WWE Raw results (6/17): Powell’s live review of Jey Uso vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Finn Balor, and Iyo Sky vs. Zelina Vega vs. Kiana James in Money in the Bank qualifiers, Carlito vs. Dragon Lee

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE Raw (Episode 1,621)
Corpus Christi, Texas at American Bank Center
Aired live June 17, 2024 on USA Network

[Hour One] A Clash at the Castle recap video opened the show… Footage aired of Drew McIntyre walking through the backstage area while Michael Cole checked in on commentary. Cole was joined by Pat McAfee, and Alicia Taylor was the ring announcer…

Seth Rollins’ entrance music played. “What?” Michael Cole said regarding the surprise return. Rollins walked onto the stage dressed in all white, including a white hat. “What a shocker,” added Cole. Rollins entered the ring and the Money in the Bank briefcases were hanging over it.

Rollins stood inside the ring and listened while the crowd sang his theme. Cole and McAfee were shown swaying their arms to the song. A “welcome back” chant broke out. Rollins started by welcoming the Corpus Christi crowd back to “Monday Night Rollins.”

Rollins introduced himself and the crowd started singing his song again. Rollins told the fans that he missed them too and thanked them. Rollins said he was cutting to the chase. Rollins said he was back for one reason.

Rollins said he got into the business to be the very greatest of all-time. Rollins said he can’t do that without getting back the championship that he made – the World Heavyweight Championship. Rollins looked at the MITB briefcases hanging above his head and noted that the MITB even is only a few short weeks away. Rollins teased entering the match before he was interrupted.

World Heavyweight Champion Damian Priest made his entrance while walking with a bit of a limp and joined Rollins inside the ring. Priest said he wasn’t being sarcastic, he wanted to come out first to welcome Rollins back. Priest said it was sincerely good to have Rollins back.

Priest said he meant it respectfully when he said that he wanted to cash in the MITB contract on Rollins. Priest said it’s the All Rise show as opposed to Monday Night Rollins. Rollins said he and Priest are a lot alike in that they made their names in groups, they both cashed in MITB contracts and won their first world titles at WrestleMania.

Rollins said there’s one little thing that separates them. “At some point, I grew a set,” Rollins said. He said he wants to be the greatest of all-time and realized at some point that he needed to stand on his own two feet. Rollins asked Priest what he wanted his legacy to be – one of the greatest of all-time or a footnote.

Priest said it was a fair question and he gets it. Priest said he was Rollins’ first challenger when he won the World Heavyweight Championship. Priest said Rollins was better, but time changes things. Priest said people thought he would forfeit his title due to what happened to his leg at Clash at the Castle.

Priest challenged Rollins to face him for the World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank. Rollins wondered what the catch was, but Priest asked him definitively if he wants a shot at his title or not. “If it’s that simple, I accept your challenge,” said Rollins, who added that the show will always be Monday Night Rollins as long as he’s around. Rollins made his exit…

Powell’s POV: Rollins really does look rested and healthy following his injury layoff. It was a cool surprise to open the show with him and a pleasant surprise that he will challenge Priest at MITB. Priest was in babyface mode here in that he was pleasant to Rollins and offered him the title match.

Cole hyped the MITB qualifiers and then footage aired of Bron Breakker putting Ricochet through a car windshield on last week’s show…

Footage aired from earlier in the day of Raw general manager Adam Pearce was talking on the phone in his office when Chad Gable entered the room with Otis, Maxxine Dupri, and Akira Tozawa. Gable blamed his pledges for losing to Sami Zayn and asked for a rematch.

