WWE RAW Results – May 31, 2021 – Tonight’s WWE RAW episode begins with a video package for Memorial Day.
— We’re live from the WWE ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida, as Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, and new RAW commentator Jimmy Smith welcome us to the show. They run through what is going to happen in the ring.
Miz and John Morrison are in the ring for MizTV and john has a necklace of garlic.
Miz says the last few weeks have been tough without him on Raw, but it wasn’t his fault. Miz says he is sorry. That match . . . that match . . . that Zombies lumberjack match with Damian Priest. Miz says he was injured. For the first time in his career, his body gave way. . . Miz asks what is that smell.
Morrison says it is garlic and he isn’t letting them get attacked after what happened at Backlash. Aliens, vampires, plumbers. Morrison says he brought his brand new ‘drip stick’.
Miz says he loves Morrison and then he says he had an epipheny. He says he needed to get back to Raw because we are going on the road again and people want to see us on the road. Miz says he has accomplished so much that he has to give back and use his platform to support superstars like John Morrison or his guest tonight. Miz brings out Charlotte Flair.
Morrison holds the ropes open for Charlotte and we find out that Charlotte is not a vampire because despite not enjoying the smell, she enters the ring. Charlotte asks what is that smell and Morrison explains the garlic. Miz asks Charlotte how many times will she be champion if she wins at Hell in a Cell. Charlotte says it would be 14 times and she asks who is counting. Miz and Morrison ‘laugh’. Charlotte says that Rhea has had her story and her fairy tale victory at Wrestlemania. She says she will be sending Rhea to hell.
Rhea Ripley’s music plays and she makes her way to the ring.
Rhea asks Charlotte if she is going to send Rhea to hell and Rhea tells Charlotte she can go to hell. Miz asks Rhea to explain her personality and to explain her tattoos. Morrison asks Rhea for her favorite garlic bread recipe. Miz asks why and says that he wants to make sure that she is not a vampire. Rhea says she is not a vampire, but a nightmare for the women’s division. If you want to interview me in three weeks, I will still be champion. Charlotte says that Rhea couldn’t even beat Nikki Cross and then we look at last week’s Two Minute Challenge.
Charlotte reminds Rhea it was her. If you can’t beat Nikki Cross, how do you think you can beat me?
Nikki Cross’ music plays and she makes her way to the ring.
Nikki points out that last week she beat the Raw Women’s Champion. She says it was only fair that she was the first person to challenge the winner at Hell in a Cell. Charlotte says if life is fair, she would be the Raw Women’s Champion now. Rhea says last week if there were four minutes on the clock instead of two, you wouldn’t be standing her. You did earn my respect last week. Nikki thanks Rhea and then she tells Charlotte that she can beat her in two minutes, then would it be fine to challenge the winner at Hell in a Cell.
Charlotte says this is ridiculous and she can beat Nikki in one minute. Nikki slaps Charlotte and Charlotte tells the troll she is on as we abruptly go to commercial.
Charlotte Flair vs. Nikki Cross in a Beat The Clock Challenge Match
Nikki avoids Charlotte on the lock up and goes to the floor. Charlotte goes to the floor and Nikki returns to the ring. Charlotte returns to the ring and Nikki goes back to the floor. Nikki teases going back into the ring and then returns to the floor. Charlotte tells Nikki to get back into the ring and Charlotte goes to the floor. Nikki goes behind the announce table and Charlotte gets in Rhea’s face and says this is Rhea’s fault. Charlotte with a clothesline. Charlotte puts Nikki on the turnbuckles but Nikki with a tornado DDT. Charlotte tries for a figure four leg lock but the time runs out.
Winner: Nikki Cross
After the match, Charlotte tells Rhea it is her fault again.
— We take a look back at the issues between the New Day and Randy Orton, as well as Riddle.
Riddle and Damian Priest are backstage now, talking about the upcoming return to touring. Riddle is also learning some Spanish. Randy Orton shows up and Riddle says he’s missed him so much. Priest walks off. Orton brings up how Riddle used his RKO last week. Riddle apologizes and isn’t sure what came over him, he just hit it out of nowhere. Orton says Riddle and Xavier Woods had a great match, and Riddle impressed him, but there are a few things to work on. Orton says if they’re going to do this tag team thing, they have to do it right. Orton then invites Riddle to ringside tonight to watch his match. Riddle starts marking out but Orton quiets him. Orton walks off and Riddle does some comedy on the scooter.
