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WWE Raw TV News & Notes 5/30
– The big angle of the show was John Cena making his Raw TV return and being confronted by A.J. Styles. It appeared that Styles was going to form an alliance with Cena against his former Club teammates Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows, but Styles turned on Cena as part of a dramatic heel turn. Styles viciously beat down Cena several times until refs came out to make the save.
– Raw concluded with six of the seven Money in the Bank qualifiers in a main event tag match. The match ended with Dean Ambrose pinning Kevin Owens to win for his team also consisting of Sami Zayn and Cesaro. Owens’s team also included Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio. WWE did not address how/when the seventh MITB qualifier will be determined.
– WWE started incorporating the brand split into TV storylines. Raw opened with Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon essentially saying they haven’t thought through all of the details of how it will happen before July 18, when Smackdown goes live on Tuesday nights. WWE also played up a storyline of Shane and Stephanie not deciding who will oversee Raw and Smackdown.
– In a backstage segment deep in the show, Women’s champion Charlotte got into a heated exchange with Stephanie McMahon over how Charlotte treated Ric Flair last week.
– Bill Goldberg was back on WWE TV in the form of a video feature for the “#Hatch” social media teaser. The spot promoted Goldberg’s inclusion in the new “WWE 2K17” video game.
– IC champion The Miz appeared in a video update that he is on-location filming “The Marine 5.” Miz said he will be checking in each week while filming the movie, essentially making the IC Title dormant for a few weeks.
– U.S. champion Rusev officially started a new feud with Titus O’Neil.
– Big Show returned to Raw TV to help out Apollo Crews in his “New Era” battle against “Old Era” Sheamus.
– Announced for Tuesday night’s ESPNews SportsCenter segment are Enzo Amore and Big Cass.
– Announced for Smackdown is Becky Lynch vs. Women’s champion Charlotte and The Club explaining their attack on John Cena.