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We’re a couple of weeks away from WrestleMania Backlash and tonight WWE have a jam-packed RAW for us. The RAW Tag Team Champions, AJ Styles & Omos, will finally return to the red brand and put their new belts on the line against the former Champions, The New Day. Not only that, but the Women’s Tag Team Titles will also be defended, as Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler face Naomi & Lana. Will we see any titles hange hands tonight, or are these matches just to end these lingering feuds? Let us know what you think below!
The All-Mighty WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley, will also be in action tonight but we don’t know who his opponent will be. WWE.com has said he’ll be facing either Drew McIntyre or Braun Strowman but for some reason they didn’t specify who – probably because WWE won’t know until the last minute. Beyond that, we can only assume we’ll see more of the newest RAW team, RKBro, more from Charlotte, Asuka and Rhea Ripley, as well as T-Bar and Mace continuing their impressive tag team run.
That’s the preview for tonight’s RAW. Let us know what you’re excited to see, or not excited to see, and remember to hit that fresh link below. Enjoy the show!
The May 3rd, 2021 episode of WWE RAW opens with a look back at the past few weeks and how we got to the upcoming Triple Threat for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania Backlash.
We see a clip from earlier today with Adam Pearce, Sonya Deville, and MVP backstage. Adam Pearce is going to flip a coin to decide who will face Bobby Lashley tonight but Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman walk in and start bickering. Pearce tells them to save it for Backlash, then Braun wins the coin flip and so he faces Lashley tonight. MVP tells Braun he shouldn’t be so excited because the All Mighty will put Braun in the Hurt Lock tonight and he won’t make it to Backlash.
We go live to the ThunderDome and out comes the new RAW Tag Team Champions, AJ Styles and Omos. AJ reminds everyone that they beat New Day at WrestleMania, and gives props to Omos for his incredible debut. AJ asks the WWE Universe if they were missed, and says they’ve been gone celebrating in the caribbean. AJ then says he is officially a Grand Slam Champion and it only took him five years. He doesn’t want to make New Day any more jealous than they already are.
Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods then come to the stage and remind AJ that they’re eleven times Tag Team Champions and they didn’t take time off to celebrate. Kofi says there is a reason they’ve won the belts so many times; everytime they get knocked down they get back up and win the titles back. Like clockwork. Kofi says AJ can take shots if he wants but the fact of the matter is, when he won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania in a gruelling match with his family at ringside and his brothers in the ring with him, he came to RAW the next night and that’s the kind of Champion he is. Styles took a month off and that’s not how they roll. Omos says he’s had enough of them and, after tonight, neither of them will be able to walk, let alone joke around. New Day proclaim they’re about to become 12X Tag Team Champions.
We start with Omos and Woods. After a moment, Woods fires off a few leg kicks and Omos doesn’t budge, he grabs Woods and tosses him across the ring. Omos lifts Woods and knee’s him, then slams him into the corner and tells Kofi to tag in. Kofi obliges and he goes to the leg as well to no effect. Omos shoves Kofi down, then whips him to the ropes and Kingston kicks him, then Woods tags in and they double dropkick him but Omos bounces back with a double clothesline.
Styles tags in and Woods rolls him up for a two-count. Styles rolls outside and Woods hits him with a diving kick through the ropes and Kofi tags in. Kingston wants to hit the ropes but Omos is standing in his way, so Kofi jumps onto the top rope and dives backwards with a Trust Fall onto AJ. New Day regroup at ringside as Omos watches on from the apron.
Back live and New Day are still in control of Styles. We get the Unicorn Stampede and Kofi pins AJ for two. Styles fights back but Kingston hits a leaping knee to cut him of. They brawl and Styles hits a dropkick, so Kofi tags Woods and AJ stumbles to his corner so Omos can tag himself in. Omos grabs Woods and Kofi runs into a big right clothesline.
