Monday, May 4, 2020

WWE RAW Results (5/04) - Orlando, FL

Tonight's WWE RAW opens up with a video package to hype the feud between Seth Rollins and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. We cut to the standard RAW intro video.


- We're live on tape from the closed-set WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Tom Phillips welcomes us and hypes the show. Tom is joined by Byron Saxton and Samoa Joe.

- We goo right to the ring for another must see episode of The VIP Lounge with MVP as we see the Money In the Bank briefcases hanging high above the ring. He welcomes us. MVP admits things went sideways last week with his special episode on the men's Money In the Bank match. He says things didn't go as planned but they've moved on from that and this week will return to style, class and sophistication with the competitors from the women's MITB match. MVP actually isn't sure how this will turn out because of what happened the last time these three were in the ring together. He shows us what happened with Nia Jax, Asuka and Shayna Baszler last week. MVP introduces his first guest for tonight and out comes Asuka. Baszler and Jax are next.

Asuka hits the ring and MVP says a few words in Japanese. He translates for her and says she's in a good mood. Asuka takes a seat on one of the couches. MVP introduces Baszler and out she comes next, followed by Jax. Jax shoves over MVP's red rope at ringside as Asuka and Baszler stare her down from their seats in the ring. We see Asuka nodding her head to Jax's music, singing some of the lyrics. Jax chooses to sit on the small table in between the two couches. MVP asks her if she thinks she has the skillset to win MITB. Jax asks MVP if he even watches RAW, and has seen her dominate. Jax says she's relentless and that's the only skill she needs. MVP asks Asuka if she wants to respond but Asuka rants in Japanese, saying something about Kairi Sane and something else about Jax having a "big booty" it sounds like. MVP asks Baszler how her specific set of skills will help her win.

Baszler says "opera non verba" and goes on about how she does her talking in the ring, isn't that right Asuka? Asuka goes into another rant. She and Baszler stand up, staring each other down. Jax goes to stand up but Baszler and Asuka both turn to kick her down, sending her out to the floor. Asuka and Baszler have words but MVP gets in between them, telling them to save it for Sunday. Jax recovers at ringside as Asuka's music hits. We go to repays. Asuka taunts Baszler while MVP stays in between them. Baszler isn't impressed.

- Still to come, the Last Chance Gauntlet Match. We see Bobby Lashley backstage warming up with Lana. We go to commercial.

Last Chance Gauntlet Match
Bobby Lashley, Titus O'Neil, Akira Tozawa, Shelton Benjamin, Humberto Carrillo, Angel Garza, Austin Theory, AJ Styles

We go to the ring for tonight's Last Chance Gauntlet Match to determine Apollo Crews' Money In the Bank replacement. Bobby Lashley is out first, followed by Titus O'Neil. Tom says we're not sure how many Superstars are in the match, or who the competitors are. They lock up and go at it.

Titus turns it around in the corner and rocks Lashley. Lashley ducks a clothesline and hits a big Spear in the middle of the ring. Lashley covers for the easy pin.

Titus has been eliminated.

Akira Tozawa is out next. Lashley smiles and tells him to come to the ring. Tozawa rushes the ring and connects with a kick. Tozawa with a missile dropkick fro the top. Tozawa gets ready to capitalize but Lashley hits a big Spear for another easy pin.

Tozawa has been eliminated.

Shelton Benjamin is out next. Lashley meets Shelton at the apron and attacks. Shelton fights back and flies off the top with a big Blockbuster. Shelton ends up dumping Lashley over the top to the floor. Lashley comes right back to the apron but Shelton lands a knee to the head. Shelton with more offense, dropping Lashley out to the floor. Shelton tries to bring it back in but Lashley slams him back into the barrier as the referee counts. Lashley rams Shelton into the barrier again. Lashley breaks the count and sends Shelton into another part of the barrier. The referee counts again. Lashley rolls Shelton in and waits for him to get up. Shelton jumps over a Spear and they briefly tangle. Lashley delivers another Spear for the pin.

