Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the May 17th, 2021 episode of WWE RAW.
Start time for tonight’s show is 8:00 PM EST. Match-by-match highlights and results from the show will take place on this very page, so you should update frequently to get the latest happenings. Feel free to leave any reactions in the comment section below.
Last night was WrestleMania Backlash and it was a decent show, with the exception of one major negative that we won’t even mention. Bobby Lashley retained the WWE Championship in a hard-hitting Triple Threat against Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman. It’s unclear where any of these men go from here but it seems Lashley might not be on tonight’s RAW as we saw a video from MVP earlier today where he asked Lashley to take the night off. Who do you see as Lashley’s next opponent?
Also last night, Rhea Ripley retained the RAW Women’s Championship but it seems like Charlotte isn’t done with her and the duo could be heading for a Hell In A Cell showdown. Unforunately, WWE hasn’t announced much for tonight’s show but we do know that the new Women’s Tag Team Champions, Natalya and Tamina will be on Alexa’s Playground. What that entails we couldn’t even guess.
So we’re going into tonight’s RAW fairly blind but we assume we’ll see more from R-K-Bro, another open challenge from Sheamus, and hopefully a new direction for Drew McIntyre. Sound off below with your thoughts and hit that refresh link to stay up to date. Enjoy the show!
Bobby Lashley is backstage with quite a few ladies and he’s showing off the WWE Championship. MVP is in the ring and he introduces the All-Mighty WWE Champion and his women. We see replays of last night’s Triple Threat match for the title where Lashley retained.
MVP says that what Lashley did last night was Herculean. He overcame two of the toughest men in WWE. Tonight Braun Strowman is nursing broken ribs and Drew McIntyre couldn’t even get out of bed. Lashley was thrown though an LED wall and he’s standing here tonight as the Champion. MVP says Lashley did it all while injured, and Lashley holds up his fist with swollen knuckles. MVP asks Lashley when the All-Mighty Era will end and Lashley says never. MVP says tonight is a night of celebration. The Champ was supposed to have a night off but, on behalf of Lashley, MVP issues an open challenge to anyone who wants a shot.
Drew McIntyre answers the call and he stomps down to the ring in his gear. Drew says he loves the idea of an open challenge. He can’t think of a better way for Lashley to impress his ladies than facing him for the WWE Championship tonight. MVP says being as rude and disrespectful as Drew is, he didn’t let him finish. The open challenge is for anyone other than Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman. Lashley swings for Drew but he ducks and punches him. Lashley rolls from the ring and MVP holds him back. Lashley shouts at Drew that he needs to go to the back of the line.
Elias punches, chops and kicks AJ at the bell but gets caught with a dropkick. Elias coutners a suplex with one of his own. Styles kicks Elias from the corner and punches him to the opposite corner before hitting a backbreaker. Elias turns AJ around and shoulders him in the corner. Elias whips Styles in a way that he slides under the bottom rope and hits the ring post with his back, then Elias baseball slides him into the post.
On the outside, Elias puts AJ back in the ring and stares at Omos. Elias then immeidately takes AJ back out the other side of the ring and hits a military press onto the apron. Omos stares Elias down and distracts him. Elias looks to get back inside but AJ knocks him off the apron, then dives over the ropes onto him. Ryker steps to AJ but backs off when Omos appears behind Styles.
Elias hits AJ with a back body drop as we return from the break. Elias lands a spinebuster for a near-fall. Elias takes a side headlock and keeps AJ grounded. Styles fights up but gets slammed down and hit with two knee drops. Styles comes back and lands an Ushigoroshi for a near-fall. AJ wants the Styles Clash but Elias kicks him away, then connects with a leaping knee and a spinning neckbreaker for a near-fall. Elias runs at Styles in the corner but gets caught with drop toe hold into the buckles. Styles goes to the apron and wants the Phenomenal Forearm but Ryker pulls him off the aprona and tosses him into the barricade.
Omos walks after Ryker and chases him up the ramp but turns when he sees Elias stomping AJ on the floor. Elias runs off and Omos helps AJ to his feet.
