Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the May 16th, 2022 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 be headlined by a mammoth steel cage match between Bobby Lashley and Omos. These two have been butting heads like two enormous rams since before WrestleMania, and tonignt it all comes to a head… unless they need a roof, in which case we’ll see it again at Hell In A Cell. Speaking of which, it seems dead certain that Cody Rhodes will challenge Rollins to a Cell match after being attacked last week. Can Rhodes beat Rollins three times in a row?

Unfortunately, WWE hasn’t announced anything besides the cage match for tonight’s RAW. That said, we expect more from RK-Bro Vs. The Bloodline, as well as Bianca Belair, Ezekiel, Becky Lynch, Kevin Owens, Asuka, Judgement Day, AJ Styles, Theory, Finn Balor, and hopefully Alexa Bliss as a staple of the show again. Hell In A Cell is less than a month away and we should start to see the card take shape.

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!


Monday Night RAW

This week’s show opens with a look at the dissolution of Bobby Lashley and MVP’s partnership, and MVP siding with his new client, Omos. We go live to the arena and a steel cage surrounds the ring – this huge match is happening right now!

The announcers tell us Cody will be on the show later tonight to respond to Seth Rollins’ attack last week. We will also see Riddle Vs. Jimmy Uso, and a 6-Pack Challenge match to determine the new number one contender to Bianca Belair.

MVP and Omos make their way to the ring. MVP welcomes us to the show and says we’re about see destruction. He says Bobby Lashley got a little too big for his boots and claimed the spotlight for himself. MVP says the outcome of this match is a foregone conclusion because Omos can pin him, submit him, or leave his lifeless body and walk out the door. No matter how it happens, the All Mighty Era comes to a close tonight.

Steel Cage Match

Bobby Lashley Vs. Omos W/MVP

As Lashley is making his entrance, he gets attacked by Cedric Alexader on the ramp! Lashley and Cedric brawl around ringside until Omos and MVP come out and get in on the action too. Suddenly a plethora of referee’s and officials rush out and separate the men, leaving Lashley to get into the cage and tell Omos to join him as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We’re back live and the referee rings the bell. Omos rushes Lashley in the corner and takes him down, then kicks him in the face. Omos chokes Lashley on the bottom rope while Lashley taunts him. Omos lifts Lashley by the throat but Bobby spins around into a sleeper hold with his hooks in. Omos pries Lashley’s hands apart but gets shoved into the buckles.

Omos catches a running Lashley and clubs him down with a forearm to the chest. Omos splashes Lashley in the corner, then MVP jabs him in the face with his cane! Omos picks Bobby up and hits snake eyes, followed by the running boot. Omos continues controlled offence, attacking Lashley in the corner while MVP continues to cheat.

Lashley grabs MVP’s arm and bends it around the cage. Lashley ducks Omos, hits the ropes, and connects with a spear for a near-fall. Lashley drills Omos with elbows to the neck, then waits for him to get up. Lashley wants the Hurt Lock but Omos slings him off. Lashley attacks Omos in the corner and starts climbing the cage but Omos grabs him.

Lashley knocks Omos down again and resumes climbing but Cedric Alexander rushes up the other side and attacks him. Lashley grabs Alexander and throws him from the top of the cage into the middle of the ring! Omos capitalises and grabs Lashley for a slam. Omos wastes time and Lashley starts teeing off with right hands.

Lashley looks for a spear but Omos catches him with a big boot. Omos gets Lashley on his shoulders and throws him into the cage wall but it breaks and Lashley is laying on the cage wall on the floor – kinda similar to Lashley and Umaga in 2007 for all you older folks. Lashley rolls onto the floor and wins!

Winner: Bobby Lashley

*Commercial Break*

The United States Champion, Theory, comes to the ring for a match with Ali. Right before the referee calls for the bell, Theory jumps put and gets the microphone. He says this match can’t happen unless he has an official he can trust to call things down the middle… The Miz!