Xavier Woods vs. Randy Orton
We go back to the ring and out comes The New Day – Xavier Woods with Kofi Kingston. Back to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Randy Orton with Xavier Woods. The bell rings and they go at it. Orton with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Orton tries for an RKO but Woods escapes and gives Orton an arm drag into an arm bar. Orton with an Irish whip and Woods tries to float over but Orton catches Woods and hits snake eyes. Orton kicks Woods on the floor and sends Woods into the announce table. Orton with a back drop driver onto the announce table.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Orton with a reverse chin lock. Woods with elbows to try to get out of the hold. Woods works on the arm and Woods with a drop kick to the shoulder. Woods with a chop and punches. Woods with more punches and chops but Orton with a knee. Woods with a rolling elbow. Woods with a sliding flatliner for a near fall. Woods with punches on the turnbuckles but Orton with a power bomb and he gets a near fall.
Orton sets for the IEDDT but Woods escapes and hits an arm breaker and applies a Fujiwara arm bar. Orton with a kick and he hits the IEDDT. Orton looks around and pounds the mat to set up for the RKO. Woods counters the RKO with a back slide for a near fall. Woods with a knee and Orton with Bro Derek for the three count.
Winner: Randy Orton
Riddle and Orton do a tandem pose in the ring.
— We take a look at Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, and Reginald with a video package. Back to commercial.
— We are back and Bobby Lashley and his women are in the luxury suite with Montel Vontavious Porter.
Shayna Baszler vs. Reginald
Before the match, Reginald tells Nia he does not need her protection against Shayna. He says he took care of Sasha and Bayley, but Nia says with her help.
Reginald begs for mercy and he does a back flip to avoid a kick and then he flips around to avoid Shayna. Shayna with a clothesline and then Reginald with a rollup for a near fall. Shayna with a shoulder tackle but Reginald flips around and he slams Shayna. Shayna goes for the ankle and she flips Reginald and he lands on his feet. Shayna kicks Reginald in the leg and then Shayna with elbow drops to the leg. Shayna stomps on the ankle. Shayna with a step over toe hold and she slams the knee into the mat.
Shayna pulls Reginald off the turnbuckles and applies an ankle lock. Reginald power out of the hold and sends Shayna into the turnbuckles. Reginald with a twisting cross body. Reginald goes for a moonsault and misses when Shayna moves. Reginald’s knee gives out and Shayna with a Kirifuda Clutch and the Kane pyro goes off and Reginald with a rollup for the three count.
After the match, Nia celebrates in Gorilla Position with Reginald.
Drew Mcintyre is in the back and Kevin Patrick asks Drew if he is ready tonight. Drew says there won’t be any BS tonight. He says Kofi is a great guy and he has earned everything he got. If he didn’t interfere in the match two weeks ago, Kofi might have won. Drew says who is he to call Kofi a liar. Drew says he knws why he was just like Kofi. He put his needs above everyone. Drew says he had to sacrifice himself. Drew says Kofi fights for his kids, but Drew has decided to invest everything into the title. He says he will have a little Drew to tell stories about Scottish folklore and the Scottish dragon who slayed Brock Lesnar. He says he will beat Kofi tonight and he will get his title back at Hell in a Cell. Drew says he is more than ready.
— Mace & T-Bar make their way to the ring for their match against Lucha House Party. We go to commercial.
Mace and T-Bar vs. Lucha House Party
We are back and before the match, they show a pre-recorded video: T-Bar says brute force is the only way to survive. Every lion needs a zebra. Every great white shark needs a seal. We will take care of Lucha House Party.
Dorado and T-Bar start things off and T-Bar with a shoulder tackle and splash into the corner. T-Bar gets Dorado up and Dorado with elbows. Dorado with a sleeper and T-Bar backs Dorado into the corner but Metalik with a tag and he hits a cross body. Metalik goes for a suplex but T-Bar blocks it. Mace tags in and they hit a clothesline and kick combination followed by a suplex from Mace. Mace with an elbow drop for a near fall. T-Bar tags in and gets a near fall. T-Bar with a forearm and Mace tags in and kicks Metalik in the corner.