Pearce suggested that he would have to go to the back of the line and earn another shot. Gable told Priest to find him someone worthy to face while emphasizing that he’s an Olympian. Priest said he had the perfect opponent in mind…

Chad Gable made his entrance with Otis, Dupri, and Tozawa heading into a break… The ad for Friday’s Smackdown focused on Cody Rhodes facing a new threat from Solo Sikoa, additional MITB qualifiers, and an appearance by CM Punk in Chicago… [C]

Footage aired of new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn walking in an undisclosed location while Cole hyped their appearance for later in the show…

Braun Strowman made his entrance as Gable’s opponent. “That’s one big son of a bitch,” McAfee said…

1. Braun Strowman vs. Chad Gable (w/Otis, Maxxine Dupri, Akira Tozawa). Dupri used a single crutch and had her left foot in a walking boot. Cole noted that Gable has had five unsuccessful shots at the Intercontinental Title. Strowman stuffed Gable’s early German suplex attempts and put him down with a big boot.

Strowman had Gable seated on the top rope and barked at him about hating bullies. Gable caught him an crossarm breaker over the top rope and broke the hold before the referee’s five count. Gable called his pledges idiots while telling them that’s how it’s done. Strowman knocked Gable off the ropes. [C]

Strowman tossed Gable across the ring. Gable rolled to ringside. Strowman ripped his own t-shirt off and then went to ringside and did his freight train bit. Gable shoved Tozawa in Strowman’s path. Strowman stopped and then tossed Tozawa at Gable.

Strowman threw Gable back inside the ring. Gable caught Strowman with kicks when he tried to return to the ring. Gable ran the ropes and then Strowman caught him, powerslammed him, and pinned him.

Braun Strowman defeated Chad Gable in 6:35.

After the match, Gable ordered his pledges to join him inside the ring while a “you suck” chant broke out. Gable shoved Tozawa and grabbed him by the ear. Dupri cut in between both men. Gable took Dupri’s crutch and threw it to ringside.

Gable ordered Dupri to leave. Otis helped her out of the ring. Gable slapped Tozawa twice. Otis turned around and looked at Tozawa, then shoved Gable to the mat and ripped off his own t-shirt. The crowd popped big while Otis fired up. Gable begged off in the corner.

Otis left the ring while the fans chanted his name. Otos helped Dupri and Tozawa to the back while Cole said Otis finally stepped in. The crowd chanted “you suck” at Gable again. Gable stood up and yelled about family…

Powell’s POV: I suspect this means we’re a step closer to Gable joining forces with Julius Creed, Brutus Creed, and Ivy Nile.

McAfee did his telestrator bit over footage involving Liv Morgan, Dominik Mysterio, and the rest of Judgment Day from last week. McAfee pointed out that Finn Balor stole Morgan’s hotel room keycard during the backstage segment with Judgment Day. A tweet was shown from Liv Morgan that read “Happy Father’s Day, Daddy” for Dom…

Damian Priest arrived in the Judgment Day clubhouse where Finn Balor said he had Priest’s back in the match against Seth Rollins. Dominik Mysterio, JD McDonagh, and Carlito spoke in the background. Priest said he appreciated it and then asked Balor about taking the keycard. Balor said he took the keycard to protect Dom.

Priest said he didn’t mean it that way and told him he has no doubt that he’s the next Mr. Money in the Bank. Priest said he needed to know where his head was at. Balor paused while saying he would cash in and then added that it would be on Cody Rhodes. Balor said Priest knows he can trust him.

Dom said he couldn’t find his purple cow vest. Carlito joked that he probably left it in Morgan’s hotel room. Priest didn’t find the line funny. After the other three left, Priest asked Balor if he had spoken with Rhea Ripley. Balor said hell no…

Iyo Sky made her entrance. She was accompanied onto the stage by Kairi Sane and Dakota Kai before heading to the ring alone for the MITB qualifier… [C]

An ad for NXT spotlighted the 25-man battle royal for a shot at the NXT Championship, along with Cody telling Trick Williams that some of the entrants would be from other locker rooms. The ad also plugged Kelani Jordan defending the NXT Women’s North American Title for the first time in a match against Michin…

Kiana James made her entrance and brought a white bag with her. Zelina Vega made her entrance to the LWO theme…

2. Iyo Sky vs. Kiana James vs. Zelina Vega in a Triple Threat qualifying match for the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Cole noted that there will be six entrants in the MITB matches. Sky knocked James off the apron and hit her with an Asai moonsault. Vega performed a meteora off the apron on Sky. [C]

There was a tower of doom spot coming out of the break. Sky and Vega both draped an arm over James, but the referee did not count. Cole explained the referee declining to count because there could be only one winner.