Riddle is backstage with New Day and he tells them he’s got a snake. Orton appears and it seems Riddle brought them together to mend their issues. Riddle asks Orton to apologize and he refuses. Kofi says Orton is the same as always and he’s love to run it back with him and Randy agrees to a match tonight. Riddle is left alone and sad.
Natalya and Tamina are in Alexa’s Playground as though it’s a talk show. Natalya talks about them winning the tag titles, which Alexa says is “super duper nice”. Lilly asks what their favourite colours are and they just stare at her until Nattie says pink. Tamina says black and blue, which is how Alexa will look if she tries anything weird. Alexa says Tamina is lucky that Lilly likes her. Alexa starts ranting about Lilly and the other two leave.
The bell rings and Gulak rushes Angel in the corner and hits an exploder suplex. Gulak applies a modified abdominal stretch but Garza hits a hip toss and a clothesline. Garza slaps Drew and drops him with a lariat. Garza hits a rope-assisted reverse suplex and a dropkick. Gulak eats a big right hand and gets hit with a backbreaker. Garza hits the Wing Clipper for the win.
After the match Garza grabs a rose and shoves it in Drew Gulak’s mouth.
R-Truth is interviewed by Kevin Patrick backstage and Truth jokes around before suggesting he will answer Lashley’s open challenge, although he did refer to him as Ricky Bobby. Akira Tozawa appears from behind and rolls-up R-Truth for the pinfall. Akira Tozawa is the new 24/7 Champion.
Orton takes Kofi down with a side headlock. Kingston fights up and sends Randy out of the ring where Riddle checks on him. Kofi goes out but Orton kicks him and gets him back in the ring. Kofi applies a submission to Orton, who tries to grab the rope so Kofi hits a Russian leg sweep. Kingston hits a rope-assisted splash for a two-count.
Randy backs Kofi into the corner and chops Kofi before taking him down with a headlock. Kofi fights back with some big chops and a dropkick, then hits the ropes but Orton catches him with a snap powerslam. Woods plays the trombone and distracts Orton, allowing Kofi to roll him up!
New Day get into the ring after the match and play the trombone and dance. Orton is furious and even Riddle argues with them to stop shoving it in Randy’s face. Orton walks off and Woods grabs Riddle who turns and shoves Xavier down!
Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce are backstage with Naomi and Lana, Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose. They both arguing for why they should be the number one contenders. Charlotte walks in and says they’ve all had chances and blown them. Sonya says they will figure out who is next in line after tonight’s title match, but Charlotte has a private matter to discuss. The teams leave and Flair argues that she should have a one-on-one match for the Women’s Championship. Pearce says Flair didn’t win last night but Charlotte says she wasn’t pinned. Deville says if Flair can beat Asuka tonight they will consider it.
Rhea Ripley walks in and says she’s ready for some new competition. As far as she’s concerned, Charlotte is yesterday’s news. Charlotte says she’ll beat Asuka tonight because, if history repeates itself like it has 13 times, she’ll be Champion again soon enough. Rhea says she’ll go watch Charlotte, just in case the Queen falls from the throne.
The match kicks off with Jax and Natalya. Jax backs her into the corner and hits a knee before tagging Baszler. Shayna goes to work on Nattie’s arm and tags Jax back in. Natalya avoids a splash and connects with a discus clothesline. Tamina tags in but Jax headbutts her, then hits a powerslam. Baszler tags in and Jax goes up top but Tamina knocks her off. Alexa Bliss appears on the stage and Reggie gets on the steps. Suddenly fire erupts from the ring post like Kane and Baszler and Jax are distracted. Tamina and Nattie hit a Hart Attack for the win.
Bliss disappears but we can hear Lilly laughing through the ThunderDome.
After the break, Ricochet will get another shot against Sheamus.
Sheamus comes out and he is angry about what happened last night. Sheamus tells Ricochet he needs to bring out his jacket and hat otherwise he’ll go back there and take it from him. Ricochet is backstage and gets interviewed. He says he had a lot of fun last night. It was good to slap Sheamus in the mouth but Ricochet reminds everyone that he threw Sheamus’ jacket back at him. However he stole it again today from the locker room.