Omos hits a backbreaker to both men and showcases his strength. Omos then splashes them both in the corners. Omos hits Kofi with a choke bomb and Xavier tries to rally but gets dropped with a big boot. Styles tags in and jumps off Omos’ shoulders with a Phenomenal Forearm to Woods for their first successful title defense.
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are backstage and she condecends him. Pearce says they need to get it straight; he appreciates her input but she is really over-stepping lately. He and Deville have a tense staredown.
Eva Marie is returning to WWE. We see a video of her sitting on a Ferrari and she says “do I have your attention now?”
Bobby Lashley and MVP are interviewed backstage. MVP says Braun Strowman’s luck ran out tonight. He could eat a bowl of four leaf clovers and he still wouldn’t have enough luck to beat Bobby Lashley tonight. Braun and Drew are forces of nature that would be far too much for a normal man. Lashley says he is no normal man and they’ll have to pry the title from his hands, and he doesn’t fancy anyone’s chances of doing that. MVP says the Strowman Express gets derailed tonight.
Elias and Jaxson Ryker are backstage with a basket of tomates and they try to sneak-up on Woods and Kingston but they accidentally pelt Randy Orton with them. Randy is seeting and Riddle rolls past on his scooter.
The match starts and Charlotte shoves Dana in the face a few times, so she unloads with right hands. Brooke hits a slow tilt-a-whirl headscissors, then kicks Flair back. Charlotte counters Brooke and slams her into the middle rope, then stomps her for a two-count. Charlotte hangs Dana on the rope and kicks her in the face and knocks her from the ring. Dana regroups with Mandy and tries to get back inside but Charlotte kicks her.
Brooke snaps Charlotte on the top rope and rushes back in but gets caught with a boot. Dana elbows Charlotte back and jumps onto her, then flips over for a sunset flip but Flair stomps her. Charlotte misses a big boot in the corner and Brooke forearms her back. Brooke hits a handspring back elbow, then whips Charlotte to the opposite corner and hits another. Dana goes up top and hits a senton bomb for a two-count. She looks for another handspring back elbow but Charlotte chop blocks her, then applies the Figure Eightand Dana taps.
After the match Charlotte doesn’t release the hold, so Mandy rushes in and dropkicks her. Rose beats Flair out of the ring and checks on Dana until Sonya Deville makes her way to the ring.
Sonya and Charlotte are in the ring and Deville says she has agrred to allow Flair to make a proposal. Charlotte says she was taken aback when she heard Asuka and Rhea Ripley were going to get a match at Backlash. She’s being left out again and she has to remind everyone that she beat Asuka at WrestleMania, ending her undefeated streak. Also, she put Rhea Ripley on the map and beat her at WrestleMania to become the NXT Champion. Charlotte says Deville can’t tell her that if she wasn’t added to the match that Backlash would be a bigger deal. She makes it that much more important.
Charlotte says that Deville did a good thing in bringing her back but make no mistake, the WWE needs her. She implores Deville to make another good decision and add her to the match at Backlash. She says “be fair, to Flair.” Deville says Charlotte makes a compelling arguement. The men have a Triple Threat match for the WWE Championship, so she will indeed add her to the match at WrestleMania Backash.
The RAW Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley, comes out and says she’s put up with a lot from Charlotte but this is crap. There’s a reason why Flair wasn’t at WrestleMania, and there’s a reason why she wasn’t in the match to start with, nobody likes her. Charlotte pretends to cry. Rhea says she knows she can beat Asuka again but a Triple Threat is unfair. She should have known this was all part of a bigger plan.
Asuka cmes down to the ring and says this is all bull crap. She says Charlotte whines like a baby and mocks her. Asuka says it doesn’t matter because she can beat Flair and Rhea. She’s ready to become the RAW Women’s Champion. Charlotte says this is why nobody compares to her, they get a curveball and they both lose their minds. She says she will be walking out of Backlash as the new Champion. Rhea gets in Sonya’s face and shouts at her, then Charlotte attacks her. Rhea rolls outside and Asuka knocks Charlotte from the ring so she can dance and pose.
