WWE RAW Results (5/15) – We are live from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, as WWE Men’s Tag Team Champions Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn make their way to the ring.
Sami talks about how they heard they will be defending the tag titles at Night of Champions against Solo Sikoa and Roman Reigns. That is as big a threat as there is, on paper. They don’t see it as a threat. it is a gift because they are getting a chance at revenge on Roman Reigns. Sami says Kevin should have beaten Roman for the Universal Championship. Sami says he should have beaten Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber. Roman has cheated his way through an entire title reign and gone unchecked for so long. They are going to check Roman. This is the problem with Roman. He does not know when to stop. He says they thought their only chance of revenge was to watch the Bloodline crumble and they are getting there. Roman is pushing everyone too hard. It isn’t enough for Roman. It is not enough to have the two titles and be champion for one thousand days. He wants the tag titles too. Sami calls Roman a psycho and manipulator and says that Roman can’t have them.
The Judgment Day’s music plays and they make their way to the stage, apparently still part of the undefined alliance with the Bloodline.
Kevin says he is happy they came out. He says he is sick of talking about the Bloodline. He says he knows they don’t want to hang out later, so let’s fight.
Sami calms Kevin down. He says he started out at a ten and he says Kevin is up there. They have problems with the Bloodline, but they don’t have issues with The Judgment Day. Maybe they don’t want to fight.
Sami asks the gentlemen and Dom to go ahead.
Damian says Kevin is spot on and he would love to fight. Finn tells Priest to be tranquilo because they are here to talk. Finn says they are here to wish them luck against Solo and Roman. Last week, you said you were done with the Bloodline, but you are back where you started. Damian says, right back being beaten up by Roman. Finn says if by some miracle, you do win, there is going to be a line of superstars waiting for you and the line starts here.
Rhea says in case you didn’t remember The Judgment Day run Raw.
Sami says those are fantastic points, however, Sami says he would love to hear what Dom has to say. Sami says the people love when you talk.
Dom holds up the mic to his mouth and the noise drowns him out.
Kevin says we can’t hear him, so let’s punch him in the face.
Rhea stands in front of Dom, and Priest punches Sami. The rest of The Judgment Day attack Kevin and Sami gets a chair to force The Judgment Day out of the ring.
– Shinsuke Nakamura makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
– We are told that Balor and Priest will face Zayn and Owens in a non title match.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz
Miz offers his hand and Nakamura kicks it away. Nakamura tells Miz to C’MON and Nakamura with a knee and kicks. Nakamura with a sliding kick and a leaping knee drop for a near fall. Nakamura with a knee to the ribs. Nakamura chokes Miz in the corner. Nakamura runs into a boot in the corner. Miz with a kick and he chokes Nakamura in the ropes. Miz with a knee to the back against the ropes. Nakamura sends Miz to the floor and Nakamura with a baseball slide to Miz. Nakamura hangs Miz over the apron and hits a knee lift. Nakamura with a knee drop to the back of the head off the apron. Miz is sent back into the ring. Miz kicks Nakamura from the apron and hits a neck breaker in the ropes and both men go to the floor. Miz with a running boot to Nakamura’s head on the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Nakamura with a forearm and knee. Nakamura with another forearm and kicks to the chest. Miz blocks a kick but Nakamura with a drop kick. Miz with an Irish whip but he misses a forearm. Nakamura puts Miz on the turnbuckle and connects with a running knee and he gets a near fall. Miz sets for a Skull Crushing Finale but Nakamura escapes. Miz with an O’Connor roll for a near fall. Nakamura goes for a cross arm breaker but Miz counters and gets a near fall. Miz with a DDT for a near fall. Miz kicks Nakamura in the chest. Nakamura avoids a round kick and he hits an enzuigiri for a near fall. Nakamura sets for a reverse exploder and Miz lands on his feet. Nakamura with a snap mare to counter a Skull Crushing Finale. Miz misses an Awesome Clothesline and gets caught in the ropes. Nakamura with a sliding German suplex and he sets for KInshasa but Miz goes to the apron. Nakamura pulls Miz into the ring but the referee deals with the ring skirt to allow Miz to give Nakamura a thumb to the eye.
