WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 13, 2019) from the O2 in London, featuring the go home show to the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) this coming Sunday night in Connecticut.
Advertised for tonight: a double contract signing for Becky Two Belts, Roman Reigns is back to talk to Miz and fight McMahons, the Money in the Bank ladder match participants will face off in a variety of matches, 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.)
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAY 13
Parched land, no desert sand, sun was just a dot and a little bit of water goes a long way, ‘cause it’s hot. Three good buddies were laughing and smoking in the back of a rented Ford. They couldn’t know they weren’t going far, but me, I know I’m going to make to the end of this here wrestling show as I liveblog it for you, folks.
The show opens with the Miz making his entrance.
He does his usual intro spiel to welcome us to MizTV and calls Money in the Bank the WWE version of the Infinity Stones and says cashing in brought his career to new heights. He talks up the potential for the winners this year before reminding us he’s in a steel cage against Shane McMahon at Money in the Bank and then introducing his guest, our first of four Wild Cards tonight... Roman Reigns!
The Big Dog makes his entrance and takes a seat. Miz asks him what we can expect on Sunday, and Roman says Elias is a lot of things-- young, strong, charismatic, very talented, but he hasn’t won any championships, and on Sunday, Reigns is bringing him the big fight. The A-Lister talks up their similarities and pitches the Big Dog on a buddy cop movie, but Roman says they had a good thing but now he sounds like the old Miz, and he’d punch the old Miz in the mouth.
He’s here to hang out with the new Miz, the guy that chases Shane McMahon around the entire arena with a chair. Where’s he at? Does he need a reminder, in the form of video footage of last week? Miz asks if that’s the Miz the crowd wants and says that it’s funny, it took Shane to make him understand why he’s never been on the same page with Roman or the WWE Universe, and it’s about respect.
After thirteen years, he thinks he’s started to earn that respect, but McMahon’s been handed everything with a silver spoon in his mouth. Miz knows he’s not the toughest or the strongest, but he knows how to win, and when he brings a fight, he BRINGS A FIGHT! Shane has attacked his father and run from him at every turn, but on Sunday none of his power and privilege will matter inside of the steel cage.
Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and McMahon will regret ever putting his hands on his family, and he’ll go down faster than his old man ever did to a Superman Punch!
Enter Shane McMahon.
He says it’s quite flattering that they’re talking about him, but they seem to have forgotten that he’s their boss. Being the boss, he’s also out here to inform them that as of right now, MizTV is over-- ELIAS AND BOBBY LASHLEY ATTACK! They lay Miz and the Big Dog out and take their place at Shane’s side, and he announces that they’ll have a tag team match, after the break.
Bobby Lashley & Elias vs. Roman Reigns & the Miz
Miz and Elias to start, circling, the A-Lister ducks a lariat and throws left hands, whip across, the Drifter passes him to the floor, slide back in, folding press for two! Elias with a knee and a chop, drawing him up for a forearm, whip reversed, A-Lister with a pair of big knees into the inverted facelock backbreaker / neckbreaker combo... NOPE!
Tag to Roman, the Drifter bails for a breather and tags Lashley in. Bob backs Reigns into the corner and breaks with a flex but the Big Dog pops him one! Off the ropes, big shoulder block for one, gator roll, Walking Armageddon in charge, Reigns posts to his feet and rams him into the corner to break! Big Samoan drop... only two! Miz tags in, chest kicks on both guys, Bob picks him up for a powerbomb but the A-Lister floats out!
Elias with a cheap shot in the corner, Lashley hits the reverse STO for a nearfall and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Elias is choking Miz over the ropes and Shane McMahon gets a cheap shot in while referee Rod Zapata is occupied. Drifter with a cover for two, drawing him up, passing him into the corner, whip across and the A-Lister takes the turnbuckles hard. Knucklelock, up the ropes, Elias walks the ropes... METEORA BUT THE BIG DOG BREAKS IT UP!
Tag to Lashley, whip into the corner, charging shoulder thrust, delayed vertical suplex gets a nearfall! Wristlock, tag made, Elias draws Miz up and chops him into the corner, the A-Lister fighting for the tag but he gets thrown away and decked with a right! Elias occupied with Reigns for a beat, Miz takes advantage, big DDT, but Lashley tags in and cuts him off!
