WWE Raw Results (6/27): John Cena Returns, Money In The Bank Qualifying Matches

Welcome to our WrestlingINC.com live WWE "Raw" viewing party. Tonight's show is broadcasting live from the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo, Texas.

As of early Monday afternoon, one match was announced for tonight's show.

  • Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Kevin Owens vs. Elias or Ezekiel or Elrod

WWE is also promoting the return of John Cena for tonight's episode, as the company celebrates 20 years since Cena made his WWE debut.

Our live coverage will begin at 8 PM ET.

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We open with a video from "earlier today" of John Cena arriving backstage. A large number of wrestlers (from "Raw" and "SmackDown") and referees are greeting him as he makes his way through the backstage area. Cena shakes hands and greets many of them. This is a long walk that takes several minutes.

Into the arena we go! Jimmy Smith, Byron Saxton, and Corey Graves are on commentary.

Wrestlers are already in the ring. We're going to have a battle royal for a spot in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match. AJ Styles, Jinder Mahal, Veer Mahaan, Shanky, Dolph Ziggler, T-Bar, Ciampa, Mustafa Ali, R-Truth, Shelton Benjamin, Reggie, Ricochet, Akira Tozawa, and The Miz are among the participants.

Rey and Dominik Mysterio get a full entrance. Shinsuke Nakamura gets a full entrance. Riddle gets a full entrance.

Money in the Bank "Last Chance" Battle Royal

Typical battle royal grabbing and punching to start out. Akira Tozawa is eliminated early. Mahaan eliminates Benjamin. The Mysterios try to grab Mahaan but he powers out of it. Mahaan grabs both Mysterios by the throat but they escape and deliver a double 619 to Mahaan and then eliminate Mahaan.

Truth and Shanky square off in the middle of the ring but before the dance-off can begin, Mahal cuts off Truth. Shanky tosses Truth, and Mahal tries to toss Styles. Mahal sneaks up and eliminates Shanky. Styles eliminates Mahal. T-Bar press slams Reggie onto the group of men eliminated on the floor to eliminate Reggie.

We go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, The Mysterios try to eliminate Riddle but he's able to hang on. We're shown Ciampa eliminating Ali during the break.

Ciampa delivers a lawbreaker to Riddle. Ciampa then tries to toss Styles but Styles hangs. He pulls Ciampa out to the ring apron and shoves him into the ring post to eliminate Ciampa. Rey misses a 619 on Miz, but Miz can't eliminate him.

Dominik tries to clothesline Ziggler out of the ring, but Ziggler holds on and Dominik spills to the floor and its eliminated. Ziggler lifts Rey for a powerbomb but Rey holds onto the top rope. Miz goes after Rey but Rey pulls him over the top rope to the apron. Miz and Ziggler throw Rey from the ring apron into the barricade and Rey crashes to the floor. He is eliminated.

Ziggler and Miz try to eliminate Riddle but Riddle hangs on. T-Bar charges at Ricochet but Ricochet ducks and T-Bar tumbles to the apron. T-Bar grabs Ricochet by the throat and tosses him but Ricochet saves himself by landing on one of the ladders set up at ringside. Ricochet leaps back to the apron and head scissors T-Bar to the floor for the elimination.

We go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Riddle whips Miz into the corner but runs into a boot and Miz hits a double axhandle from the second turnbuckle. Miz comes up favoring his left leg.

Nakamura charges into an elbow by Ziggler in the corner. Ziggler hops to the second turnbuckle but Nakamura knocks him off for the elimination.

Nakamura and Riddle trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Nakamura misses a charge and goes over the top to the apron. Riddle hits his overhead kick to eliminate Nakamura. Miz is now being tended to by personnel on the floor.

Ricochet leaps from the second turnbuckle into a dropkick by Styles and Styles tosses him. It's down to Styles and Riddle in the ring. Miz still lurks outside the ring on the floor.

