WWE Raw Results – 5/21/18
WWE Raw Results – 5/21/18
Albany, New York
Commentary Team: Michael Cole, Jonathan Coachman and Corey Graves
The show opens with commentary welcoming us to the show and hyping up Sami Zayn’s interview with Bobby Lashley’s sisters.
Kurt Angle makes his entrance. He also welcomes us to the show and says Raw has been on a roll and he’s going to continue the momentum. Ronda Rousey is in the house tonight ahead of her title match at Money in the Bank and Angle will preside over a contract signing for it. He goes to announce a four-way women’s Money in the Bank qualifying match.
Enter Stephanie McMahon. She asks the crowd to give it up for Kurt and says she’s gonna get right to it, and after WrestleMania it’s all water under the bridge. He’s absolutely forgiven and she holds no hard feelings because she’s a leader and a businessperson and will always do what’s best for business. A “You tapped out!” chant goes up and she says she owns that and she’s forgiven everything.
And with her continued guidance Angle could get to the next level as a leader, and he’s been doing a phenomenal job since WrestleMania, but he does need to listen to her because sometimes his emotions get in the way. So she’s going to preside over the contract signing tonight. Kurt agrees that he could always use more guidance, and Steph uses that to segue to Roman Reigns, saying he’s given the Big Dog far too much latitude and that needs to end tonight.
Enter Roman Reigns. He says if McMahon is gonna say something about him, she can say it TO him. She says she doesn’t understand this new attitude, the tone in his voice– he’s the Big Dog, the leader, but if he continues to let his temper get to him he might just have to look for another line of work. He tells her to watch HER tone and show a little more respect or he might take his Samoan temper backstage and destroy all her favorite superstars.
Steph claims to not have favorite superstars, she manages millions of dollars, she doesn’t play favorites. He brings up her biggest revenue stream, Brock Lesnar, and she says she’s heard every word and taken it under advisement. He tells her to cut the corporate crap and he wants to be told the truth, they don’t want him near the title or the Money in the Bank contract.
She says the truth is he lost his qualifying match, so if he wants to take it up with someone, he should take it up with Jinder Mahal. He says he already did and–
Enter Kevin Owens. He says he almost feels in debt to Roman because after he took Jinder out, he stepped up and grabbed the brass ring to be the final Raw participant in Money in the Bank. Everyone knows that KO winning the contract is what’s best for business, and after last week Reigns needs to hear the truth about how people feel about him, and the only difference between him and the people is that he’s man enough to admit that he really likes Roman Reigns.
The people love chanting stupid stuff, so why not chant something he needs to hear, and that’s “Thank you, Roman!” But as much as he likes him, there’s something he disagrees on, and that’s that Stephanie doesn’t play favorites. Kev claims he’s proof of that, because of his well-documented issues with her father and brother. She brought him to Raw because she knows talent when she sees it, and Owens leans his elbow on her shoulder, which gets her snapping at him not to touch her.
Stephanie gives Roman a chance to work out his temper, and she makes a match between Owens and Reigns that will start right now!
ROMAN REIGNS vs. KEVIN OWENS
Owens with a DDT for a near fall, Roman hits a Samoan Drop for a 2 count, Owens looks for the Cannon Ball, but Roman counters with a Superman Punch for a near fall, he looks to break Owens in half with the Spear, but Owens rolls to the floor, Roman follows and cuts him in two with The Spear, but Jinder Mahal assaults Roman, causing a disqualification finish.
Winner: ROMAN REIGNS
Jinder puts boots to Roman in the ring, punching away, and Owens joins him. SETH ROLLINS MAKES THE SAVE! Righteous punches on all three heels, including Sunil Singh, and he runs them off
ROMAN REIGNS & SETH ROLLINS vs. KEVIN OWENS & JINDER MAHAL:
Roman with a back elbow to Jinder for a 1 count, Owens with a Cannonball for a 2 count, then a beat down on Roman with stomps for a 2 count, Seth with a pair of Tope Suicidas then a Blockbuster on Mahal for a 2 count, Rollins loads up for the kill, Jinder with The Sands of Time for a near fall, Seth fights out of the Khallas and hits a Step-Up Enzugiri, Owens with a Fireman Carry Gut buster, Vader Bomb Elbow Drop for a 2 count, Rollins goes for The King’s Landing, but Owens counters the Knee with a Forearm, Owens ducks the Enzugiri, rollup, but Seth rolls through to his feet, Avada Kedavra, Owens evades the Blackout, but upon landing, Seth rebounds and hits The Blackout on the second attempt for the win
Winners: ROMAN REIGNS & SETH ROLLINS
After the match, Jinder gets a chair and beats on the Shield lads! He leaves both men laying on the ramp as referees come down to back him off, but he’s not done yet, spiking the chair into Roman’s midsection one more time for good measure.
Commentary tosses to a clip of Bobby Lashley’s interview about his sisters and promises Sami Zayn’s interview will be after the break
Back from commercial, commentary announces that Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns will happen at Money in the Bank.
