Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the May 31st, 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.
Tonight’s RAW will feature Drew McIntyre taking on Kofi Kingston to determine the number one contender to Bobby Lashley’s WWE Championship. Not only that but the RAW Tag Team Championships will be on the line as AJ Styles & Omos defend against Jaxson Ryker and Elias. Who do you see facing Lashley at Hell In A Cell? And who walks out with the Tag Titles? Let us know below.
Also on tonight’s RAW, Randy Orton faces Xavier Woods in the budding feud between New Day and R-K-Bro. Despite being out for the rest of the year, The Miz will return tonight to host an episode of Miz TV and may address his ACL injury. And finally, Shayna Baszler will face Reginald in a rare cross-gender match. Baszler has had enough of Reginald’s interferences and tonight she looks to end him.
That’s the preview for tonight’s RAW. Our live coverage will begin from 8PM right here. Let us know if you’re excited about any of it and remember to hit the refresh link below and enjoy the show!
This week’s RAW opens with a tribute to American Armed Forces for Memorial Day. We go live to the ThunderDome where Corey Graves and Byron Saxton are joined by legenday MMA fighter and commentator, Jimmy Smith. The crew run down the card for tonight’s RAW.
The Miz and John Morrison are in the ring for another edition of Miz TV. Miz says his return is long overdue because the past few weeks without him have been rough. Miz says it wasn’t his fault and he’s sorry. He takes his glasses off and says that lumberjack match with Damian Priest he got injured, for the first time in his career. Morrison is wearing onions around his neck to ward off the zombies, and he has a “drip stick”, which is a pump that shoots water or something. Miz says he’s done so much in his career that it’s high-time he give back, and he’s starting with his guest tonight, Charlotte Flair.
Charlotte says Rhea Ripley’s had a nice run but it’s over. In a few weeks she’ll be sending her to Hell. Ripley comes down to the ring and Charlotte looks miffed. Ripley says Charlotte can go to Hell and they come face-to-face. Miz tries to ease the situation and gets them to sit. Miz asks Rhea who she is and John makes a joke about garlic but Ripley just says she’s a nightmare for the entire division. We see footage of Rhea unable to beat Nikki Cross in two minutes last week. Charlotte laughs and says if she couldn’t beat Cross, she’ll never beat her.
Nikki Cross comes down to the ring and apologises for interrupting. She says she beat the RAW Women’s Champion last week, so it’s only fair she get the first title shot to the winner of the match at Hell In A Cell. Rhea says if there had been four minutes on the clock, Cross wouldn’t even be standing this week, but she did earn her respect. Cross says she could beat Charlotte in two minutes as well. Charlotte laughs and says she could beat her in one minute but Cross slaps her. Flair says she’s on.
The match begins and Charlotte tries to grab her but Cross ducks it and rolls from the ring. Cross taunts Charlotte until she goes out, then Nikki rolls back in and dances. Ripley is at ringside and she taps her watch at Charlotte, who goes for Cross again but can’t catch her. There’s one minute left and Nikki hides behind Ripley, who stands in Charlotte’s way.
Ripley and Flair argue and Cross runs back into the ring. Charlotte manages to catch Nikki with a knee, then drops her with a forearm. Flair puts Cross on the top rope but Nikki punches her a few times and hits a tornado DDT. Charlotte drops her and tries to apply a Figure Four but the time runs out and she looks mortified with herself.
We see replays of the broiling feud between New Day and R-K-Bro. Riddle is backstage with Priest and they’re talking about being back on the road. Riddle asks for some Spanish lessons until Randy Orton appears. Riddle apologises for using the RKO but Orton says it’s fine, they had a good match. Orton says if they’re going to do the team thing they may as well do it right, so he invites Riddle down to watc his match tonight. Riddle gets excited but Randy makes him zip-it and give him the key.