Riddle and Styles trade strikes in the middle of the ring. Styles misses a charge and goes over the top rope to the apron. Styles tries to line up Riddle but Miz pulls Styles down from the apron to the floor to eliminate him. Miz is fine.

It's down to Miz and Riddle. Miz tosses Riddle over the top rope to the apron but Riddle recovers and gets back into the ring. He hits the draping DDT on Miz. Riddle sets up for the RKO, Miz reverses into the Skull Crushing Finale. Miz charges at Riddle, who's against the ropes. Riddle catches him in a triangle choke and pulls both of them to the apron. Miz slips out of the hold but they're still on the apron. Miz charges right into an RKO on the apron and Miz falls to the floor and is eliminated.

Winner: Riddle

Riddle celebrates his win, which gets him a spot in the men's Money in the Bank ladder match. There is one open spot in the match that still needs to be filled.

At the announce table, Jimmy Smith says the Money in the Bank qualifying match between Kevin Owens and Ezekiel had to be rescheduled. Also, John Cena is here later tonight. Plus, there will be a "Last Chance" 6-way qualifying match for a spot in the women's Money in the Bank match. Also, Bobby Lashley has a 2-on-1 match against Alpha Academy tonight, with Theory as the special enforcer.

Backstage, the Street Profits hype up John Cena being on "Raw". Cena actually joins them. The Profits wants some advice for their match against Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos at Money in the Bank. Cena runs down their championship wins and tells them to never forget how good they are. The Profits realize they must "never give up".

Back in the arena, The Usos make their entrance. Jey Uso will be in singles action against Montez Ford. The winner gets to pick the stipulation for the title match at Money in the Bank. That's next. But first, we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, we get video messages for John Cena from Shawn Michaels, Big Show, Booker T, Daniel Bryan, Trish Stratus, and Triple H.

Backstage, Kevin Patrick interviews Riddle. Riddle says his win tonight was for Randy Orton. Riddle says his back was against the wall, but then Cena told him to "never give up" and now "The Bro is going to Vegas!"

Back in the arena, The Usos are waiting in the ring. The Street Profits make their entrance.

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champion Jey Uso (with Jimmy Uso) vs. Montez Ford (with Angelo Dawkins)

Lockup to start and Uso backs Ford into the corner. Ford grabs a headlock to ground Uso. Ford takes down Uso with a shoulder tackle. Uso responds with a flying forearm. Uso whips Ford toward the corner but Ford reverses and arm drags Uso to ground him again. Uso escapes but a pair of leapfrogs by Ford leads to another arm drag and Uso is back where he started.

Ford connects with a drop kick and Uso rolls out to the floor. Ford heads out to the apron but Uso trips him up and whips Ford into the steel ring steps as we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Uso is in control and stomping Ford in the corner. Uso whips Ford into the corner but Ford charges out with a clothesline and both men are down.

Ford with another clothesline and then escapes a backdrop suplex and fires away with kicks. Uso hits a superkick to Ford's gut. Ford responds with a flying clothesline and follows with a standing moonsault for a 2-count.

Uso recovers to hit a backdrop suplex for a 2-count.

Uso charges at Ford in the corner but Ford is ready with a superkick. Ford hits a running blockbuster for a 2-count.

Ford climbs to the top turnbuckle but Jimmy gets on the apron to distract him. Dawkins runs down Jimmy. Jey Uso dives out onto Dawkins. Ford follows with his own dive.

Ford rolls Jey Uso into the ring. He climbs to the top turnbuckle and connects with his frog splash to get the pin.

Montez Ford defeated Jey Uso via pinfall

The Profits celebrate in the ring.

Backstage, Rey and Dominik Mysterio bump into Finn Balor and Damian Priest. Balor thinks everyone is forgetting that Rey's 20th anniversary in WWE is also coming up soon. Priest says The Judgment Day is about to take over everything. He stares at Dominik as he talks about leaders who lead people down the wrong past. Balor and Priest walk away. Rey yells out a challenge for a tag team match on "Raw" in San Diego next Monday.

