WWE Monday Night Raw Results – May 21 2018


Monday Night Raw opens with the General Manager, Kurt Angle, making his way to the ring.

Angle welcomes us to the show, then says that Ronda Rousey will be here for a contract signing, and the fans sound excited to see Rowdy. Angle says he will preside over that signing. He continues, we’ll also have a Women’s Fatal 4-Way Money in the Bank Qualifying Match…

Stephanie McMahon’s music hits, and she’s making her first appearance since the night after WrestleMania. McMahon says she talked to Angle many times. After what happened at WrestleMania, she holds no hard feelings. She’s a leader and a businessperson. She’ll always do what’s best for business. The crowd chants, “You tapped out.” She admits that she did, but she’s forgiven everything. Angle is here as a leader, but with her continued guidance, he could be at the top. Angle has been doing a great job since WrestleMania. She says she wants to see that growth continue. She says that sometimes Angle lets his emotions get in the way, and so she will be the one who is presiding over the contract signing for the RAW Women’s Championship match between Ronda and Nia Jax. Angle admits he could take more guidance. McMahon says his favours to Roman Reigns must end tonight. Just then, The Big Dog interrupts Stephanie.

Reigns comes to the ring to a chorous of boos. He says if Stephanie is going to say something about him, say it to him. McMahon doesn’t understand the aggression. Reigns was the big dog and the leader, but if he continues to let his Samoan temper get the best of him, he’ll have to look for another line of work. That gets a nice reaction. Reigns warns her to watch her tone when talking to him. If not, he’ll take his Samoan temper backstage and destroy all her favourite superstars. McMahon says she doesn’t play favourites. She does what’s best for business. She is a leader that manages multiple revenue streams. Favourites are beneath her. Reigns wants to talk about her favourite revenue stream, Brock Lesnar. McMahon says she’s taken his concerns to her father and have taken it under advisement. Reigns tells her to cut the corporate BS and tell him the truth. He continues that Stephanie doesn’t want him anywhere near the Universal Championship or the Money in the Bank contract. McMahon says the truth is he lost his qualifying match. Reigns can take that up with Jinder Mahal. Reigns smirks and says he already did.

Kevin Owens’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring, talking on the way. Owens says he feels in debt to Reigns. After he speared Mahal through the wall, he replaced him, stepped up and grabbed the brass ring, meaning he is the final RAW entrant into the Money in the Bank match. Kevin Owens winning the Money in the Bank contract is best for business. After last week, he wants to let Reigns know how people feel about him. Owens says he actually really likes Roman Reigns. Owens gets in the ring and says Reigns needs to hear this. Owens tells the crowd to chant something smart: “Thank you Roman!” Owens tries to start the chant, but the crowd boos and refuses. Owens says he tried. As much as he likes Reigns, he has to say McMahon is right that she doesn’t play favourites. Owens is living proof of that. Owens has had well documented issues with her brother and father, but that didn’t stop her from positioning him as the cornerstone of her roster. McMahon knows talent when she sees it. Owens puts his arm on her shoulder, and she gives him a cold stare, then tells him never to do it again. McMahon says she’s going to do what the fans want and so she makes a match between Owens and Roman Reigns. And that match happens right now!

Later tonight, we get the contract signing between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey, as well as Sami Zayn with Bobby Lashley’s sisters.

*Commercial Break*

Roman Reigns Vs. Kevin Owens

We return to the match in progress. Reigns has Owens in the corner, holding him there with strength until the referee separates them. Owens applies a waistlock, but Reigns gets out. Owens quickly goes to the ropes to keep Reigns back. Owens hooks a side headlock and holds it on, but Reigns soon powers out and applies a side headlock. Owens whips him off, but Reigns floors him with a shoulder block that turns him inside out. Owens immediately gets out of the ring to recover and the announcers talk about this new attitude of Roman’s – which is only truly visible if you squint.

Owens gets back in the ring and goes for a right hand, but Reigns blocks it and floors him with an uppercut. Reigns puts him in the corner and punches away at him. Owens tries to chop back, but Reigns doesn’t sell it. Owens forearms Reigns, but he shakes it off before doing the ten punches in the corner. Owens shoves him off, but Reigns quickly takes him down with another uppercut. Owens begs him off in the corner. Reigns head-butts him before whipping him to the corner. Reigns charges into a boot. Owens goes to the second rope, but Reigns uppercuts him off the ropes to the floor.

Reigns slowly leaves the ring, where Owens chops him, however Reigns doesn’t sell it and the announcers say that was a bad idea by KO. Reigns punches him down and sends him back into the ring. Reigns gets in the ring, and Owens quickly bails out. Reigns slowly leaves the ring again and goes for a Drive By on the apron, but Owens moves. Owens superkicks him on the apron and Roman collapses on the outside. We go to the break with Owens back in charge and catching his breath.

