WWE Monday Night RAW 05 18 2020

WWE Raw Results
May 18, 2020
Orlando, Florida (WWE Performance Center)
Commentary: Tom Phillips, Byron Saxton, and Samoa Joe
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

A video kicks off the show highlighting Becky Lynch announcing that she is pregnant and Asuka is the new Raw Women’s Champion.

The Raw video plays, and we go into the Performance Center. Tonight, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will battle King Corbin of SmackDown.

Charly Caruso is in the ring. When we went off the air last week, Randy Orton issues a challenge to Edge. If that match happens, it could be the greatest wrestling match ever. She introduces Randy Orton to the ring. She asks Orton to explain his challenge. Orton asks if a straight-up wrestling match is that hard to comprehend. WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment. Wrestling is at the basis of what they do. They work to get to WrestleMania. Orton and Edge tore each other apart at WrestleMania, but it pains him to say Edge was the better man that night. Edge is not the superior wrestler. Orton is, and he’ll prove it. He doesn’t need tables, ladders, chairs, or the last man standing. All he needs is a referee and a ring. Athletes are dime a dozen, but an athlete can’t come and do what they do. Athletes in WWE can’t do what Orton does in the ring, including Edge.

Orton knows why Edge didn’t accept his challenge last week on Raw. Orton saw it written on his face and in his eyes. Orton saw doubt in Edge’s eyes. Edge’s grit and passion have faded away. What once was grit and passion is now just doubt and fear.

Edge’s music hits, and he storms down to the ring. Edge says last week, Orton spoke a lot of truths and gave him a lot to contemplate. Edge knows Orton is playing a game of chess, so he couldn’t rush into his next move. This is all it is to Orton: a game. Orton can smirk at him all he wants. This is just a paycheck to Orton. Edge gets it. Orton is quite possibly one of the most talented people he’s seen in a wrestling ring, but this isn’t the life Orton wanted. This was what Orton was handed. It was his backup plan. Orton is different than all the superstars in the locker room because he doesn’t care. Orton didn’t go to bed every night dreaming of being WWE Champion like he did. Orton didn’t save his allowance to go to a show every month like he did. Orton didn’t cry when he became Intercontinental Champion like he did because it meant he would be one of the best workhorses in the business. As a matter of fact, Edge beat Orton for that title in 2004.

Orton tells him to cut it out, but Edge tells him to shut his mouth. Orton never had a career ending injury or had to fight back for nine years like he did. Orton doesn’t love the sport like Edge does. Orton can say the best wrestler didn’t win at WrestleMania… Orton cuts him off and asks if he’ll accept the challenge. Edge says, “Yes, yes, I accept your damn challenge.” Orton looks pleased and calmly leaves the ring.

Footage is shown of Seth Rollins digging Rey Mysterio’s eye into the corner of the ring steps last week on Raw. Rollins seemed to have no recollection of what happened immediately after.

Seth Rollins is looking contemplative backstage when Murphy walks up to him. Rollins says he wants to tell the world something. We’ll hear from Rollins, next.

-Commercial Break-

Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross will defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship against The IIconics later tonight.

Seth Rollins and Murphy make their way to the ring. Rollins says sometimes in life you have to lose who you are to truly find yourself. When he lost to Drew McIntyre at Money in the Bank, part of him believed that he had lost everything. Rollins fell into a dark place… a place so dark he wasn’t sure if he would ever escape. Without darkness, there can be no light. Rollins has seen the light and it’s brighter than he’s seen it before. That’s all thanks to one man: Rey Mysterio.

What happened to Mysterio has been described as heinous, disgusting, and unforgivable. It’s been described by others as an act of penance paid to him for Mysterio’s disbelief in the Monday Night Messiah. Rollins doesn’t see it that way at all. What happened to Mysterio unfortunate but necessary. It was a sacrifice for the greater good. Rollins used it to be the leader he was meant to be. Rollins wants to take this moment to speak to Mysterio directly. Rollins knows Mysterio is at home with his family right now and he’s healing. Rollins knows that Mysterio can’t see it right now, but soon enough he will come to realize that what happened to him was a blessing in disguise. Rollins wants to say this to Mysterio from the bottom of his heart so it doesn’t need to be said later: “Rey Mysterio, you’re welcome.”

