Welcome to Ringside News’ live results, highlights, winners and reactions for the May 23rd, 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 rematch between Cody Rhodes and The Miz. It’s just over a month since Cody defeated Miz in his first match on RAW in six years, and we’re not clear on why they’re going at it again this week but we fully expect to see Captain Jac…. I mean, Seth Rollins get involved. On Friday’s SmackDown The Uso’s defeated RK-Bro to become the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, and we expect to see both teams on RAW tonight.
Elsewhere, Bobby Lashley will present an “All Mighty Challenge” to Omos and MVP. We don’t know what this entails but last week Lashley bested Omos inside a steel cage after being thrown through the cage wall and rolling onto the floor. Becky Lynch will also be on hand to address her loss to Asuka last week; Lynch is as far from the Championship as she’s been in a while and she might lose her mind.
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This week’s show begins with a look at Friday night’s SmackDown, where The Uso’s defeated RK-Bro to become the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions.
Riddle comes to the ring by himself. He says this is hard. He’s here with a heavy heart. Randy is his mentor, his bro, his dude. The fans chant “RKO”. Riddle says the last few years have been hard for Randy but these last few months have been extra difficult – his back has been killing him. Last Friday, Randy could barely walk before their tag match on SmackDown.
Riddle says he knew Randy wouldn’t let him down because he knew how much it meant to him. And he knew how much it meant to the fans. Hats off to The Uso’s, they’re a great team, but they cheated. Roman Reigns is a tribal piece of trash. He swears he will get his revenge on The Bloodline before his career is over. He knows Randy has done more for him than anyone and he loves him for it. He doesn’t know what the future holds and he doesn’t know if RK-Bro will ever be a thing again, but he knows Randy is watching, so he gets the fans to chant “RK-Bro”.
We return and the announcers run down the entire show: Cody Rhodes will face The Miz, Rhea Ripley teams with Damian Priest to face Liv Morgan and AJ Styles, Jerry Lawler will interview Veer Mahan, and Bobby Lashley will host an “All Mighty Challenge”.
The Uso’s cut a promo backstage in which they say the fans and Riddle are just jealous of them because they’re the undisputed champs. As they’re making their entrance Riddle and the Profits run up the ramp and attack them. A major brawl breaks out as we head to the break.
This match finally gets underway with Zayn and Dawkins, and Sami taunts with The Uso’s “we the ones” pose. Dawkins gets caught with a headlock but he shoots Riddle off and drops him with a dropkick. Ford tags in and he hits a dropkick of his own, then tauns The Uso’s. Riddle tags in and goes straight for Jimmy and Jey, allowing Zayn to beat him down in the corner.
Zayn targets the taped ribs of Riddle – which are a results of The Bloodline putting him through the announce desk on Friday night. Zayn chokes Riddle on the middle rope, then drives a knee into his back and applies a bodyscissors. Zayn jumps on Riddle’s back. Jey Uso tags in but wastes time and Riddle scoops him up and runs him into the buckles.
Riddle kicks Jey over-and-over, ten hits a fisherman brainbuster for a near-fall. Ford tags back in and connects with a clothesline, followed by some right hands. Jimmy blind-tags in and pulls the rope down to send Ford to the floor. Jimmy shoves Montez into the steel steps, then superkicks him and poses with Jey as we head to the break.
Zayn is in control of Ford and hits a back suplex to prevent a tag. Zayn knocks Dawkins of the apron and Jey rips Riddle down to the floor, then back suplexes him onto the barricade. Ford with a small package but Zayn kicks out and clotheslines him. Jey tags back in and pummels Ford on the mat. Jey throws Ford to the corner but Montez knocks Zayn and Jimmy off the apron.
Riddle gets the tag and he clobbers the now-legal Sami Zayn with kicks. Jimmy comes in and Riddle does the same to him and beats both him and Sami in the corners with running forearms. Riddle with an exploder suplex to Jimmy, then one to Zayn. Jey comes in but Dawkins hits him with an uppercut, then Jimmy with a spinning back elbow.