Ricochet puts the hat and coat on and mimics Sheamus’ accent. Ricochet comes out and Sheamus runs up the ramp at him but gets caught with a drop toe hold. Ricochet then runs down to the ring and dances in the ring. Sheamus runs down and Ricochet dorpkicks him, then the referee pulls them apart and starts the match.
Sheamus rushes Ricochet and beats him down with knees and clubbing forearms. Sheamus lands a stiff body slam, then backs him into the corner for another big knee. Ricochet counters Sheamus and jumps on his back with a sleeper. Sheamus slings him off and gets on top for a shoulder submission. Ricochet escapes with a jawbreaker, then hits an enziguiri that knocks Sheamus from the ring. Ricochet jumps over the ropes but gets caught and run into the ring post. Sheamus tosses Ricochet over the barricade and poses.
Back live and Sheamus gives Ricochet the ten Beats of the Bodhran on the apron. Sheamus applies a submission but Ricochet fights free and punches the Irishman over and over. Ricochet hits the ropes but Sheamus catches him with a backbreaker. Sheamus goes to the top rope but Ricochet punches him and climbs up with him and hits a Spanish Fly. Sheamus grabs his leg and punches the mat a few times.
Ricochet backs Sheamus into the corner and hits a running forearm, then a springboard forearm. Ricochet lands a standing moonsault for a near-fall. Ricochet lands another splash but Sheamus rolls him up for a near-fall. Sheamus looks for the Brogue but Ricochet side-steps it and he gets caught in the ropes and Ricochet drops him. Ricochet goes up top but Sheamus rolls from the ring. Ricochet dives onto Sheamus on the outside anyway!
Back in the ring and Ricochet hits a 450 splash for a near-fall. Ricochet lifts him but Sheamus escapes and catches him with a pump kick in mid-air for a near-fall. Sheamus can’t believe he kicked out and he shouts in his face but Ricochet slaps him. Sheamus stares at him before hitting a Brogue Kick to put an end to the match.
After the match, Sheamus says Ricochet won’t be dancing anytime soon. He loves his gold but his other shoulder feels a little empty, so maybe he’ll answer Bobby lashley’s open challenge.
Mace & T-Bar are backstage and they say that, tonight, Bobby Lashley will pay his debt. Because everything is designed to end. They flip a coin to decide which of them will face Lashley but don’t say who won.
The match gets underway following replays. They lock-up and Charlotte whips Asuka across the ring, then ducks some kicks but gets caught with a dropkick. Asuka lands a hip attack but Charlotte counters an Irish whip with a back elbow. Flair goes to the apron but Asuka hits a backfist and a sweep to knock her down, then goes out and hits a hip attack to Charlotte hanging on the apron.
Back inside, Charlotte escapes a wristlock and punches Asuka before rolling outside. Asuka goes to the apron and looks for a soccer kick but Charlotte catches it, then kicks her shins to drop her. Rhea Ripley comes out ot get a better view of proceedings and Charlotte stares her down.
Charlotte has Asuka in a sleeper but the Empress fights up, only for Charlotte to back her into the corner and unload with chops. Asuka hits an elbow and a kick, then a clothesline and a crucifix pin for a two. They trade pinfall attempts back and forth, then Asuka runs into a backbreaker and a neckbreaker. Charlotte gets a headscissors on Asuka and slams her face into the mat a few times before flipping her over.
Asuka hits a backslide for a two-count, then a pop-up knee and a German suplex. Asuka with a hip attack in the corner and a bulldog. Asuka looks for another hip attack but Charlotte cuts her off with a big boot for a near-fall. Charlotte looks for Natural Selection but Asuka avoids it. Charlotte misses a big boot but lands a back elbow for a two-count. Charlotte sets Asuka on the top rope and climbs up with her but seemingly attempts a Spanish Fly and Asuka stays put, so Flair does a moonsault to no-one.
Asuka htis a missile dropkick for a near-fall. Asuka lands some kicks, but misses the big one and Charlotte gets a roll-up for two. Asuka wants a German suplex but Flair elbows her. Asuka gets a rolling kneebar on Charlotte. Flair escpaes but Asuka gets her in the Asuka Lock. Charlotte gets to the ropes as the camera cuts to black, presumably for a wardrobe malfunction. Charlotte rolls outside and gets in Ripley’s face. Asuka tries to hit her but Flair knocks her into the ring. Asuka kicks Charlotte into Ripley on the apron, then rolls her up for the win!
