WWE Raw results, grades: Theory confronts John Cena, Becky Lynch wins


Theory made his feelings clear to John Cena (Picture: WWE)

WWE star Theory blasted returning legend John Cena on Raw as the pair met backstage during a night which paid tribute to one of the greats.

The 16-time world champion turned Hollywood star was back on Monday night to celebrate 20 years since his WWE debut, and he met the likes of Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins, Ezekiel and more backstage throughout the night.

At one point, he found himself face to face with Theory, after he and the United States Champion have made it clear they want to face each other in the ring one day.

Theory tore down Cena, pointing to his own accomplishments – including becoming the youngest US Champ in history at just 24 years old – and trashing Cena for wearing jorts at 45.

He tried for a trademark selfie only for the future Hall of Famer to walk away, although fans would still get to see him as he stepped out to address the crowd, his career and his future.

As well as crediting the WWE Universe with helping him in his life and career, he responded to calls for ‘one more match’, insisting when he returns to the ring it won’t be for a one-off.

‘It’s been 20 years and I’m 45 years old, I only state that because I don’t know when you’re gonna see me in the ring again. I’m not saying you won’t, I just don’t know when that’s going to be,’ he said. ‘It ain’t just gonna be one [more match], don’t worry about it!’

Elsewhere during the night, plenty of legends paid tribute to Cena, including the likes of Booker T, JBL and now-AEW trio Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan and The Big Show.

Becky Lynch and Riddle qualify for Money In The Bank, Cody Rhodes addresses his injury and more

After the show opened with Cena shaking hands with plenty of superstars, the first match of the night saw Riddle overcome the likes of Rey and Dominik Mysterio, T-Bar, AJ Styles, The Miz and Shinsuke Nakamura in a Battle Royal to qualify for the Money In The Bank.

This was a fun opener – a clear highlight was Ricochet and T-Bar’s exchange with a ladder – and a good way for the Original Bro to work his way into the high stakes match this weekend.

With The Usos and the Street Profits on a collision course for Money In The Bank, we got a fantastic preview as Montez Ford pinned Jey Uso with a huge Frog Splash.

WWE superstars Jey Uso and Montez Ford face off on Raw before Money In the Bank

Montez Ford picked up the win over Jey Uso (Picture: WWE)

With his new physique, undeniable charisma and explosive style in the ring, performances like this should show the higher-ups that he is destined for a main event run.

The Miz and AJ Styles clashed on Miz TV in a segment that was entertaining, while only really being noteworthy for the A-Lister’s reveal that Logan Paul will be back and teaming with him at SummerSlam.

Miz faced off against Styles in an impromptu match which delivered with the in-ring action, but seeing the villain deliberately get counted out was a disappointing ending.

WWE superstars The Miz and AJ Styles face off on Raw

The Miz clashed with AJ Styles (Picture: WWE)

Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair met her next challenger Carmella in the ring as they exchanged some words, and the EST of WWE avoided a cheap shot to take out her rival and stand tall.

After a backstage chat, friends Liv Morgan and Alexa Bliss met in a preview for Money In The Bank, with Liv winning the decent sprint to build some momentum before this Sunday.

Elsewhere, Bobby Lashley found himself in a handicap match against Alpha Academy’s Chad Gable and Otis, with all three men delivering a good bout.

The All Mighty picked up the win, only to be attacked by the duo and US Champ Theory – who he’s facing at Money In The Bank – after the bell.

In the main event, Becky Lynch overcame Xia Li, Doudrop, Tamina, Nikki A.S.H. and Shayna Baszler to earn her way into the Money In The Bank Ladder Match.

It was a fine way to bring her losing streak to an end, and her brief clash with Li suggested there could be some potential there down the line.

Elsewhere on the show, Cody Rhodes appeared backstage in a sling and reflected on his injury, Money In The Bank and his desire to return.

WWE Raw airs Monday nights at 1am on BT Sport 1.



WWE Raw results and grades

  • Money In The Bank Qualifier Battle Royal: Riddle won after eliminating The Miz (B)
  • Montez Ford pinned Jey Uso (B+)
  • AJ Styles beat The Miz via count out (B)
  • Liv Morgan defeated Alexa Bliss (C+)
  • Bobby Lashley beat Alpha Academy (B-)
  • Money In The Bank Last Chance Qualifier: Becky Lynch defeated Xia Li, Shayna Baszler, Tamina, Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. (B)

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