Both Jimmy and Jey roll to the outside but Ford dives over the ropes onto them with a Superman tope. Inside the ring, Riddle hits Zayn with the draping DDT and wants the RKO but The Uso’s get on the apron, but they both jump down and just walk off. Zayn can’t believe he’s been left alone and Riddle hits him with the RKO for the pinfall.
We see a replay of last week’s cage match between Bobby Lashley and Omos. After the break Omos will be subjected to Lashley’s All Mighty Challenge.
Bobby Lashley comes to the ring. He says last week he survived a steel cage match with a giant. He saw the anger and the defeat in Omos’s face and he knew they were far from over. They have a lot more to fight about. So he wasn’t surprised to learn they’re going to do it one more time at Hell In A Cell. However tonight is the All Mighty Challenge, so let’s get things underway.
Omos and MVP come to the stage. MVP says him and Omos don’t just come running when Lashley calls. The whole world saw Omos beat Lashley’s ass all over the cage and if it wasn’t for faulty equipment, they’d be having a different conversation right now. Lashley tells MVP to shut up. He says a regular match between him and Omos won’t be enough, so his challenge is: he wants a match tonight and the winner chooses the stipulation at Hell In A Cell.
MVP says Lashley is tripping, he barely survived the last time Omos got his hands on him, so why would he want that again? Lashley tells MVP to hush, he isn’t finished. He has Omos at Hell In A Cell, but him and MVP have unfinished business. He wants MVP tonight and the winner chooses the stipulation. Lashley accuses MVP of being scared and MVP gets angry.
MVP says he made Lashley, so it’s only fitting he’s in responsible for his downfall. And when he beats his ass tonight he will choose a stipulation that Lashley won’t survive. Lashley scoffs and asks when was the last time MVP won a match? He says MVP didn’t make him, he made MVP. At Hell In A Cell he rips Omos’s ass, but tonight he puts MVP in the Hurt Lock. MVP and Omos come down the ramp and try to surround him but Lashley knocks MVP off the apron and they retreat.
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Dana Brooke is backstage with Adam Pearce, she says when Carmella is cleared to compete, she wants her. Becky Lynch walks-up and she complains that Asuka used poison mist to beat her last week. If he cared about his job he would have stricken it from the record. He says the fair thing to do would be to give Becky a rematch tonight and she’s very happy. And adds that if she wins it bcomes a Triple Threat at Hell In A Cell.
The Judgement Day come to the ring. Damian Priest tells the fans to rise. He says last week Edge told the fans their mission statement and to join them. He says one aspect of the mission statement is modesty. Edge saw something in him and Rhea Ripley and set them free. If he hadn’t, they’d be sheep waiting for instructions, just like the fans. The thing the fans are missing is courage to be who they really are.
Ripley addresses Liv Morgan and says that, for the first time in her life, she should stop listening to the simpletons in the crowd. She might even be willing to forgive Liv if she starts thinking for herself. Ripley implores Liv to save herself by joining The Judgement Day. Edge says they are the truth that’s right in front of everyones faces, if they’re just willing to see it. The Judgement Day is power, physical and mental. The Judgement Day is an opportunity to rebuild your career under his learning tree.
Imagine Tom Brady or Wayne Gretzky or Michael Jordan offering the olive branch that he’s extending. Edge wasn’t hand-picked to sit atop the mountain like a John Cena, he got there by hard work. The fans are afraid of hard work. They’re happy to sit back, eating chips in a cubicle and never climb the ladder. All sheep afraid to grab life by the throat. They’re not afraid and they’re offering the fans a chance to wake up.
Edge continues that, for the Superstars in the back, Judgement Day is an opportunity to headbutt a glass ceiling. The same one he destroyed two decades ago. The fans chant “you suck” and Edge says “no no, look in the mirror for that.” Edge asks who their next member will be? Who will be smart enough to reach out for the hand of the deity? He throws out some names and says even AJ Styles could join them. He of all people should know by now that opposing them is bad for your health. He can join and AJ’s kids can start calling him uncle Edge.
