Monday, May 21, 2018

WWE RAW Results - May 21, 2018

WWE RAW Results - May 21, 2018
We are live from Albany, New York and Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring to pen tonight's edition of Monday Night RAW.

Kurt welcomes everyone to Raw and he says Raw has been on a roll lately. He says Ronda Rousey is in the building. She will have her first title match at Money in the Bank against Nia Jax. Tonight, he will be presiding over the contract signing. There will be a Fatal Four Way Qualifying Match for the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match...

Stephanie McMahon's music interrupts and she makes her way to the ring.

Stephanie says they have talked many times and after what happened at Wrestlemania, it is all water under the bridge. You are forgiven. Stephanie says she is a leader and a businessperson who will do what is best for business. Stephanie says she has forgiven everything. With her guidance, Kurt can do so much... well a little bit better. She says that Kurt has done a phenomenal job since Wrestlemania. She says Kurt needs to listen to her so she will be the one presiding over the contract signing.

Kurt says he could use more room for guidance. Stephanie says that Kurt has let his emotions get in the way with Roman Reigns. You have given him too much lattitude... Roman Reigns makes his way to the ring.

Roman says if you are going to say something about him, say it to him. Stephanie says she does not understand Roman's new attitude with the aggression in his voice. You were the Big Dog and the leader. If you are going to let you Samoan temper get in the way, you might want to look for another line of work. Roman tells Stephanie that she should watch her tone because he can go to the back and use his Samoan temper to destroy her favorite superstars. Stephanie says she does not play favorites. She does what is best for business. She is a leader. She manages multiple revenue streams. She does not play favorites. That is beneath her. Roman mentions Stephanie's favorite revenue stream: Brock Lesnar.

Stephanie says she has taken Roman's concerns to her father and they have heard every word. Roman tells her to cut the corporate crap and look into his eyes and speak the truth. You don't want him near the Universal Title or Money in the Bank Match. Stephanie reminds Roman that he lost his qualifying match. If you want to take it up with someone, take it up with Jinder Mahal. Roman says that he already did.

Kevin Owens makes his way to the stage.

Kevin says he feels in debt to Roman because Jinder was not able to compete in his match last week and Kevin grabbed that chance for the Money in the Bank Match. Kevin says winning Money in the Bank is what is best for business. Kevin says he will tell Roman how people feel about him. Kevin says he is willing to tell everyone how he feels about Roman Reigns. Kevin says he likes Roman. He tells the people to stop with the stupid chants and chant 'Thank You Roman'.

Kevin says as much as he likes Roman, he disagrees with Roman when he said that Stephanie plays favorites. Kevin says he had issues with her father and brother, but she still made Kevin the cornerstone of Raw. It is because she knows talent when she sees it. Stephanie tells Kevin not to touch her. Stephanie says that he will let Roman work off some of that temper and she is going to let him face Kevin Owens right now. But first... We go to commercial.

Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens

Back from the break and the match is underway as Reigns backs Owens into the corner. The referee backs him off. Owens stalls some before taking Reigns down with a headlock. Owens with a waist lock but Roman with a standing switch and Owens gets away from Roman. Owens with a side head lock. Roman with a side head lock and shoulder tackle that sends Owens to the floor. Roman with an uppercut and punches to Owens. He sends Kevin into the turnbuckles. Roman with punches. Owens with a chop that does nothing to Roman. Owens with a forearm but Roman with a forearm. Roman with punches in the corner and an uppercut.

Roman with a head butt and Irish whip. Roman runs into a boot and Owens goes to the turnbuckles. Roman with an uppercut and Owens goes to the floor. Roman goes to the apron and then to the floor. Roman walks into a chop and Roman with a punch to respond. Roman sends Owens back into the ring and Owens goes to the floor. Roman goes to the floor and he goes for the broad jump drop kick but Owens moves. Owens with a super kick and we go to commercial.

