Raw is War
Greensboro, North Carolina
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
May 2, 2022
Results from wrestleview.com
Footage is shown from this past Friday’s SmackDown. The Usos brawled
with RK-Bro before Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre got involved. The
advertised Winners Take All match for the Raw Tag Team Championship
and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship was canceled for
WrestleMania Backlash. Instead, The Bloodline will face RK-Bro and
Drew McIntyre with no titles on the line.
The Bloodline, consisting of the Undisputed WWE Universal
Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, SmackDown Tag Team Champions The
Usos, and Paul Heyman, make their way to the ring. They pose as
fireworks go off.
Paul Heyman says if The Bloodline remembers correctly and the Wise
Man is never wrong, he has to say, “Ladies and gentlemen… welcome to
Monday Night Raw!” Heyman says they have a special treat for those
watching TV and those live in attendance tonight. Heyman tells the
people to put their children down because, you know, LOOK at them.
At this moment, they get the chance to revel in the greatness of
their tribal chief, the Undisputed WWE Universal Heavyweight
Champion, Roman Reigns.
Reigns takes the microphone and a light “Roman” chant starts up.
Reigns says, “North Carolina… acknowledge me!” The crowd roars. Raw
Tag Team Champions RK-Bro all of a sudden run into the ring and hit
The Usos with stereo RKOs. Reigns looks stunned as he looks at Randy
Orton and Riddle.
All of a sudden, Drew McIntyre’s music hits, and he makes his way to
the ring with his sword, Angela, in hand. Reigns looks nervous.
McIntyre makes the slow walk to the ring and leaves Anglea at
ringside. The crowd is buzzing. McIntyre punches away at Reigns
before backing him to the corner. Reigns turns him around and clubs
away at him. McIntyre quickly turns Reigns around and punches away
at him. The Usos attack McIntyre, so RK-Bro runs in to help. There’s
a massive brawl happening. WWE officials run down to break it up.
The commentators talk about what just happened to start the show.
Earlier today, Ezekiel (Elias) spoke with The Street Profits and had
a drink with them. Alpha Academy took exception to them drinking on
the job. Kevin Owens walked up and egged it on, calling out Ezekiel
for his lies. The Street Profits challenged them to a match later in
6-Man Tag Team Match
Kevin Owens and Alpha Academy (Chad Gable and Otis) vs. The Street
Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) and Ezekiel
Angelo Dawkins starts against Chad Gable. They lock up, and Dawkins
soon shoulder blocks him down. Gable quickly takes him down and they
crisscross the ropes before Gable hits an arm drag. Dawkins soon
takes him down with a spinning back elbow. Montez Ford tags in. The
Street Profits hit a double-team flapjack for a two-count. Ford
applies an arm wrench to Gable. Gable twists out and does a bridge
before hitting a drop-toe-hold. Gable applies an armbar and cinches
it in. Ford fights up and whips Gable off. Ford hits a high leapfrog
followed by an arm drag and a big dropkick. Otis tags in, so Ford
dropkicks him. Otis remains standing, so The Street Profits hit
stereo dropkicks on him. Otis is STILL standing, so Ezekiel comes
up. The Street Profits and Ezekiel hit Otis with a triple dropkick
to send him out of the ring.
We come back from the break to see Gable applying an armbar to Ford.
During the commercial, Otis crushed Ford with a big splash. Ford
fights up and goes for a slingshot move, but Gable counters into a
northern lights suplex for a two-count. Kevin Owens tags in and
stomps Ford down before telling Ezekiel to “suck it.” Owens hits a
short-arm clothesline before hitting a senton splash. Owens follows
up by coming off the second rope with a moonsault for a two-count.
Owens applies a chin lock, but Ford fights up. Ford flips through a
back suplex and hits an enzuigiri.
Ezekiel and Gable tag in. Ezekiel chops and elbows Gable down. Gable
quickly kicks him in the face, but Ezekiel responds with a
spinebuster. Otis runs in, but he eats a flying knee from Ezekiel.
Ezekiel kicks Gable away and avalanches him in the corner. Ezekiel
hits a delayed twisting suplex, but Otis breaks up the pin. Otis
throws Ezekiel to the corner. Ford jumps on Otis, so Otis wildly
tosses him over the top rope! Dawkins knocks Otis out of the ring,
and Owens sends Dawkins outside. Ezekiel takes Owens down and
punches away at him. Gable intercepts Ezekiel, but Ezekiel fights
him off. Owens pulls at Ezekiel’s feet to trip him up. Gable then
cradles Ezekiel for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: Kevin Owens and Alpha Academy
Despite getting the win, Owens is seething with fury as he walks
We’ll hear from AJ Styles next.