The match gets underway with a lock-up and Orton grabs a headlock. Orton shoulder tackles Woods and wants an early RKO but gets shoved away. Woods takes a wristlock and chops Orton, then tries to jump over him but gets caught and dropped on the top buckle. Woods rolls out and Orton goes after to beat his head on the announce table, then hit a back suplex on it. Orton gets back inside and Riddle sits on the apron.
Woods fights up from a headlock and snaps Orton’s arm. Woods hits an enziguiri, then unloads a flurry of chops until Orton cuts him off. Woods ducks a lariat and slides through the legs to land a discus forearm. Woods backs Randy into the corner and stands on the ropes to punch him but Orton grabs and powerbombs him for a two-count.
Woods rolls to the apron and Orton wants the draping DDT but Woods jumps in and hits an armbreaker. Orton breaks free from a submission and slams Woods, then wants the RKO but Xavier counters with a backslide for two. Woods runs but Orton catches him and hits a Bro-Derek for the win!
Riddle runs into the ring and loses it, dropping elbows like Ric Flair and rolling around the ring on the scooter. Riddle poses and Orton thinks about posing behind him but stops himself.
We see Shayna Baszler’s issues with Reginald, then the Queen of Spades makes her way to the ring.
MVP, bobby Lashley, and the… lady-train, walk into a dressing room backstage and they fawn over him.
Reginald is backstage with Nia Jax and she wants to help but he assures her he can handle Shayna by himself. Nia stays in the back.
The match starts and Reggie jumps over and avoids Baszler but gets cocky and she drops him. He begs for mercy but she swings a kick and he avoids it. Reggie rolls her up for two, then tries to trip her but Baszler stops herself. Reggie counters Baszler and kips-up to hit a body slam. He apologises but she jumps up and shoulders him. He tries to kip-up again but this time she grabs his foot and DDT’s it.
Baszler starts working on Reginald’s leg and twisting the ankle. He tries to escape but she grabs him and applies an ankle lock. He flips over and she runs into the buckles, then Reggie catches her with a spinning crossbody. Reggie goes up top and looks for a massive moonsault but Shayna moves and he lands hard on the hurt ankle. Baszler grabs him in the Kirifuda Clutch, then the ring post explodes in flames. Reggie rolls-up a distracted Baszler for the win.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage and he says all that stands between him and the WWE Championship is Kofi Kingston. Drew says he likes Kofi, he’s a great guy, and he was like him at one time. Kofi is a guy who will do anything for anyone but he had to make the decision not to do that, not to have children, etc. McIntyre says tonight he’s willing to do the things Kofi isn’t to get his title back.
The match starts with T-Bar and Lince, and Dorado hits some kicks but gets dropped with a shoulder. T-Bar hits a running elbow in the corner, then lifts him but gets elbowed. Dorado takes a sleeper but gets slung off and Metalik kicks T-Bar. Metalik tags in and stands on Lince’s shoulders and hits a splash for a two-count. T-Bar tags Mace and they hit a double-team kick and lariat.
Mace hits a suplex, then a running elbow drop for a two-count. Mace and T-Bar keep Metalik isolated and use quick tags. Dorado comes in and helps Metalik get Mace out of the ring. Dorado dives through the ropes but gets caught and slammed by Mace. T-Bar catches Metalik with a big boot, then he and Mace hit a double-team chokeslam for the win.
We’re in Alexa’s Playground and she invites Reginald to join her later tonight for a talk.
Sheamus is in the ring and he talks about going back on the road and how he can’t wait to defend his title in every major city. He says Ricochet and Humberto can’t handle losses like men. Maybe they want some participation awards because that’s the closes they’re going to get to gold. Sheamus says they’re scumbags because they jumped him together. He refuses to defend his title against scumbags. He says he’s such a great Champion that he will face them both, back-to-back, and send them back to catering.
Ricochet counters and gets Sheamus out of the ring, then looks for a baseball slide but the Champ avoids it and beats on him. Sheamus hits a fallaway slam into the barricade, then gets Ricochet back in the ring. Sheamus with a flying lariat from the top rope but Humberto comes running down and distracts him, allowing Ricochet to get a roll-up win.