A faint “this is awesome” chant broke out. Vega launched James toward the corner, but she came up short of the turnbuckle pad. Sky went to the ropes and had her legs swept out from under her by Vega with a 619 style kick. Vega performed a Code Red on Sky and had her beat, but James broke up the pin.

[Hour Two] Women’s World Champion Liv Morgan walked out wearing Dominik Mysterio’s purpose cow vest, which distracted Vega, who barked at her from the apron. James knocked Vega to ringside. Sky hit James with a meteora and then hit her with the Over The Moonsault and scored the pin.

Iyo Sky defeated Kiana James and Zelina Vega in 8:30 in a Triple Threat to qualify for the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

After the match, Morgan smiled and applauded the outcome from ringside. Cole said there would be more qualifying matches on Friday’s Smackdown…

Powell’s POV: A decent Triple Threat match with the expected outcome. When someone is billed as the Genius of the Sky, you naturally assume that person will qualify for a big ladder match. By the way, I think they did the double pin spot simply to establish how that would work in a MITB qualifier. Of course, only time will tell whether they are consistent with that going forward.

Footage recapped Bron Breakker beating Ilja Dragunov and eventually putting Ricochet through a car windshield in the parking area…

Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn made his entrance… [C] Cole plugged Zayn’s comedy show for Money in the Bank weekend in Toronto…

Sami Zayn stood in the ring and said he was proud to walk into Corpus Christi still the Intercontinental Champion. Zayn said Chad Gable didn’t make that easy. He said he doesn’t like Gable, but it’s never easy in the ring with him.

Zayn said all the personal stuff with Gable started because he beat him in a wrestling match. Zayn said it’s now over because he once again beat him in a wrestling match. Zayn said he was moving on from Gable.

Zayn said he’d be lying if he said it was easy to move on from Alpha Academy. Gable said he feels for them, but you have to do things on your own time. He said he didn’t leave The Bloodline until he was ready and said the same was true of Jey Uso. Zayn said he had to look forward and do his job by defending his title against anybody and everybody.

Bron Breakker made his entrance to his painfully generic entrance theme. Breakker entered the ring and looked at Zayn, then looked at the crowd. Zayn asked Breakker if he interrupted just to stand there or if he had something he wanted to say.

Breaker said he didn’t have to say much because Zayn knows what he was there for and what he’s capable of doing in the ring. Zayn spoke about the bodies he’s left. Breaker said Zayn is next on his list “because I am taking the Intercontinental Championship.” Zayn held up his title belt and asked Breakker if it’s what he wanted.

Sheamus made his entrance in non-wrestling attire and told Zayn to pump the brakes. Sheamus said he’s been chasing the Intercontinental Title for five years. Sheamus said that if Zayn is giving out opportunities, he should consider him. Sheamus told Zayn he’s coming for his title.

Breaker took offense and asked Sheamus if he was going to act like he wasn’t standing there. Breakker said no one cares about his sob story regarding the Intercontinental Title. Breakker said everyone knows what happens when you’re in his way. Breakker said he would kick Sheamus’s ass.

Sheamus said Breakker is cocky and he gets that’s the new hot kid, but he has no skin in the game when it comes to the Intercontinental Title. Sheamus told Breakker to get to the back of the line “before I make you.” Sheamus and Breakker jawed at one another.

