It’s Monday night and that means a brand new episode of WWE RAW for May 3rd, and Ringside News has you covered with live play-by-play results coverage.
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We’re less than a week away from WWE’s next PPV, WrestleMania Backlash, and so WWE is attempting to set the stage and solidify the card. As such, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will face Drew McIntyre in a WrestleMania rematch. Last week Lashley faced Braun Strowman and got the win, and tonight he looks to do the same to McIntyre but chances are Braun will have something to say about it.
Beyond that we have a six-woman tag team match with Charlotte teaming with Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler to face Asuka, Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke, and an eight-man tag match with R-K-Bro and New Day taking on AJ Styles, Omos, Elias, & Jaxson Ryker.
So that’s all we know about tonight’s RAW but we suspect we’ll get another “open challenge” from Sheamus, more drama between Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin, and plenty more. All you have to do it hit that referesh link below and enjoy the show!
Monday Night Raw begins with a look back at last week’s main event, in which Bobby Lashley beat Braun Strowman. We go live to the ThunderDome and out comes the Queen, Charlotte Flair to get us started with tag team action.
We start with Nia and Rose and the Samoan takes control off a distraction from Flair. Baszler tags in and stomps Mandy before going to work on the wrist. Rose lifts Baszler and runs her into the corner and hits her as Asuka tags in. Asuka counters Baszler and dropkicks her out of the ring, then goes for Charlotte and Nia on the apron.
Dana and Mandy rush in as the heels regroup on the floor, then all six women meet in the middle of the ring. Suddenly the action grinds to a halt as Alexa Bliss and Lilly appear on the stage on their swingset. Alexa says they’re out here to keep their eyes on “someone”, and laughs.
Back live and Mandy fights back against Nia, then aims to counter her but literally just falls on her back, then tags Dana. Baszler tags in but Dana runs over her with clotheslines and a bulldog. Baszler counters with a backbreaker and looks to tag out but her legs gives way and she can’t stand. Asuka rushes in and knocks Nia off the apron, then hits Baszler with a shining wizard for the win.
As soon as the match ends, Charlotte rushes in and boots Asuka in the face. Unsure if that was a legitmate injury to Baszler but she’s standing at ringside with Nia and Reggie as Alexa and they all stare at her.
New Day are backstage and Riddle approaches them. Riddle thanks them for getting him a registration form for his new tag team with Randy Orton. Kofi says it’s common knowledge all WWE tag teams must register, unlike Styles and Omos. Riddle jokes about Randy Orton getting hit with tomatoes last week and Orton appears behind him. New Day and Riddle talk about how funny it was but Orton isn’t laughing. He says he finds it funny when he kicks people in the head, sets things on fire, or ends careers.
MVP approaches Braun Strowman’s locker room and walks inside. MVP says Strowman almost beat Lashley last week were it not for Drew McIntyre. If Lashley had to lose the title, he’d rather lose it to Strowman. Drew’s already had his chance and couldn’t do it. So if Drew somehow gets so injured tonight that he can’t compete on Sunday, then Strowman’s chances would be far greater. Braun says he doesn’t like MVP and he says a lot of people feel that way but he doesn’t take it personally.
This Sunday Damian Priest will finally get a one-on-ne match with The Miz. Priest is backstage with Adam Pearce and in walk John Morrison and The Miz. Pearce says Priest had an idea for tonight; if John Morrison can beat him tonight they can choose the stipulation for Sunday. Howeer if he wins Damian can choose the stip. Morrison agrees and pulls a pair of sunglasses out of a fanny pack. He says the forecast calls for a little drizzle of drip, and he has “drip” shaved in the side of his head.
Jinder Mahal cuts a promo in which he says he is happy to be back on RAW, but he hasn’t come alone. Jinder has brought Veer and Shanky with him, two Indian Superstars. Veer was part of the NXT team, albeit under a different name, but his former partner is nowhere to be seen. Mahal says he will show why he is a former Champion and makes his way to the ring.