Sheamus is furious as Ricochet bails. Humberto is ready for his match and Sheamus is seething.
Sheamus is battering Carrillo as we return, with a running knee and a lariat that flips him. Ricochet is still at ringside and Sheamus shouts at him. Sheamus whips Humberto to the corner, then yanks him off the middle rope. Sheamus wants the Beats of the Bodhran but Humberto fights him off, only to get caught with a backbreaker. Sheamus does the Beats inside the ring and taunts Ricochet. Humberto rallies with a jawbreaker, then sends Sheamus into the ring post.
Humberto lands a forearm that busts the Irishman’s nose badly. Sheamus sets Humberto on the top rope and clotheslines him off to the floor. Ricochet checks on Humberto but Sheamus kicks him. Sheamus tosses Ricochet over the announce table, then Carrillo gets him back in the ring and looks for a crossbody but Sheamus catches and slams him. Sheamus wants the Brogue Kick but Ricochet distracts him and Carrilloo hits a springboard enziguiri, then a roll-up for the win.
We get another video pacakge for the highly-anticipated return of Eva Marie. The Eva-lution is coming soon.
Lana and Brooke go back and forth until Naomi tags in and hits a leg drop for a two. Naomi hits a buckle bulldog and tags Lana for a regular bulldog and a two-count. Mandy tags in and they hit a double-team flapjack for a one-count. Rose takes a sleeper but gets hit with a jawbreaker. Naomi beats her and tags Lana before tossing Dana outside and jumping on her. Mandy knees Naomi off the apron, then Lana rolls her up for two. Rose and Lana trade pinfalls, then Dana returns and they hit a Samoan drop/blockbuster for the win.
We see a replay of Cedric Alexander Vs. Shelton Benjamin last week. The rematch is up next.
Benjamin takes control early and beats on Alexander. Benjamin grabs him but Cedric rakes the eyes and hits a springboard enziguiri for the win.
Elias is backstage with Jaxson Ryker and trying to hype him up for their Tag Team Title match tonight. Elias talks about the challenge of Elias but Ryker looks out of it. Elias asks him if he’s been in battle and Ryker asks him the same question, saying he served in Iraq. Elias doesn’t know what to say.
AJ Styles and Omos come to the ring, they’ll be defending the titles after the break.
Kofi Kingston is interviewed backstage. Kofi says Drew tried to imply his family is a detriment to him but he’s able to be as successful as he is because of his loved ones. Kofi says he respects Drew but he doesn’t respect the cheap shots he takes. Kofi says Drew made a remark about him not beating Lesnar, but Drew can’t beat Lashley and he did. So it’s tit-for-tat. They’re going to square-up and give it everything they have, and he will beat Drew and become a 2X WWE Champion.
AJ starts with Elias and the Drifter takes cntrole early on. Styles fights back and hits a suplex on Elias for a two-count. Elias comes back with a suplex of his own for a one-count. Elias hits a snapmare and drops a knee, then Jaxson Ryker blind tags in and goes after Styles. Elias looks annoyed as Styles catches Ryker with a punch. Ryker reverses an Irish whip, but Styles slides out of the ring and pulls Elias off the apron. Styles gets Ryker outside and hits a baseball slide that knocks Ryker into Elias as we head to the break.
We come back from the break to see Ryker in control of Styles. Ryker hits a brainbuster for a two-count, then some hammer throws to Styles during the break. Ryker applies a rear chinlock but Styles quickly fights up. Ryker whips him headfirst into the buckles, then goes back to the chinlock. Styles fights out and hits a Pele kick. Ryker goes for a tag, but Elias jumps off the apron. Ryker is surprised and angry.
Omos tags in and comes up behind Ryker. Omos cranks in the claw to Ryker’s skull and throws him to the corner. Elias is walking up the ramp but watching on. Omos elbows Ryker in the corner and whips him hard into the turnbuckle. Omos charges with another back elbow in the corner. Omos hits a short-arm clothesline and tags Styles, who hits the Phenomenal Forearm for the win.