T-Bar tags in and Dorado with a drop kick to Mace and T-Bar from behind. Mace goes over the top rope to the floor and Mace catches Lince on a suicide dive attempt and hits a side slam. T-Bar with a kick to Metalik and then Mace tags in and they hit a double sit out choke slam for the three count.
Winners: Mace and T-Bar
— Alexa Bliss is in the back with Lilly. Alexa says she saw. She says what a night for Reginald and what better way to celebrate his victory than to appear on the Playground. Alexa tells Lilly she is invited too.
— Sheamus makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Sheamus saya another week and another victory for your US Champion. Sheamus says he cannot wait to get back on the road to defend the title in every city. Sheamus says there is a problem with the talent. Ricochet and Humberto Carrillo are trying to embarrass their champion. Sheamus says they should get performance trophies because they are not getting his gold.
Sheamus asks if they look like championship material to you? That is nothing but skulldaggery. People ask him why hasn’t he defended his title since he won it at Wrestlemania. That is why. The open challenge was created by him to find someone worthy enough to fight for this title. Humberto and Ricochet proved they are not fit to lace his boots. He won’t face those two men two on one, but he will face them one on one, back to back. When I am done with them, I will send them back to catering and obscurity.
The question is which of those bleeding muppets is willing to step out first for the first arse kicking.
Sheamus vs. Ricochet in a Non Title Match
Ricochet with a kick and Sheamus with knees. Ricochet drops down and Sheamus goes to the floor. Sheamus with a punch and a fallaway slam into the ringside barrier. Sheamus with a clothesline off the turnbuckles and he gets Ricochet up but Humberto Carrillo’s music plays, Sheamus gets distracted and Ricochet with a rollup for the three count.
We go to commercial.
Humberto Carrillo vs. Sheamus in a Non Title Match
We are back and the match is joined in progress and Sheamus with kicks and an Irish whip followed by a shoulder into the corner and a knee lift. Sheamus with a clothesline. Sheamus says something to Ricochet on the floor. Carrillo goes to the turnbuckles and Sheamus pulls Humberto off the turnbuckles to the mat. Sheamus has Humberto on the apron but Carrillo with elbows and a cutter onto the top rope. Carrillo goes for a springboard move into the ring and Sheamus catches Humberto and hits a uranage back breaker.
Sheamus with forearms to the chest. Carrillo with a jaw breaker and then he moves in the corner and Sheamus hits the ring post shoulder first. Carrillo with forearms and a round kick. Carrillo with a drop kick. Carrillo goes for a monkey flip but Sheamus puts Carrillo on the turnbuckles and knocks him to the floor. Sheamus kicks Ricochet on the floor. Sheamus continues to bleed from the nose and Carrillo with a suicide dive that sends Sheamus into the announce table. Sheamus catches Carrillo off the turnbuckles and hits a uranage. Sheamus grabs Ricochet and Carrillo with a springboard round kick for the three count.
Winner: Humberto Carrillo
— It’s time for another vignette from Eva Marie. She says that WWE is where everything took off. It is where her journey to greatness started. She needed to take some time off to see if she could succeed elsewhere. It takes courage to keep getting back up. You have to fight to earn your way into WWE and fight your way in live. She is back to finish what she started. Not only will she be a voice for herself, but for the superstars of WWE.
— Naomi and Lana versus Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose is next, after a commercial break.
Naomi and Lana vs. Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose
Dana and lana start things off and Lana with a rollup and Naomi with a tag and leg drop for a near fall. Lana tags back in and gets a near fall. Naomi tags in and Naomi with a wrist lock and she tries for a bulldog into the turnbuckles but Dana escapes. Dana sends Naomi face first into the mat. Mandy tags in and they hit a double flapjack. Mandy gets a near fall. Mandy with a waist lock take down. Mandy with another waist lock take down. Naomi with forearms to Mandy and Dana followed by a jaw breaker to Mandy followed by a kick for a near fall. Lana tags in and Dana is sent to the floor and Naomi with a cross body to Dana. Lana with a near fall but Mandy bridges.
Lana with a boot to Mandy and Dana tags in. Dana and Mandy with a blockbuster and Samoan drop combination for the three count.
