Event: WWE Monday Night RAW
Airdate: Monday, July 18th, 2016 (USA Network)
Location: The Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence , RI
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 fireworks display. This is the last Monday Night RAW before the brand extension. The WWE Draft takes place tomorrow night on Smackdown.
Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and the new Commissioner of Monday Night RAW makes her way to the ring to some boos from the crowd. The rules of the draft are 1.) RAW gets the first overall pick, 2.) For every two Smackdown picks, RAW gets three, 3.) Tag teams count as one pick unless a Commissioner/General Manager only wants one member of the team, and 4.) six draft picks will be made off the NXT roster.
Stephanie goes to welcome everyone to RAW, but Shane McMahon’s music interrupts her to a big pop from the crowd. The Commissioner of Smackdown Live makes his way to the ring. Stephanie says she’s not going to miss him pandering to the people. Shane interrupts again and welcomes everyone to Monday Night RAW. Stephanie tells him to enjoy it because this is his last night on RAW because he’s the Commissioner of Smackdown Live, and she’s the exclusive Commissioner of Monday Night RAW. She will not miss working with him. Shane says that goes for him as well. Shane says that Stephanie wakes up every morning wishing she had testicles, but if she were his brother, that little slap that happened last week would have ramifications. Stephanie says “lady balls” are a hell of a lot bigger than testicles. Shane says that is gross. She says she did slap him across the face and there is nothing he can do about it, just like how he’ll do nothing on Smackdown Live as the Commissioner. She mentions that there will be a Cruiserweight Division and it will be the exclusive property of Monday Night RAW. It’s only fair because RAW is three hours long. It gives the show an advantage. RAW gets the first draft pick. For every two Shane gets, she gets three. Shane says “Daddy’s Little Girl” gets exactly what she wants.
Shane says he’s been strategizing with his General Manager for Smackdown Live getting ready. A “YES” chant breaks out. Stephanie says she wants to take the opportunity to introduce the person that will lead RAW to the promised land and will have full autonomy. The new General Manager of Monday Night RAW is Mick Foley!
Mick Foley makes his way down to the ring to a huge reception from the crowd. A “Foley” chant breaks out. Foley thanks the crowd and Stephanie for this incredible opportunity. Foley thanks her for doing it right here in Providence, Rhode Island, fulfilling his trademark cheap pop. Being part of the New Era reminds him of the atmosphere of the Attitude Era. The climate here reminds him of the Monday Night Wars back when it was WWE entertaining in the name of competition and survival. Stephanie whispers something to him. As a veteran that took his fair share of risks, when he heard about the competition between RAW and Smackdown Live, a little ember started to glow within him. When Stephanie called him and offered the job, that little ember became a five alarm fire. Foley remembers being one of the guys that put the final nail in the coffin of WCW. Stephanie appears to be whispering to Foley his lines. Foley says that same attitude will be put on display as the General Manager of RAW because he is ready to take RAW to the future and beyond. Foley finishes by saying, “Have a nice day!”
Shane says he has the utmost respect for Foley and gives kudos to Stephanie. Shane says he’ll be intrigued to watch RAW instead of watching Stephanie bury it into the ground. That brings him to his General Manager. This person needs to embody what Smackdown Live is all about. It’s about breaking glass ceilings and the underdog coming out on top. It’s about giving people the opportunity to shine. Who could be more popular and better than Mick Foley? The Smackdown Live General Manager is Daniel Bryan!
Daniel Bryan comes out to an absolutely massive pop. An arena wide “YES” chant breaks out. Bryan smiles widely as he makes his way to the ring. Bryan stands on the turnbuckle and does the “YES” chant. Bryan shakes hands with Foley, but refuses to shake Stephanie’s. A loud “Daniel Bryan” chant fires up. Bryan appears moved by the reception. Bryan asks if they missed him, and they loudly respond in the affirmative before starting another “YES” chant. Bryan says they haven’t missed him half as much as he’s missed them. Stephanie says he should just bow to the fans. Bryan says Stephanie doesn’t understand the term “pandering” because the crowd has never cheered her. Bryan says he wasn’t sure if he could come back and be in the ring because he loved wrestling too much, but then Shane called him and told him about his new ideas for Smackdown about putting the superstars first instead of management. Smackdown Live can be something awesome for the WWE Universe. Shane told him about the battle lines between RAW and Smackdown Live and how Smackdown is the underdog and he thought he could come back. Yet another “YES” chant breaks out. Bryan says he needs to come back because Smackdown Live is the underdog in this fight just like he was the underdog along with the crowd. A “Thank you, Daniel” chant starts up. Bryan says he didn’t do it on his own. When he beat Stephanie’s husband, Triple H, at WrestleMania XXX, he didn’t do it on his own. They all did it. When he went on to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX, he didn’t do that – they all did. If they all join together, Smackdown Live will beat RAW every single week because they have beaten The Authority before and will do it again.
Stephanie asks where the underdogs wind up. They don’t wind up on top. That’s why the losers in the crowd cheer him because for one night he was able to make them not feel like losers. Stephanie says it’s good to have Bryan back. A B+ player for a B+ show. Shane says Stephanie will always be his little sister and she had to marry a WWE Superstar to stay relevant. Shane asks the crowd if they believe they can take Smackdown Live and turn it into a juggernaut? Bryan says, “Why YES I do!” They do a “YES” chant and circle the ring around Stephanie and Mick Foley.