Nia Jax and Reggie are backstage and she’s questioning him for going to Alexa’s Playground. He says he’ll be fine and she says she’ll get some champagne ready and she’ll be waiting to celebrate.
Elias is backstage, talking about how Ryker hasn’t been able to get anywhere without his help. They’re close to getting back on the road and he can’t fathom sitting in a car going town-to-town with Jaxson Ryker. He’s done with him,
Reginald joins Alexa in the Playground. She asks about the match tonight but Lilly interrupts and asks about Cirque Du Solei. Before Reggie can respond, Shayna jumps in and beats Reggie, then tosses him out of the Palyground and sits on the swing. Alexa says she wasn’t invited and Lilly really doesn’t like her. Shayna says she doesn’t like her either and this crap has gone on long enough. So next week they’re going to have a little chat, then she calls Lilly a stupid doll.
Mansoor is backstage with The Viking Raiders and they’re telling him he needs to come up with a chant when he gets on the road. Mustafa Ali appears and tells Mansoor not to trust them or anyone else, because they’ll screw him. Mansoor asks why he should trust Ali and he says “now you’re getting it.”
Kevin Patrick interrupts Lashley and MVP’s party backstage and asks if they’re watching the main event. MVP says KofiMania was amazing, and Drew taking the long road to the top was great. They respect them as men but not as competition. Lashley says he’s not concerned because there is nothing either of them can do to end the all-mighty reign.
The bell rings and Drew rushes Kofi, beating him in the corner. Kofi hits a sunset flip for a one-count, then looks for another quick pin but gets chopped down. Drew stays in control, landing chops. McIntyre and Kofi spill over the ropes but Kofi holds onto the apron, then dives off onto Drew with a Trust Fall.
McIntyre connects with a Glasgow Kiss, then a deadlift suplex for a two-count. Kofi counters a clothesline and gets a guillotine in. McIntyre tries to reverse with a suplex but Kofi rolls him up for two. Kofi hits a knee, then a rope-assisted splash for a one-count. We see Lashley and MVP watching backstage in their locker room. Kingston attacks Drew in the corner, then hits the ropes but gets caught with a belly-to-belly.
Drew hits another overhead suplex, and looks for a powerslam but Kofi rolls through into a pin for a near-fall. Drew gets angry and batters Kofi with forearms against the ropes until the referee stops him. Kingston hits an S.O.S out of nowhere for a near-fall. Kofi wants a Boom Drop but Kofi rolls outside. Kingston gets on the top rope and jumps off onto Drew, but is caught and tossed over the barricade!
Back live and Drew is still in control of Kofi and he lands a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for a near-fall. Drew sticks a knee in Kingston’s back and bends his arms back. Kofi fights free but gets backed into the corner and chopped into next week. McIntyre puts Kofi on the top rope and headbutts him. He lifts Kofi up but Kingston slides over and hits a sunset bomb for a near-fall.
Kingston chops Drew and lands a dropkick, then a springboard dropkick for a near-fall. Kingston wants Trouble In Paradise but Drew dodges it and hits a spinning Future Shock DDT for a near-fall! McIntyre catches Kofi with a spinebuster for another close pin. Kofi ocunters another Future Shock and hits a superkick. McIntyre meets Kofi on the top rope and wants a superplex but gets headbutted. Drew falls into the tree of woe but he sits up and throws Kofi from the top rope across the ring.
Drew runs for the Claymore but Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise! Drew grabs the bottom rope to break the pin. Kofi hits a Frankensteiner that sends McIntyre outside, then a double stomp off the apron. Kofi gets Drew back inside, goes up top and jumps… right into a Claymore!
McIntyre will face Bobby Lashley at Hell In A Cell for the WWE Championship. Kofi gets to his feet after the match and shakes Drew’s hand. Lashley walks out onto the stage with MVP and he poses with the title as Drew points at him.
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.