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WWE Raw results, live blog (May 21, 2018): Bobby Lashley’s sisters

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 21, 2018) from the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month in Chicago.

Advertised for tonight: Sami Zayn bringing Bobby Lashley’s sisters to the show, Ronda Rousey gets ready for Nia Jax, maybe another Seth Rollins Intercontinental title open challenge, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


Breadfan, you got it wrong. Some long time friend’s gonna lose it in the end, who’s a fool? Seagull, give it all away, stay a bird, stay a man, stay a ghost, stay what you wanna be. Me, I’m the lucky lady who’s gonna liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with commentary welcoming us to the show and hyping up Sami Zayn’s interview with Bobby Lashley’s sisters.

Kurt Angle makes his entrance. He also welcomes us to the show and says Raw has been on a roll and he’s gonna keep it going. Ronda Rousey is in the house tonight ahead of her title match at Money in the Bank and Angle will preside over a contract signing for it. He goes to announce a four-way women’s Money in the Bank qualifying match--

Enter Stephanie McMahon. She asks the crowd to give it up for Kurt and says she’s gonna get right to it, and after WrestleMania it’s all water under the bridge. He’s absolutely forgiven and she holds no hard feelings because she’s a leader and a businessperson and will always do what’s best for business. A “You tapped out!” chant goes up and she says she owns that and she’s forgiven everything.

And with her continued guidance Angle could get to the next level as a leader, and he’s been doing a phenomenal job since WrestleMania, but he does need to listen to her because sometimes his emotions get in the way. So she’s going to preside over the contract signing tonight. Kurt agrees that he could always use more guidance, and Steph uses that to segue to Roman Reigns, saying he’s given the Big Dog far too much latitude and that needs to end tonight.

Enter Roman Reigns. He says if McMahon is gonna say something about him, she can say it TO him. She says she doesn’t understand this new attitude, the tone in his voice-- he’s the Big Dog, the leader, but if he continues to let his temper get to him he might just have to look for another line of work. He tells her to watch HER tone and show a little more respect or he might take his Samoan temper backstage and destroy all her favorite superstars.

Steph claims to not have favorite superstars, she manages millions of dollars, she doesn’t play favorites. He brings up her biggest revenue stream, Brock Lesnar, and she says she’s heard every word and taken it under advisement. He tells her to cut the corporate crap and he wants to be told the truth, they don’t want him near the title or the Money in the Bank contract.

She says the truth is he lost his qualifying match, so if he wants to take it up with someone, he should take it up with Jinder Mahal. He says he already did and--

Enter Kevin Owens. He says he almost feels in debt to Roman because after he took Jinder out, he stepped up and grabbed the brass ring to be the final Raw participant in Money in the Bank. Everyone knows that KO winning the contract is what’s best for business, and after last week Reigns needs to hear the truth about how people feel about him, and the only difference between him and the people is that he’s man enough to admit that he really likes Roman Reigns.

The people love chanting stupid stuff, so why not chant something he needs to hear, and that’s “Thank you, Roman!” But as much as he likes him, there’s something he disagrees on, and that’s that Stephanie doesn’t play favorites. Kev claims he’s proof of that, because of his well-documented issues with her father and brother. She brought him to Raw because she knows talent when she sees it, and Owens leans his elbow on her shoulder, which gets her snapping at him not to touch her.

She gives Roman a chance to work out his temper, and she makes a match between Owens and Reigns that will start right now!

Or, well, after the break.

Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns

Collar and elbow, Roman backs Kev into the corner and breaks clean at referee John Cone’s demand. Owens with a waistlock, Reigns breaks away, KO back at it with a side headlock, asking for the submission and, uh, not getting it. Big Dog powers out of the hold, grabs on of his own, Owens shoots him off and gets bowled over with a shoulder block that sends him to the floor!

