Raw Recap: May 23, 2016
Aired on May 23, 2016

Miss Seth Rollins? Well, he didn’t miss you. One night after obliterating Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules, The Architect returned to Raw with a few things on his mind. First among them was the fact that the WWE Universe — in his opinion — didn’t see the value of him as champion until he got hurt, which means he had no use for any of the Johnny-Come-Lately support they threw his way. And second was the WWE World Heavyweight Title that he never lost, currently in possession of the man Rollins was slated to face when he got hurt in the first place: Reigns.

As for “The Guy” himself, Reigns was more than willing to throw down in response to Rollins’ sneak attack the night before, but Rollins made himself scarce before Reigns could get to him. Happily, Shane McMahon was on hand to capitalize by officially announcing Reigns vs. Rollins for the title at Money in the Bank. So it’s The Guy vs. The Man. Place your bets.

For years now, there’s been talk of Cesaro climbing to grab the brass ring. Maybe he’ll settle for a golden briefcase. After being swindled out of Intercontinental Title Matches against The Miz for two pay-per-views running, The King of Swing upended The A-lister to punch (or uppercut) his ticket to his second Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

The Miz was all smiles before the match over retaining his title at Extreme Rules (and rightly so), but The Swiss Superman was quick to knock the smile off Miz’s face. The champion’s only advantage came when a stalled suplex tweaked Cesaro’s taped-up shoulder and Miz was able to capitalize. Of course, Cesaro’s uppercuts are ambidextrous, so he just blasted Miz with one of those when the champion went off the top rope and transitioned quickly into the Neutralizer. Brush up those suits, Cesaro: a night in Las Vegas awaits.

If not for Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson’s interference, AJ Styles might have been able to defeat Roman Reigns one-on-one at Extreme Rules. If not for their absence on Monday, however, he might be headed to Money in the Bank. Ironic, isn’t it? Now, it’s Kevin Owens who’ll head to Las Vegas after Styles more or less dissolved The Club and elected to go it alone against The Prizefighter.

He probably regretted that decision when all was said and done, because Owens was a house on fire from the jump. Styles was hardly a slouch himself, attempting to tap into the savagery he utilized at Extreme Rules. Owens was ready to match him there, ultimately seizing victory by superkicking the ropes out from under Styles as he prepped for the Phenomenal Forearm. A stunned Styles was easy picking for the Pop-up Powerbomb moments later, but would that have happened with his good brothers by his side? It’s hard to say, but definitely some food for thought.

In other action... Sami Zayn def. Sheamus to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match... WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day def. The Social Outcasts... Chris Jericho def. Apollo Crews to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match... Big Cass def. Bubba Ray Dudley... WWE Women's Champion Charlotte dismissed Ric Flair... and Dean Ambrose def. Dolph Ziggler to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.

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