Jeff rushes Jinder and attacks him. Hardy with a dropkick but Mahal hits an atomic drop and a kick for a two-count. Jinder stomps Jeff and drops a knee on his head. Mahal continues the assault, slamming Jeff and connecting with elbows and knees. Jeff fights out of a submission and hits a couple of forearms, then a double axe handle. Jinder counters Twist of Fate and hits a knee, then hits the Khallas for the win.
Elias and Jaxson Ryker are backstage with more tomatoes but AJ Styles and Omos appear and roll their eyes. AJ stops Elias from singing and says no tomatoes either, they’re with the RAW Tag Team Champions and they need to be more serious. Omos takes a tomato and squishes it, saying that’s going to be their opponents.
Riddle and Elias start the match following long, drawn-out entrances. Riddle takes him down and looks for an armbar but Elias gets to the ropes. Elias tags Ryker and Riddle takes him down with a side headlock. Riddle swings a kick but Ryker avoids it, then Omos tags himself in. Riddle punches his gut but Omos lifts and throws him. Riddle swings a kick but Omos catches it and flips him. Kofi and Woods rush in but Omos drops them both. Orton gets off the apron and watches as Omos tosses Riddle out of the ring. Orton looked to Slither in and hit an RKO but Omos turned around and Orton slithered back out.
Elias and Riddle are trading but Elias beats him down in the corner and tags Ryker for a double-team. Ryker back suplexes Riddle and tags AJ who covers for two. Riddle counters a suplex and tags Woods, and he and Kofi kick Styles over and over. Kofi blind-tags in and they catch AJ with a shoulder tackle, roll-up and flying crossbody for a two. Elias comes in and drops Kofi but Woods then hits him with a missile dropkick. Styles hits Woods with a spinebuster and tags Ryker, who beats him into the corner.
Elias tags in for a spinebuster, then a knee to the back and he tags Ryker for a rear chinlock. Elias tags back in and hits a spinning suplex but Woods eventually fights back and makes the tag to Riddle. Elias is dropped with a forearm, then Riddle knocks AJ off the apron and hits Elias with Bro-Derek. Omos breaks the pin attempt and Orton tags in but he jumps off the apron. Woods runs in and dives through the ropes onto AJ. Kofi and Woods snap AJ’s legs on the outside and spin him around a few times so Omos goes outside to chase them. Orton slides in and catches Elias with an RKO for the win.
After the match Woods and Kofi come in and celebrate with Riddle and Orton, but Randy hits both New Day with RKO’s. Riddle asks Randy why but he just walks off. Riddle smiles and shakes his finger.
Sonya Deville is backstage when Asuka and Rhea Ripley walk in. Sonya says they’ve been at each other’s throats for weeks and she’s been given an idea for tonight. Rhea and Asuka can settle their differences tonight in singles action. Rhea asks if this was Charlotte’s idea and Deville won’t say it was or wasn’t. Asuka says she already competed tonight but she’ll do it again because she’s ready for Rhea.
Lashley and MVP are backstage and Kevin Patrick asks them what they’re looking to prove tonight. MVP berates Patrick for having no respect, then says Lashley proved everything he had to at WrestleMania. Tonight is just the sequel to WrestleMania. Lashley says last week he pinned Braun and tonight he beats Drew, again.
Sheamus is in the ring for another open challenge. He says Adam Pearce told him if he wants to be like greats before him he should issue open challenges. Sheamus says why would he want to walk in their footsteps? Those idiots gave title shots to everyone and anyone. They’d give a title shot to idiots like “that guy Virk, or whatever his name is, who’s out of his depth on commentary.” Sheamus invites Humberto Carrillo or Mansoor to answer the challenge tonight and promises to leave a boot print in their face.
Sheamus shoulder tackles Carrillo, then counters a hip-toss with a forearm to the back. Sheamus batters Humberto with stiff shots but gets kicked in the chest and hit with a springboard arm-drag. Sheamus is knocked from the ring and gets on the apron but Humberto springboard dropkicks him off. Humberto looks for a baseball slide but Sheamus side-steps it and yanks him from the ring by his feet. Sheamus tosses Humberto into the timekeeper’s area.