John Morrison is walking backstage and Kevin Patrick asks what happened last night. Morrison says he’s not sure, it’s been eating away at him, making him feel dead inside. He says wherever Miz is, he’s dedicating this match to him.
It’s regular lumberjacks. Morrison takes a headlock but gets shot off and Priest takes him with with a shoulder. Priest catches him with an arm-drag into a submission. Priest is knocked from the ring where some heel lumberjacks beat on him and roll him back inside. Morrison beats Priest in the corner but gets caught with a double stomp.
Morrison willfully rolls outside but Nikki Cross appears and rolls him right back in. Morrison is shocked and Priest attacks him. Morrison goes to the apron and hits an enziguiri but he gets knocked off. To avoid the lumberjacks he goes over the barricade, then does a parkour leap over the barricade and over Shelton Benjamin onto the steel steps. Back in the ring, Priest hits him with a sit-out chokeslam for a near-fall.
Morrison is in control of the match when we return. Priest catches John with a triangle but Morrison escapes and hits a springboard enziguiri. Priest rolls outside and they put him right back in and Morrison knees him for a near-fall. Morrison takes a headlock but Priest fights up and unloads with punches and kicks, then hits a flapjack. Priest lifts Morrison for a Dominator and a near-fall, then he gets sent from the ring and the heel lumberjacks batter him.
Priest is rolled back in and Morrison tries to take advantage but Priest beats him, then dives over the ropes onto T-Bar and Mace. Out of nowhere, Cedric Alexander runs into the ring and dives through the ropes onto Shelton. The lumberjacks all start brawling, meanwhile Priest takes Morrison up top and superplexes him onto all the lumberjacks at ringside. Ivar and Titus O’Neil lift Morrison and Priest and put them back inside where Priest hits a top-rope Frankenseiner and Hit The Lights for the win.
Damian Priest is interviewed and he says he is officially done with Miz and Morrison. When asked what comes next, Priest says he wants his name to live forever and what better to do that than to beat Bobby Lashley tonight?
Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander are backstage and Cedric is tlaking trash. Shelton says he wants to face Lashley and Cedric says he isn’t the legend he thinks he is. He says there’s a reason why everyone abandons Shelton. Benjamin punches Alexander and leaves him laying.
Bobby Lashley and MVP make their way to the ring for the open challenge.
MVP extends the open challenge and out comes Kofi Kingston with Xavier Woods. They do ring introductions and say the title is on the line but MVP gets on the apron to say this won’t be a title match. The bell had already rung but they ignore that and ring it again.
The match begins for a second time and Lashley catches a running Kofi with a big spinebuster for a near-fall. Lashley wants a stalling suplex but Kofi knees him to get away, then dropkicks him to the apron, then off the apron. Kofi hits a baseball slide, then dives over the ropes onto Bobby as we head to the break.
Back live and they show a replay of the start of the show. Lashley beats Kofi in the corner, then chokes him with a boot. Lashley hits a stalling suplex with one hand, then applies a bear hug. Kofi fights free and hits a chop to the chest, then floats over for a DDT. Lashley counters Kofi to hit a reverse STO for a two-count. Lashley puts Kofi on the top rope byt Woods plays the trombone and distracts him.
Lashley leans through the ropes and Kofi jumps off the top to slam Lashley into the ropes. Lashley catches Kofi with a roll-out Dominator, then takes him out of the ring and runs him into the ring post. Lashley looks to do it again but Woods prevents it. Woods gets on the apron and argues with the referee and MVP looks to take advantage and hit Kofi with his cane but Drew McIntyre appears and takes the cane from him, then hits Lashley with it! Kofi rolls up Lashley for the pinfall!
Kofi, Woods and McIntyre leave up the ramp together, posing and playing the trombone as Lashley seethes.
That’s it for this week’s RAW, let us know what you thought of the show and we’ll see you back here tomorrow night for NXT. Until next time, stay safe.