Theory says something doesn’t feel right. He’s Mr. McMahon’s protege. He’s the youngest U.S Champion in history. He says it doesn’t seem very fair for Ali to get beat, then get a shot against him. So to teach Ali a lesson, he’s going to employ the first thing Mr. McMahon ever taught him: expect the unexpected. As such, he won’t be Ali’s opponent, Veer Mahan will be!

Special Guest Referee; THe MIZ

Veer Mahan Vs. Mustafa ALI

The Miz gets the match underway and Ali dropkicks Veer twice and sends him into the corner. Ali hits the ropes but Mahan cuts him off with a body attack. Veer throws Mustafa into the buckles and looks for a shoulder but Ali leaps over him and starts punching but Miz backs him up. Veer shoves Ali, then connects with a big boot.

Mahan slams Ali, then lifts him up for a military press but Ali lands on his feet and hits a superkick. Another superkick, then Mustafa hits the ropes but Theory trips him and Miz plays dumb. Veer runs but Ali sidesteps him and he goes through the ropes to the outside. Veer gets on the apron but Ali dropkicks him back off.

Ali wants a dive to the outside but Miz steps in his way to start the count on Veer. Mustafa argues with Miz, who shoves him in the face. Veer then returns and clocks Ali with a clotheslines. Veer jumps on Ali’s back and applied the Cervical Clutch for the win.

Winner: Veer Mahan

After the match Theory gets in the ring and asks Mahan to reapply the Clutch so he can take selfies, for which The Miz poses as well. Theory tells Veer to go out and clear the announce desk. As he’s doing so, Rey and Dominik Mysterio come out and attack him! Rey and Dominik get the better of Veer, who is left furious.

*Commercial Break*

Becky Lynch is backstage pestering Adam Pearce. She says it isn’t fair that they’ve announced the 6-pack challenge when she hasn’t got a rematch after she lost the title. She says Sasha Banks and Naomi have already left the arena and so how can the match even happen? Pearce says things have changed, tonight it will be Lynch Vs. Asuka and the winner faces Bianca Belair at Hell In A Cell.

Riddle makes his way to the ring by himself. After the break he’ll be facing Jimmy Uso of The Bloodline.

*Commercial Break*

Riddle Vs. Jimmy Uso W/Jey Uso

Jey distracts Riddle at the beginning of the match, allowing Jimmy to jump him. Riddle gets sent to the corner but he leaps over Jimmy and connects with a kick to the chest. Riddle hits a sidewalk slam for a two-count. Jimmy fires back with some uppercuts and backs him into the corner. Riddle catches Jimmy with his legs and drags him over the ropes to the floor.

Riddle kicks Jey Uso from the apron and wants a springboard Floating Bro but Jimmy knocks him off the apron, then hits a suicide dive. Jimmy lifts Riddle and throws him into the steel steps. Jey gets on the steps and poses with the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.

*Commercial Break*

We’re back live and both men are trading but Jimmy takes Riddle down with an enziguiri. Jimmy hits a hip attack in the corner for a near-fall. Riddle rallies and lands some flying forearms in the corner. He wants an exploder but Jimmy elbows him off, only to get caught with it a second later. Riddle looks for a Broton but Jimmy gets his knees up. Jimmy sends Riddle to the ropes and caches him with a pop-up Samoan drop for a near-fall.

Jimmy scales the ropes but Riddle jumps up and tries to hit a super RKO but Uso blocks it and headbutts him off. Jimmy looks for an Uso splash but Riddle gets the knees up. Riddle wants a floating bro but Jey trips him, then helps Jimmy with a pin. However the referee caught it and ejected him from ringside! Jimmy argues with the referee, allowing Riddle to roll him up for the win!

Winner: Riddle

Liv Morgan is interviewed backstage. She says it doesn’t matter what group Rhea Ripley joins, she isn’t getting away with what she did. Los Lotharios approach Liv backstage and say her joining the kiss cam would cheer her up. AJ Styles and Finn Balor appear and tell Los Lotharios to get lost. Balor says Judgement Day will pick them apart if they don’t work together. They ask if Morgan wants to join them at ringside and she says she’ll think about it.