Humberto Carrillo interrupts Rollins. Carrillo asks Rollins if he really believes people believe him. Mysterio is a hero to millions and is his idol. All that Rollins is in this world is a coward. Carrillo gets in the ring, but Murphy stands in front of him. Rollins appreciates what Carrillo is doing by standing up for the honor of his idol Mysterio. If Carrillo is out here to fight him, he’s clearly not dressed for the occasion. However, his disciple Murphy has a match later tonight against Aleister Black. Murphy is dressed for the occasion. If Carrillo wants a fight, his disciple would be happy to oblige.

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Murphy w/ Seth Rollins vs. Humberto Carrillo

We join the match in progress. Carrillo hits a springboard arm drag, but Murphy soon cuts him off. Murphy slams him off the second rope and stomps the lower back. Murphy covers for a two count. Murphy applies a chin lock, but Carrillo hits a jawbreaker. Carrillo then knocks Murphy to the apron and hits a springboard kick. Carrillo follows up with a Fosbury Flop. Carrillo gets him in the ring. Rollins quickly distracts him momentarily. Carrillo jumpts up and goes for a springboard clothesline, but Murphy gets a knee in the face. Murphy connects with Murphy’s Law for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Murphy

Murphy continues to attack Carrillo after the match and sends him headfirst into the ring steps. Aleister Black runs down, and they start to brawl. They get in the ring, and Rollins simply walks away as this is going on. Murphy quickly gets out of the ring before he’s hit with Black Mass. Murphy runs up the ramp to Rollins.

King Corbin is furious over the fact that he doesn’t have a locker room. A stagehand runs off. A referee walks up, and Corbin complains about smudges on his crown, how people expect him to get his own food, and no one bows down. The referee just stares at him.

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Liv Morgan talks about how her mother is her hero. She is her mother’s daughter and will never quit, just like how her mother is. A few weeks ago, she took on Charlotte Flair, but didn’t win. She is determined to be the Raw Women’s Champion.

Footage is shown from last week on SmackDown. Charlotte Flair accepted a challenge for a Champion vs. Champion match against Bayley. Then she asked if Sasha Banks is happy being Bayley’s lackey.

NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair makes her way to the ring. She doesn’t want to bore everyone with her accolades, including being on SmackDown last week. In fact, Bayley and her lackey… er, sidekick Sasha Banks challenged her to a Champion vs. Champion match. Flair will show her that there’s levels to being a champion. As for Ruby Riott, she can come out and tell her what she has to say right now. Ruby Riott makes her entrance and will face Charlotte Flair, next.

The Viking Raiders will face The Street Profits in an axe throwing contest later tonight.

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Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott

We join this match in progress. Flair throws Riott out of the ring and chops the chest. Flair goes for another, but hits the post when Riott moves. Riott grabs the hand and punches Flair. Flair quickly grabs the hair and sends Riott into the ring post. Flair gets her in the ring and chokes Riott on the ropes. Flair says, “Hey Mom! Hey Liv!” Flair chops the chest, but Riott elbows her back. Riott takes the head and drives it into the second turnbuckle. Riott comes off the second rope with a diving senton splash for a near fall. Flair quickly knocks her away, but Riott comes back with a (sort of) DDT/STO. Riott stretches out the injured hand, but Flair powers her up, drops her down, and stomps away at her. Riott is kneeling, so Flair goes for a big boot that wouldn’t have connected anyway. Riott moves and rolls her up before going for a Riott Kick. Flair gets out and applies the Figure Eight for the win.

Winner by Submission: Charlotte Flair

Charly Caruso is backstage with Bobby Lashley. MVP walks up and says he and Lashley will not be doing business together because he’s dealing with clowns like R-Truth and his wife, Lana. Lashley looks insulted. MVP says he saw what he did to R-Truth. What if he locked the full nelson on the WWE Champion? We’ll never know. It’s been 13 years since he’s had a shot. Lashley doesn’t need the WWE Championship. He has other trophies… like his trophy wife. MVP says he’s not trying to cause trouble.

