WWE has the last Monday Night Raw before the Money in the Bank 2016 PPV tonight from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The lead story has to be that all three members of the Shield – Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose – will be in the same ring at the same time. WWE has announced a special edition of the Ambrose Asylum with Reigns & Rollins to do a final sell for their title match at the PPV.
WWE.com on Less than one week before they battle for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will appear on a must-see edition of Dean Ambrose’s chaotic talk show, “The Ambrose Asylum.” What can the WWE Universe expect when all three former Shield members assemble in the ring at the same time? WWE.com has some ideas.
This is the first time in 2016 – and only the second time overall – that all three will be in the same ring at the same time since Rollins turned his back on the faction and broke them up. Reigns & Ambrose have drifted apart in recent months on WWE TV – is this an indication of tension? Obviously there is an issue between Rollins & Reigns, but how does Ambrose fit in? This intriguing segment is sure to be a highlight of Raw this week.
There are two big multiple person matches scheduled for the 2016 Money in the Bank PPV, and both are heating up tonight on Raw.
Of course the PPV’s namesake match – the Money in the Bank ladder match – will take center stage. The six men in the match – Dean Ambrose, Chris Jericho, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Cesaro and Alberto Del Rio – are the elite workers in the promotion, and the various singles and tag matches they have done to promote the match have been largely excellent. The ladder match at the PPV should be incredible, and the final sell with clues for who might win will be a big part of Raw.
The WWE Tag Team Titles will be up for grabs in a crazy four team match at Money in the Bank. The New Day are defending against the top three teams – the Vaudevillains, Enzo & Cass and the Club – Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. All these teams have been riding a high, so the New Day has their work cut out for them. The New Day and the Club in particular have been at odds, but both recent NXT call up teams have been a factor as well.
Speaking of the Club, their leader AJ Styles is headed for a collission course against John Cena in a singles match at the PPV. In many ways this match is like the Hogan/Flair of the post-WCW era, as no one better than AJ Styles represents TNA in its prime. The build has been hot and continues to get more heated. The final Raw should see an increased escalation of the feud between Cena and Styles.
There is no WWE Women’s Title Match announced yet for the PPV, and no female match at all. The only four women on recent Raw and Smackdowns have been Charlotte, with Dana Brooke, Natalya and Becky Lynch. There should be at least one segment with these ladies on Raw, with either a tag match set up for the PPV, or another match with Charlotte defending against Becky or Natalya. We should find out one way or the other tonight on Raw.
While the Miz is off shooting a new Marine move, there will not be an Intercontinental Title match on the PPV. However, WWE has announced that the United States champion Rusev would be defending the title on Money in the Bank 2016. The returning Titus O’Neil is getting the shot, and will go one on one with Rusev. The final build for their match will be featured on Raw.
Shane McMahon was said to be “on vacation” last week, and in his absense, Stephanie was a heel-ish GM, including dressing down Teddy Long. Shane should be back on the show and continue the slow build towards the sibling split that would likely lead into the Brand Split.
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Will a Shield reunion prove disastrous? Will Ambrose join in on the mayhem if a brawl breaks out? After all, he never passes on an opportunity to deconstruct The Architect.
Is The Prizefighter about to claim one of WWE’s greatest prizes? Will Owens keep that momentum going on Raw, six nights before what is already being hailed as the greatest Money in the Bank pay-per-view in history?
Might tag team chaos erupt once again on Raw? It’s anyone’s guess who will leave Sin City with tag team gold around their waist
Will Titus O’Neil show Rusev what Americans are truly made of? O’Neil sets his sights on the star-spangled prize
What does The Club have planned for John Cena before WWE Money in the Bank? Will The Club give Cena an early, painful preview of what he can expect next Sunday in Las Vegas?
WWE added a United States Title defense for Rusev, against Titus O’Neil, to the Money in the Bank 2016 PPV.
This is the Money in the Bank 2016 card heading into Raw, with more matches expected to be finalized.
WWE World Heavyweight Title
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Seth Rollins
John Cena vs. AJ Styles
Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro
WWE Tag Team Titles
The New Day (c) vs. Enzo & Big Cass vs. The Vaudevillains vs. The Club
United States Title
Rusev (c) w/Lana vs. Titus O’Neil
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