*Commercial Break*

Judgement Day is backstage. Damian Priest says we’re not getting the message because they should be standing in respect. Priest says they don’t take orders and if any of the fans heroes want to step to them they’ll face punishment. Ripley says she embraced judgement and she has loved every second of it. Nothing his holding her back anymore. Now is the time for eradication.

Edge says people should listen to his saints because they don’t lie. He says some of the fans are tired of pretending and he sees it in people’s faces. They need to stop being sheep and join his movement. Grab the lightning, accept the gift, or continue to live a purgatory of existence. He says he’s already seen how this plays out, more will join. In fact, his arms are open wide to anyone who wants to further their career.

And that offer even extends to AJ Styles. He would be a great addition to the movement. Edge understands that AJ is trying to please the fans, he used to jump off ladders and do the same. But where did it get him? A bunch of broken bones, an early retirement, and the fans moved on and didn’t care. Styles should consider joining the group, Balor too, otherwise they will face judgement.

*Commercial Break*

Los Lotharios Vs. Finn Balor & AJ Styles W/Liv Morgan

Balor and Styles kick the match off in rapid fashion with some tag team moves to Humberto Carrillo. Angel Garza tags in and pummels AJ with Humberto. Garza grabs an abdominal stretch and punches the ribs, then Carrillo tags back in and does the same. Styles fights back and tags Balor and the two of them clear the ring. Balor and Styles dive over the ropes onto Los Lotharios as we head to the break.

*Commercial Break*

We return to find Los Lotharios back in control and applying a double Boston crab to Styles. Styles fights back against Humberto and makes the tag. Balor runs over Garza with forearms, then catches an incoming Carillo with a tip and double stomp. Balor knocks Carrillo to the floor, then Garza rolls him up for a two-count. Garza dropkicks AJ off the apron, then looks for the wing clipper but Balor flips over and lnads on his feet.

Balor hits a slingblade, then lines up the shot and runs for a shotgun dropkick but eats a superkick. Humberto gets the tag and looks for a moonsault but gets caught with the boots and flies into the air. Balor hits the shotgun dropkick, narrowly avoiding Garza in the corner. Styles takes Garza out with a Phenomenal Forearm and Balor hits the Coup de Grace for the win.

Winners: AJ Styles & Finn Balor

Alpha Academy find Kevin Owens backstage and they have the DNA results of Ezekiel and Elias. Owens is very excited and takes the envelope from them. The results say the results were inconclusive because the DNA samples were contaminated with barbecue sauce. Gable and Owens look at Otis and he says Elias must have been eating baby back BBQ ribs but Owens says he remembers Otis eating ribs in catering like there was no tomorrow. Owens loses it and says Gable is supposed to be smart but Elias is making him look like a fool. Gable promises he’ll make things right.

*Commercial Break*

Alexa Bliss Vs. Sonya Deville

The match begins and they lock-up with Deville forcing Bliss back into the corner. Sonya shoves Bliss in the face a few times and berates the referee. Bliss slaps Deville, then ducks a clothesline and hits a dropkick. Bliss hits an STO, then knees to the gut. Bliss looks for a standing moonsault but Deville avoids it and hits a knee for a two-count.

Deville shouts in Alexa’s face and slams it into the mat a few times. Deville kicks her in the face and hits a clotheline for a two-count. Deville applies a rear chinlock but Alexa fights up and hits a jawbreaker. Sonya knees her in the gut, then delivers a shining wizard for a near-fall. Deville tries to untie to turnbuckle but the referee catches her.

Deville catches Bliss with a spinebuster and pins but the referee is busy fixing the buckle that she untied. By the time he starts counting Bliss kicks out. Sonya is furious and yells at the referee. Alexa counters Deville and hits a DDT for the pinfall.

Winner: Alexa Bliss

After the match Deville takes umbridge with the referee, then slaps him across the face!

We see a highlight package of Cody Rhodes Vs. Seth Rollins at Backlash, then Seth’s vicious assault on Rhodes on last week’s RAW. After the break we will hear from the one and only Cody.

