions, asking Rollins why he doesn’t have the belt. Rollins then says that he doesn’t have the title because his knee gave out from carrying WWE on his back for the better part of last year. Rollins then admits that Reigns “earned” the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, but one thing that Roman hasn’t done is beat him because Reigns cannot beat him. Rollins continues, saying that he’s always “two steps ahead” of Reigns and that, if it wasn’t for him holding Roman’s hand during their days in The Shield, then Reigns would be “nothing”. Rollins then claims that everything he earned was earned on his own and, this Sunday, he is going to take back the title that he never lost and he is going to do it on his own.
Roman says that Rollins broke up a “brotherhood” on his own, saying that they had Rollins’ back and he betrayed them for the “spotlight”. Reigns then says that, after WWE Money-in-the-Bank, they’re not going to call him “the guy” because he’s the champion, they’re going to call him “the guy” because he beat Seth Rollins. Dean Ambrose then says that it will be settled this Sunday at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, saying that it will either be Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns who walks out as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion before bringing up the very real possibility that he could win the Money-in-the-Bank contract this Sunday and cash it in the very same night and beat either Reigns or Rollins to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion!
Rollins then acts like he is leaving the ring, but as soon as Dean Ambrose turns his back, Rollins shoves Ambrose into Reigns, sending the champion out of the ring before a brawl breaks out between Rollins and Ambrose. Roman then comes back into the ring, tossing Ambrose to the side before Rollins tries for the Pedigree, but Ambrose gets involved before Roman blasts Rollins with the Superman Punch and Ambrose turns the champion around, planting Reigns with Dirty Deeds, leaving Dean Ambrose standing tall over both the champion and challenger as “The Lunatic Fringe” glares up at the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase hanging above the ring.
Before they face Charlotte & Dana Brooke in a tag team match at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, Natalya & Becky Lynch were guests on commentary as Women’s Champion Charlotte, with Dana Brooke in her corner, would go one-on-one with Paige in a non-title match. During the match, Charlotte would find herself on the outside of the ring with the Women’s Champion taking the time to stare down Natalya & Becky Lynch. Dana Brooke then comes over to help Charlotte to her feet, making the questionable decision to roll Charlotte back into the ring. Paige would then take advantage, blasting Charlotte with a kick to the face, following it up with the Ram Paige, pinning the Women’s Champion to pick up the win as Dana looks on in shock.
Moments after Dana Brooke cost Charlotte her match against Paige, the Women’s Champion and her protégé were definitely not on the same page backstage as Charlotte says that Dana cost her the match. Dana says that she was just trying to help before Charlotte says that Dana has “failed” her way up the Women’s division, referring to Dana as her “assistant” before correcting herself and calling Dana her “protégé”. Charlotte then says that there is “no room for failure” at the top, saying that she is letting Dana be a part of her “legacy” before the Women’s Champion says that they have some “work to do” before their tag match this Sunday.
With a match against Apollo Crews coming up on the WWE Money-in-the-Bank Kickoff this Sunday, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus would go one-on-one with Zack Ryder on RAW. Despite the best efforts of Zack Ryder, Sheamus would prove too much for Ryder, connecting with the Brogue Kick and pinning Ryder for the win. After the match, Sheamus would put the boots to Zack Ryder before Apollo Crews rushes out, tackling “The Celtic Warrior” and pummeling Sheamus before knocking Sheamus out of the ring. Sheamus then makes a quick exit over the barricade and into the crowd as Crews checks on Ryder.
Backstage, Kevin Owens interrupts a conversation between Shane McMahon and Kane, letting Shane know that Alberto Del Rio just arrived to the arena about twenty minutes ago, referring to Del Rio as being “unprofessional” and saying something should be done about it. Owens’ ruse then becomes clear when he suggests that Del Rio should be taken out of the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match this Sunday. However, Del Rio himself then storms into the office and, after Shane manages to calm Del Rio down, Del Rio explains that he knows that it was Kevin Owens who called airport security on him and had Del Rio detained at the airport for five hours! Del Rio then vows that, this Sunday, he is going to put Owens down.
This leads to an argument between Del Rio and Owens as Del Rio argues in Spanish while Owens argues in French. Kane then steps in with a “team-building exercise”, suggesting that Del Rio and Owens team up to face The Lucha Dragons in a tag team match tonight and, if The Lucha Dragons win, then they will replace Del Rio and Owens in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match! Shane then agrees to make this suggestion a reality, much to the chagrin of Owens and Del Rio.
With the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match coming up this Sunday, two of its six participants would square off on RAW as “The Swiss Superman” Cesaro would go one-on-one with Sami Zayn. At the end of a stellar match, it was Cesaro and Sami Zayn going counter-for-counter with Sami finally hitting a sunset flip powerbomb on Cesaro, keeping “The Swiss Superman” down for the three-count to pick up the win.