Shelton has been eliminated.

Humberto Carrillo is out next as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Lashley runs into a corner boot from Carrillo. Lashley catches him off the top and drops him face-first into the mat. Lashley levels Carrillo and taunts him some. Carrillo blocks a power move and slides out. Carrillo with a kick to the face from the apron. Carrillo goes back to the top and nails a dropkick, then a moonsault off the roll-up for a close 2 count.

Carrillo goes back to the top but Lashley cuts him off and launches him to the mat. Lashley with a big clothesline in the corner. Lashley works Carrillo over while he's down as the referee warns him. Lashley goes on but the referee ends up disqualifying him.

Lashley has been eliminated.

Lashley isn't happy now. Lashley launches Carrillo across the ring and then hits a Spear. Lashley mounts Carrillo and beats on him as more referees run down to stop it. Carrillo's cousin, Angel Garza, is out next with Zelina Vega. Back to commercial.

We are back and Garza chokes Carrillo in the corner. Garza with a chop. Carrillo with an elbow but Garza traps Carrillo in the turnbuckles and he drop kicks Humberto. Garza removes the pants and throws them at Carrillo. Garza with a leg drop to the groin and a drop kick. Garza gets a near fall. Garza with an arm bar and then he turns it into a bow and arrow.

We see Bobby Lashley in the back and Lana is trying to give him a pep talk but he doesn't want to hear anything about it.

Carrillo with a hip lock take down but Garza with a knee and slingshot reverse suplex. Garza with a super kick for a near fall. Carrillo with a kick to the head and a head scissors and drop kick. Carrillo gets a near fall. Garza gets his knees up on a moonsault attempt and Garza gets a near fall. Garza with a camel clutch. Garza turns it into a rocking horse. Carrillo tries to escape and Garza gets a near fall. Garza gets a series of near falls. Garza goes to the ropes and hits a quebrada for a near fall.

More back and forth between the two. Carrillo blocks the Wing Clipper and rolls Garza up for the pin.

Garza has been eliminated.

Garza and Vega yell at the referee over the count. The music hits and out next comes Austin Theory. Theory hits the ring and stares Carrillo down as we go back to commercial.

Back from the break and Theory stomps on Carrillo while pointing up at the briefcase. Theory keeps Carrillo down and covers for a 2 count as Vega cheers him on. Theory grounds Carrillo in the middle of the ring now. Carrillo tries to fight back but Theory goes right for the ribs and grounds Carrillo on the mat once again. Theory shuts Carrillo down again and talks trash in the corner. Carrillo fights out of a hold but Theory turns it around. Carrillo blocks a suplex and connects with big kicks. Carrillo comes off the middle rope with a crossbody but Theory lands a big right hand in mid-air for a close 2 count.

Theory takes Carrillo to the top and chops him. Theory goes for a superplex and hits it. Carrillo holds Theory and hooks the leg for the surprise pin out of nowhere.

Theory has been eliminated.

The music interrupts and out comes AJ Styles to make his return as the next entrant. This is AJ's first appearance since losing the Boneyard Match to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 36. AJ heads to the ring as we go back to commercial.

We are back and Carrillo with a drop kick. Carrillo kicks AJ in the corner and follows with punches and kicks. AJ with an Irish whip and Carrillo tries to float over but AJ sees it coming. AJ with knees to the midsection. Styles kicks Carrillo in the midsection. Carrillo tries to land on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt but he lands on his stomach. Styles gets a near fall. Styles with a waist lock. Styles with an abdominal stretch. Styles with an elbow to the midsection as he holds on to the abdominal stretch. Carrillo gets to the ropes.

