WWE RAW Results: May 21, 2018

Detailed Results

With the expectation of a major announcement, RAW kicks off with RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. After welcoming everyone to RAW, Kurt says that he will be presiding over the contract signing between RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax and challenger Ronda Rousey as their title match for WWE Money-in-the-Bank is made official tonight on RAW. The GM then announces a Fatal 4-Way Money-in-the-Bank Qualifying Match for the Women’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match but, as Kurt is announcing the participants of the match, he is interrupted by the return of his boss, RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, who makes her first appearance on RAW since being mauled by Ronda Rousey the night after WrestleMania. Stephanie claims that her issues with Kurt and Ronda Rousey are all “water under the bridge”, saying that Kurt is “forgiven” and she will always do what is “best for business”.

The Commissioner then says that, with her “continued guidance”, Kurt’s growth as RAW General Manager can continue before Stephanie says that she will be presiding over the contract signing between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey instead of Kurt Angle. Stephanie says that Kurt has been giving Roman Reigns too much “latitude” lately and that ends tonight. However, upon mention of his name, Roman Reigns interrupts the confrontation between Stephanie and Kurt, making his way to the ring. Roman says that, if Stephanie has something to say about him, then she should say it to him. The Commissioner says that she doesn’t understand Roman’s “new attitude”, but if Reigns continues to act the way he’s been acting, then Roman might have to find a new line of work. “The Big Dog” shows no fear of his boss, saying that Stephanie should watch her tone when she talks to him, threatening to go to the back and take out all of Stephanie’s favorite Superstars. Stephanie says that she doesn’t “play favorites”, saying that she is a “leader” and she handles money that the fans can’t even fathom, saying that playing favorites is beneath her. Roman then brings up Brock Lesnar and Stephanie says that her and her father have taken everything that Reigns has said “under advisement”.

Roman fires back, saying that Stephanie doesn’t want Roman anywhere near the Universal Championship or the Money-in-the-Bank contract. The Commissioner tells Reigns that he lost his Money-in-the-Bank Qualifying Match so that, if he wants to take that up with someone, he should take it up with Jinder Mahal. Roman responds by saying that he already did take it up with Jinder. This brings out Kevin Owens as Owens says that, after Roman took out Jinder last week, he stepped up and earned a spot in the Men’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match. Owens then tries to get the fans to chant “thank you, Roman” before saying that he is “living proof” that Stephanie McMahon does not play favorites. Owens explains that, despite Owens’ issues with Stephanie’s brother and her father, Stephanie still brought Kevin Owens to RAW and that’s because the Commissioner knows “talent” when she sees it. This prompts Stephanie to make a one-on-one match between Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns to take place right now.

Per the orders of RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, the opening match of the night would see Roman Reigns go one-on-one with Kevin Owens. During the match, Roman Reigns would size Kevin Owens up for the Spear in the ring but Owens would roll out of the ring. However, Roman would also exit the ring, delivering a Spear to Owens on the outside before Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh get involved as Jinder attacks Reigns, ending the match by disqualification. “The Modern Day Maharaja” would level Reigns with a big boot before bringing Roman into the ring and continuing the beatdown. Kevin Owens then joins in on the attack before Seth Rollins makes the save as the Intercontinental Champion clears the ring of Jinder Mahal of Kevin Owens.

This would pave the way for an impromptu tag match as Roman Reigns would team with Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins to face the team of Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal, with Sunil Singh in his corner. In the end, it was Seth Rollins scoring with the Curb Stomp to Kevin Owens, pinning Owens to pick up the win for himself and Roman Reigns. However, as the former Shield brethren celebrate their win on the stage, Jinder Mahal would re-emerge with a steel chair, taking Seth Rollins out with a chair shot to the back before hitting Roman with a pair of chair shots. Jinder then hits Seth with a second chair shot that knocks the Intercontinental Champion off of the stage before “The Modern Day Maharaja” turns his attention back to Roman, hitting Reigns with three more chair shots before referees come out to break it up. However, Jinder picks the chair up to deliver one more chair shot to the mid-section of “The Big Dog” before finally backing off and heading to the back. Seth Rollins then manages to get back to his feet before checking on Roman Reigns, who also manages to get back to his feet.

Sami Zayn then makes an appearance on RAW as Sami says that he is going to expose Bobby Lashley and his “lies” and, to do that, he has invited Lashley’s three sisters to RAW. Sami then introduces the “Lashley sisters”, who are clearly three men in dresses. Each “sister” would each tell tales of how Bobby Lashley picked on them when they were younger and how their parents hated Bobby Lashley. Sami then says that Lashley is a “menace to society” before Bobby Lashley interrupts. Lashley is amused by the whole charade but Sami changes the look on Lashley’s face when he says that Lashley’s family think that he is “garbage”. Lashley would try to get his hands on Sami Zayn but the three men in drag would attack, helping Sami beat Lashley down. However, “The Dominator” would battle back, clearing the ring of two of his “sisters” before whipping one of them with a towel. One of the “sisters” then get back in the ring and Lashley racks his faux sibling with a broom before slamming the man and tossing him out of the ring as Sami looks on from the stage.