Miz with a Skull Crushing FInale and Nakamura gets his foot on the ropes to stop the count. Nakamura with a rollup for a near fall. Nakamura with Kinshasa for the three count.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
– We take a look back at the Women’s Tag Title Match from Smackdown.
Adam Pearce is in his office with Sonya, Chelsea, and Raquel. Adam mentions that Liv is injured so even if Raquel wants to defend the titles, the match is postponed. Chelsea mocks Adam’s comments about Liv’s injury. Sonya says when she was in management the champs would surrender their titles. Raquel says the match won’t happen, but she will face Chelsea tonight. Chelsea says that Raquel will regret this happened.
– Gunther walks in the back with Ludwig Kaiser and Giovanni Vinci. Tozawa walks in the shot and he quickly turns around.
We go to commercial.
– We are back with a video package for Seth Rollins, starting with his time in NXT.
Corey is with Seth. Seth thanks Corey for having him and he says they go back a long way. Corey mentions back in 2012 when he wrestled in a tournament to be the first NXT champion. Seth says there was a need for change and to change the industry. Seth says he was able to pave the way and push the industry forward. Corey mentions Seth arriving on the main roster as part of The SHIELD. Corey mentions Seth’s betrayal of The SHIELD. Seth says people ask him why did he turn on the SHIELD. He says they beat everyone and at some point, if you want to reach ultimate success, you have to take risk. If he didn’t take a chair to Roman’s back, what would the future look like?
In the Arena:
Members of Imperium make their way to the ring. Ludwig Kaiser gets on the mic and he demands everyone show their gratitude for Gunther.
Gunther looks around and he says perhaps an introduction is due. Gunther says for almost a year he dominated Smackdown as the undefeated and longest reigning Intercontinental Champion of the modern era. From this day forth, he says he shall continue his mission on Raw. No man on Raw has yet been identified to be the next challenger for his great prize or has earned his respect. Soon, one man could earn that. The winner of this battle royal will earn a title match against him at Night of Champions.
– Ricochet and Bronson Reed make their way to the ring. The Battle Royal is next, after a commercial.
Battle Royal to determine the new #1 contender to WWE Intercontinental Champion
Apollo Crews, Matt Riddle, Humberto, Angel, Akira Tozawa, Xyon Quinn, Mustafa Ali, Bronson Reed, Riddick Moss, Mace, Mansoor, Erik, Ivar, Dolph Ziggler, Dexter Lumis, Johnny Gargano, Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander, Elias, Von Wagner, Baron Corbin, Otis, Chad Gable, Ricochet
Riddle takes a shot at Kaiser before entering the ring (will that have any effect on the match later).
The match starts and Corbin sends Tozawa over the top rope to the floor. Lumis clotheslines Corbin over the top rope. Lumis is eliminated by Mace and Mansoor. Lumis adjusts his gloves and then they back into Otis and Chad. Mace is sent over the top rope while Mansoor hangs on the ropes and then falls into Mace’s arms but Mace drops Mansoor when Lumis looks at him and Mace runs to the back. JD eliminates Carrillo but Ziggler with a super kick to eliminate JD on a springboard move. Wagner sends Ziggler over the top rope to the floor to eliminate him. JD sends Ziggler into the ring steps many times as referees try to stop him. JD drops the top part of the steps onto Ziggler.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Erik with a knee to Reed and Ivar with a shoulder to Quinn. Alexander is eliminated by Erik and Ivar. They go after Quinn and send him over the top rope to the floor. Shelton with kicks and punches to Erik and Ivar but they are too much for Shelton and they send Shelton over the top rope to teh floor. Erik and Ivar square off with Chad and otis. Chad sends Erik to the apron and Erik with a shoudler. Erik goes for a suplex to send Chad to the floor but Chad lands on the apron. Chad goes for a German suplex of the apron and Erik bloccks it. Otis knocks Erik off the apron to the floor. Ivar sends Chad to the floor. Reed eliminates Ivar and Otis at the same time.