Kevin Patrick is backstage with AJ Styles and says a new stipulation
has been added to Styles’ match against Damian Priest tonight.
Styles says Edge has a fragile ego. Styles had him beat at
WrestleMania until his newfound friend helped. Tonight, if Styles
beats Priest, Priest will be banned from ringside at WrestleMania
Video Package: Bianca Belair defeats Sonya Deville to retain the Raw
Women’s Championship last week despite Deville constantly changing
WWE Officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are talking backstage.
Pearce says upper management feels she’s abusing her power. They
want to see Deville compete with no executive power. Pearce made a
6-Woman Tag Match with Deville teaming with Rhea Ripley and Becky
Lynch against Bianca Belair, Asuka, and Liv Morgan. Deville wants it
to be a No Holds Barred Match, but Pearce says she has no executive
power right now. She is not happy.
Veer Mahaan makes his way to the ring for a match.
Later tonight, Rhea Ripley, Sonya Deville, and Becky Lynch will face
Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, Asuka, and Liv Morgan.
Byron Saxton is in the ring with Veer Mahaan’s next victim… er,
opponent. This is Burt Hanson. Saxton says several of Veer’s
opponents needed immediate medical attention. Why would he sign up
for this match? Hanson says Veer scares him, but he wanted to work
and compete on Monday Night Raw in his hometown of Greensboro. For
years, he worked down the street at Steely’s BBQ dreaming of this
moment. His dream is coming true tonight.
Veer Mahaan vs. Burt Hanson
Hanson immediately charges him, but Veer grabs him and drives him
into the turnbuckle. Veer punches away at him until Hanson strikes
him. That does nothing except infuriate Veer further. Veer throws
him across the ring before viciously kneeing him in the midsection
three times. Veer sends him into the ropes and avalanches him before
crushing him with the Million Dollar Arm clothesline. Mahaan jumps
on the back and applies the Cervical Clutch for the submission.
Winner by Submission: Veer Mahaan
Mahaan is still angered and kicks him out of the ring. Mahaan puts
him on the bottom rope and applies the Cervical Clutch against the
ropes. Hanson screams in pain before passing out.
Replays are shown of Edge and Damian Priest attacking AJ Styles two
Edge and Damian Priest make their way to the ring.
Edge and Damian Priest are in the ring. The crowd boos them. Edge
says they are Judgment Day. Edge knows most of them can’t stand to
look at themselves in the mirror. They don’t like Edge anymore.
Maybe they despise him, but they despise themselves. They get
physically ill when they look in the mirror. If they don’t, they
should. It’s a miracle the people of Greensboro can waddle out of
their houses and count high enough to find their seats. If
Greensboro were substantial enough to have a sports franchise they’d
be called the Greensboro Lemmings. Edge defines a lemming and
whoever scripted this promo copied word-for-word the definition from
AJ Styles is rushing headfirst into pain and judgment at
WrestleMania Backlash. The crowd gives him the “WHAT” treatment.
Edge is not happy with that. Edge continues to speak about Styles
using political games, so Styles interrupts him.
Damian Priest w/ Edge vs. AJ Styles
If AJ Styles wins, Damian Priest will be banned from ringside at
Styles takes it to Priest early on, but Priest soon gets the
advantage. Styles’ shoulder is taped up. Priest punches Styles down
in the corner before hitting a Broken Arrow for a two-count. Priest
attacks the injured shoulder with an armbar, but Styles fights up.
Styles elbows him, so Priest drives him into the ropes. Styles
counters with a head-scissor over the top rope. Styles gets in the
ring and hits a forearm plancha. Edge is furious as he watches.
Styles grabs his injured shoulder in pain before bouncing Priest off
the apron and the ring post. Priest soon makes a comeback and lawn
darts Styles shoulder-first into the ring post.
We come back from the break to see Styles avalanche Priest before
lifting him, but Priest slides off. Priest takes Styles down for a
two-count. Styles fights back with a torture rack bomb for a near
fall. Styles goes for a Styles Clash, but Priest counters with a
back body drop. Styles counters the counter with a sunset flip for a
two-count. Priest kicks him in the shoulder and takes him down for a
two-count. Priest goes for a Crucifix Powerbomb, but Styles slides
out and takes Priest down. Edge looks worried. Priest drops Styles
on the apron, but Styles forearms him back. Styles goes for a
Phenomenal Forearm, but Priest counters into South of Heaven for a
near fall. Edge tries to distract Styles, but Styles rolls Priest up
for the win.
Winner by Pinfall: AJ Styles
Damian Priest will be banned from ringside at WrestleMania Backlash
for Edge versus AJ Styles.