Six nights before they go one-on-one for the first time ever at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, John Cena and AJ Styles would be in the same ring at the same time for the official contract signing of their match this Sunday. With Michael Cole presiding over the contract signing, the commentator would first introduce the fifteen-time former World Champion John Cena, who makes his way to the ring first. Cena says that WWE Money-in-the-Bank might as well be WrestleMania before saying that, for years, the decision-makers in WWE would tell AJ Styles that he doesn’t belong in WWE. Cena then says that if you look from PWG to ROH to New Japan, there is one name that is synonymous with “excellence” and that is AJ Styles, saying that, while he has won fifteen World Titles in WWE, AJ Styles has won more than fifteen titles around the world. Cena continues, saying that the two guys in WWE who can walk around WWE without a championship and still be called “champs” will go one-on-one this Sunday. Cena then says that all they need now to “make history” is AJ Styles.
This brings out John Cena’s WWE Money-in-the-Bank opponent as “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles makes his way to the ring. Styles says that, this Sunday, he is going to “run circles” around John Cena because Cena cannot beat him. Cena then points out something very interesting in the ring as, on the table in front of them, sits two contracts for two different matches. Cena explains that one contract is for a one-on-one match between John Cena and AJ Styles while the other contract is a match between John Cena and AJ Styles with Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson in Styles’ corner. Cena then says that, if AJ Styles chooses to sign the contract that will have Gallows & Anderson in his corner, then Styles will get the win that he has been waiting fifteen years for and will secure his spot as “captain of the bitch club”!
Cena then says that the other contract will allow them to recapture the electricity of the very first time they shared the ring two weeks ago and it will ensure a one-on-one dream match for the ages, saying that the one-on-one match will provide a “real answer” to the question of “what if?” Styles says that, what if AJ Styles would have been in WWE fifteen years ago, saying that, if that were the case, then Cena would not be a fifteen-time former World Champion and AJ Styles would have been the “face that runs this place”.
Cena responds by saying that he gave AJ Styles all the respect in the world, but AJ came out and “whined” and “complained” like every other “indie dude” before him who thought that they “deserved” to be a top guy in WWE. Cena then says that Styles has the chance to “knuckle up” and prove him wrong or Styles has the chance to prove him right, saying that Styles will only have to worry about “burying” himself and he will be on a “bullet train” back to New Japan because, apparently, that’s where he left his “balls”! This leads to AJ Styles signing the contract for a one-on-one match with John Cena, followed by Cena signing the contract as well. Styles then holds up the contract, saying that Cena is going to find out “real quick” that he’s not like every other independent guy, telling Cena that Cena’s “time is up” and his “time is now”! AJ then exits the ring, leaving a satisfied Cena in the ring as Cena and Styles will go one-on-one with no interference from Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson at WWE Money-in-the-Bank.
Before they are scheduled to be a part of the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match this Sunday at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, Kevin Owens would be forced to team with Alberto Del Rio to face The Lucha Dragons with the stipulation that, if The Lucha Dragons win, then they will replace Owens and Del Rio in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. Despite nearly coming to blows early on in the match, Kevin Owens and Alberto Del Rio would manage to hold it together long enough to keep themselves in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match with Kevin Owens hitting Sin Cara with the Pop-Up Powerbomb and pinning Sin Cara to pick up the win for himself and Del Rio, ensuring they keep their spots in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. However, after the match, the story would be much different as Alberto Del Rio would enter the ring, blasting Owens with a kick to the face!
In an unusual twist to the main event, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose would go one-on-one with Chris Jericho in a rematch from last week’s SmackDown just six nights before they are two of the six participants in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match with Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens guests on commentary while Alberto Del Rio would be assigned the job of guest timekeeper and Cesaro serving as the guest ring announcer! It would not take long for issues to arise on the outside as, after bouncing Chris Jericho face-first off the announce table, Dean Ambrose would get in the face of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho would take advantage, sending Ambrose into the barricade before bringing the action back into the ring.
A little later on in the match, Dean Ambrose would get knocked to the outside before Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn would leave their commentary positions, followed by Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio leaving their positions as well with Del Rio grabbing a steel chair, leading to a stand-off on the outside as the match continues in the ring. Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho would go counter-for-counter towards the end of the match with Dean Ambrose getting the better of the situation, delivering Dirty Deeds and pinning Chris Jericho for the win.
After the match, Kevin Owens would rush the ring to attack Dean Ambrose before Sami Zayn comes in to get a piece of Owens. Alberto Del Rio then comes in with the backstabber to Zayn before Cesaro takes Del Rio out with a corkscrew European uppercut. Cesaro and Del Rio then resume their brawl on the outside, joined shortly by Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens. Sami Zayn then climbs to the top rope, diving to the outside and taking out four of his five opponents at WWE Money-in-the-Bank. This leaves Chris Jericho as the only one on his feet as Jericho sets up a ladder in the middle of the ring, climbing the ladder and symbolically retrieving the Money-in-the-Bank briefcase, sitting atop the ladder with the briefcase in what could be a sign of things to come this Sunday in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match.
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