Humberto Carrillo is interviewed backstage and he says Sheamus is a tough guy but he’s a bully. He knows what it is to be bullied but he won’t let Sheamus do it to him. He’s going to fight him. Sheamus attacks Carrillo from behind and beats him into some production boxes, then tells him “you’re in no condition to accept my open challenge this week.” There’s always next week.
Deville is walking backstage and Adam Pearce stops and shouts at her. Deville tries to say she text him but Pearce doesn’t care. He says they’re supposed to make decisions together, so does he need to go to a higher-up? She apologises and says he’s right.
The Miz and John Morrison are in the ring. Miz says last Monday they were humiliated when they were pelted with rotten tomatoes by New Day and Damian Priest. Miz lists-off his accomplishments and says that was no way to treat an all-time great. He ignores Morrison and says Priest has to get what he deserves.
Morrison takes a quick headlock but Priest shoots him off and hits an inverted atomic drop. Priest takes Morrison down but gets reversed and John applies a sleeper. They exchange submission holds until Priest shoves John off and clotheslines him over the ropes.
Back live and Priest is beating on Morrison, who fires back with a unique takedown and some ground-and-pound. Morrison takes a sleeper for a while but Priest shoots him off and hits a flapjack. They trade strikes and Priest drops Morrison with a headkick, but misses another and Morrison hits a Capoeira kick. Priest kicks John back into the corner and lands a back elbow.
Priest clobbers Morrison with a lariat for a two-count. Priest goes to the top rope but Miz distracts him, allowing Morrison to hit a Spanish Fly for a near-fall. Morrison then goes to the corner and wants Starship Pain but Priest grabs him. Morrison rolls-up Damian as Miz gets on the apron and distracts the referee, inadvertently costing Morrison the match. Priest hits The Reckoning for the win.
Adam Pearce is backstage with Mansoor, who signs his RAW contract. Sheamus walks in and says “the Champ is here.” Sheamus says Humberto won’t be answering his open challenge tonight and accidents happen. Sheamus makes fun of Mansoor, who says he’s officially a RAW Superstar, just like Sheamus. Pearce says he has tons of potential and Sheamus mocks them, saying he must be in the presence of greatness. Sheamus says this is a big night for Mansoor, so why not accept the open challenge tonight? It won’t be for the title but there’s no way for the WWE Universe to get to know him that seeing him taking a boot to the face.
MVP is interviewed backstage and says this match tonight shouldn’t be happening. He says Braun weaseled his way into this match. MVP says maybe Lashley and Drew should team-up to ensure they get the one-on-one match they deserve.
We return to find this random match underway. Cedric and Metalik are trading fast-paced action back and forth. Metalik hits a rope-walk dropkick for a two-count. Alexander lands a Michonoku Driver and tags Shelton, who lands two stiff body slams and a back body drop for a near-fall. Shelton hits a backbreaker and bends Metalik over his knee. Alexander tags back in and beats Metalik in the corner. Metalik kicks him away and hits a bulldog.
Tags to Shelton and Lince, with Dorado coming in hot… only for Benjamin to catch him with a big lariat. Shelton backs Lince into the corner and beats him. Dorado attempts a few moves but Benjamin’s strength prevails and he connects with a big boot. Dorado finally lands a tornado DDT, then Cedric rushes in but gets tossed over and out. Dorado leaps over and out onto Alexander as Metalik tags in for a rope-walk elbow drop and scores the win.
After the match Cedric grabs a microphone and berates Shelton Benjamin. He says they were Champions not long ago, it’s no wonder why MVP and Lashley kicked them out. But they didn’t kick him out, they kicked Shelton out. He was the weak link from day one. Cedric asks Shelton how long he’s been in WWE and done nothing? He says he won’t waste another minute of his life carrying Shelton.
