WWE Raw Results: 4th July Winners, Figures, Reactions & Highlights | Bleacher report

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    Welcome to the Bleacher Report coverage and summary from WWE Raw on July 4.

    Saturday’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view had a few different results that changed the landscape of WWE quite a bit.

    Not only did Theory and Liv Morgan win their respective MITB matches, but Morgan also cashed in that same night to defeat Ronda Rousey and win the SmackDown women’s title.

    Before Theory claimed his briefcase, Bobby Lashley defeated him for the American title. Mondays Raw covered all the fallout from the PPV as the build-up for SummerSlam began.

    Let’s take a look at what happened on Monday’s show.

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    Raw opened with Lashley coming out with his brand new United States Championship. The crowd started chanting his name as he tried to speak, and it seemed like he got a little emotional before talking about Independence Day.

    It wasn’t long before Theory came out and bragged about having Mr. Money in the Bank was and how he beat the odds of winning. He even had the audacity to compare himself to Tom Brady and Michael Jordan.

    Theory said he wants to reclaim his US title before he wins the Undisputed World Championship at SummerSlam, so he’s basically announcing his cash-in in advance, or at least teasing it. Theory attacked Lashley with the briefcase, but Lashley recovered and sent him out of the ring to end the segment.

    This was decent and helped both men build the kind of heel and babyface heat they need now.

    Figure: C

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • Lashley saying no one is in a division or any promotion was a nice little reference to The Forbidden Door, but it won’t mean anything in the end because WWE will never open that door.
  • If Theory had tried to compare himself to MJ in Chicago, he wouldn’t save Illinois.
  • Kevin Patrick appears to have joined the commentary table this week. Jimmy Smith wasn’t at the table, but Corey Graves and Byron Saxton were.

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    Before Rey and Dominik Mysterio vs. Finn Balor and Damian Priest were able to begin, Judgment Day attacked the Mysterios to gain an early advantage.

    Although Rey and Dom were able to make a comeback towards the end of the match, Priest and Balor dominated the action.

    This seems like a random tag match, and it was, but we liked the back-and-forth action a bit more than a bunch of attacks, especially since it ended with the famous Eddie Guerrero chair trick.

    As Balor prepared to hit Rey with a chair while Priest distracted the umpire, Rey dropped to the mat and pretended to have been hit already. The ref turned to see this and called for disqualification.

    Usually, DQ endings get booing from the audience, but Rey taking a page out of Latino Heat’s playbook got a big bang from the audience.

    Winners: the mysteries

    Figure: B

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • Balor’s new gear certainly fits the group’s aesthetic, but there will be fans who won’t like the leather pants.
  • The seat spot wasn’t the only reference to Guerrero in this fight. It’s nice to see Rey so willing to pay tribute to Dom’s real father.
  • Do we need to specify that the last sentence was a joke?

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    The feud between The Miz and AJ Styles continued this week with a singles match. There is no title or potential title at stake in this storyline. They just don’t like each other and want to fight. It’s a simple yet effective way to build a feud.

    The A-Lister took control after their first exchange, but it didn’t take The Phenomenal One to fire back with a Pele kick out of nowhere.

    Although Styles probably controlled the pace a bit more, this was a very competitive match. Both men came close to victory a few times, using just about every signature move in their repertoire.

    Styles was able to get a clean win with the Phenomenal Forearm, but this probably won’t be the end of their storyline. While celebrating his win, Styles was attacked from behind by Ciampa. The Miz took the final shot when he hit The Phenomenal One with the Skull Crushing Finale.

    Winner: AJ Styles

    Figure: B

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • Remember when Styles knocked out one of Miz’s teeth in one of his first WWE matches after making his debut in the 2016 Royal Rumble.
  • Before the game, we saw The Street Profits throw a Fourth of July party. Chad Gable and Otis showed up and mocked them for losing at Money in the Bank.
  • We also saw a backstage attack by the Day of Judgment on the Mysterios. Priest looked like he wanted to take Rey’s mask, but was driven away by officials.
  • The Ciampa we knew in NXT would never team up with The Miz, not even as a heel.

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    Liv Morgan came to the ring to celebrate not only winning the women’s MITB contest and the women’s SmackDown title, but she wasn’t alone for long. Natalya came out and seemed to want the first shot. Carmella showed up and told them to go to SmackDown and go to the Raw locker room on Monday.

    After a fight broke out, Bianca Belair came out to the rescue. This led to Adam Pearce pulling a Teddy Long and booking a tag team match that started at halftime.

    After quite a long game with a lot of action, Morgan managed to get the pin for her team. This match won’t be talked about much, but it was fun and gave the women a lot of time to work.