-Commercial Break-

It’s official: Edge will face Randy Orton at WWE Backlash in what could be one of the greatest wrestling matches ever.

Footage is shown of The Viking Raiders getting the better of The Street Profits in a basketball contest last week.

The Street Profits are walking in a field when they come across a viking camp. The Viking Raiders make a big deal about them. They’ve prepared a gift for the Profits: the gift of smoke. A fire is shown. There’s no social distancing going on in this camp. Ivar grabs an axe and hits the bullseye on a target. Montez Ford says they should forfeit. Angelo Dawkins says they’ve got this.

Kairi Sane is in the ring, which is decorated with a bunch of balloons. Sane says they’re here to celebrate her friend, the new Raw Women’s Champion Asuka.

Raw Women’s Champion Asuka makes her way to the ring. Asuka is emotional as she accepts flowers from Sane. Asuka says thank you in Japanese. Asuka says she’s so happy for Becky Lynch and to be Raw Women’s Champion. Sane is crying. Sane says Asuka has been NXT Women’s Champion, SmackDown Women’s Champion, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion, and now the Raw Women’s Champion. Sane says Asuka is a Grand Slam Champion! Asuka celebrates being the second Grand Slam Champion. Kairi Sane plays the recorder.

Nia Jax comes out and says there’s nothing to celebrate. Asuka was handed the Raw Women’s Championship by Becky Lynch because she couldn’t fight anymore. Lynch is on maternity leave, so Asuka lucked into the greatest temp job ever. Soon she’ll be replaced by a more worthy champion. Look at her compared to Asuka. There’s only one way this goes down. When Jax becomes Raw Women’s Champion, they’ll have a real party. Asuka attacks Jax and knocks her out of the ring with a hip attack! Asuka shouts at Jax, who walks away.

Charly Caruso is backstage with King Corbin and asks if he has doubts about facing Drew McIntyre. Corbin says McIntyre may be WWE Champion, but he’s no king. Corbin carried McIntyre for over a year. Drew McIntyre is seen watching elsewhere backstage. McIntyre is dangerous and beat Brock Lesnar, but he has the ability to make mistakes and slip up. He’ll beat McIntyre tonight. The next time he climbs into the ring with McIntyre, it’ll be in the main event of WrestleMania where he’ll take the WWE Championship.

WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will face King Corbin of SmackDown later tonight.

-Commercial Break-

R-Truth is in the ring talking about his cousin Pretty Ricky and how Bobby Lashley attacked him. His childhood hero John Cena taught him to never give up. He’ll beat Lashley and then go for his baby again. He’s coming for Tom Brady (Rob Gronkowski).

R-Truth vs. Bobby Lashley

R-Truth quickly leaves the ring and puts his Pretty Ricky teeth in. R-Truth attacks Lashley, but Lashley sends him into the barricade and sends him into the ring post. Lashley gets him in the ring and continues to attack. Lashley applies a full nelson and hits a bomb. Lashley puts the full nelson on again and gets the submission.

Winner by Submission: Bobby Lashley

MVP walks out onto the stage and claps for Lashley. Lashley stares at MVP.

Lana is watching what’s happening backstage and starts to scream before wildly throwing objects.

Asuka and Kairi Sane are still celebrating backstage. Nia Jax is shown watching ominously in the background.

-Commercial Break-

Footage is shown of The IIconics beating Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a non-title match last week on Raw.

The IIconics come out and say they’re happy Bliss and Cross are here to drop off their titles. The future is IIconic.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (c’s) vs. The IIconics

Billie Kay starts against Alexa Bliss. Peyton Royce tags in, but Bliss quickly takes them out. Bliss slams Royce down and hits double knees to the midsection. Cross tags in and attacks, but Kay breaks up the pin. Cross reverses a whip and avoids a kick. Kay blind tags in, but Cross sees it and attacks. Kay quickly attacks Cross and hits a suplex for a two count. Bliss tags in and slaps away at Kay before dropkicking her. Bliss hits Insult To Injury, but Royce breaks up the pin. Cross gets Royce out of the ring. Kay big boots her down. Bliss punches Kay in the face and sets her up. Bliss hits Twisted Bliss, but Royce breaks it up. Royce sends Bliss into the ring post a few times, so the referee disqualifies them.