Zayn said he was going backstage to speak with Adam Pearce. Zayn said the fans didn’t want to see Sheamus and Breakker talk it out, they want to see them fight it out later in the show. Zayn left the ring while Sheamus and Breakker continued to jaw at one another…

Powell’s POV: I’m definitely looking forward to Sheamus vs. Breakker, but why haven’t they found better music for Breakker? Breakker spun his wheels for the better part of a year in NXT because everyone assumed he was coming up to the main roster and yet no one bothered to find something better than “Generic Hard Rock Instrumental Theme No. 61” for his entrance.

A pre-tape with Dragon Lee aired. He spoke about his history with Carlito and their upcoming match. Lee made his entrance with Rey Mysterio and Joaquin Wilde, who headed toward the ring with him… [C]

New WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Alba Fyre and Isla Dawn were interviewed by Jackie Redmond after a video package recapped their win. Fyre spoke about how they got to win the titles in front of friends and family. Dawn said the hard work starts now and they will take on anyone who gets in their way.

Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark showed up. Baszler recalled she and Stark beating the duo last week and said the referee missed it when she made Jade Cargill tap out at Clash at the Castle. Stark said they are coming for the tag team titles…

Carlito made his entrance with Dominik Mysterio and JD McDonagh while Cole noted that Alicia Taylor was filling in as the ring announcer. Cole said Samantha Irvin would return next week…

Powell’s POV: Oops. I mistakenly assumed Irvin would be handling the ring announcing duties., I corrected my earlier mistake to avoid further confusion.

3. Dragon Lee (w/Rey Mysterio, Joaquin Wilde) vs. Carlito (w/Dominik Mysterio, JD McDonagh). Lee used a huracanrana to pull Carlito off the apron heading into an early break. [C] Lee caught Carlito in a tree of woe and then double stomped him. Lee set up for a move and was backdropped, but he came right and hit a sit-out powerbomb for a near fall.

Liv Morgan walked out dressed in Dom’s purple cow vest. Dom asked where she got it as she got uncomfortably close. Zelina Vega ran out and shoved Morgan into Dom. Wilde tried to pull Vega away and then got into it with Dom, who shoved him into the ring steps. Rey threw punches at Dom.

Lee went to the ropes and was tripped by McDonagh. Carlito hit a Backstabber on Lee and then pinned him.

Carlito defeated Dragon Lee in 8:00.

After the match, the Judgment Day members ushered Dom to the back while Liv smiled and laughed…

Powell’s POV: A Judgment Day finish, but a fairly clever one with all of the moving parts.

The broadcast team recapped the finish of Damian Priest beating Drew McIntyre to retain the World Heavyweight Championship following the spot with CM Punk at Clash at the Castle. Cole also set up the footage of Punk borrowing a referee shirt before he ran to the ring…

Drew McIntyre was shown walking backstage while the screen filled with static and had an image on it. Cole asked if tonight was the night… [C]

A shot aired of Progressive Field while Cole hyped SummerSlam for Cleveland Browns Stadium…

Chad Gable entered the Alpha Academy dressing room and complained about Otis putting his hands on him. Otis told Gable that he, Maxxine Dupri, and Akira Tozawa were leaving. Gable said they are family. Otis said they were done and then the trio made their exit.

Gable threw a fit while saying that they would be nothing with him. Gable said he would win Money in the Bank and do something that the failure Otis could never do – cash in successfully and become world champion…

Drew McIntyre made his entrance. Cole said Clash at the Castle should be renamed Curse of the Clash for McIntyre. Footage aired of McIntyre grabbing Corey Graves by the throat and barking at Wade Barrett after the Clash at the Castle main event. Cole said McIntyre was fined for his actions.

McIntyre stood inside the ring while a CM Punk chant broke out. McIntyre said Punk’s name and looked annoyed when the fans cheered and an even louder Punk chant broke out. McIntyre said Punk’s name again and then shook his head.

“I can’t do this anymore,” McIntyre said. “Screw this company. I quit.” McIntyre exited the ring while the fans booed. Adam Pearce ran out and tried to tell McIntyre not to end it like this. McIntyre was still walking toward the back heading into a break. [C]

Powell’s POV: I was hoping for McIntyre’s version of a Pipe Bomb promo.