*Commercial Break*

We return to see Roman and KO battling on the top rope. Reigns looks for a superplex, but Owens fights it before knocking him down to the mat. Owens goes to the canvas and elbows Reigns back. Reigns quickly comes back with a pair of clotheslines followed by a jumping clothesline. Reigns clubs him in the corner ten times before hitting the ropes. Owens avoids a big boot and connects with a DDT for a near fall.

Owens cannot believe it. Owens sends him into the ropes, but Reigns holds on and boots him. Owens forearms him and hits the ropes, but Reigns hits a Samoan Drop for a two count. Reigns slowly walks around the ring and goes for a Superman Punch, but Owens counters into a roll-up for a two count. Owens immediately superkicks him and charges into a Superman Punch. Reigns picks up a two count. Reigns starts shaking the ropes, but the crowd boos him. Reigns tries for a Spear, but Owens gets out of the ring. Reigns follows him out and Spears him on the floor. Reigns stands up, when suddenly Jinder Mahal attacks him from behind!

Winner Via Disqualification: Roman Reigns

Mahal’s continues to assault Reigns at ringside. Mahal tosses him into the barricade before he gets him in the ring and stomps Romans head. Mahal and Owens double-team Reigns in the ring for a minute, until Seth Rollins runs down to make the save. Big pop. Rollins clears the ring of Owens, Mahal, and Sunil Singh before we go to commercial. I smell a tag team main event.

*Commercial Break*

Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns Vs. Jinder Mahal & Kevin Owens

Clearly I was wrong because the match is in progress as we return, with Jinder and Rollins in the ring. Rollins chops away at Mahal before hitting the ropes, but Mahal shoulder blocks him down. Mahal hits the ropes, but Rollins dropkicks him down. Mahal leaves the ring, but Rollins catches him with a plancha over the top.

Rollins gets Mahal back in the ring and chops the chest again. Reigns tags in – to the dismay of the fans – and whips Rollins into Mahal for a forearm. Rollins then sends Mahal into Reigns for a back elbow. Reigns punches away at him and drops him with a back elbow. Mahal quickly tags in Owens, and he takes Reigns down before stomping at the head. Mahal tags back in and stomps at him before applying a head and arm lock. Reigns fights up, but Owens tags in and applies a chin lock. Reigns fights out and sends him into the ropes, but he lowers his head and eats a kick. Reigns then hits a desperation clothesline. Mahal tags in, but Reigns sends him out of the ring. Reigns goes for a tag, but Mahal pulls Rollins off the apron and sends him into the barricade. Owens knocks Reigns into the corner and hits a cannonball for a two count. The bad guys are in charge as we head to another break.

*Commercial Break*

We come back from the break to see Mahal power Reigns to the corner, and Owens tags in. Owens stomps Reigns down in the corner before the referee backs him up. Owens talks some trash and punches Reigns back. Owens talks a little trash to Rollins. Reigns punches Owens back, but Owens hits a drop-toe-hold and lands some crossfaces. Owens kicks Roman in the ribs for a two count. Owens then goes back to the chin lock and holds it in the centre of the ring. Reigns fights up and goes for a Samoan Drop, but he can’t get him up. Reigns then catches KO with a big boot. Rollins and Mahal are tagged in. Rollins hits a springboard clothesline before knocking Owens off the apron.

Back inside the ring, Rollins takes him down before clotheslining him over the top rope. Rollins hits the ropes, but Owens grabs the ankles. Rollins knocks him back and knocks Mahal off the apron. Rollins hits a suicide dive on Owens, gets in the ring, and then hits a suicide dive on Mahal. Rollins gets in the ring and boots Mahal back before hitting blockbuster for a two count. Rollins stomps the mat, and Sunil Singh distracts him. Mahal hits a fireman’s carry gut-buster for a near fall.

Mahal goes for the Khallas, but Rollins hits an enzuigiri. Owens tags in, and Rollins hits a reverse STO. Owens soon comes back with a gut-buster. Owens hits a Vader Bomb elbow drop, but Reigns breaks up the pin. Reigns punches Mahal and hits a Samoan Drop. Singh distracts Reigns, and Owens superkicks him. Owens gets out of a Ripcord Knee and tries for a Pop-up Powerbomb, but Rollins gets out. Rollins superkicks him and goes for the Stomp, but Owens moves. Rollins tries again and connects with the Stomp for the win.

Winners: Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns

Reigns and Rollins retreat up the ramp after the match. Rollins poses on the ramp, only for Mahal to reappear and crack Rollins in the back with a steel chair. He hits Roman as well and then proceeds to beat both men down with the chair. Referees come out to help but don’t do a great job. Eventually Mahal leaves, and we watch Rollins and Reigns recuperate. Not sure what WWE expects to get out of this Reigns/Jinder feud, it feels like the kind of rivalry that brings both guys down, rather than building one up.

The commentators replay some highlights of Bobby Lashley discussing his childhood, particularly his three sisters. Sami Zayn will interview Bobby’s sisters, after the break!

*Commercial Break*

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