Winners by Disqualification and still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross

Royce realizes what she’s just done and flips out. The IIconics scream in anger.

Kairi Sane is playing the recorder flute backstage when Nia Jax walks up to her and throws her into a road crate.

-Commercial Break-

The IIconics are shown looking very upset backstage. Peyton Royce apologizes, and Billie Kay slaps her in the face. Kay can’t believe she did that, and they hug while crying.

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Footage is shown of Natalya losing to Shayna Baszler. She’ll face Baszler in a Submission Match, next.

Kairi Sane is being tended to backstage. Asuka is really concerned and flips out.

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Nia Jax is walking backstage when Asuka gets in her face. Jax walks away, so Asuka attacks her and kicks her in the head before walking off.

Submission Match
Shayna Baszler vs. Natalya

They lock up, and Baszler takes her down with a headlock. Baszler cinches in the headlock before getting to her feet. Natalya whips her off, but Baszler shoulder blocks her down. Natalya soon takes her down and goes for a Sharpshooter, but Baszler fights out and applies an ankle lock. Natalya gets out, but the damage is done. Baszler attacks and now starts twisting the arm. Natalya fights out, but Baszler takes her down by the hair. Baszler says that crap doesn’t work on her. Baszler viciously stomps the midsection before trying for the Sharpshooter. Natalya counters out and applies the Sharpshooter. Baszler gets to the ropes… but there are no rope breaks for whatever reason.

Natalya gets Baszler back in the ring and punches away at her. Natalya applies a knee bar, but Baszler gets out. Baszler applies the Kirifuda Clutch, and Natalya taps out.

Winner by Submission: Shayna Baszler

Natalya is absolutely despondent after losing. The ring crew starts to set up for the Kevin Owens Show, but she takes the decorations and throws them out of the ring before crying.

Footage is shown of the issues between Andrade, Angel Garza, and Austin Theory.

They’re all still arguing backstage, so Zelina Vega stops them. She says they’re going out next and will be on the same page. They all reluctantly agree.

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Kevin Owens makes his way to the ring for the first time since WrestleMania 36. Owens thanks Natalya for destroying his set and mentions he’s good to go after being out for a bit.

Andrade, Angel Garza, Austin Theory, and Zelina Vega make their way to the ring. Owens goes to the apron. Vega says everyone is trying to say he empire is crumbling over one little argument, but they’re strong. They survived the street. She says Owens isn’t giving them respect since he’s standing on the apron. Owens says he’s showing respect by giving them the ring. He also doesn’t want it to be overcrowded as they’re not his only guests. They know the next guest: Apollo Crews.

Apollo Crews runs down and attacks Andrade. The brawl spills out of the ring.

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Kevin Owens and Apollo Crews vs. Andrade and Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega and Austin Theory

Apollo Crews starts against Andrade, but he quickly tags Angel Garza in. Crews attacks and hits a release suplex on Garza. Owens tags in and stomps away at Garza before hitting a senton splash. Andrade tags in and attacks Owens. Owens fights back and tags Crews in. Andrade quickly tags Garza in. Crews runs wild on Garza before knocking Andrade off the apron. Austin Theory gets on the apron and goes to hit Crews, but he accidentally hits Garza. Crews hits Garza with a Toss Powerbomb for the win.

Winners by Pinfall: Kevin Owens and Apollo Crews

Andrade, Austin Theory, and Zelina Vega help Garza up after. Andrade attacks Theory from behind. Garza joins in, and Zelina Vega is endorsing the attack. They send Theory out of the ring and into the barricade. Andrade and Garza hold Theory up. Vega says she never should have believed in him and says he’s useless before slapping him in the face. Andrade and Garza send him into the chairs in the timekeeper’s area and walk off.

WWE Champion Drew McIntyre says he has a Claymore fit for a king with Corbin’s name on it later tonight.

The Street Profits are preparing for the Axe Throwing Contest. Montez Ford way overshoots the target.

-Commercial Break-

Angelo Dawkins is preparing to throw an axe and accidentally hits a barrel that supposedly holds alcohol. The vikings are upset.

