Raw Recap: June 10, 2019
A.K.A. The One Where The 24/7 Title Was Stuck In An Elevator
The albatross that is Super ShowDown is over with, and WWE is pretty much the same as it was going in. No titles changed hands, and now we’re only two weeks away from Stomping Grounds. Remember when there was a month between WWE pay-per-views? Pepperidge Farms remembers. Anyways, Brock Lesnar still has the Money in the Bank contract. Will he show up tonight? What other shenanigans will take place? Let’s find out.
- Lars Sullivan def. Lucha House Party in a 3-1 Elimination Handicap match
- Ricochet, Miz, & Braun Strowman def. Cesaro, Bobby Lashley, & Samoa Joe
- Lacey Evans & Alexa Bliss def. Bayley & Becky Lynch
- IIconics def. Local talents
- The Revival def. The Usos and Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins to win the Raw Tag Team Championships
- Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins by disqualification. Sami Zayn was the special guest outside referee
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Match of the Night: Ricochet, Miz, & Braun Strowman def. Cesaro, Bobby Lashley, & Samoa Joe via pinfall following a 630 from Ricochet to Cesaro.
Both six-man tag matches on the show were excellent, but this match gets the nod over the tag team championships. Ricochet and Cesaro continue to have beautiful chemistry together that extended to the other guys in this match. Strowman was presented as a threat and not a side show, and Miz has hit his babyface stride. Cesaro took the finishing 630 on the leg and looked legitimately hurt. Hopefully he isn’t out, because this group has the potential for a bunch of amazing matches on Raw week in and week out.
Have We Met Before?
Super ShowDown was a very, very glorified house show. We know as much because nothing really happened, and WWE is just continuing all of the same storylines for Stomping Grounds. Lars Sullivan had a handicap match against the Lucha House Party again. Both men’s top titles matches at Stomping Grounds are rematches from Jeddah. It’s a lot of the same old, same old. At a time when other wrestling companies seem to be trying to think outside of the box, WWE is doubling down and enforcing the box’s walls.
The US Title Wants You!
One thing that this show did do well was establish an exciting United States title scene. Samoa Joe is the champ, but five different men laid claim to be the next challenger: Miz, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, Ricochet, and Cesaro. Having this many established stars vying for a shot at the title gives it more prominence and meaning. The secondary titles have occasionally been lost in the shuffle for WWE. Any of these guys facing Samoa Joe has the potential for a great feud.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 11, 2019
More 24/7 For The 24/7 Title, Please
The 24/7 Championship spent the night in an elevator. R-Truth, Carmella, Cedric Alexander, Drake Maverick, Heath Slater, and EC3 were locked in an elevator for most of the show. Positives: EC3 was allowed to talk. Negatives: the 24/7 Championship could really use more changes on television to keep it fresh and exciting, as fun as R-Truth is with it.
— WWE (@WWE) June 11, 2019
This show is setting up for what feels like a re-run pay-per-view, but it did it in an enjoyable way. The Firefly Funhouse segment was great insight into the new character for Bray Wyatt. The six man tag and tag team title matches were both good. Baron Corbin and Seth Rollins are also working hard to make their Universal Championship match must-see. If the feuds were a little more fresh, this would’ve been a great show.
One More Thing:
Say what you will about the Saudi deal, or his booking, but Mojo Rawley by all accounts is an awesome dude.
— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) June 11, 2019