The July 11, 2016 RAW results are listed below:
- Darren Young won a battle royal to become No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Title.
- Sheamus beat Zack Ryder in 2:15.
- Tyler Breeze and Fandango beat The Lucha Dragons in 4:25.
- Kevin Owens beat Cesaro in 12:15.
- Titus O’Neil pinned Heath Slater in 3:05.
- Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows fought Enzo Amore and Big Cass to a no contest.
- Sasha Banks beat Dana Brooke in 11:55.
I’d say last night’s episode of RAW was better than last week’s, but that’s not really saying a lot. It was another pretty bad episode of RAW with the only real bright spot being the Kevin Owens/Cesaro match.
The New Day visited the Wyatt Family compound in an awful fight segment clearly inspired by TNA’s “The Final Deletion” between Broken Matt Hardy and Brother Nero (Jeff Hardy). Only WWE didn’t just feature obnoxious camera cuts and background music, they also included a horrible filter and stripped out in comedy.
I suppose it’s a plus that they’re attempting to make the Wyatt’s interesting again, and some kids may have been scared a little, but there were better ways to do the compound fight. Ripping off TNA and doing it even worse wasn’t the way to go.
Vince McMahon named Shane McMahon the Commissioner for Smackdown and Stephanie McMahon the Commissioner for RAW. Next week, each will name General Manager’s for their show, which hopefully means we won’t be seeing the McMahon siblings dominating their respective shows. Sadly, Vince did mention that Stephanie was getting the flagship show, three hours of RAW… I simply can’t see how they can manage to keep RAW at three hours. It’s bad now, it’ll only be worse with half the roster.
Next week, RAW will also see Dean Ambrose defend the WWE Championship against Seth Rollins.
Overall, this was a pretty bad episode of RAW. I didn’t expect a great deal though. I suspect things will turn around some next week after the brand split begins to hopefully make things more interesting.