Winners: Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke
— We take a look back at Cedric Alexander’s comments to Shelton Benjamin. Back to commercial.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Cedric Alexander
Benjamin with a boot as the match starts followed by a forearm to the back. Alexander escapes a power bomb with a thumb to the eye and Alexander with a Neuralizer for the shocking three count.
Winners: Cedric Alexander
Elias is in the back with Jaxson Ryker. He tells Ryker that they have a chance against Styles, but they have to work out a game plan for Omos. He wants to know that Ryker has his back. Elias asks Ryker if he has ever been in battle. Ryker tells Elias he served in Iraq. Back to commercial.
We are back and Kevin Patrick is waiting to interview Kofi Kingston and he knocks on the door. Kofi says he wants to talk about what Drew didn’t say. He says Drew was trying to say that his family and connection with friends is a detriment. That is why he is successful. He does not understand why Drew has to take these cheap shots. He respects what Drew has done to be at the top. He cannot respect that cheap shot that Drew took by saying that he was able to slay the beast but Kofi could not. We all saw that. If we are going to take cheap shots, let’s not forget what happened two weeks ago when Kofi was able to do what Drew has not been able to do for the last three months. He has not been able to beat Bobby Lashley. Regardless of how it happened, I beat Bobby Lashley on my first try.Drew is not going to run through me. We are going to square up and give everything in that ring. When it is all said and done, I will beat Drew McIntyre tonight. I will go on to Hell in a Cell to beat Bob Lashley again and become a two time WWE Champion.
Raw Tag Team Championships: Jaxson Ryker and Elias versus AJ Styles and Omos
Elias attacks Styles as the bell rings. Elias sends Styles into the turnbuckles followed by a chop and forearm. Elias with a forearm to the head. Elias with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot. Styles with kicks and a suplex for a near fall. Elias punches Styles and hits a suplex for a near fall. Elias with a snap mare and knee drop. Ryker makes the blind tag and Styles with punches. Styles slides to the floor on an Irish whip and he pulls Elias off the apron. AJ with a punch to Ryker and then he hits a baseball slide that sends Ryker into Elias and Elias goes over the announce table.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Ryker with a suplex for a near fall. Ryker with a reverse chin lock. We see footage during the commercial when Ryker hit Styles with a double sledge to the chest. Styles with elbows and Ryker sends AJ face first into the turnbuckles. Ryker with a snap mare and reverse chin lock. Styles with elbows and Ryker misses a clothesline. Styles with a Pele Kick and both men are down. Elias leaves the apron when Ryker tries to make the tag.
Omos tags in and Ryker does not realize the tag was made because he stares at his traitor of a partner. Omos with a claw and he sends Ryker into the turnbuckles. Omos with an elbow in the corner as Elias goes up the ramp. Omos with a hard Irish whip. Omos with a shoulder into the corner. Omos with a short arm clothesline. Styles tags in and he hits a Phenomenal Forearm for the three count.
Winners: AJ Styles and Omos
Reginald limps in the back and NIa Jax stops him and she wants to know if it is the right thing to accept an inviation to go to Alexa’s Playground. Reginald asks what could go wrong and he says he will be fine. Nia tells Reginald she will prepare for their celebration for his victory.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Elias is in the back and Kevin Patrick ambushes Elias to ask why did he turn his back on Jaxson Ryker. Elias says that Ryker is unpredictable.. I thought Ryker would walk with Elias but he ran away from Elias last week. Ryker is a phenomenal athlete but he is unpredictable. The idea of sitting in car going from town to town with Jaxson Ryker makes me sick.
Alexa Bliss is in her playground with Reginald. She tells Reginald that they don’t bite. Alexa congratulates Reginald on his victory over Shayna. Reginald says he feels great, other than what Shayna did to her leg. Alexa cuts off Reggie and says that Lilly has a question. Alexa says Lilly wants to know about Reggie’s time in Cirque de Soleil.
Shayna Baszler attacks Reginald and then Shayna sits on the swing with Alexa.
Alexa tells Shayna that she was not invited to play on the playground with her and Lilly today because Lilly doesn’t like Shayna. Shayna says that Alexa has become a problem and you saw how she handles problems. She tells Alexa that they need to chat before things get too far. She tells Alexa they will have a chat next week. Shayna tells Lilly she is just a stupid doll.