Footage aired from during the break of Paul Levesque talking to McIntyre in the Gorilla Position. McIntyre stormed away. Adam Pearce chased after him…

Cole and McAfee were shown at the broadcast table. Cole said McIntyre never gave Punk a chance. McAfee said he was bummed out and didn’t want to see McIntyre quit. “We’ll miss you, Drew,” McIntyre said. “I love Drew, man”…

Dakota Kai and Kairi Sane made their entrance while their opponents were already inside the ring…

4. Dakota Kai and Kairi Sane vs. Kayden Carter and Katana Chance. Chance pulled Kai over the apron and then Carter splashed Kai. The Damage CTRL duo came back. Sane hit an Insane Elbow on Carter and had her beat, but Chance broke up the pin. Chance was tossed to ringside.

Lyra Valkyria came out and checked on chance and then bickered with Kai. Carter dropped Sane with a DDT and then escaped Kai’s rollup attempt. Carter caught Kai with a kick and then tagged in her partner. Carter and Chance performed the Afterparty and then Chance pinned Kai…

Kayden Carter and Katana Chance beat Dakota Kai and Kairi Sane in 2:30.

Powell’s POV: This was fine while it lasted, but it definitely had a blink and you missed it feel to it.

Bron Breakker was shown getting ready backstage. Cole said Breakker’s match with Sheamus was official and was coming up after the break… [C] Highlights aired from the Damian Priest and Seth Rollins segment…

[Hour Three] Cole said Damian Priest vs. Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank was made official by Adam Pearce…

Backstage, Dakota Kai said she didn’t understand what Lyra Valkyria did because she has no beef with Damage CTRL. Iyo Sky said Damage CTRL must change or she will do things herself…

Sami Zayn was at ringside and then Sheamus and Bron Breakker made their entrances…

5. Bron Breakker vs. Sheamus. Sami Zayn was seated next to the broadcast table. Cole assumed that the winner would earn an Intercontinental Title match. Cole said Breakker made mincemeat of Ricochet last week and said no one knows if we’ll see Ricochet again.

Breakker ran the ropes and knocked Sheamus down with an early forearm. Cole said Breakker runs the ropes at 23 MPH. McAfee said everyone thought he would do 25 or 30 MPH, but they were coming off a four show week (I get what McAfee was going for, but this was a counterproductive line). Sheamus came back with an Irish Curse backbreaker.

Sheamus sent Breakker to ringside and hit him with a clothesline off the apron before rolling him back inside the ring. Breakker got up and clotheslined Sheamus over the top rope. Breakker knocked Sheamus back to ringside with a knee strike. Breakker jumped from the apron and clotheslined Sheamus, which sent both men tumbling over the broadcast table. [C]

Breakker hoisted up Sheamus and hit him with a lung blower for a two count. Breakker jawed at Sheamus, who fired up and told him to bring it. Both wrestlers traded punches. Sheamus clotheslined Breakker in the corner and then performed a swinging uranage slam for a two count.

Sheamus placed Breakker on his shoulders and then climbed to the middle rope. Breakker slipped away and got Sheamus seated on the top turnbuckle. Sheamus fought out of it. Breakker went for a huracanrana and slipped, then opted to perform the move anyway, which looked rough and could have been more dangerous that it ended up being.

Sheamus came right back with White Noise. Breakker put Sheamus down and set up for a spear in the corner, but Sheamus drilled him with a knee strike and covered him for a near fall. Sheamus hit Breakker with Ten Beats.

Sheamus set up for his Brogue Kick finisher, but Ludwig Kaiser showed up at ringside and pulled Sheamus down. Kaiser slammed Sheamus’s bad knee into the ring post and the referee called for the bell.

Sheamus fought Bron Breakker to an apparent no-contest in 13:00.

