WRESTLING RECAP: Playtime Williams breaks down WWE Raw from 06/15/15

( - The Money in the Bank (MitB) Pay Per View (PPV) was yesterday, and now it is time to talk about the wins and loses, plus get story lines popping.  The next PPV with be Battleground in 5 weeks. This particular Monday's episode had many great moments to get people excited about the upcoming PPV.

Some things I still need to happen in the WWE Universe:

  1. Bring back the Cruiser Weight Division
  2. Make all the matches mean something to some sort of belt or rivalry.  
  3. Show more of the roster.  You guys recycle the same talent too much.
  4. You may wish to consider bringing the Diva's division full circle and have them with Tag Title belts, lightweight belts, etc. 
  5. The Tag Team Division is starting to look better than the singles division.  Get more people graduated from NXT and get that division showcased more. 

Here are the highlights of the show:

AirDate: Monday, June 15, 2015
Location: Cleveland, OH
Commentators:  JBL, Micheal Cole and Byron Saxton

Dusty Rhodes (1945 - 2015) Memorial from the Money in the Bank (MitB) Pay Per View (PPV)

Video montage of Dusty Rhodes' career and legacy

Seth Rollins comes to the ring
  1. MitB recap of the heavyweight title ladder match between Rollins and Dean Ambrose
  2. Rollins thanks himself for his continued success
  3. Rollins tells Cleveland crowd that Johnny Manziel, nor LeBron James will bright them a title, so they best just look at his heavyweight title
  4. Crowd goes into a deafening booing session with him
  5. Dean Ambrose comes out and immediately starts a fight
  6. Rollins goes to the back
  7. Ambrose grabs a folding chair and puts in the ring
  8. Ambrose says he is not leaving until Rollins comes back out
Rollins goes to Stephanie McMahon and HHH to ask for an intervention with the Ambrose situation.  They remind Rollins that he just said he didn't need anyone's help, which included them.  HHH lets Rollins know that they are deciding who his next opponent is, and they will let him know at the end of the night.

Ambrose is still sitting in the ring and the MitB heavyweight contract winner, Sheamus, comes out and challenges Ambrose to a match.
    • Sheamus VS Dean Ambrose
      1. Sheamus concentrated on the injured knee of Ambrose all match
      2. Back and forth action all match
      3. Crowd really into the match
      4. Sheamus leaves ring and says he does need the match
      5. Randy Orton music hits and Orton comes out towards Sheamus
      6. Sheamus gets distracted and attacked from behind from Ambrose
      7. Pin victory for Ambrose
      8. Orton attacks Sheamus after the match until Sheamus gets away to the back
      9. 8 out of 10 for the match
    Rollins is approached by J & J Security in the back.  Rollins lets them know he is as good as he claimed to be.  Jaime tells Rollins that Joey Mercury should get a tile shot for pinning him last week for a victory.  Joey says Rollins is vulnerable, so it is only a matter of time before he loses his belt.

    Dusty Rhodes first Heavyweight Title win against Harley Race is shown

      • R. Truth (King What's Up) VS King Barrett
        1. Garrett attacks R. Truth while he is disrobing
        2. Truth still gets a quick win victory
        3. Barrett attacks after the match and says Truth is making a mockery of his King of the Ring victory
        4. 7 out of 10 for this match


      Machine Gun Kelly is in the back with WWE Superstars.  Paige comes and tells the Divas that they will have a meeting a secret location soon.

      MitB recap of Kevin Owens and John Cena's match

      Kevin Owens comes to the ring
      1. He tells the crowd that Cena will not be in attendance tonight and the crowd cheers
      2. "Fight Owens Fight" chants
      3. Says Cena disrespected him by trying to validate his wrestling prowess after Cena beat him
      4. Says he wants to fight Cena in a tie breaker match for the U.S. Title on the line this time
      5. Opens an NXT challenge
      6. Dolph Ziggler answers the challenge
      7. Owents says it is a non-title match
      • NXT Champion Kevin Owens VS Dolph Ziggler
        1. High energy match
        2. Crowd loves the match up
        3. Lots of near falls had the crowd on their feet
        4. Ziggler falls victim to the pop up power bomb
        5. 8 out of 10 for the match
      Paige gathers the Divas together to get them against The Bellas Twins.  The Twins surprisingly shows up and tells the Divas that they helped Stephanie to get to where they area, so they need to choose their sides wisely.

      • Kane VS Randy Orton
        1. Decent action
        2. Decent match
        3. When it looked as if Orton would get the advantage, Sheamus music comes on
        4. Sheamus comes to the ring
        5. Kane uses his executive power to make the match a "No Holds Barred" match
        6. A kick to the face of Orton by Sheamus leads to a pin victory for Kane
        7. 7 out of 10 for the match
      Recap of Bray Wyatt interfering  in the MitB contract match against Roman Reigns

      Seth Rollins approaches Kane and tells him he was the biggest hater.  He lets Kane know that his success is a reminder that Kane is not longer relevant.  He lets Kane know he hopes The Authority names him the next opponent so he can put him out of his misery.

      2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for Dusty Rhodes
        • The Big Show VS The Miz with Ryback on commentary
          1. MitB recap of The Miz interfering in the match between Big Show and Ryback
          2. Once Show gets his hands on Miz, it was straight punishment
          3. Show throws Miz into the chest of a sitting Ryback
          4. Ryback and Show talks smack to each other while Miz sneaks back in the ring
          5. Miz wins via countout
          6. 7 out of 10 for the match
        Roman Reigns comes to the ring and says he wants to fight Bray Wyatt tonight. Wyatt appears on the jumbotron and states that he screwed Reigns out the contract because Reigns beat him for the opportunity to be in the match a few weeks back.  Match made for Battleground PPV between Reigns and Wyatt.

        Divas title recap from MitB

        • Paige VS The Bella Twins (handicapped match)
          1. Slow match
          2. Expected results
          3. Bella Twins wins
          4. 6 out of 10 for the match
        Machine Gun Kelly performs live.  Kevin Owens comes out and applauds.   Kelly pushes Owens after a refusal to shake his hand.  Owens power bombs Kelly off the stage.
        • The New Day VS Neville and the Tag Team Champion The Prime Time Players
          1. The cruiser weight division surely needed
          2. Amped up match for the crowd
          3. Neville thrills and wins the best match of the night
          4. 8 out of 10 for the match
        Dean Ambrose tells Kane that he is soft because the WWE is just a job to him now.  Ambrose asks Kane what motivates him now.

        Dusty Rhodes interview montage

        Stephanie McMahon and HHH comes to the ring
        1. Steph apologizes for Kevin Owens actions against Machine Gun Kelly
        2. HHH gives a list of people that will not face Seth Rollins
        3. Rollins comes to the ring
        4. Rollins says he will beat everyone on the roster, so it doesn't matter who they pick for him
        5. HHH says he wants Rollins to be truly tested
        6. Brock Lesnar's music hits and the crowd erupts
        7. Brock and Paul Heyman comes to the ring and the crowd gets louder
        8. "Suplex City" chants
        9. Rollins refuses to maintain eye contact
        10. Rollins backs out of the ring and heads to the backstage area
        11. Rollins VS Lesnar for Battleground PPV


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