We go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, we get a highlight video showing still images from John Cena's career.

The commentary team tosses to another highlight video of Cena's career. It includes a look at his work with Make-A-Wish and highlights his interaction with the U.S. military and his work in Hollywood.

Back in the arena, Kevin Patrick is in the ring to introduce...The Miz.

Miz is informed that Logan Paul is plotting a return to the ring. They show some pics of Paul in training. Miz says he and Paul will return as a tag team at SummerSlam. Patrick plays the clip of Miz turning on Paul after their victory at WrestleMania 38.

Miz says he's the biggest full-time superstar in WWE. He says he'll be on The Today Show later this week. He plugs Miz & Mrs. Miz says celebrities who come to WWE want to leech off of his fame. Miz says he told Paul after he turned on him at WrestleMania that it was a "teaching lesson".

Miz is asked about the battle royal earlier tonight. Miz says the only disappointment is AJ Styles. Patrick insists on mentioning Miz's "tiny balls". Miz says that is not going to be a thing and touts the size of his balls until Styles interrupts by making his entrance.

Styles walks straight down to the ring and levels Miz with one punch.

We go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, we get a mention of Undertaker's one-man show coming up during SummerSlam weekend.

Back in the arena, the bell rings.

AJ Styles vs. The Miz

We're told Adam Pearce made this match during the break.

Styles is on the attack from the bell. He hits a drop kick to lay out Miz. Styles follows with a backbreaker. Miz reverses a whip and goes low with a knee to turn the tables. Miz follows with a penalty kick to Styles' head.

Miz chokes Styles over the middle rope. He kicks away at Styles in the corner. Styles blocks a punch and fires back but Miz reverses a whip and hits his flying clothesline into the corner. Miz follows with a double axhandle from the top turnbuckle for a 2-count.

Miz grounds Styles with a chin lock. Styles quickly fights to his feet. Styles dodges a charging Miz and Miz spills to the floor. Styles slingshots out to the apron and backflips to the floor but Miz is a step ahead and slams him into the apron and the barricade as we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Miz has ground Styles with a chin lock. Styles fights to his feet and elbows out of it but runs into a boot and a DDT by Miz for a 2-count.

Miz delivers the It Kicks to Styles. Styles catches the last one and hits a German suplex. Styles fires away with strikes and a sliding forearm. Styles slams Miz facefirst to the mat for a 2-count.

Styles sets up for the Styles Clash. Miz powers out but Styles scoops him up for an ushigoroshi for a 2-count.

Miz avoids a charge and Styles lands on the apron but Styles misses the Phenomenal Forearm. Miz hangs Styles on the second turnbuckle and hits a draping Codebreaker for a 2-count.

Miz lifts Styles to the top turnbuckle and goes up to get him. Miz punches at Styles but can't get the superplex. Styles slips and carries Miz out on his shoulders. Miz escapes and kicks at Styles and hits a running knee strike to get a 2-count.

Miz tries for the Skull Crushing Finale but Styles rolls him up. Miz kicks out but Styles hits a Pele Kick and a brainbuster. Styles goes out to the apron to set up for the Phenomenal Forearm. Miz rolls out of the ring and backs toward the entrance stage. The referee counts as Miz keeps walking. Miz eats the count-out loss.

AJ Styles defeated The Miz via count-out

Backstage, Cena is talking to Ezekiel. Zeke says it's an honor to meet him. Zeke says his brother Elias is here somewhere and showing their brother Elrod around. Cena tells Zeke to never forget who he really is. Zeke departs.

Theory walks up behind Cena. He says he won't introduce himself because everyone knows who Theory is. He says they should be celebrating Theory tonight because he's here every week. He says he's 24 and the youngest United States Champion in WWE history and Cena wasn't even in WWE at 24.

Theory turns around to get a selfie but Cena walks away before he can take it. Theory stews.