Sami Zayn makes his entrance. He says we all saw that interview with Bobby Lashley a few weeks ago and we know now it wasn’t entirely accurate. So tonight, as promised, he’s gonna expose Lashley and his lies. To help him do that, he’s invited his three lovely, honest sisters, Frances, Cathy, and Jessica. Three ‘women’ (or guys dressed as women at least) come to the ring holding various accoutrements from Lashley’s story– the broom, the helmet, and so on.
Sami says he sees the family resemblance and he begins with Cathy, asking her to explain. She says when they were younger, Bobby was mean to all of them, and as a young woman she couldn’t defend herself so she grabbed her mama’s broom and used it to swat the snarling menace away from her. Frances is asked about the helmet and she says she carried around because Bobby would her on the head as hard as he could and make her cry.
So she saved her money and bought the helmet so he couldn’t thump her on the head anymore. Jessica and her towel are up last, and she explains, saying Bobby would hurt her feelings and make her feel so bad she’d cry, and a tissue wasn’t enough. He made her cry so much that by the end of the night the entire bath towel was sopping wet.
Back to Cathy, and she agrees that Bobby’s lying when he says he loves them, he only loves himself. Frances says their parents hated Bobby, he was disrespectful until he got shipped off to reform school. Jessica says Bobby was a brat and stole candy, and it got so bad they’d call the cops on him. Sami says now you understand the real Lashley, a thief, a liar, a bully, a juvenile delinquent, a menace to society–
Enter Bobby Lashley. He greets his sisters, putting his shoulder on Cathy and saying he can’t believe how she’s still single. And Jessica, he knows she likes to be thrifty but her outfit is fabulous. And Frances, she has something that so many women want to have, a big, hairy moustache. He tells Zayn he’s incredible, a great friend, this is hilarious and he couldn’t be a better friend.
Sami says maybe he’d like it more if he Helluva Kicked him in the face right now and threw him out of the ring like a piece of garbage, because that’s what his family think of him. Lashley gets real quiet and steps up to Zayn, chasing him to the ropes when his sisters attack! Bobby fends them off, dropping his sisters with lariats and dumping Cathy out of the ring with the broom
Alexa Bliss is interviewed backstage. Bliss talks about the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410 AD and how the Roman army was superior and would have won in a fair fight, but the Visigoths had the element of surprise, and Ember Moon’s Raw debut was no different. How was she supposed to prepare? But tonight will be a fair fight and the Romans will win
EMBER MOON vs. ALEXA BLESS
Alexa Bliss comes to the ring with Mickie James in her corner. Ember with a Crossbody for a 2 count, Alexa sends Moon shoulder first into the barricade, back into the ring for a 1 count, Shoulder Driver for a 2 count, Bliss tries for an Armbar, but Ember counters into a flash pin for a 2 count, Alexa grabs the apron while Ember tries to bring her back in, Mickie in behind the ref’s back ready to use one of her shoes to attack Moon, but the ref catches her and ejects Mickie from ringside then Ember decks her with a Forearm, Bliss with a rollup and a handful of tights for a near fall, Ember with a Knee strike then finishes Bliss with The Eclipse for the win.
Winner: EMBER MOON
Finn Balor and Braun Strowman roll up on Stephanie McMahon in her office and Braun takes an apple after she offered. They want a rematch against Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, but Steph points out that they’re not a regular tag team and will fight each other in the Money in the Bank ladder match. She says she thinks Finn blames Strowman for their loss last week, so in the spirit of friendly competition, she books them against each other and they’re all smiles.
Braun crushes the apple in one hand and says he likes competition!
NO WAY JOSE vs. BARON CORBIN:
Jose with a Fireman Carry Flapjack for a near fall, Toma Punch blocked, NWJ with a rollup for a 2 count, Corbin with The Deep Six then finishes Jose with The End of Days for the win
Winner: BARON CORBIN
Kurt Angle’s on his phone backstage when Chad Gable rolls up to tell him he’s been looking for him but Stephanie was in his office. Angle says he likes it out here but the cell service sucks, and he wanted to tell Gable he wanted to replace Jinder with him last week, but McMahon had other plans. Chad says that means a lot and when he gets an opportunity like that he’ll make the most of it.
Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler roll up, make a little fun, and Drew says they’d love to beat Finn and Braun up again but from what they hear, that decision is above Angle’s pay grade. Gable says they think they’re special and McIntyre says they are. Dolph asks what his claim to fame is, he’s a great amateur? So is everybody else, and he doesn’t wait around for a hand-out.
Kurt says they’ll settle it in the ring tonight and bids them leave.
THE B TEAM vs. BREEZANGO
Fandango with a punching combo for a 2 count, B-Team with the Back Suplex/Inverted Neckbreaker combo on Fandango for the win.
Winners: THE B TEAM
Axel and Dallas celebrate, hugging referee John Cone! They head to the announce table and Curtis swims on the table as Bo takes Coach’s chair and rides it back to ringside!
Stephanie McMahon is in the ring to preside over our Raw Women’s Championship contract signing.
She says the WWE Universe is still in stunned disbelief at Nia Jax’s challenge to Ronda Rousey. She brings Nia out first and congratulates her on winning and defending the title. She knows her issues with Alexa were deeply personal and heart wrenching, but she’s boldly chosen her next opponent, and this is her segue to bring Ronda out.
