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WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from July 11

Wrestling Reality Team!

    Welcome to Wrestling Reality's coverage and recap of WWE Raw on July 11.

    With Money in the Bank more than a week in the past, WWE is officially focused on setting up the next big event, which will be SummerSlam on July 30.

    We already know the Undisputed WWE Championship will be on the line between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, and The Beast appeared this week to help hype the match.

    Bobby Lashley will also defend the U.S. title against Theory, while The Usos defend the Undisputed Tag Team Championships against The Street Profits. Both feuds and much more were addressed on Monday's show.

    Let's take a look at what happened on this week's episode of WWE Raw.

Opening Segment and Rey Mysterio vs. Finn Balor

1 OF 6

    Raw opened with Lesnar coming out to a warm welcome. He thanked the crowd before talking about his upcoming match against Roman Reigns. It only took a couple of minutes before Paul Heyman interrupted.

    This turned into a long exchange of lines and insults before Theory made an appearance. He taunted The Beast before Otis and Chad Gable came out to try to attack him for some reason. It ended with Lesnar putting Otis through the announce table with an F-5.

    This probably went on a bit longer than it needed to, but seeing Lesnar pick up Otis like he weighed as much as Gable was a fun moment. Everything else was kind of paint-by-numbers.

    Grade: C+

    The first match of the night saw Rey Mysterio take on Judgment Day's Finn Balor. This was a rematch after Rey scored a disqualification win last week using Eddie Guerrero's signature chair trick.

    Damian Priest gave a promo before the match trying to recruit Dominik, but the younger Mysterio did not look interested. We went to a break with Rey and Dom sending Priest and Balor out of the ring.

    The match was already taking place when we returned, so the live crowd got a few more minutes of action than those watching at home. As expected, Rey and Balor had an entertaining exchange, but there were times when it felt like they slowed down more than needed.

    The Prince scored a relatively clean and decisive win over Rey with the Coup de Grace.

    Winner: Finn Balor

    Grade: B-

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • With Edge gone from the group and Rhea Ripley out with an injury, Judgment Day lost a lot of steam quickly.
    • Priest mocking Rey for using somebody else's tricks is kind of funny when you consider that everyone is just using somebody else's stuff at this point. Coming up with a move that has never been done is nearly impossible now.
    • The way Balor tripped Rey on the top turnbuckle looked brutal. Rey crashed to the mat hard but in a way that looked like he was still in control of the impact.
    • It's always surprising when Rey doesn't get more air on his frog splashes.

Bianca Belair vs. Carmella (Raw Women's Championship)

2 OF 6

    Before the match between Bianca Belair and Carmella took place, Becky Lynch made her way out to spectate from ringside and demand a shot at the winner of this bout at SummerSlam.

    Belair picked Mella up and put her in the corner right away to establish her dominance. She slammed The Princess of Staten Island's head into the announce table right in front of Lynch as the show went to a break.

    The match progressed as you would expect. Mella would get in a bit of offense, and then Belair would make a comeback and establish her physical superiority again.

    There were one or two awkward moments, but this match ended up being solid for the most part. It wasn't a pay-per-view-level bout, but it was a good TV match that allowed both women to show off their strengths.

    A distraction from Big Time Becks ended up leading to Belair being counted out, which means she lost the match but not the title. The EST ended by hitting Mella with the K.O.D. to pop the crowd.

    Winner: Carmella

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Belair has the kind of energy that can wake a crowd up. It's infectious.
    • Mella is actually quite good at several things, but the stuff she isn't good at stands out and makes people judge her unfairly. She is more talented than many are willing to admit.
    • The counter Carmella used for the K.O.D. was great.

The Miz and Ciampa vs. AJ Styles and Ezekiel

3 OF 6

    The Miz had Ciampa as his guest for "Miz TV" this week, but he barely let Ciampa say two words. The A-Lister spent most of his time talking about Logan Paul before AJ Styles came out to send both men retreating from the ring.

    Ezekiel came out and ended up becoming Styles' partner for a tag team match. We returned from a break to see Zeke and Ciampa already fighting. The former NXT champion brought The Miz in, but Ezekiel maintained control so he could tag Styles.