We are back and Owens goes to the turnbuckles and Roman with a punch to stop him. Roman with more punches while Owens is on the turnbuckles. Roman sets for a superplex but Owens with a punch and forearm to stop him. Roman goes to the mat. Roman runs into a back elbow and Roman with clotheslines. Roman with a flying clothesline. Roman with Neverending Story but he misses the running boot. Owens with a DDT for a near fall.

Owens sets for the pop up power bomb but Reigns holds on to the ropes and kicks Owens. Roman with a Samoan drop for a near fall. Roman sets for the Superman punch but Owens moves and gets a near fall with a rollup. Owens with a super kick and then he sets for a cannonball but Roman with a Superman punch. Roman can only get a near fall. Roman looks around and sets for the spear but Owens moves out of the way and goes to the floor. Roman with a spear on the floor, as Jinder Mahal attacks Roman from behind and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner: Roman Reigns (by disqualification)

After the bell, Jinder, with taped up ribs, works Reigns over on the floor as the referee warns him. Jinder rolls Reigns back into the ring and continues the assault. Owens returns to the ring for the double team. The music hits and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins for the save. Rollins hits the ring and unloads on all three heels, clearing the ring as we go back to commercial.

Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal

Back from the break and we've got a tag team match as Rollins goes at it with Jinder.

Rollins with chops to Mahal as the match is joined in progress. Mahal with a shoulder tackle. Rollins with a drop kick. Rolilns with a pescado onto Mahal. Roman tags in and Seth with a forearm in the corner followed by a clothesline from Roman for a near fall. Roman with punches but Mahal with an elbow and Owens tags in. Owens kicks Roman. Mahal tags back in and he kicks Roman. Mahal with a reverse chin lock.

Mahal with an elbow to the top of the head and Mahal with a half nelson and chin lock. Mahal backs Roman into the corner and connects with shoulders while Owens is tagged in. Owens with punches. Owens with a reverse chin lock. Owens with a kick but Roman with a clothesline and both men are down. Mahal tries to interfere but he is sent to the floor by Roman. Mahal pulls Rollins off the apron as Seth tries to make the tag. Mahal sends Rollins into the ringside barrier while Owens hits a cannonball and gets a near fall.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Mahal with a chop and he sends Roman into the corner. Owens tags in and he punches Roman. Owens with a shoulder in the corner. Owens with punches to Roman as he taunts Rollins on the apron. Roman with punches but Owens with a drop toe hold. Owens with cross faces to Roman followed by a kick to the ribs and he gets a near fall. Owens with a rear chin lock into a reverse chin lock. Roman gets Owens on his shoudlers for a moment but Owens escapes. Reigns with a boot to the head and both men are down. Mahal and Rollins tag in and Rollins with a springboard clothesline to Mahal followed by an elbow.

Rollins with Slingblade and a clothesline that sends Mahal over the top rope to the floor. Owens grabs Rollins' leg and Rollins with a kick to Owens. Rollins with a suicide dive onto OWens and then onto Mahal on the other side of the ring. Mahal runs into a boot and Rollins with a blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins sets for Black Out but Sunil distracts Rollins and Mahal with a gutbuster from a fireman's carry position and Mahal gets a near fall.

Mahal sets for Khallas but Rollins with an enzuigiri. Owens tags in and Rollins with a flatline into the turnbuckles. Owens with a gutbuster as Rollins comes off the ropes. Owens with an elbow drop from the turnbuckles and Roman breaks up the cover. Roman with a Samoan drop to Mahal. Owens with a super kick to Roman. Owens blocks the V Trigger and Rollins escapes the pop up power bomb. Rollins goes for Black Out but misses. Rollins does not miss the second time and he gets the three count.

Winners: Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins

After the match, Mahal attacks Rollins from behind with a steel chair and then he does the same to Reigns. Mahal continues to attack Reigns with the chair. Referees come out and hold their arms to point to tell Jinder to go to the back. Mahal drives the top of the chair into Roman's ribs one more time before going to the back.

- We see highlights from Bobby Lashley's interview that aired two weeks ago. Samy Zain and Lashley's sister(s?) are next. Back to commercial.