Back inside, Roman clobbers him with the big slicing right, punch in the corner, smashing his face into the turnbuckles, another right hand, trading, KO staggered, he throws a chop that does nothing and follows with a punch that does a little more. Mounted punches in the corner, Owens throws him off but catches the slicer again! Headbutt in the corner, going for a lariat, blocked with a boot and Reigns punches Kev clean to the floor!

Around to join him, trading shots, dumping Owens back inside but he bails out the far side immediately. Big Dog goes for the Drive-By, nobody home, KO with the superkick and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Owens heads up top but gets cut off with a right. Roman gets his bearings about him and climbs to join him, trading punches on the way. Front chancery, thinking superplex, blocked with body blows and overhead elbows. Reigns charges in, caught with a back elbow but the lariats connect and wipe Owens out! Off the ropes, leaping lariat, into the corner lariats, clubbing away.

Off the ropes with the boot, KO sidesteps, DDT... NOPE! Off the ropes, Reigns stops himself short, big boot, Samoan drop... only good for a nearfall! Calling for it, Superman Punch sidestepped, schoolboy gets two, superkick... CANNONBALL COUNTERED WITH A SUPERMAN PUNCH! Howling, fired up, the Big Dog charges... and Kev bails to the floor. Out after him... SPEAR ON THE FLOOR!

Jinder Mahal out of nowhere...

Roman Reigns wins by disqualification, presumably, although no finish is announced because why would you ever announce a finish?

Jinder puts boots to Roman in the ring, punching away, and Owens joins him--

SETH ROLLINS MAKES THE SAVE! Righteous punches on all three heels, including Sunil Singh, and he runs them off as we go to break.

Back from commercial and we’ve got a tag team match in progress!

Jinder Mahal & Kevin Owens vs. the Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins)

Rollins and Jinder, Mahal ends up on the floor, plancha from the Architect and he takes things back inside. Tag to Reigns, assisted whip forearm, back elbow into a cover, Jinder out at one. Body blows in the corner from the Big Dog, whip reversed, back elbow, tag to Owens and he pummels Reigns in the corner. Quick tag back to Mahal, grinding Roman down with a half nelson chinlock.

Tag to KO, reverse chinlock, Reigns out of it, big lariat and he’s got some breathing space! He dumps Jinder to the floor, leaps for the tag... BUT THE MODERN-DAY MAHARAJA PULLED SETH OFF THE APRON! Owens with a cannonball... only two and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jinder in control of Roman and he take him to the corner to tag KO in. Putting the boots to the Big Dog, referee John Cone backs him off but the assault continues with shoulder blocks. Reigns blocks a punch, big slicing rights, Owens with a drop toehold into crossface strikes and a kick to the ribs in return. Rear chinlock applied, shift to a reverse chinlock, Roman tries to counter, shrugged off, off the ropes and the Big Dog lays him out!

Tags made all around and Seth comes in hot with a diving lariat! Clearing the apron, up and over, Sling Blade connects and Mahal gets clotheslined to the floor! Off the ropes, KO tries to trip him, blocked, dropkick, forearm knocks Jinder back down, suicide dives on both his opponents! Back in, boot in the corner, diving blockbuster... only a nearfall!

Tuning the band up, Sunil Singh runs interference, Mahal with the fireman’s carry double knee gutbuster... NOT ENOUGH! Looking for Khallas, denied, enzuigiri connects, tag to Kevin Owens! Rollins with the reverse STO into the corner, springboarding in, caught into a fireman’s carry gutbuster, Vader Bomb elbow drop... NO GOOD! Samoan drop on Jinder, the match breaks down, Seth goes for the ripcord knee but it’s countered!

Float over the pop-up powerbomb, Avada Kedavra lands true, Blackout misses on the first try, but the second...

The Shield win by pinfall with Blackout from Seth Rollins on Kevin Owens.

After the match, Jinder gets a chair and beats on the Shield lads! He leaves both men laying on the ramp as referees come down to back him off, but he’s not done yet, spiking the chair into Roman’s midsection one more time for good measure.