We kick things off with the men and Priest grabs a side headlock following a lock-up. Styles shoots him off but Priest hits a shoulder tackle. AJ is sent to the ropes but he grabs them to avoid a boot. Styles lands some strikes, rolls under a clothesline and hits a dropkick. Ripley tags herself in, which means Liv is forced in and she hits a hurricanrana to Rhea.
Liv hits Ripley in the corner, then attempts a sunset flip but gets scooped up and headbutted. Rhea punches Liv in the corner, then throws her across the ring. Morgan kicks Rhea and jumps at her but gets caught and Rhea turns it into a stalling suplex. Liv tries to counter into a cradle but Rhea hoists her back up. Morgan slides down the back for a reverse DDT and Ripley rolls out.
Morgan connects with a suicide dive to Rhea after Priest narrowly ducks it, then Styles hits a running knee to Priest from the apron. Edge goes to check on his minions as Liv and Styles pose in the ring. Morgan goes out and gets Ripley back inside but eats an up-kick. Ripley hits her stalling suplex, then backs Morgan into the corner.
Liv counters with a hurricanrana and makes a tag to Styles. Priest lands some strikes but Styles backs him into the corner and hits a flying forearm. Priest rolls outside and AJ gets in the face of Rhea on the apron, which allows Priest to attack him from behind. Styles rolls outside and Damian goes after to drop him face-first onto the apron. Edge laughs at AJ.
Priest prevents a tag and boots AJ backwards. Styles sends Priest to the apron and connects with a Pele kick that kocks him to the floor, then makes the tag to Liv. Ripley rushes in the opposite side but eats a flurry of offence from Morgan. Liv connects with a shining wizard in the corner, then a springboard missile dropkick.
Morgan kips-up and hits a rope-assisted recoil and covers but Edge puts Ripley’s foot on the bottom rope. Styles rushes around the ring and attacks Edge and then takes the fight to Priest as well. Both men fight into the ring but AJ clotheslines them both back out. Liv looks for Oblivion but Edge grabs Rhea from behind to save her. Ripley covers Morgan for the win.
After the match Styles attacks Edge but the numbers get the better of him. Edge and Priest hit a Spear/leg sweep. Edge batters AJ, then instructs him to watch as Ripley hits a Riptide on Liv.
The Miz is interviewed backstage and asked about Cody Rhodes. Miz says that, much like Seth Rollins, he is sick and tired of Cody Rhodes. If there’s one thing he knows in life, it’s that you cannot trust a man with a neck tattoo. He says Cody’s ego is out of control and he has more pyro than the 4th of July. Miz says he is like the Kim Kardashian of WWE; people want to know what he’s doing at all times and he doesn’t need a countdown clock to get people to tune in. He says he’s going to shut Rhodes up tonight.
Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler comes to the ring to host King’s Court. Lawler welcomes his guest for he show, “a lion of a man”, Veer Mahan. The King says people think Veer is a man of few words but he wants to dispel that rumour. He asks Veer what the secret to his success has been? Mahan just stares at Lawler. Jerry says that was a dumb question, then asks why he’s been targetting Rey & Dominik Mysterio?
Again Veer doesn’t answer. Lawler says maybe Veer is angry because Rey said he’s so hairy that when he takes his dog for a walk, people pet Veer. Lawler tells another joke about how hairy Mahan is, and this time Veer grabs Lawler by the wrist and speaks into the microphone. He says Rey is a legend but he cares about his son and that makes him weak. Mahan asks if he smells fear on Laweler and Jerry says “it’s probably just my cheap cologne”.
Veer throws the microphone and says how about he show Jerry the kind of man he is. Mahan backs Lawler up into the corner but out come Rey and Dominik Mysterio. Veer meets them on the ramp and attacks them. He throws Rey into the ring, then Dominik too. As Veer tries to get in the ring, Rey and Dominik continually kick him back off. He keeps getting back up, so they tell him to get in the ring but instead he shouts at them and leaves.