Two of the eight competitors in the Women’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match would go one-on-one on RAW as Ember Moon would go one-on-one with Alexa Bliss, with Mickie James in her corner. During the match, Mickie James would get in the ring to try and hit Ember Moon with her shoe behind the back of the referee but the referee would catch Mickie and would eject Mickie from ringside. Ember would then take Mickie out before Alexa Bliss tries to surprise Ember with a roll-up but Ember would kick out before hitting “The Goddess” with the Eclipse, pinning Alexa for the win.

The rivalry between No Way Jose and Baron Corbin would then continue on RAW as the fun-loving No Way Jose would go one-on-one with “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin. In the end, it was Baron Corbin hitting No Way Jose with the End of Days, pinning Jose for the win.

In a rematch from last week, The B-Team would face Breezango in tag team action. In the end, it was Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel hitting Fandango with the double team backdrop/neckbreaker with Axel pinning Fandango to pick up another win for The B-Team, who have another big celebration of their victory.

RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon would then be in the ring to preside over the official contract signing for the RAW Women’s Title match at WWE Money-in-the-Bank between champion Nia Jax and challenger Ronda Rousey. Stephanie first introduces the RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax, who makes her way to the ring. Stephanie congratulates Nia on winning and successfully defending the RAW Women’s Title before saying that Nia has “boldly” selected her next opponent. With that, the Commissioner introduces the woman that made Stephanie tap out at WrestleMania, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, who makes her way to the ring for the contract signing. Rousey asks Stephanie how her arm is doing before Stephanie asks both Nia and Ronda to have a seat. Stephanie brings up that Ronda has said that she wants to earn a title shot and that Rousey has said that she doesn’t deserve it as much as the other women on the roster. Rousey says that she does not deserve the title shot as much as the other women on the RAW roster but Nia Jax didn’t challenge those other women, she challenged her. Stephanie says that Ronda is “ripe for the picking”, saying that Nia is “bigger” and “more powerful” than Rousey and that Nia Jax knows that Rousey doesn’t like to lose. The Commissioner then says that, if Nia wins, then she knows that Ronda will leave WWE forever, making Nia “the baddest woman on the planet”.

Stephanie then turns her attention to Nia Jax, asking the RAW Women’s Champion why it took her so long to defeat Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania and why it took Nia so long to win the RAW Women’s Title, alleging that Nia is “lazy”. The Commissioner then asks how long it will take for Ronda Rousey to get the armbar on Nia Jax before questioning if Ronda can even get the armbar locked in on the larger and more powerful Nia Jax. Nia then interrupts Stephanie’s berating, saying that Rousey cannot get the armbar on her before saying that she will make a name for herself by beating Ronda at WWE Money-in-the-Bank. The RAW Women’s Champion then signs the contract and Ronda Rousey follows suit, making the match official before moving the table to the side. Ronda then shakes hands with the champion before telling Nia to her face that she is going to take Nia’s title and her arm before the two women come face-to-face as Stephanie grins demonically in the background.

Following a backstage confrontation earlier in the night, RAW would see Chad Gable go one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler, with Drew McIntyre in his corner. In the end, it was Dolph Ziggler catching Chad Gable with a super kick and pinning Gable for the win. After the match, Drew McIntyre would get in the ring, picking Chad Gable up before leveling Gable with the Claymore Kick before Ziggler & McIntyre leave the ring.

The sixth spot in the Women’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match would then be decided as Natalya, Dana Brooke, and The Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, with Ruby Riott in their corner, in a Fatal 4-Way Money-in-the-Bank Qualifying Match. In the end, it was Natalya locking in the Sharpshooter on Sarah Logan, making Logan tap out to pick up the win as Natalya qualifies for the Women’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match.

In the continuation of their longstanding rivalry, Bobby Roode would go one-on-one with Elias on RAW. In the end, it was Elias hitting Bobby Roode with Drift Away, pinning Roode for the win. After the match, Elias would grab his guitar and head up the ramp as Braun Strowman makes his entrance, blasting through Elias with a shoulder block before heading to the ring.

Then it was time for the main event as two of the eight competitors in the Men’s Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match would square off as Finn Balor would go one-on-one with “The Monster Among Men” Braun Strowman. During the match, Finn Balor would take Braun Strowman down on the outside with the Slingblade before leaping off of the barricade with the Coup de Grace. Finn then gets back in the ring in the hopes of getting the count-out victory but “The Monster Among Men” would beat the count. Balor then continues to use his speed to offset Braun but Strowman would prove to be unstoppable in Albany as Braun would hit back-to-back running powerslams, pinning Finn to pick up an impressive win. After the match, “The Monster Among Men” would show his respect for Finn Balor by picking Finn up and standing Finn up in the corner before Braun leaves the ring.

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