AJ with a waist lock and Carrillo with an elbow and forearm. Carrillo misses a charge into the corner and AJ drops Carrillo's knee over his shoulder. AJ with a dragon screw leg whip. AJ with a knee drop to the leg. AJ works on the lower leg and Carrillo gets to the ropes. Carrillo with an elbow to AJ but AJ with forearms. AJ goes for a dragon screw but Carrillo escapes and hits a DDT. Carrillo with an enzuigiri and both men are down. AJ with a forearm and kick to the leg. Carrillo with a apinning heel kick and both men are down again.

Carrillo runs into a boot and AJ goes for a moonsault into a reverse DDT but Carrillo counters into an inside cradle for a near fall. Both men with clotheslines and both are down. AJ with a pump handle gutbuster and then he applies the calf crusher and Carrillo taps out.

Winner: AJ Styles

After the match, AJ wrings Carrillo's leg into the ring post. AJ Styles says he is not a zombie or a ghost. There is no Undertaker to try to steal his spotlight. AJ says he got buried. So what. I admit it and I understand it. It doesn't mean that I lost. There are no rules in a Boneyard Match. That was then and this is now. I have seized an opportunity and he is in the most unique Money in the Bank Ladder Match. It's worth it. I'm going to do anything to get that contract. If that means throwing a Rey Mysterio or an Aleister Black off the top of the WWE headquarters, so be it. They have not been what I have been through. Get ready to rewrite the history book with the most memorable moment in Money in the Bank. AJ says he will win the match and then Mr. Money in the Bank will be Phenomenal.

Back to commercial.

- The announcers show us some of the best Money In the Bank Ladder Match moments from over the years.

In the Arena:

We go back to the ring and out comes Seth Rollins as Mike Rome does the introduction. Charly Caruso is already in the ring. Rollins takes a seat and joins her. She brings up tonight's non-title match between Murphy and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, asking how confident he is. Rollins says he has the upmost confidence in his disciple Murphy tonight.

Charly asks how he prepares for a match against someone as dominant as McIntyre. Rollins says that's a good question because Drew is dominant, he's a fighter, a warrior and an honorable man, but he is not a leader, and it's not his destiny to be the champion that leads WWE into the future. It's Rollins' destiny. Seth knows Drew will put up a hell of a fight because the title means too much to him, but Rollins is willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good that is his destiny. Rollins goes on about Drew not being ready, mentally or physically, for what comes with being a champion. Rollins is just trying to unburden Drew, not take anything from him. He's trying to save Drew by putting it on his own shoulders, and that is the absolute truth. Rollins says at Money In the Bank his destiny will become a reality when he stands in the ring, his hand held high, and the announcement rings true - and new WWE Champion, The Monday Night Messiah, Seth Rollins. Rollins sits back down as his music hits, staring straight ahead.

- WWE NXT Superstars Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink are backstage warming up. MVP approaches and gives them some words of encouragement. They're confident for the match as they walk off. MVP says that's what he's talking about. Saxton hypes up the team of Cedric Alexander and Ricochet as we go back to commercial.

Backstage:

We are back and Buddy Murphy is asked by Charly Caruso about his match against Drew McIntyre and why is he loyal to Seth Rollins. Murphy says Seth took him under his wing when it benefitted them both. Since that day, I have learned and developed so some day I can be on the same level as Seth, or even better. Murphy says that day will come, but the focus on tonight is Drew McIntyre. Seth thinks he can beat Drew and I know it too. I know that I can beat Drew.

Brendan Vink and Shane Thorne vs. Cedric Alexander and Ricochet

Alexander chops Vink as Alexander avoids Vink. Alexander with a boot and he leaps over Vink. Vink sends Alexander into the corner and he punches Cedric. Thorne tags in and he connects with a European uppercut. Alexander with a rollup for a near fall. Alexander with a drop kick. Ricochet tags in and Alexander with a knee and Ricochet with a swinging neck breaker onto Alexander's knee and Ricochet gets a near fall. Alexander tags in and he chops Thorne. Alexander with an Irish whip and Alexander is sent to the apron and he avoids Vink but Thorne knocks Cedric off the apron.