Sheamus got the better of Kaiser and tossed him into the timekeepers’ area. Breakker speared Sheamus. A group of officials and producers ran. Breakker and Zayn exchanged a look before Breakker was escorted to the back.

Kaiser hopped over the barricade and attacked Sheamus again. Kaiser placed Sheamus’s right leg over the middle ring step. Kaiser got a running start, but Breakker returned and ran around the other side of the ring and met Kaiser with a spear.

Breakker and Zayn jawed at one another while referees and producers tried to keep them apart. Breakker broke free and shoved Zayn, who then tossed the plastic hydration station piece…

Powell’s POV: The lack of a clean finish had to be expected because they didn’t advertise the match going into the show. Even so, I enjoyed the match and the post match angle. Really good stuff. It’s a little thing, but I like the way that Zayn stood up and walked around at key points of the match as opposed to staying seated the entire time.

Backstage, Dominik Mysterio asked if anyone had seen his vest. He found Liv Morgan, who was still wearing the vest. Dom asked her to please give him the vest. Morgan said she would if Dom took it off her. Dom started to unzip the zipper.

Damian Priest walked around the corner and called for Dom to stop. Dom said he was just trying to take his vest back. Priest told Dom to go back to the clubhouse. Priest asked Morgan to leave Dom alone, adding that he wants nothing to do with her. Morgan said she thinks Dom wants everything to do with her and then walked away… [C]

Powell’s POV: The Liv and Dom saga continues to be one of the highlights of the show.

Backstage, Karrion Kross and Scarlett delivered a promo. Kross spoke about his recent dealings with Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods. Kross said he was thinking about doing something really out of control, but then Scarlett came up with an idea to do something that wouldn’t result in him going to jail. Kross challenged Kingston or Woods to face him in a match with no one at ringside. Kross said he hopes it would be Kingston and added that Kingston would rather have Woods in the back anyway…

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods delivered a promo from inside their locker room. Kingston said they are the greatest tag team of all-time and asked who Kross is to give them advice. Woods spoke about the challenge that Kross issued. Kingston cut him off and said that since Kross called his name out, he accepted his challenge…

Powell’s POV: Woods looked a little annoyed by Kingston interrupting him and taking the match. It’s still hard to imagine that this is leading to New Day splitting, but they at least have to tease the possibility.

Cole hyped CM Punk appearing on Smackdown in Chicago for one night only.

The following matches were announced for next week’s Raw in Indianapolis: Chad Gable vs. Braun Strowman vs. Bronson Reed in a Money in the Bank qualifier, and Lyra Valkyria vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Sane in a Money in the Bank qualifier…

Jey Uso delivered a promo while a bunch of fans stood behind him in a concourse area. Jey spoke about winning MITB and becoming the new champion. Jey called for his music to play and then made his entrance through the crowd for the MITB qualifier… [C]

An ad for Smackdown listed Kevin Owens vs. Andrade vs. Grayson Waller in an MITB qualifier, and Randy Orton vs. Tama Tonga vs. Carmelo Hayes in another MITB qualifier…

Finn Balor made his entrance while Cole said he might have to make an in-person appearance on next week’s Pat McAfee Show given that Raw will be in Indianapolis. Rey Mysterio made his entrance.

Cole announced that Drew McIntyre deactivated all of his social media accounts after announcing that he quit WWE earlier in the show…

6. Jey Uso vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Finn Balor in a Triple Threat qualifier for the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Balor took a powder once the bell rang to start the match. Jey and Rey slapped hands and then locked up. Rey took Jey down with an arm drag. Balor ran in and Rey took him down with an arm drag. Moments later, Rey dove from the ring and onto Balor on the floor. [C]

Rey got Balor in position for the 619. When he went for the move, Balor regrouped and put Rey down with a clothesline. Jey returned and dropped Balor with a step-up enzuigiri, but then Balor caught him with an overhead kick. All three men were down heading into a break. [C]

Balor sent Jey to the floor and then taunted the crowd on the apron. Rey hit him with a 619 to the gut and then did a baseball slide onto him on the floor. Back in the ring, Rey hit a traditional 619 on Balor and then hit another on Jey.