Alexa Bliss is interviewed backstage and she says she’s incredibly happy to be back. She says Sonya Deville could probably do with some therapy because it worked wonders for her. Bliss says tonight she faces Nikki A.S.H, and they used to be best friends. Everything worked out for the best though because now she’s best friends with a doll and Nikki dresses like a superhero… “it sounds weird when I say it out loud.” Bliss reiterates that she’s happy to be back and makes her entrance.
The match begins and they lock-up but Bliss gets the better of it. Bliss extends a hand but Nikki slaps across the face, so Alexa unloads with punches and knocks her out of the ring. Nikki regroups with Doudrop and Blis grabs her by the hair to get her back inside but Nikki snaps her on the top rope. Nikki mauls Bliss in the ring and gets a sleeper hold.
Bliss fights free and connects with a jawbreaker, then a dropkick. Bliss hits an inverted Natural Selection. Bliss wants the DDT but Nikki forces her back to the buckles. Nikki climbs up and looks for a suplex but Alexa fights her off and hits Twisted Bliss for the win.
Seth Freakin’ Rollins is interviewed backstage. He says the fans used to sing his song every night he walked out but now all he hears is chants for Cody. It makes him physically ill to hear that name. He mentions the countdown clock and asks where does it stop? Where’s his clock? It’s in his mind and what happens when it counts down to zero? Cody won’t want to know.
Asuka is interviewed backstage. She says that, last week, Becky Lynch was not ready for Asuka. Becky was too busy crying and Asuka mocks her. Asuka says Lynch cried again and got another match tonight but she will beat her again and turn her into Big Time Baby because no-one is ready for Asuka!
The match gets underway and Miz backs Cody into the corner but Rhodes turns it around and chops him. Miz takes Cody down with a side headlock. Cody fights up and turns the tables. Rhodes looks for the drop-down uppercut ala Goldust but Miz stomps him. Miz tries to pin him but Rhodes kicks out and dropkicks Miz out of the ring.
Cody wants a suicide dive but Miz punches him as he comes through the ropes. Rhodes clubs Miz in the gut as he gets back in the ring, then his a front suplex before applying a bow-and-arrow submission. Miz quickly fights out and hits a sunset flip off the middle rope but Cody kicks out. Rhodes sends Miz to the ropes and knees him against them, then connects with a kitchen sink knee to drop him.
Rhodes hits a running basement knee to the face for a two-count. Rhodes runs at Miz in the corner but gets thrown up and lands crotch-first on the top rope. With Rhodes perched on the rope, Miz connects with a running big boot and Cody tumbles to the floor as we head to the break.
We’re back live and Miz looks for a jumping clothesline in the corner but Rhodes avoids it and Miz lands awkwardly. Cody hits a snap powerslam, then a kick to the gut and a Cody cutter. Rhodes applies a Figure Four leglock. Miz reaches the ropes to force the break and rolls outside. Rhodes goes to the top rope but Seth Rollins appears and shoves him off and into the barricade.
Rollins continues the assault after the match and Miz joins in. They stomp him down near the barricade, then Rollins lifts him and Irish whips him into the steel steps and Cody goes over it Mick Foley style. Rollins walks away but snatches Cody’s weight belt from a child in the front row, then goes back and whips Rhodes in the back with it. Rollins leaves and Cody slowly drags himself to his feet, then takes the belt back to the child as he leaves.
They lock-up and Ezekiel takes Gable down but the Olympian flips up and out. Gable leaps over Zeke, ducks a clothesline, and counters him but Otis trips Ezekiel and Gable follows-up with a chop block. Gable starts going after the leg and shouts “thank you!” Gable applies a submission before snapping the leg back and telling the fansto “shooooosh!” Gable goes up top and wants a moonsault but Zeke gets his feet up and catches him in the chin.
