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WWE Raw Results
Raw this week had the retirement ceremony of wrestling legend Rey Mysterio. At least, it was scheduled to. We also were promised an Apollo Crews United States Championship defense and Asuka versus Charlotte. What else went down on Monday night? Here are the results:
- Aleister Black def. Seth Rollins
- Apollo Crews (c) vs Kevin Owens goes to a no contest in a United States Championship match
- Apollo Crews & Kevin Owens def. Angel Garza & Andrade
- Viking Raiders def. Street Profits in a bowling match
- Billie Kay def. Nikki Cross
- R-Truth def. Rob Gronkowski (c) to win the 24/7 Championship
- Nia Jax def. Kairi Sane
- Charlotte def. Asuka
- Drew McIntyre def. Bobby Lashley
WWE Raw Takeaways
Of course the Rey Mysterio retirement wasn’t real. It was a set up by Seth Rollins to get under the skin of his rivals. After a package highlighting Rey’s career (including the eye injury inflicted by Rollins) Aleister Black came out to confront the Monday Night Messiah. These two put on a quality match, with Black getting the win. Does this feud have the legs to get to a gimmick match for these two?
Maybe, but it may be Dominick Mysterio who gets the match. Dominick cut a good promo alongside his dad about how Rollins needs to pay at the hands of someone from their family. What an angle to debut Dominick as an in-ring talent if that is the route they go. Dominick said an eye for an eye, so let’s’ see if Rollins is sporting an eyepatch soon.
Rob Gronkowski is a champion no more. I was really excited for him to get tackled by someone in week one and lose the belt to Marshon Lattimore, but instead we get the 24/7 title back with R-Truth.
Nia Jax had reportedly injured Kairi Sane in an unsafe spot during this week’s episode. Kairi tweeted the cut she received when Jax threw her into the steel steps. Jax will continue her march to facing Asuka, but the question around her safety in the ring remains a pertinent one.
— KAIRI SANE カイリ・セイン (@KairiSaneWWE) June 2, 2020
These Street Profits-Viking Raiders segments are still weird, yet I still am a fan. Eventually they’ll wrestle, right?
Danny Havoc Passes Away
Game Changer Wrestling announced on Monday that wrestler Danny Havoc (real name Grant Berkland) passed away. He was 34 years old. Havoc was a talented death match wrestler, working with GCW, CZW and WXW over the years. Many from across the industry shared their grief and sadness over the loss of Havoc. Our condolences to his friends, family and fans.
With a broken heart, the GCW family mourns the loss of Grant Berkland aka Danny Havoc.
Danny was an incredibly talented, intelligent, caring & genuine person.
He was also an elite performer that entertained a generation of fans & inspired a generation of aspiring performers. pic.twitter.com/L7By79UEKN
— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) June 1, 2020
I wouldn’t be who I am today without Danny Havoc.
Absolute genius who never got the credit he deserved.
Im beyond privileged to been able to travel the world with him.
Reach out to your loved one. Life is so short.
Love you Grant.
— ₮ⱧɆ ĐⱤ₳₩ (@TheSamiCallihan) June 1, 2020
Goddamnit am I gonna miss you Grant…I didn't cry all night you did FU…fyi : Danny Havoc was not just a fearless and creative performer but also a talented artist and graphic designer. In fact I asked him to design the first AEW Mox shirt, he created the grenade design.
— Jon Moxley (@JonMoxley) June 1, 2020
WWE Launches Free Network Tier
The long-rumored free tier of the WWE Network has arrived. According to Fightful, the free tier of WWE Network has a good selection of content, including:
- Original series like Table for 3, Monday Night War, and Ride Along
- Recent episodes of Raw, NXT, & SmackDown
- Some old WWE Pay-per-views and NXT TakeOvers
- WWE The Bump and other recap/talk shows
Will this change your WWE subscription style?
Buckle Bomb Banned By WWE
WWE has reportedly moved to ban the Buckle Bomb move after a collection of injuries involving the move. PWInsider is reporting that the move is now banned from WWE in-ring product. Sting had to retire after taking a Buckle Bomb from Seth Rollins in 2015. More recently, Kairi Sane was injured after taking the move from Nia Jax.
One for the Road:
Big E is auctioning some boots to support a local owned restaurant in Tampa called Saigon Bay. You can own Big E’s boots.
Black Lives Matter.
These boots can be yours!
— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) June 1, 2020