Edge and Damian Priest attack Styles after the match. Priest takes
Styles down. Edge goes outside for a chair, but Finn Bálor runs down
to help Styles out. Bálor and Styles clear Edge and Priest from the
Omos and MVP are backstage. Cedric Alexander walks up and is upset
with MVP for breaking up The Hurt Business. Alexander says Shelton
Benjamin is not here tonight, so he’ll show what he can do on his
own against Bobby Lashley. MVP says they’ll be watching. Omos tells
him to get moving.
The Miz makes his way to the ring. He’ll have Mustafa Ali on Miz TV
The Miz welcomes everyone to Miz TV. Miz talks about his guest, who
just came back last week on Raw. Mustafa Ali makes his way to the
ring, but halfway down the ramp, his music stops. Ali chuckles. Miz
pretends to be surprised that happened. Ali’s microphone doesn’t
work. Miz talks about how Ali interrupted him trying to help Theory
last week and makes fun of Ali for going to Twitter to complain. Ali
grabs Miz’s microphone and says everyone is upset that Miz still
works here. Miz goes to speak, but he’s using Ali’s silenced
WWE United States Champion Theory comes down to the ring. Theory
says Mr. McMahon has agreed to give Ali a Championship Contender’s
match… but it’s going to be a Handicap Match. Ali says if anyone can
handle heat, it’s him.
2-on-1 Handicap Match
The Miz and WWE United States Champion Theory vs. Mustafa Ali
We join this match in progress. Miz is standing over Ali. Ali fights
back and hits the ropes, but Theory pulls the ropes down. Ali flies
out of the ring and lands on his back at ringside!
Theory tags in and takes it to Ali for a few moments. Miz tags in,
but Ali fights back. Theory gets involved, and Miz hits Ali with a
Skull Crushing Finale as he comes through the ropes for the win.
Winners by Pinfall: The Miz and Theory
After the match, Ciampa attacks Ali from behind.
Earlier today, Reggie was trying to smooth things over with his
wife, WWE 24/7 Champion Dana Brooke. They come across R-Truth, Akira
Tozawa, and Tamina. They argue for a bit until Nikki A.S.H. rolls
Brooke up for the win. Brooke says this is all Reggie’s fault. If he
wants to save their marriage, he better get her a rematch.
Dana Brooke makes her way to the ring with Reggie. She’ll face Nikki
A.S.H. for the WWE 24/7 Championship next.
WWE 24/7 Championship
Dana Brooke w/ Reggie vs. Nikki A.S.H. (c)
R-Truth, Tamina, and Akira Tozawa are also at ringside. Nikki and
Dana brawl to start the match. Nikki gets her out of the ring and
pummels her. Nikki puts her back in the ring for a two-count. Dana
whips her to the corner and hits a handspring back elbow. Dana hits
a flipping neckbreaker for the win.
Winner by Pinfall and new WWE 24/7 Champion: Dana Brooke
Tozawa rolls Dana up, but R-Truth pulls him off. R-Truth rolls her
up, but Tamina pulls him off. Reggie tries to roll Dana up, but she
kicks out. Dana then says she wants a divorce from Reggie.
Replays are shown of Asuka returning to get in Becky Lynch’s face.
Becky Lynch is backstage with Kevin Patrick. She was at a low point
and just coming back from losing her identity when Asuka came back.
Lynch told her a few years ago to go be a warrior because she’s
going to be a mother. Lynch upheld her end of the bargain, but Asuka
didn’t. As soon as Lynch came back, Asuka ran away. Lynch went on
the run of a lifetime, but now she’s on the comeback trail. It’ll
start with her ending Asuka.
Seth “Freakin” Rollins makes his way to the ring for an Appreciation
Replays are shown of the brawl that kicked off the show between The
Bloodline, RK-Bro, and Drew McIntyre.
Seth “Freakin” Rollins Appreciation Night
Seth “Freakin” Rollins is in the ring and says tonight is about
celebrating a fashion icon and a sex symbol, but also a visionary
and a revolutionary. The lights go out. A “Cody” chant picks up.
Rollins says the spotlight cannot be taken from him. The “Cody”
chants continue, enraging Rollins. Rollins says he is the
standard-bearer and has a video package about his career.
Cody Rhodes instead makes his way to the ring to a big reception.
Rollins isn’t happy. Rhodes says Rollins is great, but lately he’s
unraveling at the seams. Since he’s returned, he’s been nothing but
professional. Even when Rollins pushed him off the top rope, he
remained professional, but he’s worried Rollins is going to cross a
line he shouldn’t cross. Rhodes says Rollins is one of the best
superstars of the last 20 years, but he’s also delusional.