- We are back and we are told that Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns has been added to Money In The Bank PPV.

In the Arena:

We go to the ring and out comes Sami Zayn. Sami says we now know that Bobby Lashley's interview with Renee Young was not truthful. He will prove this with the help of Lashley's sisters. Sami asks fans to give it up for The Lashley Sisters - Francis, Cathy and Jessica. These are obviously not Lashley's sisters. It looks like indie wrestlers dressed as women.

Sami thanks the Lashley sisters for joining him. He says he totally sees the trademark Lashley family resemblance. Cathy says Lashley was mean to them as a kid. She's carrying a broom and talks about how Lashley liked picking on her the most but she beat him away with their mother's broom. Francis is carrying a helmet and talks about how she started using it because Lashley always thumped her on the head. Sami talks to Jessica next and she's carrying a towel. Lashley would hurt her feelings as a kid, making her feel so bad that she would cry. A tissue wasn't enough. He made her cry so much that the towel was soaking wet by the end of the night. Fans are booing now. Sami says we're starting to get a picture of the real Bobby Lashley, what he's been saying all along. Cathy says Lashley only loves himself. Francis says their parents hated Lashley, to the point they had to send him to reform school. They also talk about how the community always called police on Lashley because he was a candy thief. This goes on until the music hits and out comes Lashley.

Bobby says hello to his sisters. He says he cannot believe how Cathy is still single. He says that Jessica likes to be thrifty but her outfit looks great. Bobby says that Frances has something that so many people want to have, a big hairy mustache. Bobby calls Sami a great friend and he thanks him for doing it..

Sami says Bobby would like it more if he Helluva Kicked him in the face and threw him out of the ring like a piece of garbage. That is what your family thinks of you, you are garbage.

Sami tries to leave the ring but Bobby stops him. Bobby's sisters attack Bobby and hold Bobby for Sami. Sami punches Bobby. Bobby punches Sami and then he punches Frances and clotheslines Jessica and Cathy. Bobby grabs the helmet and puts it on Frances' head and punches her. Bobby sends Cathy over the top rope to the floor. Lashley kicks Jessica in the midsection and then grabs the towel and whips her. Lashley with a spinebuster to Jessica. Bobby puts the broom between Cathy's legs and lifts her up and throws her over the top rope to the floor.

- We take a look back at the challenge that Nia Jax made to Ronda Rousey last week in New York.

- Ember Moon makes her way to the ring as we go to commercial.

We are back and Alexa Bliss is in the interview area. Renee asks her about her match against Ember and how Ember has pinned her before. Alexa asks if Renee brought her out to talk about ancient history. Rome was sacked by the Visigoths but if it was a fair fight, the Romans would have won. Ember's Raw debut was no different, she did not know who she was and she could not prepare for her. Alexa says she will win tonight.

Ember Moon vs. Alexa Bliss

They lock up and Ember with an arm bar but Alexa pulls Ember to the mat and then she stomps on Ember's head. Ember kips up while Alexa poses. Ember with a running cross body for a near fall. Alexa goes to the floor and Mickie checks on her. Ember with a baseball slide and Alexa misses a clothesline. Ember with a head scissors but Ember is sent shoulder first into the ringside barrier.

Alexa gets a near fall and then applies an arm bar. Alexa gets a near fall. We go to commercial.

We are back and Bliss gets a near fall. Alexa with a knee drop to the arm and then she drops another knee onto the injured arm. Alexa kicks Ember in the shoulder and applies an arm bar. Alexa pulls Ember back to the mat. Alexa with a figure four arm bar. Ember gets a near fall and Ember with a forearm and side slam. Ember with kicks and knees followed by a drop kick. Alexa grabs the ring skirt and Alexa kicks Ember in the head. Mickie comes into the ring and the referee sends Mickie to the back.

Ember with a forearm to Mickie but Alexa with a rollup for a near fall. Alexa drives the injured arm into the ropes. Ember with a kick to Alexa from the apron and she goes up top for Eclipse and hits it for the three count.