Back in the arena, "Raw" Women's Champion Bianca Belair makes her entrance. She will face a "face to face" with her title challenger at Money in the Bank, Carmella. But first, we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, we get more messages for John Cena from Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, JBL, Chris Jericho, Stephanie McMahon, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

Back in the arena, Bianca Belair waits. We get a recap of how Carmella won the title shot on last Monday's "Raw" and then her attacking Belair backstage.

Kevin Patrick is in the ring to interview Belair. Belair says everything she has to say she wants to say to Carmella's face. She thought Carmella would have the confidence to face her without attacking her from behind. Belair says Carmella doesn't respect herself. Belair says Carmella has the potential to be great but can't see it because she's too insecure. Belair says she craves competition so Carmella better bring it at Money in the Bank. Belair calls out Carmella in the "big-ass state of Texas".

Carmella's music plays and she makes her entrance. She says Belair is so wrong about her and she's not insecure at all. She says she's got beauty and brains. Carmella runs down her resume and accolades. She says if she doesn't get the respect she deserves, she's gonna take it. Carmella drops the mic and starts to leave. Patrick decides to ask Belair one more question and Carmella thinks she sees an opening to attack but Belair kicks her away and stands tall as Carmella stews on the floor.

Backstage, Sarah Schreiber interviews Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss. Bliss says they are "friendly" but not friends. She expects Morgan to be a champion someday. But Bliss has her own plans and contemplates getting a tiny briefcase for Lilly.

Morgan recalls some wisdom from John Cena and says she'll beat Bliss tonight and on Saturday.

In the arena, Morgan makes her entrance. She will face Bliss next. But first, we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Morgan waits in the ring. Asuka has joined commentary.

Alexa Bliss makes her entrance.

Alexa Bliss vs. Liv Morgan

Lockup to start. Bliss grabs a headlock and takes down Bliss. Morgan escapes with a head-scissor and we're at a stalemate.

Morgan grabs a waist lock. Bliss reverses into her own. Morgan runs into the corner to escape and splashes Bliss. Morgan charges but Bliss gets her knees up. Bliss misses her somersault knee drop and Morgan takes her down.

Morgan misses a springboard missile dropkick and Bliss hits her own dropkick for a 2-count.

Bliss grabs a chin lock on Morgan. Morgan arm drags out of it and grabs a sleeper hold. Bliss escapes with a jawbreaker. Morgan hits an enziguiri but Bliss avoids Oblivion. Bliss goes for her DDT but Morgan reverses into a rollup and gets the pin.

Liv Morgan defeated Alexa Bliss via pinfall

Morgan celebrates. Bliss doesn't look 100% pleased.

We get another video highlighting John Cena's work with Make-A-Wish.

Back in the arena, Mr. McMahon makes his entrance. The reaction sounds positive. McMahon is handed a microphone. John Cena's 20-year celebration is next, But first, we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Mr. McMahon is in the ring. Wrestlers are lining the entryway. McMahon says there are many accolades about the man he's about to introduce. He says it's an honor and a privilege to introduce John Cena.

Cena makes his entrance. Graves and Saxton both refer to Cena as "the greatest of all time".

McMahon has departed. So have the other wrestlers. Cena has the microphone and the ring to himself.

Cena milks the cheers for a moment. He calls today his "WWE birthday". He says he can feel the energy in the arena. He says he couldn't think of a better place to have his birthday.

Cena says he's never been one to celebrate milestones because he always wants to look forward to what's next. But he says tonight is different. He says tonight has nothing to do with anything he's ever done. He says it has everything to do with the fans.

Cena says this anniversary is important because the fans have allowed him to do this for two decades. He says every time he steps in the ring it's because the fans allow it. He says they've created an environment where he can be himself. He says the fans have been brave enough to tell him when he sucks and kind enough to tell him when he doesn't.

Cena says he's always wanted to say "thank you" and this feels like the right moment to do that. The fans chant "Thank you, Cena". Cena says his heart is beating out of his chest. He says he has to say "thank you" for making him who he is.

