Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, July 11th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, MI
Results by Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The RAW video plays, and we’re brought into the arena to see a big pyrotechnics display. A number of superstars are already in the ring, and we’re ready for a Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender for The Miz’ WWE Intercontinental Championship.
The Miz stands on the commentary table and welcomes the crowd to the 98th day of his Intercontinental Championship reign. It’s captivating and must see. We’re about to witness a Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender for his Intercontinental Championship at Battleground. Miz wishes them luck because it doesn’t matter who wins because he’ll defeat them at Battleground. That’s because he’s The Miz and is awesome.
#1 Contender’s Battle Royal
Bubba Ray Dudley vs. D-Von Dudley vs. Darren Young vs. Aiden English vs. Simon Gotch vs. Konnor vs. Viktor vs. Baron Corbin vs. Goldust vs. Jack Swagger vs. R-Truth vs. Curtis Axel vs. Bo Dallas vs. Jey Uso vs. Jimmy Uso vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Apollo Crews
The bell rings, and a brawl breaks out. Dolph Ziggler is quickly nearly eliminated, but he manages to hang on. Mr. Bob Backlund is at ringside to watch his student, Darren Young, compete. Goldust soon gives Aiden English a back body drop over the top rope to eliminate him. R-Truth pulls the top rope down to get Konnor out of the ring. Viktor quickly goes for revenge, but he’s attacked by The Usos. Del Rio applies the Cross Arm Breaker over the top rope on R-Truth. On the other side of the ring, Curtis Axel is eliminated by D-Von Dudley. Bubba Ray Dudley goes to suplex an Uso over the top rope, but he’s unsuccessful. R-Truth is eliminated by Baron Corbin. Corbin quickly follows up by eliminating Viktor. Jimmy Uso throws his brother over the top rope, but Jey hangs on. They laugh about it. They then give D-Von a double superkick off the apron to eliminate him.
We come back from the break to see the Battle Royal continuing. Del Rio is punching away at Goldust in the corner. During the commercial, Simon Gotch was eliminated by a superkick from Dolph Ziggler. Bubba Ray Dudley also eliminated Jey Uso during the break. Del Rio drops Goldust on the apron and eliminates him with a step-up enzuigiri. Apollo Crews eliminates Bo Dallas by tossing him over the top rope. Swagger applies the Patriot Lock on Jimmy Uso. Darren Young nearly eliminates Dolph Ziggler, but he hangs on. Jimmy goes up to the top rope, but Corbin tosses him to the floor. Swagger charges Corbin, and he’s quickly eliminated with a back body drop. Corbin is running through a lot of people. Bubba puts Young on the top rope and punches away at him. Backlund is watching Young’s actions closely. Crews takes Del Rio out with a cross-body block. Bubba charges Corbin, but he eats a big boot. Young punches Corbin and eliminates Bubba. Corbin quickly floors him with the Deep Six. Del Rio superkicks Corbin and gives him a step-up enzuigiri. Del Rio gets pumped up and focuses on Ziggler. Ziggler ducks a step-up enzuigiri and gives him a famouser. Ziggler dumps Del Rio over the top rope, but he hangs on. Del Rio takes Ziggler down with an arm breaker before giving him a tilt-a-whirl gut-buster. Del Rio goes for a splash against the ropes, but Ziggler moves. Ziggler superkicks him to the floor, but he’s not eliminated because he went through the second rope. Corbin knocks Ziggler to the apron, and they fumble through a few things. Del Rio takes Crews out with a double stomp. Corbin whips Del Rio into Crews, and Crews gives him a back body drop over the top rope to eliminate him.
The final four are Ziggler, Corbin, Crews, and Young. Ziggler superkicks Corbin and tries to clothesline him over the top rope, but they both land on the apron. Ziggler gets in the ring and punches away at Corbin. Corbin grabs him by the head and lifts him out of the ring. Crews attacks Corbin from behind and sends him over the top rope, but he goes over with him for a double elimination. Darren Young has won without doing anything.
Winner: Darren Young
Match Rating: * 3/4
Bob Backlund runs into the ring and lifts Darren Young up. The Miz holds up the WWE Intercontinental Championship as Young smiles at him. Backlund is very pumped up about this. The crowd is chanting “Darren Young.”
Mr. McMahon returns to Monday Night RAW tonight. He’ll be joined by Shane and Stephanie McMahon. Coming up next, we’ll take a look at Brock Lesnar’s victory at UFC 200. We’ll also see a video of a fight between The New Day and The Wyatt Family at The Wyatt Family’s ranch.
Shane and Stephanie McMahon are talking backstage. She asks why he thinks their father is coming to the show tonight. Shane says with Smackdown Live happening and the Draft eight days away, that could be a possibility. Maybe he wants to talk about Brock Lesnar’s win or fire somebody. She says he might be coming to give a promotion. Seth Rollins walks in and says maybe their father is here to talk to him. Rollins shakes their hands. Rollins has a proposition and wants to put the best face forward… like his, the person who should be the #1 Contender. Rollins knows they don’t want him talking about Roman Reigns, but he has footage they need to see. Shane says he can show it on The Ambrose Asylum. Stephanie is confused about that. Rollins says he nearly took over for Jon Stewart last year, so he wants to do The Rollins Report. Rollins says Reigns is so disrespectful to the WWE Universe on this video. This is going to be great. Stephanie likes it and allows it. Rollins thanks them and walks off. Shane says this is all on her.
Photos are shown of Brock Lesnar defeating Mark Hunt by unanimous decision at UFC 200. Lesnar’s next assignment is to take on the returning Randy Orton next month at WWE SummerSlam. Footage is shown from Lesnar’s press conference at UFC 200. Lesnar mentioned Orton at the conference. Randy Orton will be a special guest on Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel at WWE Battleground.
Zack Ryder is walking backstage when he bumps into Rusev with Lana. Ryder challenges him to a match tonight for the WWE United States Championship. Sheamus attacks him from behind. Sheamus says if Ryder wants a match, he’s got one against him, next. Rusev and Lana step over the hurting Ryder.