RAW Review June 27: John Cena and A.J. Styles look to get in the Battleground main event

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Seth Rollins is out first — and they’re still advertising a triple threat match with Roman Reigns for the World title at Battleground.

Seth says he’s gonna talk about Roman Reigns, even though “they” don’t want him to. But conveniently they do have his apology queued up on the Titantron.

Seth says Roman doesn’t belong in the main event at Battleground. He deserves a one-on-one match for the title, and Roman should be taken out of the match. The crowd doesn’t really react one way or another. Not sure if they thought that would get boos or not.

Dean Ambrose comes out. He says Roman made a mistake, he’s owned up to it, and as far as he’s concerned, the triple threat match is still on.

And A.J. Styles’ music hits!

Styles says he agrees it should still be a triple threat, but he should replace Reigns. He reminds them he beat John Cena.

Speaking of, now John Cena is here. He says there should be a fatal 5-way for the title at Battleground.

Stephanie McMahon comes out to make some sense of all of this. She says she’s embarrassed by Dean as champion. Since Shane isn’t there tonight, she’s going to sort this out. John Cena will face Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose will face A.J. Styles. If Styles and Cena win, they’ll be added to the main event at Battleground.

Sasha Banks and Paige vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke: Sasha and Paige win by submission
Sasha and Dana start it off. Paige got beaten down for awhile, but she finally fought off Charlotte and made the hot tag. Sasha hit the double knees in the corner, but Charlotte rescued Dana from the pin. Paige knocked Charlotte off though, and Sasha hit the Banks Statement for the win on Dana.

It was a solid, if unspectacular match. I was scared we might get this at Battleground though, so hopefully if we get it tonight, it’s off the table for down the road. We don’t need to have women’s tag matches in back-to-back PPVs.

Rusev vs. Titus O’Neil: Titus wins by countout
Titus gets 2 off a powerslam. Titus tosses Rusev over the barrier into the timekeeper’s area, and gets the countout victory.

There wasn’t much of a match. Titus came out firing, Rusev fired back a little, and then there was a countout. No, I don’t love the feud, but I’m willing to let it play out a little. Titus has looked pretty good when he’s fired up at least.

John Cena vs. Seth Rollins: Rollins wins by pinfall
Cena and Rollins trade early shoulder tackles. Cena hits an ugly dropkick, but Rollins answers back. Cena goes for the 5-knuckle shuffle, but gets kicked in the face. Cena goes for the STF and then the AA, but Rollins escapes and hits a basement superkick for 2. Cena hits a tornado DDT for 2. Rollins went up top, and Cena knocked him down, but Rollins wriggled free and hit a sunset flip into a turnbuckle powerbomb. Rollins missed on a frogsplash. Rollins hit his superplex into Falcon Arrow combo for a near-fall. Cena goes for the STF, but Rollins fights for the ropes. Cena is about to re-adjust the hold, but A.J Styles and The Club come out. They distract Cena and he takes a Pedigree from Rollins, who gets the win.

It was a really fun match until the finish, but I understand they didn’t want to give Seth a clean victory and they wanted to prolong the Styles-Cena rivalry. I could watch these two wrestle a lot more though, that’s for sure. And considering Cena doesn’t have all that many years left, we’re winding down the chances we’ll get. 

Big Cass and Enzo vs. two jobbers: Big Cass and Enzo win by pinfall
Big Cass hits a Big Boot. Enzo comes off the top with the Bada Boomshakalaka for the win. That is literally the whole match. That’s it.

The Social Outcasts come out after the match and say they are H-A-R-D, HARD. They back down from a fight, however.

Summer Rae vs. Becky Lynch: no match
Natalya is with us on commentary. And Becky attacks Nattie before the match starts. No match. The ref manages to pull Becky off of Nattie. Not sure why they didn’t just have the match anyway, as poor Summer stood there and watched.

Next we have an episode of the Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho. His guests tonight are Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Both are introduced to start us off. Sami says he’s come out here to put an end to this rivalry. Zayn asks to “end this” at Battleground. Zayn calls him a coward and says Owens has always resented him.

Owens says he’s told him the truth, that it was about business and for his career. But he says he will face him at Battleground.

Jericho runs down Sami Zayn, and Owens to a little lesser degree, and they both kick him in the face. They stare each other down.

The Miz vs. Demon Kane: Kane wins by countout
This is for Miz’s title in his return from shooting “Marine 5.” Miz tries to take the fight to Kane, but Kane eventually fires back. He hits a side slam for 2. He follows for a vertical suplex and low dropkick for 2. He sets up to chokeslam Miz, but Maryse jumps on the apron. Then oddly falls off the apron. And she grabs her ankle in pain, so Miz goes out and checks on her, and he gets counted out.

Um, yeah. So that was a segment that happened. I guess we now get a prolonged Kane-Miz feud. Back from the commercial, Maryse shows she was acting the whole time.

Apollo Crews and Cesaro vs. Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio: Apollo and Cesaro win by pinfall
Apollo and Del Rio start us off. Apollo hits a hip toss on Del Rio and tags in Cesaro, who hits the uppercut train. Sheamus comes in and provides a distraction, allowing Del Rio to take over. Cesaro finally makes the hot tag to Apollo. Del Rio hits an enzuigiri to his own partner and takes off. Apollo hits the spinning sit-out powerbomb on Sheamus for the win.

The New Day is dressed as the Wyatt Family. (Kofi is Erick Rowan, Xavier is Luke Harper, Big E is Bray.) They do a little roasting, until the real Wyatt Family comes out. Bray Wyatt tells Xavier Woods he can “trust in him” and called him “shook.” And again he says New Day will fall.

Dean Ambrose vs. A.J. Styles: Ambrose wins by pinfall
Seth Rollins is with us on commentary. They feel each other out early, trading holds. Styles goes for the Clash, but Dean escapes. Dean goes for Dirty Deeds, but A.J. escapes. Dean drapes Styles across the top rope. Dean hits a fisherman suplex for 2. Styles hits a facebuster for 2. A.J. goes up top, but Dean hits a double underhook suplex off the top. A.J. locks on the calf crusher, but Dean makes it to the bottom rope. Ambrose throws A.J. outside and follows with a suicide dive. The Club comes to ringside and A.J. hits a brainbuster for 2. Cena comes out and attacks The Club and Dean hits Dirty Deeds for the win.

This was a solid match. There seemed to be some communication issues for two guys who haven’t wrestled before. We didn’t get any change to the triple threat at Battleground, but it was nice to have two matches where things could have changed. 

After the match, The Club beat down Cena and delivered Magic Killer on the stage. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins rolled in and gave Dean Ambrose two Pedigrees.

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