Away from the squash matches and cake throwing, this was an important episode of RAW that did an awesome job of setting up the Money in the Bank event. Add in Charlotte Flair's dismissal of her father, the end of The Club and Seth Rollins' return to RAW (as a heel? Why?) and the announcement of a Rollins/Roman Reigns match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and it's easy to get excited about the creative direction of the brand, even if there were several small missteps that could hurt things long-term.
WWE RAW Coverage: Money in the Bank Primer
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Sami Zayn vs. Sheamus: In the biggest win of his career, Zayn continued to thrive, taking nearly all of Sheamus' signature offense before hitting the Helluva Kick out of nowhere for the win.
Six-Man Tag Match: WWE Tag Team Champions: The New Day: Kofi Kingston, Big E. Langston and Xavier Woods vs. The Social Outcasts: Heath Slater, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel: The Outcasts got started on the right foot, but triple team maneuvers put The New Day back in control and after the assisted Big Ending from Langston and Kingston, TND was victorious. After the match, Slater got the RAW "Birthday' cake rubbed in his face.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Intercontinental Champion The Miz w/Maryse vs. Cesaro: The Miz was in control throughout, but Cesaro used his strength at all the right times, finishing off Miz with a European Uppercut and the Neutralizer.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Chris Jericho vs. Apollo Crews: Jericho was dominant throughout, even if Crews had a few moments to shine. Although Crews escaped the Walls of Jericho a few times, Jericho got the win with the Codebreaker.
Colin Cassady w/Enzo Amore vs. Bubba Ray Dudley w/Devon Dudley: A waste of time that saw Casady get the win with the Empire Elbow on the former TNA World http://www.lampsplus.com/mirro rs/ Heavyweight Champion.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler: An enjoyable match, but one that saw Ambrose get an easier than expected win over Ziggler with the Dirty Deeds after a counter of the Zig-Zag.
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens: A great match with plenty of offense that saw Styles hit a variety of moves from his Belly-to-Back Front Suplex and a Springboard 450. However, Owens wasn't about to lay down, hitting a Pop-Up Powerbomb on the ring steps outside the ring. After Owens was able to escape a Forearm, Owens hit another Pop-Up Powerbomb for the win