Whip to the corner, Miz sidesteps the charge and Bob eats the post hard! McMahon pulls Roman off the apron and throws him into the steel steps, leaving Zapata no choice...
Roman Reigns & the Miz win by disqualification, presumably.
The heels put boots to Miz after and dump him to the floor where the beatdown continues. Reigns recovers... BIG DOG SUICIDE DIVE OVER THE TOP ROPE! Beating them down, Shane tackles Roman and throws him back inside where Reigns double legs him for a beating until his two partners come back in to beat him down. MIZ IS HERE WITH A CHAIR! Wailing on Lashley and Elias, Roman Superman Punches the both of them and McMahon runs away!
Commentary hypes up a match between Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre as well as a women’s championship double contract signing.
Seth Rollins is shown backstage chatting with somebody to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package for AJ Styles vs. Seth Rollins and commentary shills for the WWE Network after and recapping last week’s segment where Braun Strowman threw Sami Zayn into a dumpster.
Braun is interviewed backstage.
He says the only thing he regrets is that Zayn didn’t get turned into a cube, but that was last week, and tonight’s about the ladder match, and there’s no one that can stop him from winning a second year running. A crew member appears behind him and tells him Shane McMahon would like to see him in his office.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn is talking to Shane in his office.
He complains about Braun almost ending his career last week but blames the fans for cheering him when he acts like a monster.
Enter Strowman, asking if Sami’s why he got called to the principal’s office. Zayn says he’s asked the McMahons to make it right, and he wants Braun’s spot in Money in the Bank. Shane says he can’t just give him the spot, but Sami says he’ll fight him for it, and he should even make it a Falls Count Anywhere match. McMahon points out Braun is scheduled against Drew McIntyre, but Zayn says surely he can find something else for Drew.
Shane agrees and makes the match, and Braun tells Sami he’s going to eat him alive.
Apollo Crews vs. Mojo Rawley
Crews with a go-behind into punches, backing Rawley into the corner, putting boots to him. Whip reversed, up and over, Apollo with a handspring and his knee goes out from under him. Referee Dan Engler checks on him, Mojo with a chop block, fired up and punching the mat, laughing, patting the elbow, charging in for the corner elbow! Lifting him up...
Mojo Rawley wins by pinfall with the Alabama Slam.
Backstage, Alexa Bliss is on the phone complaining about her luggage with all of her gear being lost and trying to use her American celebrity to browbeat the poor airline worker into helping her. She hangs up and a subdued Nikki Cross asks if she’s okay. Bliss thanks her for asking and says she could really use someone to talk to, and Nikki says she’s been here four weeks and nobody’s noticed.
Alexa rambles an apology but Cross stops her from leaving and says she can talk to her. A devious look spreads across Bliss’ face and she says she just doesn’t want to be laughed at. Nikki suggests going to the McMahons and looking for a replacement in the match tonight, and Alexa offers Cross the spot in the match. Nikki agrees and Bliss goes off to tell the McMahons.
Becky Lynch picks up both her title belts and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Michael Cole sets up our contract signing and introduces our participants, starting with Lacey Evans, moving onto Charlotte Flair, and finishing, of course, with your double champion, Becky Lynch.
Before Becky signs, Cole asks her if she realizes how grueling defending both titles is going to be Sunday. Lynch pauses to appreciate a “Becky Two Belts!” chant before saying it’s nice to be back in London and says they’re both bigger, stronger, and more athletic than she, so it’s not that she doesn’t know what the beating she’s going to take is like, it’s that she doesn’t care.
When the bright lights hit, Lacey’s going to feel the crippling pressure of backing up everything she’s said and she’s going to ask herself why she ever came looking for the Man in the first place-- just ask your twin sister here how hard it is to beat her. Charlotte says Becky never learns. She’s got everything she wanted but she still has to make digs, it’s the same big mouth of hers that got her in trouble in the first place and now she’s in a situation where she can’t win.
Evans says it’s nice to see that she’s not the only one with enough decency to show up to a formal event dressed appropriately, and she tells Becky it’s a contract signing, not a fight in a barn. Lynch tells her she’s never done one of these and that gets the weirdest laugh out of Evans. Becky shifts back to Charlotte and accuses her of not delivering lately, pressure pressure.