Everyone goes after Reed. Gargano sends Ali into the corner but Ali floats over. Gargano wtih a head scissors and Ali with a kick from the apron. Ali with a slingshot rolling cutter. Gargano is sent to the apron and he hangs on. Ricochet goes after Ali but Ali with a punch. Gargano with a slingshot spear to Ali and Ricochet with a shooting star press to Gargano. Moss with a Fallaway slam to Ricochet. Reed with a body block to Moss. Crews with a blockbuster to Reed. Elias with a knee to Crews and Crews sends Elias to the apron and Crews with an enzuigiri to eliminate Elias. Crews clotheslines Ricochet over the top rope. Reed with a flatliner and reverse DDT combination to Gargano and Ricochet. Riddle with strikes to Reed.
Riddle goes up and hits a twisting moonsault to Reed. Moss with a clothesline to Riddle but Riddle sends Moss to the floor with a back drop. Gargano with a rollup into a rolling kick on Riddle. Riddle with a body scissors to eliminate Gargano.
We are down to Bronson Reed, Matt Riddle, Ricochet, and Ali.
Gunther tells Kaiser and Vinci to attack Riddle and Reed with a body block to eliminate Riddle. Ricochet with kicks to Reed and then Ali and Ricochet send Reed to the apron. Ricochet with a drop kick and a springboard drop kick but Reed stays on the apron. Reed grabs Ricochet and he gets Ricochet on his shoulders. Ali with a missile drop kick to eliminate Reed and Ricochet.
Winner: Mustafa Ali
– We take a look back at Cody Rhodes’ comments about Brock Lesnar after Backlash and what happened to him.
– Becky Lynch walks in the back as we go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Becky Lynch makes her way to the ring.
Becky says she has come around to Greensboro. She says part of being the Man is admitting when you have been going through some stuff. She says we have all had our struggles of all sizes. We put on the face we need to put on to be the people we want to be. Becky says she needed help and she asked two legends for help, Lita and Trish Stratus. Lita was great and she came back and we won gold. Trish came back and she didn’t miss a beat. She got so close to my family. Trish never came back to help Becky, but to help herself. Trish is an egomaniac backstabber. Becky says Thank You Trish. Not for all of the bollocks reasons you gave. When you hit me in the back of the head, you turned on the light that had been off for many months. When you stood in this ring and called my daughter stupid, you reminded me that the only thing to stand up for is the people who need us. You gave me a target.
At one stage, you were number one in this business. You want to be number one again, but I am it and I don’t need a championship to prove it. I will be it until I am gone. You want it, you got it. I will show you how thankful I am when I kick your head in at Night of Champions.
We see Rhea Ripley in BACK watching MONITOR and Cathy Kelley stops by to ask about Natalya being on Raw and what she did last week. Rhea tells Natalya she needs to stay out of her way.
Natalya shows up and says there is no but. She says her career is impressive. This is about you beating up a woman who was beaten. You are the most dominant champion. You deserve nothing but respect, something you are not allowing the other women. Rhea says don’t make up why you came to the ring. You came to the ring so people will care about you again. You’re welcome. If you interrupt her again, she will not boost Natalya’s career, she will end it.
Dom shows up and she tells Rhea it is time to go.
– Xavier Woods makes his way to the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Mustafa Ali talks about winning the battle royal and he says he was a loser like Otis before he decided to be a winner.
Ali walks down the hall and sees Imperium. Gunther congratulates Ali on his win and says he is a rightful challenger. Gunther says it is a shame you have to go halfway around the world to take the biggest beating of his career. He wishes him luck at Night of Champions and he shakes his hand. Ali says that Gunther has to go all the way there and all the way back to lose his title. Ali tells Gunther to be positive and he leaves.
Xavier Woods vs. Dominik Mysterio
Before the match, Dom gets on the mic on the way to the ring and he points out that Xavier Woods is in the ring. Dom says Woods has to convince himself that he is going to beat Dom because ‘it’s a new day”?
