By Jason Powell
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-Scott Stanford, David Otunga, Corey Graves, and Booker T hosted the show from the WWE Studios in Stamford, Connecticut and hyped that Shane McMahon is in control of Raw “due to overwhelming social media support.”
-Charlotte vs. Natalya for the WWE Women’s Championship was also hyped for Raw.
-The hosts debated Shane being in control of Raw. Otunga and Booker praised Shane’s performance at WrestleMania, while Graves said they must be big on participation ribbons because Shane didn’t win the match.
-AJ Styles becoming No. 1 contender was recapped. Graves credited him with bouncing back after losing in front of 100,000 people at WrestleMania. He said Roman Reigns faced greater adversity when he beat Triple H with most of the crowd rooting against him. He said he doesn’t think there’s any stopping Roman. Otunga said it will be a classic power vs. speed match. Otunga said his son likes “little, fast guys who flip around” but he said power wins every time. Graves told him to watch Kalisto vs. Ryback.
-The focus shifted to Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn. Stanford said their feud goes back to NXT. Graves said it goes back further and spoke about how they were friends as kids. He left out that whole ROH and independent part of the story. Stanford said Zayn and Owens will both be in the building at Raw.
-Stanford asked Booker who that guy was for him. Booker said Chris Jericho was his all-time rival. He said people will be talking about their rivalry 30 years from now.
-The Intercontinental Title change was addressed next. Booker said Ryder finally reached his potential. Booker said he spoke with Ryder about not fumbling the ball “and that’s exactly what he did.” Booker said Ryder is destined to be the Brooklyn Brawler or Barry Horowitz. One of the other hosts mentioned Johnny Rodz. Booker addressed Maryse joining Miz by saying the best thing that happened for him was when his queen joined him and they took over the wrestling world.
-Enzo Amore and Big Cass joined the hosts via their Skype hotline. Enzo and Cass said they weren’t nervous last week because they’ve been waiting three years for the opportunity. “Went yard,” Enzo said. Otunga asked about their influences. Enzo said Tupac and Shawn Michaels while ripping into Otunga who disrespected them. Booker told Otunga not to disrespect them, then asked what tag teams they looked up to. Cass said the New Age Outlaws.
Graves said it’s been no secret how he feels about them, yet he congratulated them. He asked what they were thinking when they interrupted the Dudley Boyz. Cass said they wanted to make a splash, they saw a target, and they went after them. Enzo and Cass told Otunga, Graves, and Stanford that they are sawft.
-The presentation of the women’s segment was recapped and they closed the show.