Winner: Ember Moon

Backstage:


Stephanie McMahon is backstage when Finn Balor walks in with Braun Strowman, looking for Kurt Angle. Stephanie says this was Kurt's office but he was nice enough to let her borrow it. She's made a few changes, including a photo of Vince McMahon on display. Balor and Strowman want a rematch against Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Stephanie says they're not a real tag team and will be against each other at MITB. Stephanie wonders if Balor blames Braun for coming up short last week. They exchange a look and it sounds like she's right. Stephanie makes Balor vs. Strowman for tonight. Braun crushes an apple in his hand and says he likes competition.

No Way Jose vs. Baron Corbin

We go to the ring and out comes No Way Jose with his conga line. Back to commercial.

Jose with punches but Corbin with an Irish whip. Corbin slides around the ring post and Jose with a baseball slide followed by a pescado. Corbin kicks Jose to the floor and Corbin with a clothesline off the apron. Corbin stomps on Jose on the floor. They return to the ring and he sends Jose shoulder first into the ring post. Corbin pushes Jose's head into the ring post and then gets a near fall. Corbin with a half nelson and chin lock.

Jose with punches but Corbin with a knee. Jose sends Corbin shoulder first into the ring post. Jose with an elbow and punches. Jose with a boot to Corbin and clothesline. Jose with a flap jack out of a fireman's carry for a near fall. Corbin goes for the choke breaker but Jose with a counter into a rollup for a near fall. Corbin with Deep Six and then he sets for End of Days and hits it for the three count.

Winner: Baron Corbin

Backstage:


Kurt Angle is trying to get cell reception and Chad Gable stops by. Chad says he was looking for Kurt in his office. Kurt says he likes it in the hallway because it is quiet. Kurt says that he would have loved to have replaced Jinder with Chad last week, but management had other plans. Chad says when he gets that opportunity...

Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler show up and Dolph tells Kurt he loves what he has done with the place. Drew reminds Kurt that they beat Finn Balor and Braun Strowman and they would love to do it again, but that decision is above Kurt's pay grade. Chad says that Drew and Dolph seem special. Drew says they are. Dolph says that he doesn't just sit around for a hand out. Chad says he isn't waiting, why not do it now. Kurt says that it will be settled in the ring tonight.

Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas vs. Tyler Breeze and Fandango

Axel and Breeze start things off and Axel gets a near fall. They lock up again and Breeze with a take down and he gets a near fall. Axel goes to the floor and Bo talks to him. Bo tags in and Breeze with a drop toe hold and cover for a near fall. Fandango tags in and he goes up top and connects with a forearm to the arm. Fandango with punches and he gets a near fall. Bo goes for a sunset flip and Fandango stays on his feet. Axel tags in and they hit a belly-to-back suplex and neck breaker for the three count.

Winners: Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas

After the match, Axel and Dallas go wild with the celebration as their music hits. They celebrate hard up the ramp and go to the announce table. Axel crawls all over the announce table while Dallas brags and high-fives Graves, then hugs him. The celebration continues back to ringside and back up the ramp.

- Still to come, the contract signing for Rousey vs. Jax. Back to commercial.

In the Arena:

Back from the break and RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon is in the ring, which is set up for a contract signing. She says the world was shocked at the recent challenge heard around the world. She hypes Ronda Rousey vs. RAW Women's Champion Nia Jax for Money In the Bank and introduces the champion first. Out comes Jax with the title.

Stephanie gives some props to Jax and says she has boldly chosen her next opponent. Stephanie introduces Rousey next and out she comes. Rousey taunts Stephanie, asking how her arm is. Stephanie asks if they'd like to have a seat. Stephanie says her arm is great and thanks Rousey for asking. Rousey and Jax take their seats. Stephanie asks Rousey how it feels to leapfrog the entire division, women Rousey has said that are more deserving than her. Rousey knows what Stephanie is trying to do but Jax challenged her. Stephanie wonders why Jax issued the challenge and says Nia is trying to make a name for herself at Ronda's expense. She gives Rousey props for the WrestleMania 34 debut but says she hasn't had a singles match yet. She goes on about the size and strength difference. Stephanie says Nia is hoping she will beat Rousey, sending her on her way out of WWE because she doesn't like losing, and then she will be the baddest woman on the planet, not Rousey.