Woods says he doesn’t have anyone to watch his back, right now. Woods says he is a grown man who can fight his own fights. Can you say that? Do you have to ask Mami for permission to speak?
Woods with a wrist lock. Dom with a side head lock. Woods with a reversal and shoulder tackle. Woods with a chop. Woods with a drop kick to the back against the ropes for a near fall. Dom with a forearm. Woods with a flatliner and a wrist lock. Dom with kicks and a knuckle lock. Woods with a suplex for a near fall. Dom goes to the floor and Woods follows but Dom puts Rhea between them. Rhea blocks Woods’ path and Dom walks away while Rhea begs Woods to hit her.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Woods with jabs and Dom pushes Woods and hits a back elbow for a near fall. Dom with punches and forearms to Woods. Dom puts Woods on the turnbuckles and Dom with forearms. Woods with forearms and a head butt to send Dom to the mat. Woods with a missile drop kick. Woods with a rolling elbow and he gets a near fall. Woods with an elbow into the corner followed by an Irish whip and splash. Woods misses an Honor Roll but Woods with a kick and Honor Roll for a near fall. Woods is sent to the floor by Dom and Dom with a knee to Woods on the apron. Dom sets for the Three Amigos and hits it. Dom goes up top for the frog splash but he blows a kiss first and that gives Woods time to get his knees up and Woods with an inside cradle for a near fall. Woods with a gutbuster out of a military press for a near fall.
Woods puts Dom in place and Woods goes up top for the springboard elbow drop but Rhea pulls Dom to the floor. Woods lands on his feet and Woods with a pescado. Dom is sent back into teh ring and Dom with a baseball slide to Woods and Rhea hits Woods from behind. Dom with a rollup for the three count.
Winner: Dominik Mysterio
– We take a look at JD McDonagh. He says he bought into it and he believed. He believed if you worked as hard as you could and trusted the process, you would get your chance. He saw people not fit to lace his boots get opportunities before him. He says he realized he is performing for an audience of fools. He says he is the disruptor and he digs the graves. He says the Irish Ace is here to stay.
Cathy Kelley catches up to JD McDonagh in the garage and she asks why did he attack Dolph Ziggler. JD says he came to Raw to make a statement and who better to do it than Dolph Ziggler. Tonight, Dolph found out what everyone will learn. We see Finn Balor watching him leaving…
– Indus Sher walks in the back with Jinder Mahal.
Veer and Sanga vs. Drake Thompson and Lavar Barbie
Veer knocks Thompson of the apron and then Sanga with a running boot to the chest of Barbie while hanging in the ropes. Sanga tosses his opponent to make the tag to Thompson and Sanga with a biel. Veer tags in and Sanga with a slam and Veer with a leaping elbow drop. Veer sends Thompson into the corner. Veer with a splash to the back and Sanga tags in and he hits an elbow drop and side slam combination for the three count.
Winners: Veer and Sanga
After the match, Mahal speaks in Hindi.
Jinder comes to commentary and he says that many people say that Monday belongs to them, but it belongs to Indus Sher. Mahal gets a house mic and he says that they run Monday Night Raw.
Kevin and Sami sit in the back and Imperium show up. Gunther says he wants to make one thing clear. He will not tolerate the disrespect they showed to his men. Kevin says they will fight all of you next week because they have a fight tonight. Gunther likes that idea.
– We see Cody emerge from his bus and he walks across the parking lot without any security.
We go to commercial.
In the Arena:
We are back and Cody Rhodes makes his way to the ring.
Cody asks Greensboro what do they want to talk about. He says he knows these grounds and he knows this arena. This is the fabled very first home of STARRCADE. A wonderful memory, a great amount of mutual respect, respect not held by Brock Lesnar who chose not to be here. Cody asks if you heard about the scorpion and the frog. Cody tells the story. He says Brock might be the one hunting. He asks Brock how is his face. He says Brock looks in the mirror and sees a lion. He should also see a black eye and a set of staples. Cody says when he looks in the mirror, he sees the man who did it. The man who beat up the biggest bully in WWE history. Cody says he accepts the challenge.