She and Steph have a slightly awkward greeting and Rousey asks how the arm is doing. It’s great, thanks for asking, and they take their seats. McMahon asks how it feels to leapfrog the entire women’s division to get a title shot, and Ronda says she knows what she’s trying to do, and a lot of women deserve this more, but Jax didn’t challenge them, she challenged her.
Steph asks why she might have done this and suggests that Nia is trying to make her name by beating Rousey in her first singles match, and she’s ripe for the picking. Jax also knows she comes from a world of weight classes and there’s none of that in WWE, and Nia is bigger and stronger and more powerful. Jax also knows that Ronda doesn’t like losing and if she does, she’ll leave WWE forever and Nia will be the baddest woman on the planet.
Nia gives Ronda an exasperated “get a load of this” look and Steph continues, asking why it took Jax so long to beat Alexa, if she relies too much on her power and size and she’s really lazy? And if she is that lazy, how long will it take Rousey to get her in the Armbar, if she even can. McMahon lays it on thicker and thicker and Nia stands up and says the truth is Ronda can’t get the Armbar on her.
She’s sick and tired of hearing that lazy crap and the truth is she IS going to make a name for herself by beating Rousey at Money in the Bank. Nia signs the contract and puts her title on her shoulder. Ronda stands up, signs the contract, calmly moves the table aside and picks up the microphone. She says she’s happy the truth came out, but that’s okay, and she offers a handshake.
Jax accepts it and Rousey continues, saying she’s going to take the title. Ronda eyes her arm up and adds that she’s also going to take her arm. They stare each other down to close the segment out.
DOLPH ZIBBLER vs. CHAD GABLE
Ziggler with a Dropkick for a 2 count, Dolph with a Jumping Elbow Drop for a 2 count, Gable with an Oklahoma Roll for a 2 count then jumps into a Jack-knife Pin for a 2 count, flash pin for a 2 count, Bridging German Suplex for a near fall, he tries the Chaos Theory, but Dolph holds on to the ropes and hits a Headbutt then blasts Gable with a Superkick for the win.
Winner: DOLPH ZIGGLER
Drew McIntyre hits the ring and draws Gable up… CLAYMORE KICK! Ziggler & McIntyre stand over Gable (looks like Gable could use a tag partner, gee I wonder who Gable could team with)
Women’s Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
NATALYA vs. DANA BROOKE vs. LIV MORGAN vs. SARAH LOGAN
Nattie with a Snap Suplex on Logan, Liv with a Basement Dropkick for a 2 count, Nattie looks for the Sharpshooter, but Ruby causes a distraction, Sarah with a Busaiku Knee, but Dana makes the save, Nattie by Nature then locks the Sharpshooter and Logan taps.
Nattie is interviewed after and says she’s got Ronda Rousey as her training partner and they’re gonna champion and Ms. Money in the Bank together after the pay-per-view
Elias is in the ring to sing us a song. He says from the moment he arrived on Raw, WWE stock has risen by 150%, and there’s no such thing as coincidence. The entire world, NBC Universal, and everyone here tonight knows that WWE stands for ‘Walk With Elias’. He launches into a call and answer sing-along where the crowd is to tell him how much they love him, and they oblige. He talks about how soul-crushing it is to be in Albany.
ELIAS vs. BOBBY ROODE
Elias assaults Roode before he can even get his robe off, Roode tells the ref to still star the match & he throws his robe in Elias’ face and delivers a beat down, Elias with a Lariat for a 2 count, Cobra Clutch, Roode fights out & hits a Double R Spinebuster for a near fall, Glorious DDT countered into a flash pin for a near fall, Elias takes Roode off the rope then hits Drift Away for the win.
Elias is on his way to the back when Braun explodes from the back with a Shoulder Block and runs Elias over
Back from commercial, commentary informs us that Seth Rollins will defend his title against Jinder Mahal next week, plus there will be a last chance qualifying gauntlet for the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match
BRAUN STROWMAN vs. FINN BALOR:
Braun with a Polish Hammer for a 2 count, Big Boot and a one foot cover for a 2 count, Balor with a Penalty Kick off the apron, but Braun blocks it and slams Finn on the apron, Braun looks for the Running Shoulder Block on the floor, but Finn counters into a Slingblade on the floor, then a Shotgun Dropkick sends Strowman into the crowd, but Braun back up with a Double Goozle, Balor breaks his grip with a Leaping Kick then a Double Stomp off the apron to the back and a Coup de Grace off the barricade, Balor back in, Braun back in at 9, Balor charges, but Braun wipes him out with the Shoulder Block, he charges, Finn evades and Braun gets posted, Balor with the Shotgun Dropkick, up top, but Braun with a goozle, Finn fights off the Powerslam, he charges, Braun with a Scoop Powerslam, straps down then finishes Balor with a Running Powerslam for the win.
Winner: BRAUN STROWMAN
After the match, Braun scoops Finn up and stands him up in the corner as a sign of respect before posing for the crowd as the show ends.