Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, June 20th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
A video shows Dean Ambrose arriving to the arena in a yellow taxi cab earlier in the day. Ambrose pays the guy and lets him drive off before stopping him. Ambrose goes in the car and retrieves his forgotten WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Dean Ambrose’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception from the Phoenix, Arizona crowd. There is a podium on the stage that simply reads “Smackdown.” Ambrose smiles as he holds up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the ring. Still photos are shown from last night’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Then still photos are shown of Seth Rollins defeating Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Dean Ambrose then came out and cashed in Money in the Bank on Rollins. Ambrose then defeated him with Dirty Deeds to win the title. Ambrose stands in the ring and soaks in the crowd. They chant, “You deserve it.” Ambrose points at them to indicate it is the other way around. Ambrose says, “Oh boy, last night was a long night in Las Vegas, and I’m not even talking about the stuff I don’t remember.” Ambrose mentions the Cleveland Cavaliers winning the NBA Championship, which draws boos. Ambrose says he doesn’t like them anyway. His foot got run over by a cab and, oh yeah, he had to climb a ladder to win the Money in the Bank contract. At some point he almost got bit by a dog, but then this other thing happened when he cashed in Money in the Bank on Seth Rollins to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. If you want to talk about a guy who had a long night, it’s Seth Rollins. Rollins was the right guy in the right place at the wrong time. Ambrose says this is the lesson of the week: what goes around comes back around. Ambrose has another lesson: hard work pays off. Busting your ass and keeping your nose to the grindstone pays off and when it pays off, it pays off big. Rollins called himself “The Man,” Reigns called himself “The Guy,” so is he “The Dude?” A “Dude” chant breaks out. Ambrose says you can just call him “Champion.” He’s been chasing the title for two years. This is why he’s kept coming back and dusting himself off. As he stands in the ring with it, it was all worth it. We’re not having hard times anymore!
Roman Reigns’ music hits, and he comes out to the stage to big boos from the crowd. There is also a “RAW” podium on the opposite side of the stage. Reigns gets in the ring and circles around Ambrose. They stare at each other. Reigns takes a deep breath and says, “Last night, it wasn’t my night because last night was your night.” The crowd lightly cheers that. Reigns congratulates Ambrose and says he’s happy for him. Reigns doesn’t care what the crowd thinks. This is his boy. Reigns asks how good it felt to cash in on Rollins. Ambrose says he would have cashed in on Reigns as well. A “You can’t wrestle” chant breaks out. Reigns just smirks and looks into the crowd. Reigns says, “To all the dudes chanting ‘You can’t wrestle,’ take a sip of your beer and shut your mouths!” Reigns asks if Ambrose is a fighting champ because he has a rematch due to him.
Seth Rollins’ music hits, and he comes out to a big reception screaming this isn’t how it works. For seven months, he worked his ass off to get back to the ring. Last night, he achieved his dream to beat Reigns, so he’s going to the back of the line. Ambrose stole his championship from him. Reigns says it doesn’t feel good. Rollins says when he did it to Reigns, he did it to his face. Rollins was the champion and never properly lost it, so Reigns can go to the back of the line because that’s going to the back of the line. Reigns says if he didn’t lose it, then why is it on Ambrose’s shoulder? Rollins says Ambrose stole it from him. Reigns tells Rollins to shut up and stop complaining. There is a very easy way to settle this. Reigns drops his microphone and gets in Rollins’ face. Rollins says there is nothing to settle between them. Rollins beat him last night and deserves a rematch for his title.
Shane McMahon’s music hits, and he comes out to a big reception. A “Shane O’Mac” chant breaks out. Shane congratulates Ambrose on not only winning the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, but also cashing in and becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. As far as Rollins and Reigns goes, there is a simple solution to see who will face Ambrose. They should have a match. Rollins says they had the match last night. Shane can’t go around making decisions. Did he consult Stephanie? She wouldn’t approve. Shane says that’s a good point, so he’ll check. Shane pretends Stephanie is there and says she loves it. Stephanie isn’t here tonight, so he’s running the whole show. This WrestleMania worthy match between them isn’t being held off because the draft next month could scatter them, so we’ll do this match tonight! Rollins is furious and storms off.
The commentators talk about the upcoming WWE Draft on Tuesday, July 19 on the first live Smackdown. The respective General Managers, whoever they are, will make their picks.
We’ll hear from AJ Styles tonight, and he’ll talk about beating John Cena last night at Money in the Bank. We’ll also see Paige take on Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship. Coming up next, we’ll see Sami Zayn take on Kevin Owens!
The Spanish commentators are seen at ringside.
Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens comes out to the ring limping from last night’s violent Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
The bell rings, and they unload on each other with punches. Zayn sends him into the ropes, but Owens holds on and gets out of the ring. Owens catches his breath, and Zayn runs over him with a clothesline. Zayn bounces him off the apron and puts him in the ring. Owens quickly rolls out and punches Zayn as he comes outside. Owens sends him into the barricade, but Zayn jumps to the top of it and takes him down with a moonsault block! Zayn gets him in the ring, and Owens rolls out again. Zayn follows him outside and reverses a whip into the barricade. Zayn runs into a boot, and Owens goes over the barricade to leave. Zayn goes into the crowd to get him and throw him over the barricade. Owens sends Zayn into the barricade and tosses him into the ring post. Owens gets him in the ring and connects with a senton splash for a near fall.