Angel Garza is walking backstage with a rose and Drew Gulak stops him. Gulak says it’s funny that he calls himself a ladies man but he can’t score. Gulak challenges him to a match and says if he wins he wants the rose. Garza says when he beats him he’ll shove the rose up his ass.
Shelton is walking backstage and stopped for an interview. He says he’s survived for so long in this business because he can take a hit. He’s seen so many young Superstars come and go. Guys like Cedric. Nobody knows it but he was the one who wanted Cedric in The Hurt Business. He let him say his piece tonight but if he continues down this path, he’ll be another young star who fizzles out and he’ll survive.
The bell rings and Garza rushes Gulak. Angel hits a basement dropkick, then batters him on the mat with rights and lefts. Garza hits Gulak up for a backbreaker. Drew fires back with a kick and a bulldog choke. Garza uses the ropes to fight free, then hits a front dropkick and beats Gulak in the corner. Garza hits a face wash, then the Wing Clipper for the win.
After the match, Garza picks-up his rose and walks over to Gulak. He kneels down and thinks about putting it by his head, but instead stuffs it down his trunks, then kicks him in the ass.
Riddle is rolling around backstage on his scooter and he stops with the Viking Raiders. Riddle asks them if they watched the NFL Draft, then asks if they’re fans of the Raiders or the Vikings. They joke around with him and Riddle calls them sexy stallions, then rolls off and stops with Randy Orton, who’s still angry about the tomatoes. Randy says he is not Riddle’s bro but Riddle says they’re undefeated. Randy says they only had one match but they have another tonight, so Riddle can stay quiet for now.
Orton starts the match with Elias and backs him into the corner and beats him. Elias fihgts back and tags Ryker, who beats Orton in the corner. Orton turns the tables and tags Riddle but Ryker scoop slams him. Riddle jumps on the back but Ryker backs him into the corner and Elias tags in so they can hit a modified Hart Attack with a knee instead of a clothesline. Elias pummels Riddle with left hands to the gut, then a back elbow.
Elias and Ryker isolate Riddle and hit a suplex into a backbreaker for a two-count. Ruker hits a rope-assisted suplex for a two-count. Riddle fires back with some right hands, then counters a suplex and makes the tag. Elias comes inn and Randy clotheslines him, then looks for the draping DDT but get snapped on the rope and dragged outside. Elias gets countered and dumped onto the announce desk, then Orton punches Ryker. Back inside, Orton hits Elias with a backbreaker, then the draping DDT and tags Riddle for the Floating Bro as Randy hits Ryker with an RKO.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage and says he doesn’t care who wins tonight, so long as they beat the hell out of each other. In regards to T-Bar and Mace, McIntyre says he doesn’t know why they keep attacking him. He also doesn’t know why they took off the stupid masks but kept the stupid names. What is meant to be, will be, and he’s a lot more concerned with winning the WWE Championship. Strowman walks up and says he and McIntyre better not be thinking about teaming-up against him but it won’t matter if they do. McIntyre says maybe they will, maybe they won’t, but Braun needs to get the hell away from him.
They lock-up and Sheamus tosses mansoor with a headlock takeover. Sheamus does the same again, then catches him with a shoulder tackle. Mansoor ducks Sheamus and leaps at him but gets caught and put in the corner. Mansoor shoves him, so Sheamus slaps him. Mansoor punches Sheamus, then hits two dropkicks. Mansoor takes a wristlock but Sheamus lifts and sets him on the top rope and clotheslines him off the to the floor.
Mnasoor makes it back inside before ten and Sheamus immedialely stomps him. Sheamus rakes the face of Mansoor, then hits the Ten Beats of the Bodhran. Mansoor rolls to the outside and Sheaus goes after him to hit a military press right onto the barricade. Again Mansoor just makes it back inside before ten and Sheamus is getting annoyed.