The Viking Raiders are with Mansoor and he tells him how to be ready for touring. They tell Mansoor he needs to have a war cry. Mustafa Ali tells Mansoor to be careful making friends here. They will only stab you in the back. He tells Mansoor not to trust the Viking Raiders or anyone else. Mansoor asks Ali why should he trust him and Ali says that Mansoor has gotten it.
— We see Drew McIntyre and Kofi Kingston in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Kevin Patrick crashes Bobby Lashley’s party. He asks Lashley and MVP if they have a preference. Porter wants to know who will be the loser at Hell in a Cell. KofiMania was one of the greatest moments in Sports Entertainment. Drew took the long road to the WWE Championship. They can respect their story but not them as wrestlers. Bobby says that none of them will take the title from him. Porter says they would love to be ringside to watch the match but Adam Pearce banned them from ringside. But this is better than a 90 day suspension with no pay. Lashley says there is nothing they can do to end the All Mighty Era.
Number One Contender Match: Drew McIntyre versus Kofi Kingston
Drew runs Kofi into the corner and then he punches Kofi. Drew with a kick and chop. Drew with a forearm and punches to the ribs. Kofi goes for a crucifix bomb but Drew blocks it. Kofi with a sunset flip for a near fall. Kofi with a rollup for a near fall. Drew with a punch and Kofi goes down in the corner. Drew with a chop. Drew tries to send Kofi into the ropes and Drew goes over the top rope to the floor while Kofi lands on the apron and hits a trust fall onto Drew as we go to commercial.
We are back and Kofi with punches but Drew with a head butt. Drew goes for a dead lift suplex and hits it for a near fall. Drew with a punch to the head followed by a kick in the corner. Drew goes for a short arm clothesline but Kofi counters into a guillotine and Drew tries to counter into a suplex but Kofi with a counter into an inside cradle for a near fall. Kofi with a kick and a slingshot splash for a near fall.
We watch Bobby and MVP watching a corner of the monitor while the ‘Friends of Bobby’ continue to dance and hold glasses.
Kofi with splashes into the corner. Koffi misses a splash and Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Drew with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex out of the corner. Kofi with an inside cradle for a near fall. Drew with punches. Kofi blocks a punch and hits SOS for a near fall. Kofi goes for a Boom drop but Drew rolls to the floor. Kofi goes to the turnbuckles and goes for a trust fall and Drew catches Kofi and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex that sends Kofi onto an LED screen.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Drew with a hard Irish whip. Drew with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Drew with a surfboard on Kofi. Drew with a knee to the back. Drew chops Kofi in the corner and then he puts Kofi on the turnbuckles. Drew wtih a punch. Drew punches Kofi on the turnbuckles. Drew gets Kofi on his shoulders but Kofi tries to counter and hits a sunset flip power bomb. Kofi gets a near fall. Kofi with chops as he avoids punches from Drew. Kofi with a drop kick and Kofi with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Kofi with a head butt. Kofi misses Trouble in Paradise and Drew blocks SOS and hits a spinning Future Shock for a near fall.
Kofi gets off Drew’s shoulders and Kofi wit a kick. Drew with a spinebuster for a near fall. Kofi escapes a Future Shock and hits a super kick for a near fall. Kofi goes to the turnbuckles and Drew gets up and stops Kofi on the turnbuckles. Drew sets for a superplex but Kofi blocks it and crotches Drew. Kofi with a head butt and Drew goes into the tree of woe but Drew with a hanging superplex. Drew sets for the Claymore and Kofi with Trouble in Paradise. Kofi gets a near fall when Drew grabs the ropes to stop the count.
Kofi with a head scissors and then he connects with a kick from the apron and a double stomp off the apron. Kofi sends Drew back into the ring and Kofi goes to the turnbuckles. Kofi comes off the turnbuckles and Drew with a Claymore for the three count.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
After the match, the music hits as Drew recovers and stands tall. We go to replays. We come back to Kofi offering a handshake of respect to Drew. They shake and fans cheer them on. The music interrupts and out comes MVP and WWE Champion Bobby Lashley to the stage. Drew poses in the corner and yells up at the stage as MVP and Lashley look on, smiling back at him. McIntyre vs. Lashley is now official for the WWE Hell In a Cell pay-per-view. RAW goes off the air.
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