WWE Raw Results: Highlights, Analysis, and Grades for June 26

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Cesaro, Sheamus, & Elias Samson vs. The Hardy Boyz & Finn Balor

Result: The Hardy Boyz & Finn Balor defeated Cesaro, Sheamus, & Elias Samson via pinfall

Rating: 4.0 out of 5 stars

I am truly upset that Matt and Jeff are so petty that they had to interrupt the musical interlude. It felt like a three-part harmony that would have challenged the Bee Gees was forthcoming, but alas, we don’t get it.

The match itself was a great way to follow a “Braun Creates Mass Destruction” segment. Six man tag matches are usually better than average affairs in the ring. This one may not have rivaled a Wyatt Family vs. Shield match from 2013-14, but for a show opener, it did the job quite well.

Of course, the live audience got that feel from the match. Watching at home, after the commercial break we quickly learned that the main purpose of the match was to shill a WWE Studios movie coming out in a year. A random appearance at the announce table by Josh Duhamel let the cat out of the bag that Sheamus is going to be in another movie. Glad that the announcement had to come during what could have been a big match, right?

If you ignored the banal, useless drivel coming out of the commentary team during the majority of this one, you got to see some pretty good stuff, especially after the second commercial break. Sheamus is probably going to kill face-in-peril Jeff Hardy with a knee to the face at some point. Samson getting a higher profile spot here allows him to show off his skills, and he’s gonna be good for a while. Balor should be the biggest star in the company.

Two commercial breaks really messed with the flow, though. I get why the breaks were there, but better plotting could have made the match even better.


Wait, the final showdown between Goldust and R-Truth is happening tonight? Weeks of film trailer style promos from both guys, and a random episode of Raw is the blow-off?