Rollins mentions Cody’s father, the late, great “American Dream”
Dusty Rhodes. Dusty was great, but he was also delusional. Dusty
wasn’t good enough to be WWE Champion and as long as he’s around,
Cody won’t be good enough either. Rhodes goes to punch him, but
Rollins cuts him off and punches away at him. Rhodes fights back and
hits a Cody Cutter. Rollins escapes the ring. Rhodes throws Rollins’
ridiculous jacket into the crowd.
Replays are shown of Bobby Lashley defeating Omos in an Arm
Wrestling Challenge. Omos viciously attacked him after.
Bobby Lashley has a new entrance.
WWE wishes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson a Happy 50th Birthday.
Bobby Lashley vs. Cedric Alexander
As soon as the bell rings, Omos’ music hits. Alexander attacks
Lashley from behind. MVP and Omos walk out to the stage. Lashley
quickly gets the advantage over Alexander. MVP tries to distract
Lashley by talking on the microphone, but Lashley annihilates
Alexander and submits him with the Hurt Lock.
Winner by Submission: Bobby Lashley
We’ll hear from Liv Morgan next.
Liv Morgan is interviewed by Sarah Schreiber. She warns Rhea Ripley
that she’s not weak and will not take another beating from her.
The commentators run down the WrestleMania Backlash card.
Becky Lynch makes her way to the ring. This is her first in-ring
action since losing the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania.
Replays are shown of Dana Brooke demanding a divorce from Reggie.
R-Truth is consoling Reggie backstage. Reggie says he blew it.
R-Truth admits that he did, but he knows how it feels. Dana Brooke
has the love of his life in the 24/7 Title. R-Truth then reveals
that he’s also a divorce attorney and produces a business card that
names him as R-Truth; a Squire rather than an esquire.
They walk by a dejected Nikki A.S.H. Doudrop walks up and asks if
Nikki is done and ready to get serious. Nikki says she is, and
Doudrop puts a hand on her shoulder.
6-Woman Tag Team Match
Becky Lynch, Rhea Ripley, and Sonya Deville vs. Liv Morgan, Asuka,
and Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair
The bell rings nearly 15 minutes after Becky Lynch made her
entrance. It’s Becky Lynch starting against Asuka. Lynch gets in her
face, so Asuka scares her back with some kicks. Sonya Deville tags
in, so Asuka tags Bianca Belair in. Deville quickly avoids her and
tags in Rhea Ripley. They go at it before Belair goes for a delayed
vertical suplex. Ripley gets out and pulls her down by the braid.
Deville tags in and attacks Belair. Liv Morgan tags in, and Lynch
soon blind tags in. Lynch takes it to Morgan for a two-count. Morgan
fights back with a backslide pin for a two-count. Morgan peppers her
with a kick and a knee before hitting a running knee in the corner.
Morgan throws the former Raw Women’s Champion down and hits a
missile dropkick for a near fall. Morgan quickly goes after Ripley,
so Lynch attacks her from behind. Morgan hits a jawbreaker before
wiping out Ripley with a suicide dive! Lynch then crushes Morgan
with a baseball slide. Lynch gets Morgan in the ring and comes off
the top rope with a diving leg drop for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Morgan being dominated. Lynch
takes it to Morgan, but Morgan stops her with a float over DDT.
Belair and Ripley tag in. Ripley stuns Belair with a shot to the
throat, but Belair quickly comes back with a shoulder tackle. Belair
hits a delayed vertical suplex for a two-count. Belair goes for a
scoop slam, but Ripley slides off. Ripley powers her to the corner
and shoulders her. Ripley puts her on the top rope, but Belair
fights her off. Lynch grabs Belair’s leg, but Belair kicks her away.
Deville distracts Belair, and Ripley stuns her. Deville tags in.
Deville and Ripley hit a double-team superplex, but Morgan breaks up
Asuka tags in and goes after Deville. Lynch avoids Asuka. Asuka
shoulder blocks Deville down and hits a hip attack in the corner.
Ripley runs in, but Asuka kicks her in the head. Asuka blocks a kick
and transitions into a nice snap German Suplex. Asuka connects with
a sliding kick for a two-count. Asuka hits the ropes, and Morgan
blind tags in the most obvious way. Asuka kicks Deville to the apron
and knocks her off into a double-knee facebuster on the floor!
Morgan gets her in the ring, and everyone starts hitting moves on
one another. Morgan rolls Deville up, but Deville counters into her
own roll-up. Deville hits a knee to the face for a near fall.
Deville avoids a facebuster and rolls her up with her feet on the
ropes. The referee immediately catches her. Deville demands he
count, but he won’t. Belair knocks Deville’s feet off the ropes,
which upsets her. Morgan surprises Deville with Ob-Liv-ion for the
Winners by Pinfall: Liv Morgan, Asuka, and Bianca Belair