Ezekiel hits a spinebuster, then chops Gable hard in the corner a few times. Ezekiel kicks Gable back, then hits a splash in the corner. Otis jumps on the apron and knocks Ezekiel down but the referee caught it and ejects Zeke from ringside. Otis and Gable are furious and Owens slides in to try and get involved but he too gets ejected! As they’re arguing and leaving, Ezekiel rolls Gable up for the win!
After the match, Ezekiel runs away through the crowd. Owens gets on the microphone and says he doesn’t give a damn what he calls himself, he wants a piece of him at Hell In A Cell.
We see Cody Rhodes emerge from the trainer’s room and he’s limping. Kevin Patrick asks for a response and Cody says his knee got dinged up and that’s good news for him but bad news for Seth Rollins. Seth’s problem is that he can’t stand the thought of going t0-3 but his worst nightmare is going to come true.
The match gets underway and Lashley makes his move but MVP bails to the outside. MVP eventually gets back in and continues to keep Lashley at bay using the referee and the ropes. MVP goes outside and taunts Lashley, so the All Mighty goes after him and sends MVP back inside. MVP feigns a knee injury and Omos clotheslines Lashley at ringside.
MVP gets Lashley in the corner and hits a big boot. MVP trash talks Lashley and slaps him in the face. Lashley gets angry and grabs him by the throat. Lashley hits a reverse STO, the clotheslines him over the ropes to the floor. Lashley goes out, lifts MVP onto his shoulders, and runs him head-first into the ring post so he spins off. Lashley gets MVP back in the ring and Omos runs at him but Lashley clotheslines him over the barricade… only to get counted out!
MVP is arrogant after the match but Lashley comes in behind and applied the Hurt Lock and tosses MVP aside.
Bianca Belair is at ringside for the main event. The bell rings and Lynch shoves Asuka a few times but Asuka slaps her in the back of the head. Asuka drops Becky with a shoulder, then looks for a kick but Lynch ducks it and pins her for a one-count. Lynch slaps Asuka in the face twice, then Asuka runs her backwards into the corner and shoulders her until the referee pulls her off.
Lynch kicks Asuka and looks for a spin kick to the gut but gets her foot caught and slammed down. Asuka looks for an armbar but Becky gets to the ropes. Lynch rolls outside and Asuka goes to the apron for a kick but Lynch avoids it. Becky shoves Asuka into the ring post and she falls to the floor.
Lynch sends Asuka to the outside and hits a baseball slide that knocks Asuka into the barricade. Asuka beats the referee’s count and Lynch immediately attacks her, then tosses her back out. Lynch jumps off the apron with a forearm to Asuka. Becky gets her back inside and hist a leg drop from the middle rope for a near-fall. Lynch is frustrated and she pummels Asuka with right hands.
Asuka sends Becky out of the ring and as she comes back in they hit stereo clotheslines and both are down. They get back up and Asuka lands a series of strikes, a German suplex, and a sliding knee for a near-fall. Asuka runs at Becky in the corner but nobody’s home. Lynch pins her and uses the ropes for leverage but Asuka kicks out.
Becky jumps off the middle rope but Asuka catches her with a Codebreaker for a near-fall, then immediately goes to an armbar. Lynch gets to the ropes to force the break, then climbs to the top rope. Asuka climbs up and grabs her for a superplex and earns a near-fall. Asuka looks for a hip attack but Lynch avoids it, then applies the Dis-Arm-Her over the ropes!
Becky has to release at the count of four, but Asuka then attacks her on the apron and hits a hip attack to send her to the floor. Asuka goes to the apron and hits her sliding knee. Asuka lifts Lynch and hits a pop-up knee, and Becky falls into Bianca Belair’s lap at ringside. Asuka swings a kick and Becky ducks, and Asuka hits Belair. Asuka gets back in the ring and Lynch rolls her up for the win!
Lynch has been added to the RAW Women’s Championship match at Hell In A Cell, making it a Triple Threat. Asuka isn’t happy and Belair is out cold at ringside as RAW comes to a close.
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.