Commentary tosses to a clip of Bobby Lashley’s interview about his sisters and promises Sami Zayn’s interview will be after the break.

Back from commercial, commentar announces that Jinder Mahal vs. Roman Reigns will happen at Money in the Bank.

Sami Zayn makes his entrance.

He says we all saw that interview with Bobby Lashley a few weeks ago and we know now it wasn’t entirely accurate. So tonight, as promised, he’s gonna expose Lashley and his lies. To help him do that, he’s invited his three lovely, honest sisters, Frances, Cathy, and Jessica. Three women come to the ring holding various accoutremonts from Lashley’s story-- the broom, the helmet, and so on.

Sami says he sees the family resemblance and he begins with Cathy, asking her to explain. She says when they were younger, Bobby was mean to all of them, and as a young woman she couldn’t defend herself so she grabbed her mama’s broom and used it to swat the snarling menace away from her. Frances is asked about the helmet and she says she carried around because Bobby would her on the head as hard as he could and make her cry.

So she saved her money and bought the helmet so he couldn’t thump her on the head anymore. Jessica and her towel are up last, and she explains, saying Bobby would hurt her feelings and make her feel so bad she’d cry, and a tissue wasn’t enough. He made her cry so much that by the end of the night the entire bath towel was sopping wet.

Back to Cathy, and she agrees that Bobby’s lying when he says he loves them, he only loves himself. Frances says their parents hated Bobby, he was disrespectful until he got shipped off to reform school. Jessica says Bobby was a brat and stole candy, and it got so bad they’d call the cops on him. Sami says now you understand the real Lashley, a thief, a liar, a bully, a juvenile delinquent, a menace to society--

Enter Bobby Lashley. He greets his sisters, putting his shoulder on Cathy and saying he can’t believe how she’s still single. And Jessica, he knows she likes to be thrifty but her outfit is fabulous. And Frances, she has something that so many women want to have, a big, hairy moustache. He tells Zayn he’s incredible, a great friend, this is hilarious and he couldn’t be a better friend.

Sami says maybe he’d like it more if he Helluva Kicked him in the face right now and threw him out of the ring like a piece of garbage, because that’s what his family think of him. Lashley gets real quiet and steps up to Zayn, chasing him to the ropes when his sisters attack! Bobby fends them off, dropping his sisters with lariats and dumping Cathy out of the ring with the broom.

We get a recap of Nia Jax challenging Ronda Rousey last week and some hype for our contract signing.

Ember Moon makes her entrance for a match against Alexa Bliss and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Alexa Bliss is interviewed backstage.

She talks about the sack of Rome by the Visigoths in 410 AD and how the Roman army was superior and would have won in a fair fight, but the Visigoths had the element of surprise, and Ember Moon’s Raw debut was no different. How was she supposed to prepare? But tonight will be a fair fight and the Romans will win.

Alexa Bliss vs. Ember Moon

Bliss right in control, stomping away, off the ropes and Moon hits a freight train crossbody for two! Alexa rolls to the floor to reconvene with Mickie James, Ember slides out after, headscissors on the floor, Mickie runs interference and Moon goes shoulder-first into the barricade on an arm wringer! Back inside, armbar applied, Ember posts to her feet and breaks with forearms only to get put down with another arm wringer for a nearfall before we go to break.

Back from commercial, Bliss is still in control and repeated stomps to the chest get a nearfall. Back to the arm, stepover knee drop armbreakers, and into a top wristlock. Shifting to a short armscissor, Ember forces a break by reversing to a pin and cuts an attempt to return to the arm off with a forearm and a backbreaker! Kick combo, off the ropes, dropkick connects and Alexa hangs onto the ring skirt and gets a kick in.

James in the ring, ready to use one of her shoes to attack Moon and referee Darrick Moore throws her out! Ember clobbers her with a forearm, Bliss from behind, schoolboy pin... only two! Pass to the apron, yanking the arm, Moon pulls her in for a knee strike, up top...