    The heels dominated a large portion of the action until The Phenomenal One tagged in and went on a rampage. The match ended with a DQ after Ciampa refused to stop attacking Styles while The Miz was the legal competitor.

    This was a relatively simple match. Everyone looked good, but there was nothing memorable about it. The DQ finish right after a count-out is going to rub some people the wrong way.

    Winners: Styles and Zeke by DQ

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Zeke has had the same gear since he debuted. He hasn't had a single color variation or design change.
    • Ciampa has a way of hitting a running knee and making it look absolutely brutal without actually hurting his opponent. It's impressive.
    • How does Styles hit the Phenomenal Forearm perfectly every time? It shouldn't be statistically possible to be that good.

Alexa Bliss and Asuka vs. Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H.

4 OF 6

    We saw a tag team match in the women's division this week when Asuka teamed up with Alexa Bliss to take on Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H.

    After an initial burst of offense from The Empress, Nikki and Doudrop were able to take control of Bliss and keep her isolated.

    Once Asuka tagged back in, she regained the upper hand. The Goddess came in and hit a DDT on her former tag team partner for the win.

    This match was short and simple. Nothing looked bad, but it didn't give us a lot to sink our teeth into either.

    Winners: Asuka and Alexa Bliss

    Grade: C

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Nikki trying to do a chest bump with Doudrop and bouncing right off her was pretty funny.
    • Asuka and Nikki had some fun matches in NXT. Their little exchange at the start of this match almost felt like them referencing their old feud in a small way.

The Usos and Omos vs. Truth and the Profits

5 OF 6

    WWE continued with the singles matches between The Usos and Street Profits this week when Angelo Dawkins took on Jimmy Uso. As usual, Montez Ford and Jey were at ringside.

    R-Truth ended up coming out to offer his services as both a tag team counselor and a potential referee for their SummerSlam tag title bout. The Usos threatened Truth, but MVP and Omos came down before anything could happen. Omos and The Usos attacked Truth and the Profits before the break to set up a six-man tag match.

    This bout had the usual kind of action you would expect from these six men. The Usos and Profits carried most of the match, Truth would occasionally contribute, and Omos would hit a few power moves when he was legal. It had some good spots, but the match was a little disorganized.

    Omos ended up getting the win for his team by pinning Dawkins, which means he might end up being the special guest ref at SummerSlam as MVP had suggested.

    Winner: Omos and The Usos

    Grade: C+

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The Usos are great on the mic, but they do not need to give a promo on every show. It's starting to feel too repetitive.
    • Truth used to be the funniest part of WWE programming every single week, but the way he has been used for the past year or two has been a little sad.
    • Omos catching Truth when he tried to slingshot himself over the top rope looked decent.
    • Truth being driven into the steps by Omos looked good. The camera angle helped mask how Truth protected himself.

Seth Rollins and Theory vs. Bobby Lashley and Riddle

6 OF 6

    The main event of the night saw Theory team up with Seth Rollins to take on Riddle and Bobby Lashley in a tag team match.

    Theory took control of Riddle almost immediately with a series of hard left hands. It took tagging in Lashley for the babyfaces to take over for a bit. Dolph Ziggler's music hit and he walked to the ring wearing a suit and tie as the show went to a break.

    The Showoff watched from ringside as the match progressed. The Visionary and Mr. MITB kept RIddle isolated as long as they could, but he eventually made the hot tag to The All Mighty.

    The physical ability of the four men in this bout was never in question. This match had plenty about it to enjoy, After Ziggler prevented Theory from cheating, Riddle hit the RKO for the win.

    Winners: Bobby Lashley and Riddle

    Grade: B

    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Theory winning a striking battle against a guy known for being a former MMA fighter was a weird way to start this match. 
    • Ziggler got a nice reaction. He is still over but WWE needs to figure out what to do with him. He is used too inconsistently, especially in 2022. 
    • The spot where somebody gets Speared through a barricade might be used a little too often. It feels like we see it a few times every month. 
    • Babyface Ziggler is going to be so over with the crowd again. This should be fun.

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