*Commercial Break*

Cody Rhodes comes to the ring and the fans chant his name. He says he’s been told Seth Rollins isn’t here tonight and, although he’s surrounded by lovers in Virginia, he hopes Seth is watching. Last week he tried to move on from this chapter but Rollins poured gasoline on it. Rollins said Cody would never take anything from him ever again, but he has no idea what he supposedly took? Two wins? A spotlight?

If anything, the threat to Seth Rollins is not Cody but Seth himself. He’s stuck in purgatory and Hellbent on dragging everyone down with him. In 2012 Seth Rollins showed-up in WWE with The Shield. He remembers because he was there and one of the bitter boys in the back. Within months, Rollins shattered the glass ceiling and won his way to the top. His story is different. He didn’t win. He scratched, clawed and painted his face with a smile, dead inside and looking up at the lights.

Yet he endured. In loss you learn to adapt and reinvent yourself. He learned he’s never going to be the American Dream, so why not embrace the nightmare? In some way he lost his way to the top. But this all comes down to Seth Rollins’ losing two matches. This is his second chance in life, you don’t take it for granted. And if Seth is intent on denying him that chance, he’s going to have to kill him. And he’s going to give him that chance. How about they run it back, lock all their angst in the ring? Rollins Vs. Rhodes III but this time it’s inside Hell In A Cell.

Rollins appears on the screen, laughing like an idiot. He says Cody stole his spotlight at WrestleMania but that wasn’t enough for him. He cheated to win at Backlash and that wasn’t enough. Now he’s begging for a third go around, inside Hell In A Cell? That’s the biggest mistake he’s ever made because anyone who’s ever stepped inside the Cell with him is changed forever. We already know his answer and he’s going to exploit all of Cody’s insecurities and expose him for the fraud he is. Cody says “well there’s nothing left to say except: I’ll see you in Hell”.

Asuka is interviewed backstage about facing Becky Lynch tonight. She pretends to cry and says Becky Lynch cries like a big time baby, but tonight she will give her a reason to cry. Because Asuka is ready to be RAW Women’s Champion, and Becky Lynch is not ready for Asuka. The commentators reiterate that Naomi and Sasha Banks walked out earleir today and call them “unprofessional”. Seems there is something legitamate happening here.

*Commercial Break*

Ezekiel Vs. Chad Gable W/Otis & Kevin Owens

They lock-up and Ezekiel forces Gable into the corner before releasing. Gable takes Ezekiel down with a wrestling hold but the big man gets free and connects with a flying shoulder tackle. Ezekiel looks for a sidewalk slam but Gable counters with a tilt-a-whirl armbar. Ezekiel fights free and applies a side headlock.

Gable shoots him off, ducks under, and catches an arm-drag but Ezekiel rolls right into another headlock. Gable htis a back suplex to get free, then tells the fans to “shooooooshhh!” Ezekiel counters Gable and applies a gory special. Gable gets to the ropes to force the break and Ezekiel rolls out and snaps Gable’s neck on the rope. Otis splashes Ezekiel from behind as the referee is distracted.

*Commercial Break*

We return to find Gable holding Ezekiel with a submission. Ezekiel tries to fight up but gets taken back down and Gable targets the arm. Gable hits an arm-trap northern lights suplex, then applies another submission. Gable slams Ezekiel, then goes up top for a moosnault but no-one’s home. Ezekiel ducks Gable, hits him, and lands a spinebuster for a near-fall. Ezekiel lifts Gable onto the top rope and chops him.

Ezekiel gets onto the top top but Gable knocks him off. Gable jumps but gets caught with a leaping knee in mid-air. Gable drops Ezekiel and hits a moonsault for a near-fall. Gable clips Ezekiel with a right hand but Zeke starts firing back with rights and lefts. Ezekiel kicks Gables backwards and follows-up with a splash. Otis gets on the apron and Ezekiel knocks him off. Gable hits a roll-up for a near-fall, then Ezkiel counters with a roll-up for the win!