Murphy w/ Seth Rollins vs. Aleister Black

They start brawling immediately before Murphy knees him in the midsection. Black goes for a whip, but Murphy holds the ropes. Black kicks him down and out of the ring. Black goes outside and kicks him in the chest a few times. Seth Rollins is looking down at Austin Theory, who is still down. Black goes for a kick on Murphy, but he hits the ring post when Murphy moves. Murphy looks over at Rollins before getting in the ring. Murphy grabs the injured leg, but Black kicks him away. Murphy kicks him in the face and comes off the second rope, but Black hits a big boot.

Rollins walks up to Theory and says, “I want you.” Rollins helps Theory up and stares at him. In the ring, Black knees Murphy in the head. Black starts to lift Murphy, so Rollins tells Theory to get in the ring. Theory attacks Black and the referee calls it off.

Winner by Disqualification: Aleister Black

Seth Rollins gets in the ring and watches Theory continue to attack Black. Black turns Theory over, so Murphy joins in. Murphy viciously knees Black in the face. Theory then hits Black with the ATL. Rollins walks up to Theory and embraces him. Theory looks confused and then hugs him back. Murphy watches.

-Commercial Break-

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The Street Profits whiff on a bunch of axe throws and The Viking Raiders dominate them. Dawkins throws one over his shoulder and hits a bullseye. All of a sudden a cop car pulls up with an axe in the windshield.

Apollo Crews is challenging Andrade to a United States Championship match next week. Zelina Vega walks up and warns him to reconsider. Crews says he’s taking the title.

WWE Champion Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring. He’ll face King Corbin, next.

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The Viking Raiders and The Street Profits are quietly standing in a single line as a female cop walks back and forth. She says it’s dangerous to throw axes, but she’ll let them off because Ivar is cute. Erik, not so much. The Street Profits laugh.

Before the main event begins, Bobby Lashley and MVP walk out to the stage. They have a personal interest in this match. MVP says King Corbin retired Kurt Angle. Bobby Lashley says he’s putting McIntyre on notice and will take the WWE Championship. MVP tells them to make the match good.

-Commercial Break-

Drew McIntyre vs. King Corbin

They lock up, and McIntyre soon chops him. Corbin shoulder blocks him down and talks a little trash. McIntyre quickly fights back and clotheslines him out of the ring before clotheslining him over the barricade. MVP, standing with Bobby Lashley at the top of the ramp, clap for McIntyre. McIntyre attacks Corbin and puts him in the ring. McIntyre sets up for a Claymore Kick, but Corbin gets out of the ring. Corbin attacks him coming out of the ring and sends him into the barricade. Corbin looks for a count-out, but McIntyre gets in the ring.

Corbin punches and kicks away at McIntyre in the corner. McIntyre chops him back before Corbin reverses a whip. Corbin charges and hits an out-and-in clothesline for a one count. McIntyre chops back at him before Corbin pushes him. Corbin lowers his head and eats a kick. Corbin quickly sends him to the apron and knocks him down. Corbin bounces him off the ring post and pulls him up to the top rope. Corbin hits a superplex, but McIntyre kicks out at one! Corbin flips out. Corbin shouts that McIntyre is a follower. McIntyre quickly hits him with a belly-to-belly overhead suplex before big booting him. McIntyre hits a diving clothesline and demands Corbin get up. McIntyre lifts him up, but Corbin slides off and hits him. McIntyre hits a big spinebuster for a near fall. Corbin fights out of a Future Shock DDT and sends him shoulder-first into the ring post. Corbin hits a sidewalk slam for another one count!

They trade punches and chops before Corbin big boots him back. Corbin goes to the second rope, but McIntyre kicks him out of mid-air and hits a Future Shock DDT. McIntyre sets up in the corner and counts down. Corbin counters a Claymore Kick with a Deep Six for a near fall. Corbin shouts at MVP and Lashley. Corbin sets up for End of Days, but McIntyre hits a Glasgow Kiss. Corbin quickly tries for another out-and-in clothesline, but McIntyre ducks, hits the ropes, and hits the Claymore Kick for the win.

Winner by Pinfall: Drew McIntyre

MVP continues to clap for Drew McIntyre. McIntyre says he’s been waiting a long time for Lashley to step up.