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WWE Raw TV News & Notes 6/6
– The main focus was the A.J. Styles vs. John Cena feud heading into Money in the Bank. Styles’s explanation for turning on Cena last week on Raw was to make a point about Cena’s in-ring abilities making him sick.
The show closed with Styles and The Club beating New Day, then Cena making the save for New Day to clear The Club from the ring.
– WWE World Hvt. champion Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins did not appear live on Raw. They were part of a video package documenting their history leading into the WWE Title match at Money in the Bank. The duo were then part of a post-Raw bonus main event for the live crowd in Oklahoma City.
– Announced for next week’s Raw is the Ambrose Asylum, which was previously “canceled.” Dean Ambrose is hosting with former Shield teammates Reigns and Rollins.
– WWE did not add the seventh entrant to the MITB ladder match. The show started with all six men standing on ladders, which led to three individual singles matches. Cesaro submitted Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose beat Kevin Owens, and Alberto Del Rio beat Sami Zayn.
– Former Smackdown GM Teddy Long was involved throughout the show. Long made a surprise appearance at the top of the show auditioning for the Smackdown GM role when Smackdown goes live in July. Stephanie McMahon shot him down, then took his idea for a Tag Title match at MITB, then had Teddy kicked out when he tried to book a Teddy Long Special later in the show.
– Shane McMahon was not on Raw. The storyline explanation was Shane on vacation. By the end of the night, Stephanie claimed she would have all the power when the brand split happens in July.
– Regular stars The Dudleys, Apollo Crews & Big Show, Sheamus, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin were not on Raw.
– Throughout Raw, WWE ran tributes to Muhammad Ali, showing tweets from top WWE stars remembering the former boxing champion with a close tie to wrestling.
– Announced for SportsCenter Tuesday night on ESPNews is Dean Ambrose.
– Announced for this week’s Smackdown is Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho and Becky Lynch vs. Dana Brooke. This follows WWE keeping the Women’s Title centered on the feud between champion Charlotte and Natalya/Becky Lynch.