Mansoor elbows him over and over, then hits a basement dropkick and a step-up enziguiri. Mansoor hits a tornado DDT for a two-count and Sheamus is bleeding. Mansoor goes to the top rope but Sheamus shoves his feet and he lands hard. Sheamus lifts him for an Irish curse backbreaker, then goes to the corner and readies for a Brogue Kick. Out of nowhere, Humberto Carrillo attacks!
Carrillo knocks Sheamus out of the ring, then hits a big suicide dive. Carrillo beats Sheamus against the announce desk and slides him back into the ring. Sheamus catches him with a Brogue Kick, then one for Mansoor as well. Sheamus poses with his title.
We’re in Alexa’s Playground once again. She says Lilly had a lot of fun tonight, she’s a big fan. Lilly loves to play hide and seek but she gets her little hands dirty all the time. Wherever she goes, trouble follows. A certain someone has caught Lilly’s eyes but they won’t say who. Alexa sings a song about Lilly.
The mathc begins with Nia and Naomi and Jax takes control early but Naomi creates some distance and Shayna tags in. Naomi hits a jawbreaker and tags Lana for a flying crossbody and a two-count. Lana hits a tilt-a-whirl Russian leg-sweep, then Naomi tags back in and they double-team Shayna.
Naomi knocks Jax off the apron and tags Lana for a double facebuster but Jax pulls Naomi from the ring and tosses her into the announce desk. Reggie distracts the referee while Lana pins Baszler. Lana gets up to argue and Shayna applies the Kirifuda Clutch for the win.
MVP and Bobby Lashley are in Gorilla and MVP talks about the next match. He says this is a battle between two bulls who want to rip each other apart. But there can only be one dominant bull and it will be Bobby Lashley. They make their way to the ring for the main event.
The match begins and they lock-up and struggle for control but Braun forces Lashley back. Lashley turns Strowman around and shoulders him in the corner. Braun tries to elbow Lashley in the corner but Bobby blocks them and forearms him in the back. Lashley attempts a shoulder tackle but Braun shrugs him off and stares him down. Lashley lands a neckbreaker but Braun kicks out before one. Strowman fights up and clotheslines Bobby out of the ring.
Lashley gets on the apron but Braun knocks him off. Strowman brings Lashley into the ring and hits a running splash in the corner. He looks for another but Bobby kicks him, then follows-up with a big shoulder and drops him for a one-count. Lashley applies a submission but Braun fights up and grabs him for a club to the chest. Drew McIntyre’s music hits and he saunters down to ringside. Strowman gets out of the ring to confrotn him on the floor and Lashley dives off the apron onto Braun. Lashley then stands in front of Drew and looks for a fist bump but Drew just stares at him.
Back live and Drew has joined the commentary team. Lashley slams Strowman down with a reverse STO. Lashley stomps Braun in the corner and clubs him with forearms. Lashley fires Braun into the ring post shoulder-first, then hits a suplex for a two-count. The Champion applies a submission and pulls Braun’s beard, then lifts him up for a running shoulder to the gut. Lashley climbs the turnbuckles above Braun and lands ten punches. Lashley wastes time posing and Braun grabs him in an electric chair and slams him down.
Strowman with a running tackle in the corner, then a release suplex. Braun stomps Lashley and wants a running powerslam but Lashley slides off. Lashley wants the Hurt Lock but Strowman is too strong and picks him up for a sidewalk slam. Lashley rolls outside and Braun goes after him but ends-up running into Drew McIntyre. McIntyre and Strowman shove each other, then Braun gets back inside and Lashley Spears him for the win!
As soon as the match ends, McIntyre rushes into the ring and hits Lashley with a Claymore. McIntyre then goes to the corner, counts down, and hits Braun with a Claymore as well. The announcers reveal that next week McIntyre will face Lashley one-on-one in a non-title match.
That’s it for this week’s RAW. Let us know what you thought in the comments below, as well as what you’re thinking about WrestleMania Backlash. I’ll see you back here tomorrow night for WWE NXT results. Until then, stay safe!