Back live and Sheamus is getting peppered with punches and chops but he cuts Humberto off with a back elbow. Sheamus batters the chest with the Beats of the Bodhran, then gives him the Dublin Smile. Humberto tries to fight back but gets slammed. Sheamus gets Carrillo on his shoulders and scales the ropes but Humberto fights free and hits a super Frankensteiner! Sheamus rolls to the apron to avoid the pin.
Carrillo shoulders Sheamus on the apron and hits a sunset flip powerbomb to the outside but Sheamus pretty much landed flush on top of Humberto. Carrillo seems to be in some pain, possibly a tailbone injury. The referee checks on both guys and says Humberto can’t continue.
We get a video package for Lucha House Party, with both Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado talking about how they’ve been around for a while but they want to remind people who they are and what they can do. Life isn’t always a party but lucha is lit.
Cedric Alexander makes his way to the ring and we see a replay of when he turned on Shelton Benjamin last week. He’ll be taking on his former partner, next!
Shelton goes for a lock-up but Cedric takes the back and shoves him off to hit a dropkick. Benjamin looks for Paydirt but Cedric avoids it and escapes from the ring. Shelton chases after and Cedric slides back inside to snap Shelton’s leg around the ring. Alexander goes to work on the leg and taunts Benjamin. Shelton turns the tables and gets a single leg Boston crab but Cedric wriggles free and hits a dropkick to the knee. Alexander dropkicks a prone Benjamin out of the ring, then hits a suicide dive.
Cedric wants another but this time Benjaminc cathes him with a leaping knee. Shelton gets inside and looks for Paydirt but again Cedric avoids it and hits a dropkick. Alexander hits a springboard enziguiri, then shouts in Benjamin’s face. Cedric kicks Benjamin and taunts but Shelton hits him with a high-angle powerslam out of nowhere for the win!
We see a replay of last week when Angel Garza stuffed a rose inside Drew Gulak and kicked him. Backstage Garza is having a photoshoot with a rose when Gulak appears and shouts at him for humiliating him. Gulak says he has no respect for the industry and Gulak says next time he’ll stick the rose down Gulak’s front.
They lock-up and Ripley forces Asuka into the corner and shoves her face. Asuka swings for a backfist but Rhea avoids it, then Asuka beats on her until Ripley tosses her across the ring by the hair. Rhea ducks a kick and blocks a drop toe hold and stomps Asuka. Asuka hits a rolling armbar but Ripley grabs the ropes with her feet. Ripley rolls outside and Asuka chases her but Rhea turns it around and kicks her through the ropes. Riple gets Asuka back inside and out comes Charlotte, distracting the Champion so Asuka can hit a spinning backfist.
Charlotte has joined the commentary team and Ripley has Asuka in a body scissors. Rhea hits a dropkick and shoulders Asuka in the corner a few times. Ripley kicks the back and hits some short-arm clotheslines. Asuka rolls outsie and Ripley goes after but Asuka kicks her and hits a sliding knee from the apron. Charlotte taunts Asuka but Ripley grabs Asuka and headbutts her. Rhea goes back inside to hit a northern lights suplex for a two-count.
Ripley wants the Riptide but Asuka counters with a Codebreaker. Ripley rolls outside and Charlotte gets in her face as well, only for Asuke to jump off the announce desk with a hip attack to Rhea. Asuka gets the Champion back inside and lands a missile dropkick for two. Asuka looks for another hip attack but Ripley catches her and hits the Riptide for the win.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage and he says he had no intention of getting involved last week but Braun put his hands on him. He heard about MVP’s plan to gang-up on him tonight and if that happens then he’s toast because no man can withstand that kind of power. But if he it goes down normal, he’s going to do what he should have at WrestleMania,
The Miz and John Morrison come to the ring, where Morrison will face Damian Priest after the break.
Priest backs Morrison into the corner and clobbers him with right hands and a headbutt. Johnny drip-drip performs and impressive reversal and takedown to Priest, then hits a cartwheel knee to the face. Priest escapes a sleeper and knocks Morrison to the apron. Priest attempts a sweep but John cartwheels over it, then kicks him. Morrison attempts a springboard arm-drag but landed flush on his back. Priest htis a pop-up punch for a two-count and John rolls outside. Priest goes out and puts him back in but Miz then distracts him as we head to the break.