Ember Moon wins by pinfall with Eclipse.

Finn Balor and Braun Strowman roll up on Stephanie McMahon in her office and Braun takes an apple after she offered. They want a rematch against Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, but Steph points out that they’re not a regular tag team and will fight each other in the Money in the Bank ladder match. She says she thinks Finn blames Strowman for their loss last week, so in the spirit of friendly competition, she books them against each other and they’re all smiles.

Braun crushes the apple in one hand and says he likes competition!

No Way Jose makes his entrance for a match against Baron Corbin, after the break.

Back from commercial in time for Baron’s entrance.

Baron Corbin vs. No Way Jose

Circling, No Way in with punches, backing Baron into the corner. Whip reversed, pass to the floor and a dropkick cuts Corbin’s return off! Plancha follows, but the Lone Wolf kicks him away from the apron and lands a diving lariat to the floor! A few stomps, mocking the crowd, tossing Jose back inside and ramming him shoulder-first into the post.

Half nelson chinlock applied, grinding No Way down but he fires up, posts to his feet, and breaks with body blows. A knee to the gut cuts him off but he reverses the pass and puts Baron into the ringpost hard himself! Boot up in the corner, back elbow, right hands, duck a lariat, big boot connects, falling lariat, fireman’s carry flapjack... NOPE! Winding up, Corbin blocks the punch, No Way floats over, schoolboy for two!

Deep Six connects, Baron picks him up, wristlock...

Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with the short-arm End of Days.

Kurt Angle’s on his phone backstage when Chad Gable rolls up to tell him he’s been looking for him but Stephanie was in his office. Angle says he likes it out here but the cell service sucks, and he wanted to tell Gable he wanted to replace Jinder with him last week, but McMahon had other plans. Chad says that means a lot and when he gets an opportunity like that he’ll make the most of it.

Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler roll up, make a little fun, and Drew says they’d love to beat Finn and Braun up again but from what they hear, that decision is above Angle’s paygrade. Gable says they think they’re special and McIntyre says they are. Dolph asks what his claim to fame is, he’s a great amateur? So’s everybody, and he doesn’t wait around for a handout.

Kurt says they’ll settle it in the ring tonight and bids them leave.

The B-Team make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes Balor/Strowman up.

We get a handcam promo where Breezango run the B-Team down and say their shirts are sexy and they’re hot, but they’re gonna prove there’s only room for one “B” team on Raw.

B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) vs. Breezango (Fandango & Tyler Breeze)

Axel and Breeze to start, collar and elbow, Tyler with a drop toehold into a cover, no good and Curtis heads to the floor. Dallas in, Breeze in control, wristlock, tag to Fandango and he comes in with a diving axehandle. Turning jabs, only a nearfall, off the ropes, Bo with a sunset flip but Dango hip swivels out of the predicament! Axel with a blind tag...

The B-Team win by pinfall with the back suplex / neckbreaker combination on Fandango.

Axel and Dallas celebrate, hugging referee John Cone! They head to the announce table and Curtis swims on the table as Bo takes Coach’s chair and rides it back to ringside!

On that note, we go to break.

Back from commercial, Stephanie McMahon is in the ring to preside over our Raw Women’s Championship contract signing.

She says the WWE Universe is still in stunned disbelief at Nia Jax’s challenge to Ronda Rousey. She brings Nia out first and congratulates her on winning and defending the title. She knows her issues with Alexa were deeply personal and heartwrenching, but she’s boldly chosen her next opponent, and this is her segue to bring Ronda out.

She and Steph have a slightly awkward greeting and Rousey asks how the arm is doing. It’s great, thanks for asking, and they take their seats. McMahon asks how it feels to leapfrog the entire women’s division to get a title shot, and Ronda says she knows what she’s trying to do, and a lot of women deserve this more, but Jax didn’t challenge them, she challenged her.

