Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage for WWE RAW on a sad day. Tragic news struck today of former WWE Superstar Shad Gaspard being swept away into the ocean while he saved his son. We wish the very best to Shad and his family.
Now to take a sharp right turn, wrestling goes on and tonight’s WWE RAW will see Edge respond to Randy Orton’s challenge. Last week Orton asked Edge to face him in a one-on-one wrestling match at Backlash and Edge didn’t say anything. The Rated-R Superstar was racked with self-doubt but he promises an answer tonight.
Elsewhere tonight, Drew McIntyre will face King Corbin in a cross-brand match, The IIconics get a Tag Title shot against Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross, and the Street Profits will try to beat The Viking Raiders in an axe-throwing contest.
And that’s all we know of for this week’s RAW. The show begins at 8 PM EST and we’ll see you here for live results. Enjoy the show!
This week’s RAW opens with a look back at Becky Lynch’s pregnancy announcement, and Asuka’s subsequent crowning as RAW Women’s Champion.
TONIGHT on #WWERaw!
👊 @DMcIntyreWWE battles #King @BaronCorbinWWE
🏆 @AlexaBliss_WWE & @NikkiCrossWWE defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles against The #IIconics
💨 The #StreetProfits face The #VikingRaiders in an axe-throwing contest
… and MORE!
— WWE (@WWE) May 18, 2020
Charly Caruso is in the ring and she introduces Randy Orton. Charly asks Randy to explain the challenge and he asks if the term “straight-up wrestling match” is so hard to understand. He says wrestling forms the basis of everything WWE is. You wrestle all year round to try and get on WrestleMania and, at this year’s show, he’s man enough to admit that Edge was better. But he knows deep down that he is the better wrestler, and he doesn’t need chairs or ladders to prove it.
Orton says any athlete can wrestle but very few can do what he does. Including Edge. And then Orton looks into the camera and addresses Edge. He says he knows why Edge didn’t accept the challenge, it was written all over his face: doubt. All that grit and passion is gone and has been replaced by doubt and fear.
Edge comes to the ring. The Rated-R Superstar says that Randy spoke a lot of truths last week and made him think. He knows Orton is playing chess and it’s just a game, a paycheque to him. Orton smiles and Edge says he gets it, Randy is the most talented man he’s ever seen in a wrestling ring. But this isn’t the life Randy wanted, this is a back-up plan.
And yes, Orton’s different than all the rest, because he doesn’t care. He didn’t go to bed at night dreaming of being a WWE Champion like he did. Orton didn’t save all his allowance to get to go to a show at the end of the month like he did. Orton didn’t cry when he won the Intercontinental Championship like he did, because it meant he was becoming one of the best workhorses the company has ever seen.
Edge says Orton’s never had to fight, never had to battle for nine years to get back to what he loves. And he wouldn’t. Orton tells him to shut-up and make a decision. Edge shouts that he accepts, then Orton smiles and leaves the ring slowly.
— WWE (@WWE) May 19, 2020
A replay is shown of last week when Seth Rollins jammed Rey Mysterio’s eye into the steel steps. We see Murphy and Rollins backstage, and Seth says he’s had a revelation and he wants to tell the world.
The Monday Night Messiah makes his way to the ring alongside his disciple. Rollins says that, sometimes in life, you have to lose who you are to find yourself. When he lost to Drew McIntyre at Money In The Bank, part of himself felt he’d lost everything. And he fell into dark despair. But without darkness there can be no light and he has seen it. And that is all thanks to one man: Rey Mysterio.
Rollins says that what happened to Rey has been described as heinous and disgusting, but he sees it as unfortunate but necessary. A sacrifice for the greater good. It was the moment he needed to become the leader he was meant to be. Rollins says that Rey is at home, healing, and he knows he can’t see it right now, but soon enough he will understand that what happened was a blessing in disguise. So he’ll say it so that Rey doesn’t have to: you’re welcome.
Humberto Carrillo comes out and says nobody believes Seth. He says Rey is a hero to millions, and his personal idol. All that Seth is, is a coward. Humberto slides into the ring and Murphy stands between him and Seth. Rollins says that he appreciates what Humberto is doing but he’s clearly not ready for a fight. But his disciple has a match later tonight with Aleister Black and he’s ready, so if it’s a fight he wants he can have it.
— WWE (@WWE) May 19, 2020
Humberto Carrillo Vs. Murphy W/Seth Rollins
We’re back live and this match is underway, with both men jumping over and under each other. Humberto hits a springboard arm-drag, ducks Murphy, and gets thrown to the apron when he hits an enziguiri. Carrillo goes up top but Murphy trips him and he lands hard on the mat. Murphy kicks him in the back twice for a one count.
Humberto fights out of a rear chinlock with a jawbreaker. Murphy lands a flurry of kicks but Humberto follows-up with an enziguiri that knocks him to the outside. Humberto hits a twisting plancha to the floor, right beside Rollins. Seth distracts Humberto for a moment, then Carrillo springboards into a knee from Murphy. Murphy’s Law wins the match.
Murphy continues the attack after the match following some instruction by Rollins. Aleister Black runs down and attacks Murphy. He fights him into the ring and swings for Black Mass but Murphy dodges it and flees with Rollins.
King Corbin is backstage, complaining that he doesn’t have his own locker room. He then berates another referee, saying he shouldn’t have to get his own food, nobody’s bowing down, and his crown had some fingerprints on it that nobody cleaned. What’s going on over on RAW? Does no-one respect the King? He then starts telling the referee how he should officiate the match tonight with Drew McIntyre.
Liv Morgan cuts a promo sitting down and says something you might not know about her is that her mom is her hero. She never had much money but she had determination and she did not quit. Two weeks ago she had a match against Charlotte Flair and she lost. But she learned that she is just like her mother; determine. And she will one day be the Women’s Champion.
— WWE (@WWE) May 19, 2020
NXT Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair comes to the ring. She says she doesn’t want to bore everyone and tell us that she is the hardest-working women in WWE, a role model, a mentor in NXT, etc. However she’s excited to teach Bayley and her lackey that there is even levels to being a Champion. Charlotte then asks Ruby Riott to come out because she knows she has something she wants to say. However Riott comes out and stares at Charlotte and we’re told they’ll be facing off after the break.
Charlotte Flair Vs. Ruby Riott
The match is underway and Flair is chopping Riot down hard, then tosses her to the outside. Flair continues chopping Ruby on the outside but Riott ducks one and Charlotte hits the ring post. Ruby then twists Charlotte’s arm and punches her a few times, but Flair pulls her arm and slams her into the post.
Back in the ring, Flair trash talks Liv Morgan to the camera while she stomps Ruby. Riott counters Flair and slams her head into the buckles, then hits a back senton for a two-count. Ruby stomps the hand of Flair, followed by a big reverse STO. Ruby looks for a crucifix and bends the fingers but Flair stands with Ruby on her back.
Ruby slides own for a sunset flip but Flair fights it and stomps Ruby repeatedly. Riott hits a roll-up for two, then attempts the Riot Kick but Flair catches it and slams her. Charlotte applies the Figure Eight and Riott taps.
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Bobby Lashley is about to be interviewed backstage when MVP walks up. MVP says to Charly that he and Bobby won’t be doing any work together because Lashley is too focused on clowns and his wife. Lashley gets mad but MVP tells him to calm down and says he doesn’t want to feel that full nelson. But what would happen if he applied that hold to a WWE Champion, instead of a clown like R-Truth? He says he doesn’t want any trouble, he just wants to know when Lashley is going to free Lashley.