It’s Time, To Unleash The Beast!

Recap of the June 5th edition of Monday Night Raw live from Mohegan Sun Arena in Montville, Connecticut.

The arena fills up with fireflies among the WWE Universe as Bray Wyatt makes his way to the ring. Bray calls Extreme Rules the beginning of the end as he had a chance to save the Universe. He says he’s still here and he’s still alive. Wyatt claims he’s still a god and tonight he’ll cast judgement on all the guilty parties. He vows that he will punish them all one by one and he’s going to start with Roman Reigns. The Big Dog interrupts Bray and makes his way to the ring. Reigns enters the ring and Bray laughs at him. Reigns snatches the mic and asks if Wyatt wants to know what happens when he runs his mouth before he sends Bray to the outside in retreat.

Bray Wyatt vs Roman Reigns

Both men go for the big finish early, Roman counters the Sister Abigail and Wyatt avoids a Superman Punch. Reigns rocks Wyatt as he sends him out to the floor again. Back from the break, Wyatt has he upper hand as he’s beating down The Big Dog. Reigns tries to fight back Wyatt keeps the upper hand and even gets a near fall as he continues to wear down his opponent. Reigns fights back and drops his opponent with a Samoan Drop. Wyatt regains control and capitalises by landing a Senton Splash on the outside. Wyatt is still in control inside the ring, but Roman fights back as he launches Bray to the outside. Roman fights back but Wyatt halts the momentum and picks up a near fall. Roman comes back as he picks up his own near fall following the sit-out powerbomb. Bray side steps one Superman Punch but he’s caught immediately after by a second. This again only results in a near fall. Wyatt ducks out the ring to avoid the Spear but Reigns follows up on the outside with a Drive-By. Wyatt drops his adversary on the outside and both men just beat the referee’s count. Reigns counters the Sister Abigail into a roll up, Wyatt powers out but Reigns hits him with a Superman Punch followed by a Spear. Roman Reigns wins via Pinfall.

Enzo & Cass are interviewed backstage, they’re questioned about recent attacks on Enzo. Enzo says they ain’t got the scoop but they’re not happy about it either. Cass says it’s insulting that people are accusing him and says he’ll be watching his partner’s back at all times.

RAW GM Kurt Angle is interrupted by Alexa who says she’s done with Bayley. She wants her own edition of “This Is Your Life” and Angle reminds her that, she had promised Nia an opportunity. He announces a Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax.

Elias Samson vs Dean Ambrose

The Drifter is in the ring as he once again he holds his little mini concert in the ring. He’s interrupted by his opponent for tonight’s match, The Lunatic Fringe. Ambrose attacks Samson before the bell all around the ringside area. He grabs the mic and calls out The Miz and says he wants his championship rematch.

Miz says there won’t be a rematch because he’s holding a celebration. Samson attacks Ambrose from behind with a Swinging Neckbreaker.

Ambrose is backstage asking for Miz’s dressing room. Kurt tells him to take the night off as he will get his rematch at some point.

Samoa Joe makes his way to the ring following his victory at Extreme Rules. Joe says he doesn’t fear Brock Lesnar. He claims to be envious of Brock as he can come in whenever he wants, beat people down and leave. Joe goes on to say that he wants Paul Heyman as his advocate. He says he wants Heyman to negotiate his contract and run his errands. He says but more than anything he wants the WWE Universal Championship. He’s then interrupted by Paul Heyman. He says Joe is a destroyer and he rightfully earned his shot. Heyman introduces Joe as the #1 Contender then enters the ring. He understands that Joe doesn’t fear Brock and he tells him that Brock doesn’t fear Joe. Heyman says he worries about his client’s opponents, but Brock rids him of all concerns. He calls Joe the worst case scenario because he wants to go to war with Brock Lesnar. He says that even if Brock wins he won’t leave the same way he entered. He says it his job to ensure Brock Lesnar is Joe’s worst case scenario. As Heyman tries to leave Joe pulls him back the two men talk off mic, he tells him he’s going to lock him in the Coquina Clutch and he wants him to tell Brock that it’s for him. He then proceeds to lock in the Coquina Clutch.

Angle confronts Joe backstage, Joe says he’ll take out anyone who gets in his way. Rollins interrupts saying Kurt isn’t in his way but he is. He challenges him to a match so Kurt announces it Seth Rollins vs Samoa Joe.

Heath Slater & Rhyno vs Sheamus & Cesaro

Sheamus starts with Slater and he takes the fight to him early on. Cesaro comes in and remains in control. Slater fights back but doesn’t manage a tag, Sheamus hits the Brogue Kick. Sheamus & Cesaro win via Pinfall.

After the match, they go into say how the Hardys aren’t happy that the Hardys came back because they got beat at Extreme Rules.