Steph asks why she might have done this and suggests that Nia is trying to make her name by beating Rousey in her first singles match, and she’s ripe for the picking. Jax also knows she comes from a world of weight classes and there’s none of that in WWE, and Nia is bigger and stronger and more powerful. Jax also knows that Ronda doesn’t like losing and if she does, she’ll leave WWE forever and Nia will be the baddest woman on the planet.

Nia gives Ronda an exasperated “get a load of this” look and Steph continues, asking why it took Jax so long to beat Alexa, if she relies too much on her power and size and she’s really lazy? And if she is that lazy, how long will it take Rousey to get her in the armbar, if she even can. McMahon lays it on thicker and thicker and Nia stands up and says the truth is Ronda can’t get the armbar on her.

She’s sick and tired of hearing that lazy crap and the truth is she IS going to make a name for herself by beating Rousey at Money in the Bank. Nia signs the contract and puts her title on her shoulder. Ronda stands up, signs the contract, calmly moves the table aside and picks up the microphone. She says she’s happy the truth came out, but that’s okay, and she offers a handshake.

Jax accepts it and Rousey continues, saying she’s going to take the title. Ronda eyes her arm up like a side of beef and adds that she’s also going to take her arm. They stare each other down to close the segment out.

Commentary hypes up Strowman/Balor as well as Chad Gable vs. Dolph Ziggler and we go to break.

Back from commercial and the match is in progress.

Chad Gable vs. Dolph Ziggler

Gable with a waistlock, shift to a wristlock, whip into an overhead arm drag! Drop toehold, into a deathlock, front chancery, staying on Ziggler as he tries to escape and makes it into the ropes to force the break. Knucklelock, back to the front chancery, turning it into a pin, shifting to a waistlock and Dolph breaks with an elbow to the face.

Big dropkick, scraping his bootlaces across Chad’s face and grabbing a seated reverse chinlock. A mat slam follows, elbow drop, only two and Ziggler grabs a bodyscissors reverse chinlock. Adding a chickenwing, staying on his back as the Olympian gets to his knees, escaped, leg pick into an Oklahoma roll, only two! Another pin, again just a nearfall and Dolph takes his knee out from under him!

Waistlock, looking for a suplex, Gable lands on his feet, German suplex denied and Ziggler lands a neckbreaker! Charging in, Chad with the back elbow, sidestep the superkick, rolling Gedo Clutch, only two! Pass to the turnbuckles, bridging German suplex... NOPE! Headbutt cuts him off...

Dolph Ziggler wins by pinfall with a superkick.

Drew McIntyre hits the ring and draws Gable up... CLAYMORE!

Commentary hypes up a women’s Money in the Bank qualifying match and we go to break.

Back from commercial in time for entrances.

Dana Brooke vs. Liv Morgan vs. Natalya vs. Sarah Logan (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)

Four-way standoff quickly gives way to the two Riott Squad womne taking it to their counterparts. Natalya comes back on Morgan, snap suplex on Logan, only good for two and Liv comes back over and clubs her. Whip, sidestep the body avalanche, slingshot atomic drop into the running stomp and the basement dropkick but it’s not enough to take it. Sliding elbow from Sarah, they clear the ring and square off against each other!

All laughs as they go after Neidhart, Liv ends up on the floor with Dana and both women get wiped out, Nattie with the Russian legsweep, thinking Sharpshooter, Ruby Riott runs in, Logan with a running knee and Brooke breaks the pin up! Sarah puts her into the post, turns around, caught with the discus lariat, Nattie picks the legs...

Natalya wins by submission with the Sharpshooter on Sarah Logan, qualifying for the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

Nattie is interviewed after and says she’s got Ronda Rousey as her training partner and they’re gonna champion and Ms. Money in the Bank together after the pay-per-view.

Commentary blatantly says that Bobby Roode vs. Elias will never end, and they have a match after the break.

Back from commercial, Elias is in the ring to sing us a song.