Cena says he's always told people that WWE prepared him for anything. But he says he's not talking about his movies and TV appearances. He says it's the fans who made him a better human being, a better professional, a better husband, and a better person. Cena is starting to get choked up.

Cena says the fans taught him humility and perseverance. He says they taught him to give his all every time he steps into the ring. Cena says he's 45 years old and he doesn't know when they'll see him in the ring again. He says that doesn't mean he won't. He just doesn't know when that's going to be. He says he has to say this now. He says anything he does "outside this" isn't about him, it's about "we". Cena says it's never been about him. It's always been about us.

Cena says he's been coming to Laredo, Texas for 20 years. He eggs them on to make more noise and they oblige. Cena says we never give up. We're just getting started. "You want some. Come get some". Cena drops the mic and makes his way back up the entryway, greeting fans along the way.

Cena heads backstage, departing without further incident.

We get a reminder of tonight's "Last Chance Match" for a spot in the women's Money in the Bank Match. Bobby Lashley faces Alpha Academy in a 2-on-1 match with Theory as the special guest enforcer next. But first, we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Bobby Lashley makes his entrance.

We get a video recap of Lashley ambushing Theory's pose-down on last Monday's "Raw" and then winning a gauntlet match to earn a title shot against Theory at Money in the Bank.

Alpha Academy makes its entrance. Theory then makes his entrance, wearing a sleeveless referee's shirt for his role as special guest enforcer.

2-on-1 Match (Special Guest Enforcer: WWE United States Champion Theory): Bobby Lashley vs. Alpha Academy 

Otis starts off against Lashley. They lock up to start and that ends in a stalemate. Lashley tries a shoulder tackle and a clothesline but Otis barely budgets so Lashley goes low with a dropkick to take down Otis.

Lashley hooks Otis for a suplex but Theory jumps up on the apron. Lashley gets out of the ring to go after Theory. Chad Gable hits Lashley with a somersault dive from the apron. Otis follows with a splash on the floor.

We go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Lashley is fighting back against Otis but runs into a boot from Otis in the corner. Otis stands on Lashley. Otis grabs a vice grip on Lashley's head while Theory takes some selfies on the floor.

Lashley fights to his feet but runs into a back elbow by Otis. Gable tags in but Lashley blocks his punch and fights off both men. He dodges Otis, who spills to the floor. Gable chop blocks Lashley from behind and covers him for a 2-count.

Gable climbs to the top turnbuckle. Lashley cuts him off but Otis cuts off the superplex and powerbombs Lashley. That gets a 2-count.

Gable tags in again. Lashley fights off the double-team attempt but Otis crushes Lashley in the corner. Otis climbs to the second turnbuckle but Lashley carries him out on his shoulders and slams him to the mat. Gable flies into the ring but Lashley catches him in the Hurt Lock and gets the submission win.

Bobby Lashley defeated Alpha Academy via submission

Theory and Alpha Academy attack Lashley after the bell. Fans chant for Cena but Lashley fights them off himself and spears Gable. Theory retreats.

We get a recap of Cody Rhodes' victory over Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell three weeks ago and Rollins attacking Rhodes the following night.

We're promised an exclusive interview with Rhodes is coming up next. But first, we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, the commentary team tosses to the interview with Cody Rhodes. He says rehab is a "game of highs and lows". It pales in comparison to where he was a few weeks ago when he was in the prime of his career. He wanted to parlay that momentum into more at Money in the Bank.

Rhodes says the sledgehammer attack caused his recovery timetable to be extended to nine months. Rhodes discusses the men in the Money in the Bank ladder match. He says Drew McIntyre and Sheamus have "Harley Race-like toughness". He says Sami Zayn has a "genius-level IQ in the ring".

Rhodes says if Seth Rollins were to win Money in the Bank and cash in to become the new champion "it would be something". Rhodes says if Rollins wins, he'll be the first to congratulate him.

Backstage, Cena is talking to a member of the crew. Rollins comes walking up cackling Cena's theme song. Rollins asks if Cena remembers the time he broke Cena's nose.