TJP approaches Neville and says it’s time they talk about his Championship opportunity that he was promised. Neville says he’ll talk to Kurt Angle about the deal.

TJP vs Mustapha Ali

TJP comes out aggressive as he takes the offence to his opponent. Ali manages to fight back but TJP halts the momentum. Ali goes for his inverted 450 Splash, TJP stops the move and hits the Detonation Kick. TJP wins via Pinfall.

Neville tells TJP he has bad news for him after the match, TJP wants to speak with Angle immediately, Neville attacks him from behind and announces that the two men will clash for Cruiserweight Title on 205Live.

Another Shattered Dreams production is aired and Goldust tells us all that this isn’t a game for him, he sees the bigger picture.

Alexa interrupts the women backstage and tries to get them on side for her match with Nia Jax. Dana tells her she’s the only one with the “Nia Jax problem”, while Mickie says they’ll be watching from ringside.

Kurt pulls Corey once again, obviously in relation to this “scandalous news” that’s going around.

Kurt is interviewed backstage but leaves the arena and discusses his conversation with Corey a “private matter”, Dean Ambrose sneaks back into the arena.

Kalisto vs Titus O’Neill

Titus overpowers Kalisto in the early going. Kalisto sneaks a pin, with a handful of tights. Kalisto wins via Pinfall.

Big Cass is found laid out backstage by Miz and Maryse, a referee rushes the scene and calls for help as Enzo arrives. The refs tell him to find a new partner.

The Miz Intercontinental Championship Celebration

Maryse introduces her husband the new Intercontinental Champion, The Miz. He comes out and toasts himself and his wife. He even comments on the bear, he says it’s genius but Maryse points out she didn’t get the bear. Miz attacks and beats down the bear. He unmasks the bear and presents Dean Ambrose although it’s a local jobber. A member of the crew wheels down a large gift for Miz. He gets a chair and beats down the gift. Maryse tries to stop him but he loses all control. Maryse storms off. Miz proceeds to blame Ambrose and calls him out. The cameraman reveals himself to be Dean Ambrose. He nails Miz with the Dirty Deeds.

Enzo & Big Show vs The Club

Enzo introduces his replacement partner as the Big Show. Enzo hands him a mic and questions if he’s joining 205Live. He does his usual promo but Show isn’t impressed. Show eventually joins in on the promo.

Gallows drops Enzo straight away and The Club assume control early. Enzo gets the tag to Show and he begins to dominate Anderson. Big Show gets the chokeslam and turns it over to Enzo and he launches him into Anderson. Enzo & Big Show win via Pinfall.

Cass is suspicious of Show because people keep jumping them from behind.

Another production from What’s Up Studios is aired and Truth says he’s coming for Goldust.

Alexa is interviewed and says her only regret is being stuck on a brand where the other women are jealous of her and have no pride.

RAW Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax

Mickie and Dana make their way to ringside as Nia stalks the Champion around the ring. Bliss slaps Nia and she snaps beginning to throw her around as she starts to dominate. Bliss uses her speed to get lock in a sleeper hold but Nia remains firmly in control. Bliss forces a Disqualification on the outside. Alexa Bliss retains the title via Disqualification.

Dana and Mickie attack Alexa after the match but Nia gets involved and the three women brawl as the Champion slips away.

Doctors are checking on Heyman in the back as he receives a call from Brock Lesnar. Paul tells him to instill the fear of Brock Lesnar into Samoa Joe and says next week he thinks it’s time to unleash the beast.

Samoa Joe vs Seth Rollins 

Joe starts fast as he begins to beat down Rollins but he fights back and the two go back and forth. Joe tosses Seth outside but he comes back immediately and the brawl continues. The fight continues on the outside as Joe takes control. Back inside the ring the two men go back and forth until Joe knocks Rollins off the ropes. Back from the break and Joe continues to dominate. Seth tries to mount some offence but Joe shuts down any momentum immediately. Joe gets a near fall after a quick Powerslam. Rollins fights back as he takes Joe down on the outside. Seth flies out repeatedly as Joe rolls out after every move he takes. Finally, back in the ring and Seth picks up a near fall. Rollins hits the Falcon Arrow but only gets a near fall. Another near fall as Seth begins to build momentum. He makes his way to the top rope, but all of a sudden the lights go out and when they come back on, Joe ambushes Seth and locks in the Coquina Clutch. Samoa Joe wins via Submission.

A very good episode of RAW, great matches to kick off and close the show. None of the other matches were all that great, the Cruiserweights put on a good show but that was it the other matches didn’t impress me. Miz’s celebration was amazing and it’s a great way to build up the rematch at Great Balls of Fire. Joe choking out Heyman was absolutely genius and makes for an interesting feud between the two heavyweights. With all taken into account, I’m going to give RAW 7/10.


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