He says from the moment he arrived on Raw, WWE stock has risen by 150%, and there’s no such thing as coincidence. The entire world, NBC Universal, and everyone here tonight knows that WWE stands for Walk With Elias. He launches into a call and answer singalong where the crowd is to tell him how much they love him, and they oblige. He talks about how soulcrushing it is to be in Albany and is, uh, Roode-ly interrupted. (Not sorry, I gotta liveblog this match and that means I have to make my own entertainment where I can, folks.)

Bobby Roode vs. Elias

Elias jumps him before the bell and puts boots to him! Referee Darrick Moore tries to back him off but the Drifter comes back for more! Finally checking on Bobby, but he’s good to compete and we have a bell!

Throwing his robe at Elias, mounted punches into stomps, punching him into the corner, passing his face into the turnbuckles, chops and punches, smashing his face into the turnbuckles some more! Back elbow gets more chops, whip reversed, Bobby comes charging out of the corner with a lariat and clotheslines the Drifter to the floor to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Elias whips Roode into a lariat and asks who wants to walk with him. Knee drop across the chest, cover gets two, straight suplex, rear chinlock with a knee to the back and into a cobra clutch, grinding him down. Bobby fights out, repeated lariats, flying forearm, corner lariat into the neckbreaker but the Drifter slips out! Off the ropes, spinning spinebuster... NOPE!

Calling for it, kick to the midsection, back body drop counters, into a pin, only a nearfall! To the corner, boot up, blockbuster slipped under, and now the swinging neckbreaker connects and Roode is rolling. Crotching the glorious one, Elias hooks him...

Elias wins by pinfall with Drift Away.



We go to break awaiting his match.

Back from commercial, commentary informs us that Seth Rollins will defend his title against Jinder Mahal next week, plus there will be a last chance qualifying gauntlet for the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

Braun Strowman vs. Finn Balor

All smiles as they square up and Finn throws the first forearms! Keeping his distance, sidestepping him leg kick into a pick but Braun shoves him aside and clubs him down! A headbutt follows, crossface strike, hard whip into the corner and the monster among men is fired up! Jawing at Balor, another headbutt connects, whip across but Finn lands a dropkick to the knee!

Off the ropes, another dropkick, off the ropes again and Strowman just shoves him to the mat before flexing his knee to work the kinks out. A kick to the ribs knocks Finn to the floor, Braun heads out after him and biels him back inside! Pointing at the briefcase, Strowman says it’s his and nails Balor in the gut. Disdainful kick, Finn struggling to rise to his feet and caught with another hamhock to the midsection knocks him down.

Braun compliments Balor’s smile and bids him rise, throwing him into the corner and charging in... the boots are up! Again! A third time is a sidestep, enzuigiri from the apron, duck a charge, chop connects and Strowman grabs him by the neck for a headbutt! Throwing him into the ropes, catching him with a boot on the rebound, only good for a nearfall.

Braun demands to see the fight of the Irish and gets low bridged to the floor! A dropkick puts the monster into the barricade, but he catches the Penalty Kick off the apron and trips Finn on his face! Drawing him up, clubbing him down, slap to the floor, charging around... SLING BLADE! Balor rolls inside and back out the opposite side, again charging around... SHOTGUN DROPKICK SENDS STROWMAN OVER THE BARRICADE!

Another enzuigiri brings Braun back to ring side, a double stomp to the back off the apron follows... COUP DE GRACE OFF THE BARRICADE! Back in the ring, looking for a breather, maybe gonna take the countout, referee Chad Patton gets to eight and Strowman’s back in... a half-energy pounce is still enough to bowl Finn over! Throwing him into the corner, charging in, sidestepped and the monster takes the post hard!

A dropkick sandwiches Braun’s head against the turnbuckle, he heads up top but gets cut off, off the ropes... RUNNING POWERSLAM! The straps are down, he goes up again...

Braun Strowman wins by pinfall with the running powerslam.

After the match, Braun scoops Finn up and stands him up in the corner as a sign of respect before posing for the crowd.

That’s the show, folks.

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