Location: Tampa, FL at the Amalie Arena
Date: June 27th, 2016
Airing Live On The USA Network
Welcome to the WWE Raw pre-show, and we are live on the WWE Network. WWE announced that Seth Rollins would be opening RAW. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn will be on the Highlight Reel with Chris Jericho. Rusev will be wrestling Titus O’Neil in a singles match.
Welcome to WWE Monday Night Raw. Seth Rollins walks down to the ring to open the show. Rollins said that at Battleground the fans get what they have wanted to see for years. Rollins brought up Roman Reigns and said he isn’t supposed to talk about him, but it’s live so who cares. Rollins said that the Reigns scandal had embarrassed him. He said he brought Reigns into WWE, and that makes him look bad. Rollins shows Reigns’ tweet. Rollins mocked Reigns for his tweet and said that Reigns has never apologized for anything. Rollins said that he owns Reigns and then brought up him beating Reigns at MITB. Rollins said that Reigns doesn’t belong in the main event of Battleground and believes he should be removed for the WWE Title match. Dean Ambrose then walked out. Ambrose asks Rollins how he is and if Rollins is up that he is champion. Ambrose said that Reigns made a mistake and being friends with Rollins was a mistake. Ambrose said that Reigns owned it and ain’t worried about it and that the triple threat match is still on. AJ Styles walked down to the ring with a new jacket. Styles said that he should replace Reigns at Battleground. Styles brought up that he beat John Cena at MITB. Ambrose said that he is pretty sure Reigns is still in the match. Styles said that’s fine and wants it to be changed to a fatal four-way match. Ambrose said he didn’t care. John Cena walked down to the ring and asked if Ambrose would fight the franchise. Cena brought up that he has been WWE Champion 15 times. Cena wants the match to be a fatal five-way match. Stephanie McMahon walked out. Stephanie said that Reigns’ suspension is an embarrassment but Ambrose being champion is as worse as his suspension. Stephanie said that Shane is not here tonight again. Stephanie books Rollins against Cena and Ambrose vs. Styles tonight. If Cena and Styles win their matches, then they will be added to the main event of Battleground.
Tag Team Match: Paige and Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte and Dana Brooke
Banks beat down Charlotte early before tagging in Paige, who hit a drop kicked and sent Charlotte to the floor.
We’re back with Brooke and Charlotte in control of Paige. They hit a double team suplex. Moments later, Paige fought back with a knee strike to Charlotte and got the hot tag to banks. Banks hit a series of clotheslines to the now legal Brooke. Banks with a forearm shot and then a knee strike for 2. Paige with a superkick to Charlotte. Brooke rolled up Banks for 2. Banks with a knee strike and the Bank Statement.
Winners: Banks and Paige.
Singles Match: Titus O’Neil vs. Rusev.
O’Neil attacks Rusev and beats him down. O’Neil with a side slam for 2. Rusev cut him off with a clothesline and then landed a series of knees. O’Neil fought back with a series of clotheslines. They both hit a clothesline at ringside. O’Neil won the match by count out.
Stephanie is walking backstage when Kane walks up to her and wants to talk. Kane said that all he wants was a chance at being SD GM. The Miz and Maryse walk up. The Miz brings up The Marine 5. Kane plugs his WWE Studios movie. Kane thinks that Stephanie should book Miz to defend his IC Title tonight.
Singles Match: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins – if Cena wins he is added to the main event of Battleground.
The fans were really into this match. A lot of chants. Rollins knocked him down with a shoulder block. Cena fought back until he got caught with an elbow. Rollins hit an over castle for 2. Cena with a series of shoulder block and then a side slam. Rollins kicked him in the face and sent him to the floor.
We’re back with Rollins in control of Cena. Rollins missed a splash off the top rope and Cena went to the top rope, but Rollins caught him and hit two suplexes for 2. Rollins went for the Pedigree, but Cena blocked and sent him into the corner. Rollins hit a crossbody, but Cena caught him and hit the AA for 2. Cena went for the AA again, but Rollins blocked it and went for the pedigree. Cena blocked that and locked in the STF, but Rollins got to the rope. The Club walked down to the ring, which distracted Cena. Rollins hit the pedigree for the win.
Enzo Amore and Big Cass walk out. They talk about the support of the fans
Tag Team Match: Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. Carlos and Mitch Walden
A very quick match. Enzo and Cass hit their finisher for the win.
Winners: Enzo and Big Cass.
Post-match, The Social Outcasts walk out and mock Enzo and Big Cass. They said that they’re looking for action and told Enzo and Big Cass to get out of the ring. This led to Big Cass hit Slater with a big boot.
There was a backstage segment with Darren Young and Bob Backlund.
There was a special Olympics segment with The Big Show.
Chris Jericho brings out Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens to the ring. Zayn told Owens that he wanted to put an end to this feud at Battleground. Owens told him that he was better than he was. Jericho got upset and threatened to slap him. Zayn vs. Owens is set for Battleground. Jericho told to drink in the gift of Jericho. Zayn hit him with a microphone.
Intercontinental Title Match: The Miz © vs. Kane.
Kane landed a series of right hands and then a big boot. Kane with some clotheslines and then a side slam. Kane knocked Maryse off the apron and Miz helped Maryse to the back which led to a count out finish.
Tag Team Match: Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus vs. Cesaro and Apollo Crews
Cesaro and Del Rio started the match. Del Rio hit a DDT to Cesaro for 2. Sheamus was tagged in and hit a backbreaker. Cesaro reversed a move and hit a slam. Del Rio and Crews got the hot tags. Crews hit a series of clotheslines, but Del Rio sent him to the floor then tagged in Sheamus and kicked him in the head. Crews hit a powerbomb to Sheamus for the win.
Winners: Crews and Cesaro
Stephanie walked up and was disgusted with Ambrose because he is WWE Champion. Stephanie said that she hopes Styles beats him tonight.
The New Day walked out as The Wyatt Family. They mocked the group and said that they will roast them until the end of the show. The Wyatts walked out and said that the fans turn him into the monster because he tells them what they need to here. The New Day tell them lies. Wyatt said that this is a cruel world and how positivity can help someone in need. Kofi Kingston said that being positive is a way of the world. Wyatt pointed out Xavier Woods and said that he looks shaken up. Wyatt said that he could trust him. Wyatt told them that New Day will fall.
Singles Match: Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles – if Styles wins he is added to the main event of Battleground.
They lock up to begin the match. Ambrose with some head takeovers.
We’re back with Styles having him in a headlock. Ambrose fought out of it and hit a suplex. Ambrose went for a bulldog but Styles cut him off and hit a spin out powerbomb for 2. Ambrose fought back and hit a crossbody. Ambrose missed a splash and Styles locked in the Calf Crusher but Ambrose got to the ropes. Ambrose hit him with an outside dive. Back in the ring, Ambrose went to the top rope and hit an elbow drop but Styles rolled through and covered him for 2. Styles with a back kick but Ambrose no sold it and hit a clothesline. The Club walks out and Styles hit a brainbuster for 2. Cena ran down and attacked The Club. This distracted Styles and Ambrose hit Dirty Deeds for the win.
Post-match, Anderson and Gallows attacked Cena from behind. Rollins also attacked Ambrose and hit a Pedigree to Ambrose. Styles beat down Cena on the stage. Anderson and Gallows hit the Magic Killer to Cena on the stage to close the show.
Thanks for watching along and we will see you next time.