WWE Monday Night Raw Results – May 22 2017

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Matt Hardy vs. Sheamus

They circle the ring and lock up. Sheamus powers him into the ropes, and they give a rough break. They lock up again, and Hardy applies a side headlock. Sheamus tries to whip him off, but Hardy holds on. Sheamus elbows him and lifts him, but Hardy counters with a headlock takeover. Sheamus fights up and whips him off before shoulder blocking him down. Sheamus takes him down with a headlock takeover.

Hardy whips him off and clotheslines him out of the ring. Sheamus angrily gets back in the ring, so Hardy tries for a Twist of Fate. Sheamus escapes and talks strategy with Cesaro. Hardy follows him out, and Sheamus drives him into the apron. Sheamus goes for 10 Beats of the Bodhrán, but he stops and knocks him off the apron into the barricade. Sheamus gets him into the ring and goes to the top rope for a diving clothesline for a two count. Hardy fights back and rolls him up for a two count.

Hardy wrenches the arm, but Sheamus stuns him with a forearm. Sheamus tries to maintain momentum, but Hardy comes back by bouncing his face numerous times off all three turnbuckles. Sheamus hits a rolling senton for a two count.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Sheamus hit an Irish Curse Backbreaker for a two count. Sheamus puts him on the top rope. Jeff Hardy gets on the apron and distracts Sheamus. Hardy kicks him back and hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Hardy fights back and slides out of a powerslam before clotheslining him in the corner.

Sheamus gets out of a bulldog, but Matt catches him with a Side Effect for a near fall. Hardy gets the “DELETE” chants going, but Sheamus fights back and knees him in the face. Hardy grabs the bottom rope before the count of three. Hardy avoids a Brogue Kick and gets out of the ring. Jeff Hardy dives off the apron with a clothesline on Cesaro before he attacks. Hardy quickly hits Sheamus with a Twist of Fate for the win.

Winner: Matt Hardy

After the match, Charly Caruso joins Matt and Jeff on the stage. She asks them what stipulation they’re choosing for the WWE RAW Tag Team Championships match at Extreme Rules. Matt Hardy says they’re going to lock them up and tear them down inside a Steel Cage Match.

Footage is shown from earlier in the night when Samoa Joe interfered during Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt. Seth Rollins then came out to even the odds. Your main event is Reigns and Rollins vs. Wyatt and Joe and it’s happening soon.

*Commercial Break*

Austin Aries makes his way to the ring and it’s announced that he will face Neville at Extreme Rules in a Submission Match, I guess that counts as extreme. Snarky comments aside, that should be an amazing match. Neville comes out with Aries’ opponent, Tony Nese. Neville will be in Tony’s corner.

Austin Aries Vs. Tony Nese

They circle the ring, and Aries turns his attention to Neville. Nese quickly attacks the knee, but Aries soon fights back and hits a diving elbow to the back of the head for a one count. Aries applies a front facelock, but Nese gets out. Nese runs into a drop-toe-hold, and Aries ties him up in a submission.

Nese fights out, but Aries rolls him up for a two count. Aries quickly goes for the Last Chancery, but Nese gets out of the ring. Aries hits a plancha before putting him in the ring. Aries talks trash to Neville, and Nese clips the knee. Nese slowly works over him until Aries chops him back.

Aries boots him back and goes to the second rope. Aries leaps, but Nese takes him out of mid-air with a back elbow. Nese goes for a delayed vertical suplex, but Aries counters into a guillotine choke. Nese tries for a front suplex to get out, but Aries counters into the Last Chancery for the win.

Winner: Austin Aries

Neville attacks Tony Nese after the match and applies the Rings of Saturn. Nese taps out but Neville doesn’t let go. Aries sarcastically applauds Neville. Aries tells him to try doing that to him.

Alexa Bliss is in action, next. Even by Raw’s standards, tonight has been very meh.

*Commercial Break*

Mickie James comes to the ring after the break, and the WWE Raw Women’s Champion is out next.

Mickie James Vs. Alexa Bliss

They circle the ring and lock up. They trade waistlocks before James shoves her. They lock up again, and Bliss stomps her down in the corner. James comes back with some kicks and a pair of flying forearms.