Cody says he will not go out of bounds for this match. Do you know why Brock is on top and has been on top. Brock is better than 99.99% of the people who come into this ring. At Backlash, Brock was not better than him. Brock called it a cheap win. A wrestling counter to a wrestling move in a wrestling ring. If I had beaten you in 20 seconds, you would still be hunting me. You don’t care about titles, you only care about who is the biggest thing on Raw.
Cody says they said Brock was ‘The Next Big Thing’ and they were right. Eventually, what happens when they just say ‘next’? You conquered WWE and this sport. You need to take your busted face and step aside. You are not the big thing any more, you are in my way.
Zoey Stark is in the back and she is talking in the general direction of Nikki Cross. Candice tells Zoey not to call her a freak. Zoey asks about the freak. Candice says not to talk about her family and they can deal with it in the ring next week.
We go to commercial.
Raquel Rodriguez vs. Chelsea Green
Sonya tells Chelsea something as the bell rings and Raquel with a boot to the head. Chelsea is sent into the turnbuckles and then Raquel gets Chelsea up for snake eyes but Chelsea escapes and Sonya gets on the apron. Green with a lungblower and stomp into the turnbuckle. Chelsea with a clothesline into the corner followed by an elbow. Green clips Raquel and goes for a sliding clothesline and hits a flatliner for a near fall. Green with elbows to the collarbone and a reverse chin lock. Green with an arm bar and he runs her forearm across the facce. Raquel with snake eyes but Green with a drop toe hold and drop kick. Chelsea sets for the Unprettier but Raquel gets Green up and drops Green on the top rope. Raquel with clotheslines.
Raquel misses a right arm clothesline but hits one with a left. Green with a punch but Raquel catches Green and hits a fallaway slam. Raquel with another fallaway slam. Raquel with a third fallaway slam.Raquel with a back senton and she hits the Tejana Bomb for the three count.
Winner: Raquel Rodriguez
After the match, Raquel celebrates on the stage when Ronda Rousey hits her with a thrust kick out of nowhere. Shayna Baszler follows with punches. Ronda gets on the mic and mentions Raquel. She has a question for Raquel. She asks what is she supposed to do with the title. You are supposed to defend it. You will do it with or without Liv and you will get a beating every week. Ronda holds Raquel for a running knee from Shayna.
We go to commercial.
– We are back and Imperium are in the hallway and Gunther shakes hands with someone and walks away. We see that it is Paul Heyman and he calls Roman.
– We go back to Corey and Seth.
Corey asks about the many iterations of Seth Rollins. Corey mentions what Seth has done, including the cash in at Wrestlemania 31. He asks why is this one the best. Seth cackles and he says that this is the fun part. We are in a synergistic situation with the WWE Universe. This is the most authentic version of himself. Corey asks why now. Seth says maybe it is the equity or the hard work. There is some organic relationship where he is not the one forcing the change. The fans are the catalyst for change.
Corey asks why is now the time for a new World Title and why should Seth be the championship. Seth says no one at the top wants to take any risks. They are about protecting themselves instead of pushing the business forward. He wants to do it the way he wants it to be. Corey asks Seth about Roman’s title reign.
We will see more next week.
– Next week, Brock and Cody will be in the same building. We will have a contract signing for Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus. Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and Mystery Guy will face Imperium.