So one of these dopes can’t afford to lose her first title match, and the other can’t afford to lose her one millionth, Lynch says, and she signs both contracts. Flair says she got her storybook ending and beat the Baddest Woman on the Planet and that’s still not enough for her? All of this is going to come crashing down and frankly she finds it hilarious.
At Money in the Bank, the only thing Becky will be able to blame is her stubborn pride when she bows down to the Queen, wooo. Charlotte signs, and Lacey gets on the mic, saying the WWE Universe deserve a proper lady as a champion, with all these young women being led astray by Lynch’s classless confusing behavior, and let’s be honest-- Becky can continue to pretend to swing around something she doesn’t have, but there’s no way she’s going to take out two real ladies.
Lynch offers her a free shot but Lacey just signs the contract and sits back. Flair tries to egg Evans in to attacking but she says she doesn’t want to dirty her dress, but lo and behold, a brawl breaks out anyway! Lacey gets dumped out of the ring short order but comes back in time to save Charlotte from getting powerbombed! Dis-Arm-Her, Charlotte breaks it up with the big boot and throws Lynch into the corner!
Arranging the table, clubbing forearm, Evans with the assist... DOUBLE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE TABLE! The heels grap the two title belts and hold them up over Becky’s fallen body.
Commentary hypes up some of our remaining festivities and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Baron Corbin is in the ring demanding the big announcement from Mike Rome.
Ricochet gets a picture in picture promo where he talks about how Money in the Bank is like the lottery except he’s going to make sure he wins.
Baron Corbin vs. Ricochet
Collar and elbow, Corbin with a knee, Ricochet to the apron, back in with a slingshot flip, sidestep a boot, backflip over into a dropkick! Sizing him up, back to the lockup, Baron backs him into the corner, big knee lift, face smash, whip across, up and over, big forearm connects. Whip reversed, the One and Only pops up, duck the lariat, backflip up and over, springboard crossbody connects!
Corbin to the floor, Ricochet off the ropes, slide low, Baron pops him onto the apron, kickflip moonsault connects! Ricochet fired up, back on the apron, forearm, springboard, Corbin goes under and decks him with a lariat that sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Corbin with a big waistlock takedown for two! To the apron, Ricochet fighting him off with shoulder thrusts, duck a lariat, big forearm, uppercut, the One and Only putting it together until he gets thrown into the corner. Boot up, rolling thunder dropkick and both guys are down and out! Back to the apron, springboard crossbody... NOPE!
Goozle, Ricochet reverses to a sunset flip for two but gets caught by Deep Six... STILL NO! Float over End of Days, satellite DDT connects for a nearfall! Up top, 450, nobody home, lands on his feet, Baron with a boot to the face and they jockey for position in the corner. Right hands, springboard into an avalanche Frankensteiner, running shooting star press... NOT ENOUGH!
Ricochet to his feet, off the ropes, Baron reverses...
Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with End of Days.
Corbin introduces a ladder to the ring and gives us a quick reminder of how Money in the Bank works, climbing it until Ricochet wakes up and knocks it over!
We get a recap of Samoa Joe’s interrogation of Rey Mysterio’s son Dominic from last week before going backstage for an interview with Rey.
He says Joe crossed a line by targeting his son, and if he or anyone else has something to say, they can say it to his face, and at Money in the Bank--
Enter Cesaro, who tells Mysterio that he can say whatever HE has to say to Joe’s face, and says that Dominic looks more like Samoa Joe than he does his dad and is he even sure he’s his kid? Rey unloads on him and throws a bit of luggage before springboarding off a bench! Referees flood the locker room to break it up!
AJ Styles is shown preparing for an interview backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package cover the career of Roman Reigns.
Commentary hypes up Money in the Bank.
AJ Styles is interviewed backstage.
He says people question everything, whether or not he hit Seth Rollins on purpose. It was meant for Baron Corbin, but when you disrespect him, he’ll come after you, and this is supposedly Seth’s show, but he came to WWE with a huge chip on his shoulder that hasn’t gone anywhere. On Sunday, he’s walking in as challenger and walking out the new Universal Champion.
Naomi makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Naomi gets a picture in picture promo about how a win in Money in the Bank will be a game changer for her.
Similar promos for Dana Brooke, Natalya, and of course, Ms. Not Appearing In This Match herself, Alexa Bliss, follow.
Alexa Bliss joins the commentary booth and Corey Graves falls all over himself helping her into her seat.
Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Cross
Pairing off, Haomi whips Brooke into the other two, Stinger splash gets a schoolboy and Cross breaks up a pin off Natalya’s discus lariat. Dana throws her out of the ring, Naomi swings her around into a full nelson bomb and locks the submission on! Passing stomp from Nattie, Nikki pulls her into the ring skirt and wails on her! Naomi with a Gedo Clutch for a nearfall, forearm connects, Brooke with a baseball slide to take Cross out and Naomi hits a tornillo to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Brooke with a handspring but Natalya cuts her off with an elbow and sets up the Romero Special, falling back all the way! Cross up top, Naomi dumps her to the floor and comes in with a bulldog on Dana! Decking Nattie, Nikki breaks the pin up, Naomi passes her to the floor but gets caught in a suplex lift into a double press drop from the blondes!
Cross in hot, back suplex on Brooke, cover on Naomi for two! Crucifix neck crank applied, taking her to the bank MVP style but Naomi reverses to a pin and forces the break! Forearm connects, boot to fend Neidhart off, forearm for Brooke, Rear Views on both Nattie and Nikki! Roundhouse connects on Dana, scoop and a slam to set her up on Natalya, Naomi heads up top... SPLIT-LEGGED MOONSAULT BUT DANA ROLLS AWAY AND BREAKS IT UP!
Dumping Naomi, Brooke follows after with a passing stomp and goes under the ring for plunder, drawing a ladder out. Setting it up on the floor, Nattie comes over and runs her over but Nikki runs under the ladder and spears Neidhart! Following with mounted punches, Naomi beats Natalya down as well, Dana climbs the ladder and points at the briefcase momentarily... DIVING SPLASH OFF THE LADDER!
Into the barricade for Brooke, discus lariat for Naomi, putting Cross in the ring but she gets Neidhart hung up on the ropes...
Nikki Cross wins by pinfall with a dragon screw neck whip on Natalya.
Post-match, Nikki helps Alexa set up a ladder and do the ol’ “retrieve the briefcase to remind you how the match works” gimmick.
Sami Zayn cuts a promo backstage complaining about people on social media saying he can’t win and says we’re just projecting because we never win, but he fights for a cause and Braun Strowman is just a manifestation of our toxic fantasies of being big and strong, but that’s not how life works. And what’s better than being big and being strong? Being right and fighting for what’s right.
So he’s going to find a way to beat Strowman and win Money in the Bank.
Rey Mysterio makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Samoa Joe gets a handcam promo where he says he didn’t cross a line, Rey Mysterio crossed a line when he brought his son into WWE and on Sunday, he hopes he sees both Rey and his son.
Cesaro vs. Rey Mysterio
Cesaro in with a waistlock takedown, Mysterio off the ropes, basement dropkick, basement tijeras, Cesaro pops him up, he lands on the second, flying headscissors connects! Boot in the corner, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from the Swiss Superman for two! Drawing him up, whip, la casadora into an electric chair, victory roll, Cesaro lands on the floor on his feet and shifts him to a waistlock only to get victory rolled into the barricade!
Low suicide dive into a sunset flip, Cesaro blocks and swings Rey into the barricade! Back inside, cover for two, to the apron, thinking suplex, Mysterio counters with knees, Cesaro boots him and Rey sidesteps to send him hard into the post! Big uppercut in the corner... DELAYED VERTICAL DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX ISN’T ENOUGH TO KEEP MYSTERIO DOWN! And so to break!
Back from commercial, Cesaro is in control with a rear chinlock but Mysterio gets to his feet, off the ropes, sunset flip, Swiss Superman rolls through and into the swing but Rey manages to counter into a DDT! Springboard seated senton, off the ropes, La Mistica into La Casita... ONLY TWO! Mysterio laying forearms in, shoved off, headscissors puts him on the second, off the ropes... 619 GETS CAUGHT! INTO THE SWING!
Waiting for Rey to get up, Cesaro lies in wait, uppercut connects! Mysterio on the second, Cesaro takes the shot, off the ropes but Rey ducks his Tiger feint kick! Kick combo, slingshot... YOSHI TONIC FOR A NEARFALL! Mysterio heads up top... AND DIVES INTO SWISS DEATH! NOT ENOUGH! Thinking about the Neutralizer, Cesaro adjusts his neck but Rey slips out, off the ropes, tilt-a-whirl reversed and reversed again to set him on the second... 619!