Vink sends Alexander into the ringside barrier. Vink with a rear chin lock. Alexander with a Neuralizer and Thorne tags in but so does Ricochet. Ricochet with strikes to Thorne and Ricochet with a springboard cross body. Ricochet with a drop kick. Ricochet with a kick in the corner and he hits a jumping rana. Alexander tags in and Alexander with a drop kick followed by one from Ricochet. Alexander with a tornado DDT but Vink breaks up the cover. Thorne with a waist lock and Alexander with an elbow. Vink tags in and Alexander with a knee. Ricochet tags in and Ricochet leaps over Vink and Alexander. Thorne with a cannonball to Alexander. Ricochet with a super kick to Thorne. Vink with a running boot for the three count.

Winners: Brendan Vink and Shane Thorne

- We take a look at some more classic Money in the Bank moments. Back to commercial.

The Street Profits vs. The Viking Raiders

We are back and Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins have something to say. Montez asks Angelo to give a history of this building. Angelo says this is where they met, broke bread, and became brothers. This is where The Street Profits were born. Montez says since the Viking Raiders signed with WWE, we have been chasing them. The chase ends tonight.

Erik and Ford start things off and Erik flips Ford over. Ford lands on his feet on a back body drop. Erik knocks Dawkins off the apron and Ford with forearms across the bridge of the nose. Erik with an Irish whip and Ford floats over and then he goes after Ivar but misses. Erik with a shoulder tackle and Ivar with a boot to Dawkins on the floor and a splash. Erik with a knee to the head and Ivar tags in. Erik with a power bomb and Ivar with a frog splash for a near fall. Ford with a jaw breaker. Dawkins is able to tag in and he punches Ivar. He also punches Erik and hits a drop kick. Ford tags back in and he hits a spinning splash into the corner. Iver with a clothesline to Dawkins and a clothesline to Ford. Erik with a drop kick and then Erik sends Ivar into Ford for a near fall.

Erik with a shoulder in the corner. Ivar tags in and he connects with a knee and forearm to the back. Ivar with a snap mare and knee drop. Ivar runs Ford into the corner and Erick tags in and connects with a shoulder. Erik goes for a suplex but Ford lands on his feet and gets a near fall wit a rollup. Dawkins tags in and hits a few clotheslines and an exploder. Dawkins knees Ivar to the floor. Dawkins with a twisting splash and bullodg. Erik pulls Dawkins to the floor and Dawkins punches Erik when Erik goes for a dive to the floor. Dawkins POUNCES Ivar into the ringside barrier.

We go to commercial.

We are back and Dawkins with a reverse chin lock on Erik. Erik with elbows but Dawkins with a knee. Ford tags in and hits a drop kick for a near fall. Dawkins tags in and he punches Erik. Erik with a punch and it staggers Dawkins. Ivar tags in and he kicks Dawkins. Ivar mises a splash but he hits a seated splash. Ivar with a clothesline to Ford and a bronco buster to Dawkins. Ivar gets a near fall. Erik tags in and Ivar with a knee. Erik with a knee for a near fall. Erik misses a knee and Dawkins with a gutwrench suplex.

Ivar and Ford tag in and Ford with punches and kicks. Ford with a clothesline but Ivar stays on his feet. Ford with an enzuigiri and he tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Ivar blocks it. Dawkins makes the tag and they hit a double belly-to-back suplex on Ivar. Dawkins sends Ford onto Ivar and Dawkins gets a near fall. Ivar runs through a double clothesline and then he hits a handspring double back elbow. Erik tags in and he hits a back breaker on Ford followed by a tilt-a-whirl gubuster. Ford with an enzuigiri to Ivar. Erik with a forearm. Dawkins with a spear to Erik and Ivar does not complete the Viking Experience. Ford with a DDT. Dawkins tags in and he hits Low Down and Ford wit a frog splash but Erik breaks up the cover with a knee to the head.

Ford is sent over the top rope to the floor. Erik tags in and Dawkins with a kick. Ivar with the Viking Experience and Erik gets the three count.

