The show started with John Cena coming into the building, greeted by faces and heels, and it’s really weird when WWE does things like this – why is The Miz happy to see John Cena. And that’s why Becky Lynch is the best, because she used it as an opportunity to advance her character, looking sad and sad as she still isn’t close to getting her title back. And we’ve seen in the past that she doesn’t respect Cena. So it was awesome.
Cena was not involved in the Last Chance Battle Royal, but Riddle won and qualified himself for Money in the Bank, although two weeks ago we established that Riddle could not challenge Roman Reigns for the championship. I got an email last week from a viewer saying that – maybe – they’ll do a story where Riddle wins but Roman can’t cash out, so it becomes Riddle’s countdown timer that goes to the first money. Waiting for your chance to cash in the bank. it ends. It’s a great story, and it would be really cool if they did, but I think the reality is more likely that they’ve either forgotten that they set up that bet, or they just care. do not.
It was a fun battle royale, and it featured a great ending sequence with Miz and Riddle actually making the crowd think that Miz was winning, before Riddle tried to eliminate him. Hit an RKO on the apron. Also, despite becoming a babyface a few weeks ago, Dolph Ziggler was the heel here again, teaming up with The Miz for parts of this match. Well. He then told us that the previously announced match between Ezekiel and Kevin Owens for last place in Money in the Bank would be the second time. I hope to have another time this Friday because Money in the Bank is next day and I think it will be too late to do it next week. It also means that there is still one more place in the match.
WWE was so happy to have John Cena back that they bought him several cameos including Shawn Michaels, Trish Stratus, Booker T, Triple H, AEW’s Paul White and AEW’s Brian Danielson. Yes, you have heard some of these names right. I can’t believe they even managed to get Booker T. And he didn’t say anything very stupid.
Montez Ford defeated Jay Uso in a quick match ahead of their Tag Title match this weekend – another loss for the Undisputed Tag Team Champions.
Judgment Day continues its spiral to the bottom of the cards by setting up a feud with The Mysterians — I’m sure Damien Priest doesn’t regret his decision to go with Balor — and we’ve got a video package for John Cena. Mila, which was followed by another video package for John Cena.
The Miz was next a guest on Kevin Patrick TV, where he announced that he would re-team with Logan Paul at SummerSlam. Now I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t Miz turn on Logan Paul at WrestleMania? He certainly did. And I think here’s the story; Miz thinks he is in a tag team with Logan Paul, but then Miz vs Paul will happen at SummerSlam. At least I hope that’s the story and we’re not re-tagging them. The Miz then had a match with AJ Styles, which he lost via a lame countout. AJ and Miz were in battle royals before.
WWE received more cameos for Cena, including Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, JBL, Stephanie McMahon, Steve Austin and AEW’s Chris Jericho. Yes, you heard one of these names right. I can’t believe he’s even got WWE CEO Stephanie McMahon. She’s actually the CEO of the company right now in the blink of an eye.
Bianca Belair and Carmella share a few words before their match this Saturday, and Liv Morgan gets a shocking win over Alexa Bliss in a match I wish I had given more time. It was good action, but didn’t quite get the front gear. Hopefully they get a chance to do it again, and Bliss’s reaction to Liv’s win was top-notch.
Mr. McMahon came out to introduce Cena – of course he did the weirdest thing, stopped appearing on TV – and Big Match John did a You People promo, but a positive because he likes him. He did not announce his next match, but appears to have had a set with a backstage segment with The Austin Theory on the night.
It was actually quite cute, and shows how far we’ve come in Cena’s 20 years. I was in my 20s when Cena was the top guy in the company in the mid-2000s, so I was that angry person on message boards – shout out to the Smart Marks forums – who hated Cena because he wasn’t Steve Austin. Was the Audacity of or The Rock the people I loved in my teens. I didn’t actually go to the WWE show — I really don’t think I’ve ever seen Cena wrestle live — but if I did, I’d be part of that blatantly angry part of the fanbase chanting Cena uselessly instead of chanting. Would. C’mon Cena likes those stupid kids who can’t see that he clearly sucks. But like John himself, I am now a grown-up. All those angry 20 year olds are on the forums. And now we’ve either grown up and realized that our forum posts and mantras were quite silly and pointless, or we’ve stopped seeing the product all together. This means that those who now appreciate Cena, and the children who see and adore him, are now adults with their own children. So, now, everyone likes him. And even after all these years, the children in the building are wearing merchants and chanting his name. It was all, really awesome. John Cena is truly one of the best to do this.
Bobby Lashley defeated Alpha Academy in a 2-on-1 handicap match with Austin Theory as the guest promoter, which played to nothing. Later they beat him up.
Cody Rhodes cut a promo over Money in the Bank and said that he would have a feud with Seth Rollins when he returned. He’s going to be the last man in the match, isn’t he?
And the main event saw Becky Lynch vs. Dewdrop vs. Nikki Ash vs. Tamina vs. Xia Lee vs. Shayna Baszler in an elimination match for the final spot at Money in the Bank. It only took 10 minutes so a lot of eliminations went quickly, but it was a really good match. Becky eliminated Xia Lee and Nikki, while Dewdrop dismissed Baszler and Tamina. Which nicely brought the two of them together, and Becky won the manhandle slam from the second rope. I actually thought they might explore a little more by not having Becky Spiral on the card – and it would have been great for Dewdrop to be in Money in the Bank – but having Becky on the PPV is probably more important.
It was the go home version of Raw for Money in the Bank, but it felt like Cena’s thing was the more pressing thing on the show. But it was still a really good version of Raw, and Cena had all the good stuff. This week’s Raw is 3 out of 5, maybe even 4.