Stephanie also taunts Nia, asking why it took so long to beat Bliss. Stephanie asks Nia if she's lazy. This goes on and Ronda declares that she won't be able to get out of the armbar. Jax says she's tired of hearing that lazy stuff, she's been hearing it her whole life. Jax declares that she will beat Ronda at Money In the Bank. Jax signs the contract and stands up. Ronda signs next. Ronda approaches Jax and says she's happy the truth came out. Ronda extends her hand for a shake and Jax shakes. Ronda says she is going to take the title, still holding Jax's hand. Stephanie looks on. Rousey says she's also going to take Jax's arm. They step a little closer and face off as Ronda's music hits.

- Still to come, Ziggler vs. Gable. Back to commercial.

Chad Gable vs. Dolph Ziggler

The match is joined in progress and Gable with a waist lock into a wrist lock. Gable with an arm drag and waist lock. Gable with a drop toe hold into a front face lock. Ziggler tries to escape but Gable holds on. ZIggler gets to the ropes and Gable breaks. Ziggler goes for the leg but Gable gets a near fall. Gable with a waist lock but Ziggler with an elbow and drop kick for a near fall.

Ziggler runs his boot laces across the face and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a chin lock. Gable punches Ziggler and takes Ziggler down and gets a near fall with a rollup. Gable with a jackknife cover for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick to the knee. Ziggler with a waist lock and Gable lands on his feet. Ziggler blocks a German suplex attempt and hits a neck breaker.

Ziggler runs into an elbow and Gable with a thrust kick. Gable with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler is sent into the turnbuckles and Gable with a German suplex for a near fall. Gable grabs the leg and the referee tells Gable to release the hold. Ziggler with a head butt and super kick for the three count.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

After the match, Ziggler stands tall as his music hits. McIntyre enters the ring and takes his jacket off. Drew grabs Gable and levels him with a Claymore kick. McIntyre and Ziggler stand tall as we go to replays.

- Still to come, Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Liv Morgan vs. Sarah Logan in a MITB qualifier. Back to commercial.

Natalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Sarah Logan vs. Liv Morgan in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

Back from the break and Dana Brooke waits in the ring as The Riott Squad comes out - Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott. We see the briefcases hanging high above the ring as Natalya makes her way out next.

Liv kicks Natalya and Sarah goes after Dana. Liv sends Natalya to the mat and Sarah with a forearm in the corner. Dana with forearms and kicks to Sarah. Liv with a face plant off the turnbuckles for a near fall on Natalya. Dana with a forearm from the apron on Sarah. Sarah takes Dana down and Natalya with a suplex on Sarah for a near fall. Liv with an Irish whip to Natalya and Natalya with a slingshot atomic drop followed by a drop kick. Natalya gets a near fall on Liv. Sarah gets a near fall on Natalya. Dana with a handspring elbow to Natalya but Liv with an enzuigiri to Dana.

Sarah and Liv are in the ring together and they look at the briefcase and they decide to do nothing to each other. They laugh and kick Natalya and pull her into the center of the ring. Sarah holds Natalya and Liv kicks her. Sarah kicks Natalya while Liv holds her. Dana pulls Liv to the floor and each with clotheslines and they go down. Natalya with clotheslines to Sarah and follows with a side Russian leg sweep. Ruby distracts Natalya and Sarah gets a near fall. Sarah sends Dana shoulder first into the ring post.

Natalya with a discus clothesline to Sarah and she applies the Sharpshooter, forcing Sarah to tap out.

Winner: Natalya (qualifies for Money in the Bank)

After the match, Natalya is asked about her experience. She says her experience helps her and she has Ronda Rousey as her training partner. After Money in the Bank, Ronda will be the Raw Women's Champion and Natalya says she will be Ms. Money in the Bank.

- Still to come, Elias vs. Bobby Roode. Back to commercial.