Winner: Ezekiel

R-Truth and Tamina are backstage and Truth is still trying to serve Akira Tozawa with divorce papers. Tamina questions Truth’s methods as he opens a trash can and tosses the paper inside. A few seconds later Tozawa pops-up screaming and chases Tamina. Dana Brooke appears and thanks Truth for getting her divorce from Reginald. Truth says it’s time for compensation and begs for the 24/7 Championship.

Brooke shoves Truth and runs off, only to bump into Carmella. Dana apologises but Carmella doesn’t accept. Dana says Carmella hasn’t been relevant of since James Ellsworth worked here. Carmella says Dana is a sorry excuse for a wife and a wrestler but Brooke takes a shot at Corey Graves before running off. Truth runs into Carmella and gets excited, saying they should team-up again and she can help him get his baby back. Carmella says she’ll help him when the time is right and she can get her hands on Brooke.

*Commercial Break*

Lacey Evans comes to the ring. She talks about the armed forces and how much they volunteer for America. She asks the entire arena to get on their feet and give a round of applause. A “USA” chant breaks out. Evans says she appreciates the warm welcome back to WWE and she is honoured to have some service men and women in the crowd tonight. She knows what they go through and she thanks them.

Evans says finding the courage to fight is hard, to change your circumstances is hard. But they have the ability to do so. We have what it takes. She wants her daughters to know that. That they have what it takes to wake up, work, and win. She might not be better than any of other women in the back but they’re damn sure no better than her.

Riddle is backstage in a smoky room. He says nothing is going to stop him and Orton from unifying the Tag Team Championships on SmackDown this Friday, because RK-Bro 4:20 says “we just smoked your ass”. The Uso’s are also backstage and they say RK-Bro have no chance because they are The Bloodline, the ones, and they will bring all the gold home.

*Commercial Break*

Championship Contender Match

Asuka Vs. Becky Lynch

Bianca Belair in on commentary for this one. The match gets underway and Asuka forces Becky back to the corner. Lynch sends Asuka to the apron and kicks her off. Lynch wants a suicide dive but Asuka hits her, then drags her under the bottom rope and lands a punch. Lynch avoids being sent into the steel steps and drops Asuka with an exploder suplex into the barricade.

*Commercial Break*

We’re back live and Asuka is unloading a flurry of offence inside the ring. Asuka hits a sliding knee to the face for a near-fall. Becky catches her with a roll-up for a two-count, then wants a Manhandle Slam but Asuka counters with an arm-drag. Becky avoids a hip attack and Asuka is hung-up in the ropes, where Becky kicks her a few times.

Lynch hits a leg drop off the middle rope to Asuka on the ropes and scores a near-fall. Lynch wastes time pointing at Belair on commentary. Lynch wants the Dis-Arm-her but Asuka counter with an armbar of her own but Becky gets free. Asuka catches Lynch with the Asuka Lock but Becky rolls back into a pin for a near-fall. Becky is sent to the apron where she kicks Asuka in the head twice.

Lynch goes up top and jumps but Asuka ducks her and catches a rolling armbar. Becky rolls to the ropes to force the break. Lynch rolls to the apron and snaps Asuka’s neck on the rope, then goes around to talk trash to Belair and try to goad her into hitting her – seeking a DQ victory. Asuka goes out and attacks Becky, but Lynch ends-up tossing Asuka into Belair!

Lynch puts Asuka in the ring and kicks Belair. Bianca chases Becky back into the ring and gets on the apron. The referee is distracted with Belair, so Becky grabs Asuka’s umbrella from the steps and wants to hit her but Asuka sprays her with poison mist. Asuka connects with a buzzsaw kick for the win and she is the new number one contender.

Winner: Asuka

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.

Curtis Dillion

Curtis does our weekly live match-by-match coverage of WWE RAW and SmackDown for Ringside News. In addition to SmackDown, Curtis also does WWE & NXT special event coverage as well. He has been helping out at for Ringside News for many years.

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