Priest whips Morrison to the ropes and hits a flying back elbow for two. Priest is knocked outside and Morrison distracts the referee, allowing Miz to kick him. Morrison gets him back inside for a two, then hits a Russian leg sweep for another. Damian fights up from a sleeper and hits a flurry of kicks. Priest beats Morrison into the corner and hits a falcon arrow for a near-fall. Damian goes to the top rope and Morrison climbs up, looking for a Spanish Fly but gets tossed off backwards.
Priest hits a flying heel kick and covers for a near-fall. Priest grabs Morrison by the throat and stares at Miz, then looks for a chokeslam but Morrison rolls him up for two. Morrison wants a knee but Priest kicks his leg, then wants Hit The Lights but Miz gets on the apron. While Miz is distracting, Morrison rolls Priest up but the referee can’t count. Priest catches Morrison with Hit The Lights for the win.
As soon as the match ends, Miz attacks Priest but the Archer of Infamy quickly turns it around and Miz high-tails it up the ramp. Priest lifts Morrison and Hits The Lights again.
Our main event is up next and we see McIntyre warming-up. Lashley is warming-up as well and Braun Strowman approaches and stares at him.
Adam Pearce is backstage with Priest and Damian says he wants a lumberjack match on Sunday. He says Miz always runs from him, so he wants to ensure he can’t run. Surround the ring with stars from RAW, SmackDown, and zombies from NXT, whatever it takes to make sure Miz stays in the ring.
The announcers run down the card for WrestleMania Backlash, then lashley makes his way to the ring.
The main event begins and McIntyre looks for a boot but Lashley sidesteps it and tries to apply The Hurt Lock. Drew struggles, so lashley slams him down and applies a sleeper. McIntyre lifts Lashley over the ropes and sets him on the apron but Bobby snaps his neck on the top rope. Lashley gets inside and chokes Drew against the rope and we see Braun watching backstage.
Lashley elbows Drew in the corner a few times but the Scottish Warrior gets angry and turns the tables. Lashley turns them right back but Drew drops him and Bobby rolls outside. Lashley runs at Drew but gets hit with a belly-to-belly on the floor! Drew is seething as we head to the break.
Drew is beating on Lashley and goes up top but Lashley yanks him off and takes a headlock. Drew shoots him off and hits a stalling vertical suplex. Lashley knocks McIntyre down in the corner and scrubs him with a forearm before choking him with a boot. Drew rolls to the apron and Lashley hits a running attack to knock him off. Lashley goes out and slams Drew’s head into the apron. Lashley snaps McIntyre’s neck on the top rope again, before going outside and running him head-first into the ring post.
Lashley gets Drew back inside and runs for a Spear but McIntyre catches him with a hip-toss into the turnbuckles. Both men trade shots and Drew hits a belly-t0-belly, then a neckbreaker before kipping-up. McIntyre wants the Future Shock but Lashley wriggles free. McIntyre hits a Glasgow Kiss and a spinebuster for a near-fall. McIntyre wants a Claymore but Lashley cuts him off with a crossbody. Lashley lifts McIntyre and looks for The Hurt Lock but McIntyre fights it, so Lashley hits a fisherman suplex instead. McIntyre catches Lashley with a Claymore but Braun Strowman appears and attacks him!
Strowman hits McIntyre with a running powerlsam, then turns to Lashley and helps him up. Lashley smiles and hugs Braun but the monster won’t let him go, and hits a running powerslam. Braun then hits Drew with another running powerslam before going outside to chases after Lashley. MVP tries to hit Braun with his cane but Strowman grabs it and tosses it, then lifts Lashley and hits a running powerslam through the barricade! Strowman goes back inside and hits Drew with a third powerslam and poses to end the show.
That’s it for this week’s RAW. Let us know what you thought of the show and your excitement level for WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday. We’ll have live coverage right here, but before then we’ll also have results for NXT, AEW, and SmackDown. Until next time, stay safe!