In the Arena:

We are back and Elias is in the ring. He says from the moment he arrived on Raw, the WWE stock has risen 150%. It is trading at an all time high. There is no such thing as coincidence. It comes down to one fact. The entire world knows that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Elias mentions what he saw last week in Europe and how much of a let down it is to be in a dump like Albany.

Bobby Roode makes his way to the ring and the match is next!

Bobby Roode vs. Elias

Elias attacks Roode before the bell rings and he kicks Roode in the corner. Elias with more kicks after the referee holds him back.

Roode tells the referee to start the match and he throws his robe at Elias and punches him. Roode with a punch and chop. He sends Elias into the turnbuckles and chops and punches him. Elias with an Irish whip but Roode with a clothesline out of the corner. Roode clotheslines Elias over the top rope as we go to commercial.

We are back and Elias with an elbow. Elias with a knee drop and he gets a near fall. Elias with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Elias with a Cobra Clutch on Roode and he keeps Roode on the mat. Roode tries to get to his feet and Roode with punches and a chop. Elias with a knee. Roode with a back elbow and clothesline. Roode with a running forearm and clothesline into the corner. Roode goes for the neck breaker but Elias avoids it. Roode with a spinebuster for a near fall.

Roode sets for the GLORIOUS DDT and he kicks Elias. Elias with a back body drop and he gets a near fall. Roode with a boot when Elias charges into the corner. Roode leaps over Elias but hits a neck breaker. Roode goes up top and Elias hits Roode to crotch him. Elias with Drift Away for the three count.

Winner: Elias

After the match, Elias stands tall as we go to replays. Elias leaves with his guitar as Roode recovers. Braun Strowman's music hits as Elias makes his way to the stage. Braun comes running out and drops Elias with a big shoulder. Braun heads to the ring for the main event as we go back to commercial.

Balor avoids Strowman and kicks him in the back of the leg. Balor with more kicks to the leg and Braun sends Balor to the mat. Strowman with a knee and head butt. Strowman with a forearm across the chest. Strowman with a hard Irish whip. Strowman with a head butt and another Irish whip but Balor with a drop kick when Strowman charges into the corner. Balor with another drop kick to the knees. Strowman with a clothesline for a near fall.

Strowman kicks Balor in the ribs and Balor goes to the floor. Strowman kicks Balor and then punches him in the midsection. Strowman with a cross face. Balor is sent into the turnbuckles but he gets a boot up when Strowman charges. Balor with another boot to Strowman. Balor with an enzuigiri from the apron and then he chops Braun. Braun looks at Balor and head butts him. Braun with a boot to the head and he gets a near fall.

Strowman charges at Balor but Balor drops down and Strowman goes over the top rope to the floor. Balor with a baseball slide to Strowman. Braun blocks a kick and sends Balor face first into the apron. Braun with a forearm across the chest. Balor with a chop and Braun with a punch. Braun goes to the floor and he goes for his running shoulder tackle but Balor knows it is coming and he hits Slingblade. Balor with a running drop kick that sends Braun over the ringside barrier and into the crowd.

Braun gets up and he grabs Balor. Balor with an enzuigiri. Balor goes back into the ring to break the referee's count and then he goes to the apron and hits a double stomp to the back. Balor with a double stomp off the ringside barrier. The referee starts his count while Braun struggles to get back to his feet. Strowman gets back into the ring at nine. Balor runs into a shoulder tackle. Braun goes for a shoulder into the corner but Balor moves and then Balor with a running drop kick to the head. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Braun grabs him by his throat. Balor slides out and runs the ropes but Braun catches him in a powerslam. Braun drops his straps and scoops Balor for the running powerslam and the pin.

Winner: Braun Strowman

After the match, Braun stands tall as his music hits. We go to replays. The referee checks on Balor but Balor grabs him and takes him to the corner, standing him up against the turnbuckles in an apparent show of respect. Braun looks up at the briefcases and yells out. Braun looks at Balor in the corner before making his exit. RAW goes off the air.


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