Winners: The Viking Raiders

Backstage:

Charly Caruso asks Drew McIntyre about Murphy's comments about how he knows he can beat Drew. Drew says he must have kicked Murphy harder than he thought. Does he even know what his name is? Seth has taken advantage of Murphy. If Murphy is willing to sacrifice for his messiah and the messiah is willing to sacrifice his disciple, who is he to stop a slaughter.

We go to commercial.

- We are back with more Money in the Bank Moments.

- Charly Caruso is with Erik and Ivar. She asks what do they owe their success to. Erik says it is not success, it is dominance. Ivar says they have a lot of respect for the Street Profits but they are the better team. Erik says they extinguished the smoke.

- We see what happened earlier tonight with AJ Styles winning the Last Chance Gauntlet Match.

Backstage:

Aleister Black asks AJ how did it feel? How did it feel to be buried six feet deep, all alone in that darkness. Being swallowed by darkness. What it didn't do was make it you more humble. Now you are talking about throwing me off a building on Sunday. If you find a way to throw men off that building, pray that I don't get back up because I climbed that ladder and I will take that Money in the Bank contract. When that happens, you'll wish you were buried deeper than just six feet.

- Charlotte Flair is next, but first... We go to commercial.

Backstage:

Back from the break and Rey Mysterio is backstage. For the first time he's not sure what to expect in a WWE match this Sunday. He goes on about the Money In the Bank match at WWE HQ and calls it the riskiest match of his career, by far. He talks more about the match and says he doesn't know how many title matches he has left, and yes this one is risky, but the risk is worth the reward.

In the Arena:

We go back to the ring and out comes NXT Women's Champion Charlotte Flair.

Flair hits the ring with a mic and talks about being the hardest working woman in any industry. She talks about pulling double duty on RAW and NXT. She says she will be defending against Io Shirai this Wednesday night. Flair goes on about the match and says Shirai will have the privilege of bowing down to The Queen. The music interrupts and out comes Liv Morgan to the stage. Morgan asks Flair if she remembers her. Flair indicates she will not be taking the new Liv Morgan seriously. Liv walks to the ring and continues taunting Flair, saying she will be champion one day. Flair says Liv doesn't even know who she is, but Flair knows who she is. They have some more words and Flair says Liv, like Io, will also bow down to The Queen. Liv calls for a referee so we can see what happens. Liv enters the ring as Flair looks bothered to be competing. Back to commercial.

Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan

They lock up and Charlotte backs Morgan into the corner. They lock up and Charlotte with a take down. They lock up and Charlotte with a side head lock. Charlotte with a shoulder tackle and kick to Liv. Charlotte with a forearm and she misses a forearm into the corner. Morgan with forearms and a drop kick that sends Charlotte into the corner. Liv with a head scissors take down and kick into the corner. Charlotte with a clothesline. Charlotte with an Irish whip and Liv floats over and then Liv hits a missile drop kick. Charlotte hip tosses Liv into the corner and then she kicks Liv as we go to commercial.

We are back and Charlotte drives Liv's head into the mat and then sends Liv over. Liv kicks Charlotte away and follows with clotheslines and a face plant. Liv with a double stomp to the back and Liv gets a near fall. Charlotte sends Liv to the apron and connects with a forearm. Liv drops Charlotte on the top rope and Morgan goes for a sunset flip but Charlotte holds on to the ropes and kicks Liv. Liv with a punch and jaw breaker. Liv with a springboard Codebreaker. Charlotte blocks a head scissors and hits a power bomb for a near fall.

Charlotte with chops in the corner. Liv with a forearm after teh referee warns Charlotte. Liv goes for a missile drop kick and Charlotte blocks it and she puts Liv in a Boston Crab. Liv gets to the ropes. Liv with a drop toe hold that sends Charlotte into the ropes. Charlotte with a back breaker and then she sends Liv into the turnbuckles. Charlotte goes to the turnbuckles and Liv with a forearm. Liv with a Codebreaker off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Liv gets another near fall. Liv sets for ObLIion but Charlotte avoids ti and she applies the figure four leg lock and bridges to force Liv to tap out.