Rey Mysterio wins by pinfall with the diving splash.
Commentary tosses to a recap of the Usos/Revival feud and the Revival get a promo.
They tell the Usos they took it too far and there’s nothing wrong with a man helping another man shave. If they want to continue being a skid mark on society they can go ahead, but they’re not hard to find and they won’t be embarrassed any further.
Seth Rollins is shown chatting with an interviewer backstage and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get this week’s edition of Firefly Fun House.
Bray Wyatt is nowhere to be found as the camera pans around the room but we eventually see him standing behind Mercy the Buzzard’s table. Rambling Rabbit is seen all taped up. He has a secret, and Abby the Witch tells him it better be good. Mercy has stuff to do, and Bray says it’s almost time to show the world what he’s really been working on and he’s going to need all our help.
He says there’s a lot of darkness in his noggin, but now it’s different, and he’s learned to control it, and he asks if we want to see his secret. He turns his back on the camera and all his puppet pals shudder. Images flash across the screen, a oice speaks in tongues, and when the room comes back Bray is wearing a leather jacket with tails over a pair of Nick Iggy’s tights and a clown mask.
Yowie Wowie, he says.
We get a recap of the women’s contract signing, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Seth Rollins is interviewed backstage.
He says this is personal now, and this will be their first match in WWE, but he and AJ Styles wrestled 13 years ago for NWA No Limits Wrestling and that was when his friends and family knew he was for real, that this was his life now. Sunday won’t be about proving anything to them, but about proving to himself and to AJ Styles that this is his industry, his show, that he is the backbone of Monday Night Raw.
All those years ago he did look up to AJ, but when the dust settles, it’s gonna be AJ Styles looking up to him.
Braun Strowman makes his entrance to send us to break.
Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn (Money in the Bank Qualifying Falls Count Anywhere Match)
Zayn keeping his distance, heading to the floor, leading Strowman on a chase only to eventually get decked with a lariat in the middle of the ring. Stinger splashes, and Sami rolls out of the ring. Headed out after him, he freight trains Zayn! Circling around, he bowls him over again before tossing him into the ring. Again Zayn rolls out and he heads out into the crowd and up the steps.
Braun chasing after him, big right hand but Sami throws somebody’s beer in Strowman’s eyes! All the way up top, to the concourse and through the doors, and in the concessions Zayn beats on the monster with a trash can! Braun with a knee, throwing Sami into a support beam a few times but here comes Baron Corbin with repeated trash can shots! He follows it up with a back suplex through the merch table, Zayn with a cover... ONLY ONE!
Braun throws Baron into a rack of merch and the rack falls on him to send us to break.
Back from commercial and they’re fighting their way back down through the crowd. Zayn has a chair, wailing on Strowman with it, fired up, but Braun catches the chair and decks him with a huge palm strike! Throwing him over an internal barricade, Strowman eyes the ladders set up on the stage and picks one up as Sami runs away. Dropping the ladder to chase after him, Zayn throws whatever he can get his hands on at the monster but eventually he catches up to him and throws him into a corrugated steel garage door!
Drew McIntyre makes the save, opening up a chair and DDTing Braun into it! Sami with the cover... NOPE! Incredulous, Drew throws a chair at referee Dan Engler and picks Strowman up only to get thrown into a lighting rig! Braun picks up a cooler full of ice and slams it onto McIntyre before resuming his chase after Zayn, throwing an office chair at him on his way!
Through Gorilla, back on the stage, again Braun picks up a ladder and this time he gets to use it as a weapon, ramming his midsection and hammering Sami across his back with it. Burying Zayn in ladders but here come Corbin and McIntyre to even the score again, beating on the monster. Mounted punches from Baron as Drew gets a ladder and rams him with it!
Picking one of the ladders off Zayn, McIntyre leans it against a barricade, they draw Strowman up... DOUBLE SUPLEX BREAKS THE LADDER IN HALF! Drew lying in wait... CLAYMORE! Baron drags Sami over and they hold him down...
Sami Zayn wins by pinfall with a lateral press to take Braun Strowman’s spot in the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Sami celebrates while Braun writhes in pain and slowly gets up for the crowd, but Corbin throws Zayn back to the monster!
Strowman gets him atop the announce stage... CHOKESLAM THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE!
That’s the show, folks.