    Winners: Liv Morgan and Bianca Belair

    Figure: C+

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • You have to wonder if Mella and Nattie coordinated their gear on purpose because they knew they would be in this match together.
  • Natalya seems to hesitate as she hits the discus clothesline while spinning, so it doesn’t always look smooth. She really has to throw her weight in it to make it look like her dad’s move.
  • Morgan keeps getting better. You can see a marked improvement in the way she moves around the ring over the past six months. She clearly spends a lot of time training and working to get better and it has paid off.

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    During the July 4 feast, Ezekiel accidentally sprayed ketchup on the undergarments Rollins was wearing as a shirt, so it sparked a competition.

    The impetus for this match was a bit silly, but the match itself was actually pretty good. Rollins is one of the best in the game so it shouldn’t surprise anyone to hear he did a great job.

    What may shock some is how Zeke kept up with Rollins and ended up producing arguably one of the best matches of his career. This was not a Match of the Year nominee, but perhaps it is remembered as the strongest performance in this episode.

    After Ezekiel got close several times, Rollins nailed him with The Stomp to score the pin.

    Winner: Seth Rollins

    Figure: A-

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • The shirt Rollins was wearing at the party looked like it would breathe really well, but it could also be a little uncomfortable.
  • Zeke lifting Rollins over his head to hit a press slam was an impressive display of power. It seemed like it was so easy for him.
  • The spinning power bomb that hit Ezekiel looked clean.
  • Riddle’s RKO just doesn’t look right. He always hits it when he should, but there are so many other people who can cut a cutter much better than him. Homicide is a man who might be as good as Randy Orton when he hits it.

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    Theory teamed up with Alpha Academy to take on Lashley and The Street Profits in a six-man tag match. While we’ve seen all of these people compete before, we haven’t seen this particular combination of Superstars that often, so it was a nice change of pace.

    This match had the usual format for six-man matches. The heels controlled most of the action, while the babyfaces made an occasional comeback before the heels took over again.

    It feels like we haven’t seen much of Otis in the ring lately, so it was great to be reminded of what an athlete he is. For a man of his size, he has a lot of versatility.

    Lashley wasn’t in the game much until he got Ford’s hot tag and started cleaning the house. Lashley was able to take out Gable with a spear to get the pin for his team.

    This was a solid performance from six guys already known for being reliable. The Lashley and the Profits team seemed to work very well together.

    Winners: Bobby Lashley and The Street Profits

    Figure: B

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • Dawkins doing a somersault over the top rope and landing on his feet has looked impressive in his last two games, so he will likely make a regular spot that he hits.
  • There was a funny moment when Ford threw Gable out of the ring and realized he was too close to his corner and went back to the center of the ring. This led to him eventually making the hot tag to The All Mighty.
  • The way Dawkins flipped Theory upside down to send him across the announcement table looked incredible.
  • Lashley taking a throw after his spear is a nice touch. It doesn’t always seem like he’s hitting them harder, but it’s a fun way for him to get back on his feet and make the move unique to him.

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    R-Truth came to the ring dressed as Uncle Sam and chatted before being confronted by Gunther and Ludwig.

    The truth wrestled with the Intercontinental champion while he was still wearing his costume. The match was over in about two minutes and ended with Gunther powerbombing for the win. There wasn’t much to it, so not much to say about it.

    Winner: gunther

    Figure: d

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • R-Truth better make a lot of money because he literally does everything WWE asks of him. He is the definition of a dedicated employee.
  • Ludwig has to wrestle more. He’s very good, and just being Gunther’s sidekick isn’t good enough for him.

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    At this week’s show’s main event, Asuka and Becky Lynch tried to end their feud with a No Holds Barred match. As soon as Lynch got to the ring, she grabbed a table and set it up while the show ended.

    This feud has been going on for weeks, but every time they meet, they produce a great match. It’s hard to complain about repetition in this case, because every encounter felt different.

    They used tables, chairs, trash cans, and anything else they could find to punish each other. After a long fight, Lynch threw Asuka through the table with a super Manhandle Slam.

    This was a great way to end the show. The crowd was excited and the Superstars did their best to make sure they sent the fans home happy. This week’s Raw was an easier watch than usual, and the main event was a big part of why.

    Winner: Becky Lynch

    Figure: B+

    Remarkable moments and observations

  • Big Time Becks grabbed a table and a set of chairs before Asuka made her entrance and immediately set the tone for the rest of the match.
  • Asuka has that extra bit of pop when she hits people. Some wrestlers look like they are taking punches. Asuka usually doesn’t have that problem.
  • Asuka hitting a rocket dropkick at Lynch when she had a trash can on her head was a great place. They made it look so good.

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