Rollins says he and Cena have a lot in common. Rollins mentions Cena failed when he cashed in his Money in the Bank. Rollins says he had the greatest cash-in ever. Rollins turns around and Omos and MVP are behind him. MVP says he has a vision of Omos standing tall at Money in the Bank. He says no one can stop him.

Cena is staring slack-jawed at Omos, pats Rollins on the back, says, "good luck", and leaves.

The commentary team runs through the card for Money in the Bank.

  • Men's Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre vs. Omos vs. Riddle vs. Sami Zayn vs. Seth Rollins vs. Sheamus vs. TBD
  • "Raw" Women's Championship Match: Carmella vs. Bianca Belair (c)
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship: Street Profits vs. The Usos (c)
  • "SmackDown" Women's Championship: Natalya vs. Ronda Rousey (c)
  • WWE United States Championship Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Theory (c)
  • Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Alexa Bliss vs. Asuka vs. Lacey Evans vs. Liv Morgan vs. Raquel Rodriguez vs. Shotzi vs. TBD

Back in the arena, Becky Lynch makes her entrance. The main event is next. But first, we go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Rey & Dominik Mysterio will face Finn Balor & Damian Priest on next Monday's "Raw".

"Last Chance" Money in the Bank Qualifying Elimination Match: Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Xia Li vs. Tamina vs. Doudrop vs. Nikki A.S.H.

Everyone is legal at the same time. Elimination by pinfall, submission, count-out, or disqualification.

Everyone gangs up on Lynch and she spills out of the ring. Doudrop and Nikki double-team Baszler for a 2-count.

Tamina clears out Li to leave her alone against Doudrop in the ring. Nikki jumps in to help Doudrop double-team Tamina. Tamina fights off Nikki and she and Doudrop trade strikes in the center of the ring. Doudrop headbutts Tamina but is staggered because Tamina's head is apparently much harder than Doudrop's.

Lynch and Li now enter the ring. Li gets in some offense but Nikki enters. Li dispatches Nikki with a kick but Lynch hits the Manhandle Slam and pins Li to eliminate her.

Nikki goes after Nikki but Baszler pulls Nikki out of the ring. Lynch rolls up Baszler but Baszler kicks out. Doudrop enters the ring and backs both Lynch and Baszler into the corner. Doudrop hits a cannonball splash on Baszler in the corner. Lynch dodges a corner splash by Doudrop.

Nikki and Tamina get in the ring. Nikki pushes Tamina into a missile dropkick by Lynch. Lynch then puts Nikki in the Disarmer and Nikki taps out.

We go to a commercial break.

Back from the break, Lynch and Baszler are in the ring. Baszler gets the Kirafuda Clutch on Lynch but Lynch runs Baszler out of the ring. Doudrop runs down both of them and gets Tamina too.

Doudrop rolls Baszler into the ring but Baszler catches her coming in with a knee strike. That gets a 2-count.

Baszler cuts off Tamina on the top turnbuckle. Lynch joins her. Doudrop brings down all three of them with a powerbomb. All four women are down.

Baszler gets the Kirafuda Clutch on Doudrop but Tamina superkicks Baszler. Baszler gets a leg submission on Tamina but Doudrop splashes Baszler and gets the pin. Baszler is eliminated.

Lynch pushes Tamina into Doudrop, but then runs into a superkick by Tamina. Tamina climbs to the top turnbuckle but misses the splash. Lynch rolls to the floor where she is slammed by Doudrop.

Doudrop splashes Tamina in the corner and hits a Vader Bomb elbow drop and pins Tamina. We're down to Doudrop and Lynch.

Doudrop goes to the floor and rolls Lynch back into the ring. Doudrop splashes Lynch in the corner. Doudrop tries for another Vader Bomb but Lynch moves. Doudrop lifts Lynch to the top turnbuckle but Lynch fights back and hits a Manhandle Slam from the second turnbuckle to pin Doudrop.

Winner: Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch is in the women's Money in the Bank ladder match.

That's our show!

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