– Finn Balor and Damian Priest make their way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Damian Priest and Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
Finn and Sami start things off and they lock up. Finn with a waist lock and he slaps Sami in the head. They lock up and Balor with a wrist lock. Sami with a reversal. Sami takes Finn to the mat. Sami with a hammer lock and Finn tries to escape but Sami holds on to the hammer lock. Finn with a back elbow to escape. Sami with an arm drag and a second one into an arm bar. Priest tags in and he kicks and punches Sami in the corner. Priest with a forearm to the back. Sami escapes and he sends Priest into the turnbuckles and hits an elbow off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Owens tags in and he chops Priest and punches him. Priest with a kick and Owens with an enzuigiri. Owens drops down and Priest goes over the top rope. Owens sends Balor to the floor. Balor holds Priest back to calm him down. Balor tells Dom and Rhea to come to the ringside area.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Priest with a front face lock on Zayn and a forearm to the back. Balor tags in and he sends Zayn into the turnbuckles. Finn with shoulders. Balor with a chop. Balor with an Irish whip and a running chop into the corner. Finn with an Irish whip and Sami with a clothesline. Both men are down. Sami kicks Finn away and Kevin and Priest tag in. Owens with a clothesline to Balor and punches and kicks to Priest. Priest rolls to the floor. Owens follows and clotheslines Priest followed by a back senton. Rhea misses a clothesline on Kevin and Kevin with clotheslines to Finn and Dom. Owens with a super kick to Priest and a cannonball for a near fall. Kevin with a punch and kicks. Dom trips Owens and Priest hits Owens from behind. The referee sends Rhea and Dom to the back. Finn has a fit about what happened to Dom and Rhea.
Priest charges into the corner and Owens with a thrust kick and a second kick that sends both of them to the mat.
Woods attacks Dom on the stage and they fight to the back.
Priest with a rollup for a near fall. Priest with a kick.
Paul Heyman makes his way to the aisle and Priest smiles.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Priest and Owens exchange forearms. Priest punches Owens and then he knocks Sami off the apron with a forearm. Finn sends Sami into the ring steps. Owens clotheslines Finn on the apron. Priest with an elbow into the corner and he tags in Balor who hits a slingshot boot to Owens. Priest kicks Owens from the apron and then he hits a leg drop after a back breaker from Balor for a near fall. Priest puts Owens on the turnbuckles and punches Kevin. Kevin punches back and Priest returns fire. Priest sets for a superplex but Owens blocks it with punches. Priest with punches of his own. Owens with head butts and Priest falls to the mat after an elbow. Owens sets for a swanton and hits it. Sami and Balor want the tag and both are tagged in. Sami with clotheslines to Balor and a double leg take down and punches.
Sami with a springboard leap frog and a Michinoku Driver for a near fall. Sami pulls Balor into position while we see Paul on PHONE in AISLE. Sami leaps over Balor and Balor with sling blade. Balor runs into a Blue Thunder Bomb and Sami gets a near fall.
We see Imperium make their way through the crowd to ringside and Balor with a rollup for a near fall. Balor with 1916 for a near fall. Owens breaks up the cover and Priest sets for South of Heaven but Owens escapes. Owens with a kick and stunner to Priest. Balor sends Owens to the floor. Sami with an exploder into the corner followed by a Helluva Kick and Imperium get on the apron to distract the referee. Owens knocks Kaiser and Vinci off the apron. He gets in Gunther’s face and Priest with a choke slam to Owens on the apron. Zayn with a flip dive onto Priest. Sami gets back in the ring and Gunther grabs Sami’s leg while Kaiser and Vinci distract the referee. Balor with a running drop kick and Coup de Grace for the three count.
Winners: Damian Priest and Finn Balor
After the match, the music hits as The Judgment Day stands tall. Heyman looks on from the stage, still on the phone, and he likes what he sees. We go to replays. Imperium looks on from ringside while Zayn and Owens recover in the middle of the ring. Balor talks some trash to the camera. Imperium stares at Zayn and Owens as RAW goes off the air.
–– Here is the current card for tonight ––
- Cody Rhodes will respond to Brock Lesnar’s WWE Night of Champions challenge
- Becky Lynch will address WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus
- Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz
- WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Liv Morgan and Raquel Rodriguez defend against Chelsea Green and Sonya Deville
- WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER makes official debut as a RAW Superstar
- Battle Royal to determine the new #1 contender to WWE Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER for Night of Champions
Spoilers on tonight’s show:
- Spoiler On Gunther’s Opponent For WWE Night Of Champions
- More Spoilers For Tonight’s WWE RAW And Battle Royal
- Yet Even More News And Spoilers For Tonight’s RAW
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