By Jason Powell
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-The broadcast team of Scott Stanford, David Otunga, Corey Graves, and Booker T checked in from the studio at WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.
-The hosts spoke about Vince McMahon deciding that Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon will run Raw together. Otunga said he was initially opposed, but he things Shane is impulsive and Stephanie is more calculated, so it may work. Graves said Shane is more concerned with getting fan chants and tweets and catering to the internet fans. Graves spoke about how the McMahons brought the black sheep back into the family. Booker raised an eyebrow. Graves told him not to make it something it’s not. “I’m just saying,” Booker said. They had a laugh.
-Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles was discussed along with the announcement of a rematch in an Extreme Rules match at Extreme Rules.
-The Enzo Amore injury was addressed and they showed a replay. Stamford and Otunga spoke about how hard the ring ropes are. Stamford said The Vaudevillains believe they were the winners of the match, so New Day will address it on Raw.
-The hosts acknowledged Chris Jericho’s tweet about leaving WWE and showed it on the air. Jericho spoke about how Jericho has a band and other entertainment projects. Booker said sometimes Jericho is sometimes a WWE Superstar. He said he doesn’t know what Jericho’s tweet means for Jericho’s future. Otunga said it’s pride and Jericho wants to feel needed, and he wants people to ask him to stay.
-Stamford announced that Charlotte will address the finish of the women’s title match at Payback on tonight’s Raw.
-The hosts raved about the Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn match. Otunga said Owens won the battle, but the war is far from over. Booker said Owens has a rematch clause he can use. Wait, they still have rematch clauses?!?
-The focus shifted to the Intercontinental Title match from Payback. The Miz and Maryse joined the hosts via Skype. Miz boasted that he is the five-time IC Champion in Booker T style. Booker said he has it trademarked and then smiled. Miz heeled it up as he spoke about winning the match and being attacked afterward. Booker asked if Miz is worried that Owens will use his rematch clause. Miz praised Owens, but said there’s a reason he is the IC Champion and Owens is not. Miz said having Maryse with him 24/7 makes him want to be a better man. Stamford said Miz seems to be more focussed since Maryse arrived. That closed the show.
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