Rey went up top and performed a double huracanrana that awkwardly put both men in position before Rey hit them with a double 619. Rey went to the ropes and was cut off by Dom. Rey knocked Dom off the apron and hit him with a seated senton.

JD McDonagh and Carlito showed up and attacked Rey while Cole reminded viewers there are no disqualifications in a Triple Threat match. Braun Strowman ran out and chased Dom, McDonagh, and Carlito into the crowd.

Balor put Jey down with a sling blade clothesline. Rey returned and was hoisted up by Balor, who swung Rey’s legs into Jey. Balor slammed Rey to the mat and hit him with a Coup de Grace. Jey hit Balor with the Uso Splash and then pinned him…

Jey Uso defeated Finn Balor and Rey Mysterio in 16:10 to qualify for the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

Jey celebrated his win while Cole hyped Strowman vs. Gable vs. Reed in a Triple Threat MITB qualifier for next week’s Raw in Indianapolis.

The lights went out and then the familiar doorway appeared while piano music played. The door opened and there was a symbol and then the lights went out while the piano music continued. There was fog on the floor and what appeared to be a masked Nikki Cross crawled toward a lantern and then stood up and pointed behind her.

The camera went backstage where the ground was covered in fog. A man dressed in the Ramblin’ Rabbit outfit stood over three fallen people. The camera entered the Gorilla Position area where there was more fog and laid out bodies while a masked person triggered something electrical.

There was blood on the wall behind one person. A masked person was shown sitting crosslegged on a production crate and another person wearing a gas mask was shown. Chad Gable was shown with blood on his forehead in front of a production crate.

Uncle Howdy was shown and he held his arms out before walking through the fog past Gable. Howdy walked into the Gorilla Position area and was followed by the other two men. Howdy and the others entered the arena. Howdy picked up the lantern and was joined by the three men and one female. “We’re here,” Howdy said before blowing out the lantern and then the screen went black. An horror movie style image of what appeared to be a woman (Sister Abigail?) flashed on the screen to end the show…

Powell’s POV: All those URL codes and all that time just for Uncle Howdy and his crew to show up and be arrested for aggravated assault and perhaps even murder? Jokes aside, this was eery and cool, but they did go farther than I anticipated with so many people laid out backstage.

The main event was solid, but I really could have done without the overprotection of Rey via the Judgment Day interference. Why not just put Jey over clean? The finish was well executed and putting Jey in the MITB match is a good idea. Hopefully there’s no second chance qualifiers. If not, the threat of Balor winning MITB and tormenting Balor ended with this match.

Overall, a strong show coming out of WWE Clash at the Castle that did an effective job of setting the table for another quick turnaround before Money in the Bank. There’s a lot of strong storytelling taking place in addition to the MITB qualifiers. I will be back later tonight with my weekly same night audio review of Raw for Dot Net Members (including our Patreon patrons). Let me know what you thought of Raw by grading the show below.

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Readers Comments (8)

  1. Good lord was Sheamus drunk?

  2. Well that was much more intense than I expected

  3. “Gable told Priest to find him someone worthy to face while emphasizing that he’s an Olympian. Priest said he had the perfect opponent in mind…”

  4. TheGreatestOne June 18, 2024 @ 9:26 am

    I liked the original Wyatt Family, and the Firefly Funhouse had its moments, but the final incarnation was terrible and bringing it back with a bunch of jobbers is just terrible.

    I liked most of the show but that’s a lousy way to end it. First F I’ve given WWE in a while.

    • I think you are in the minority with this opinion. I know the Wyatt sicks is not for everyone but the introduction Monday night was exciting from the majority I have seen. We will see how the story unfolds, and if WWE can merge the cinematic with wrestling.

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