Winner: Charlotte Flair

- Tom leads us to another throwback Money In the Bank moment, which is the top MITB moment in history. This is Seth Rollins cashing in on Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 to capture the WWE Universal Title. No mention of Roman Reigns. Back to commercial.

Drew McIntyre vs. Murphy

We go back to the ring and out first comes WWE Champion Drew McIntyre for tonight's non-title main event. Murphy is out next, accompanied by Seth Rollins. Rollins stops at the stage and nods for Murphy to continue to the ring as McIntyre looks on.

Rollins watches from the stage, staring McIntyre down. The bell rings and they lock up. Drew sends Murphy right to the mat. Murphy goes to the floor and comes right back in. Murphy hits Drew in the face and locks him up but just angers him. They run the ropes and Drew runs over Murphy with a big shoulder. Drew stares at Rollins as Murphy slowly walks up the ramp. Drew comes from behind and Murphy turns around to a big boot on the ramp.

Drew picks Murphy up at ringside, ramming him back and forth into the barriers and the apron. Drew launches Murphy over the barrier. Murphy lands on the concrete. Drew returns to the ring and taunts Rollins. Drew goes back out and drops Murphy onto the edge of the stage. Drew with a big chop to the chest. Drew beats Murphy back to the ringside area while Rollins watches. Murphy ends up taking advantage of Drew staring at Rollins, dropkicking him through the ropes to turn it around.

Murphy beats Drew around ringside, sending him into the ring post to stun him. Murphy brings it back in and goes to the top for a big super Meteora. Murphy covers for the pin but Drew powers out for a 1 count. Rollins slowly walks down the ramp now while Murphy delivers big kicks to the back. Drew gets up and puts Murphy down with one big chop. Drew keeps control but misses several strikes. Murphy keeps fighting back but Drew rocks him with the Glasgow Kiss headbutt out of nowhere.

Drew talks trash to Murphy while waiting for him to get up. Rollins watches from the bottom of the ramp. Drew runs into a kick. Murphy with more offense to stun Drew near the corner. Murphy goes to the top but Drew chops him off, sending him into the barrier and the floor. Rollins watches as Drew brings it back in the ring. Drew comes off the top with a big right hand. Drew kips up and shoots Rollins another look. Drew takes Murphy to the top but Murphy fights out and kicks him. Murphy turns that into a big powerbomb from the corner but Drew still kicks out at 1.

Murphy looks at Rollins and nods as he waits for Drew to get back up. Murphy counts down from 3, signaling a Claymore of his own, and goes to charge but Drew charges first with a big Claymore Kick. Drew covers for the pin to get the non-title win.

Winner: Drew McIntyre

After the match, Drew stands tall with the WWE Title as his music hits. We go to replays. Rollins looks like he's going to enter the ring now as he's on the steps. Drew invites him in to come and fight. Rollins stops on the apron and just stares Drew down. Drew drops to his knees and begs Rollins to come fight. Rollins steps down from the apron and marches up to the stage, heading to the back. Drew says what a shock. Drew stands tall as his music resumes. Drew turns around and Rollins levels him with a huge superkick out of nowhere. Rollins yells about how this isn't about Drew, it's bigger than the both of them. It's bigger than... Rollins spots the WWE Title on the mat and picks it up. He stares at it for a few seconds and puts it back down. Rollins runs the ropes to deliver a Stomp but Drew jumps up and grabs him by his throat. Drew puts Rollins down with a big Glasgow Kiss headbutt. Drew waits on Rollins to get up, calling him a coward. Drew charges for a Claymore but Rollins quickly retreats to the floor. Drew clutches the title and looks on at Rollins clutching his jaw on the stage. Drew paces around the ring as the two Money In the Bank opponents stare each other down. RAW goes off the air.

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