James hits a neckbreaker for a two count. James connects with some crossfaces and a running kick. James elbows her back and goes for a hurricanrana, but Bliss fights it. Bliss viciously punches her down and hits a DDT for the win.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

You wouldn’t think James was a future Hall of Famer. Alexa leaves the ring after the match and lifts up the apron, but there’s nothing there. She moves over and finally finds a kendo stick. Bliss then viciously cracks James in the back with the stick. Bayley runs down and takes her down. Bayley lifts up the stick, but Bliss escapes the ring. Bliss looks fearful. Bayley then helps James up.

The main event is after the break, Roman Reigns tags with his former Shielf brethren to take on Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt.

*Commercial Break*

Roman Reigns is out first, followed by Seth Rollins. Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt follow suit and we’re ready to get a preview of the Extreme Rules main event!

Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins Vs. Samoa Joe & Bray Wyatt

Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins debate who will start the match against Bray Wyatt, Seth gets the go-ahead. Rollins punches him down, knocks Joe off the apron, and tosses Wyatt out of the ring. Rollins sends Wyatt into the barricade and punches away at Joe at ringside. Rollins gets Wyatt in the ring.

Rollins jumps over Joe before he can hit him, but Wyatt quickly capitalizes on the distraction by knocking him off the apron into the barricade.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Reigns tagged in. Reigns clotheslines Wyatt twice before having a whip reversed, but he comes back with a leaping clothesline. Reigns kicks Wyatt and gives him a Samoan Drop. Reigns sets up for a Superman Punch, but he gets scared by Wyatt doing the crabwalk. Joe distracts him, and Wyatt attacks him from behind.

Wyatt tosses Reigns out of the ring, and Joe sends Reigns into the post. Joe tags in and punches Reigns at ringside before putting him back into the ring. Kurt Angle is seen watching backstage. Joe applies a neck vice. Reigns fights up, but Joe gets him in the corner and hits an overhead kick for a near fall. Wyatt tags back in and kicks Reigns a few times. Wyatt punches at the injured arm before avalanching him in the corner. Wyatt takes some time before covering for a two count.

Wyatt then applies a chin lock. Reigns takes some time before fighting up, but Wyatt quickly throws him out of the ring. Joe attacks him at ringside. Reigns goes to throw him into the barricade, but Joe accidentally sends himself into the ring post. Reigns fights them off and gets in the ring. Reigns then gets Wyatt out of the ring.

Rollins and Joe are tagged in and Seth hits a springboard clothesline before booting him and hitting a blockbuster. Rollins then takes Wyatt out with a plancha. Rollins gets in the ring and hits a Slingblade on Joe. Rollins forearms him and knocks Wyatt away. Rollins then hits Wyatt and Joe with a suicide dive. Rollins goes to the top rope and kicks Wyatt away.

Joe crotches him on the top rope. Wyatt and Joe go for a double team superplex, but Rollins fights them off. Rollins then hits them both with a cross-body block. Joe’s right arm has a bright red welt on it. Reigns stops Sister Abigail and punches Joe. Rollins then kicks Joe. Joe avoids a Superman Punch, and Reigns runs Rollins over. Rollins tells him to watch where he’s going. Wyatt pulls Reigns out of the ring. Joe then locks the Coquina Clutch on Rollins for the win.

Winners: Samoa Joe & Bray Wyatt

Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt go face-to-face in the ring. Kurt Angle is seen watching backstage. Finn Bálor walks up and tells him not to leave him out of the fun. Bálor wants to face one of the guys in the ring. Angle says Bálor’s request is denied because he’ll be facing two guys. It’ll be Samoa Joe vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Bálor in a triple threat match. Bálor says that’s music to his ears. As for Rollins and Reigns, they’ll face each other in a singles match. Angle says he’s a great GM.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Night Raw. What part did you enjoy? Or more realistically, what did you hate most? Let us know in the comments and be sure to come back tomorrow night for (hopefully) a much more interesting SmackDown Live! Until then, safe travels!

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