WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 6, 2019) from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Hartford.
Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns is back for some reason, the Money in the Bank ladder match participants are set and now feuding over it, 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.)
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAY 6
Is this the way I want them seeing me? Please leave your memories at the door. Why has the world gone off and deserted me? Why, there’s just no room inside these walls. You want it all, but did you want it tonight? Oh you don‘t remember, as you wait by the light. Oh, can you see what you’ve been asking of me? I’ve got to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you for the next three hours before I can get to anything else, folks.
The show opens with Vincent Kennedy McMahon making his entrance.
He gets on the mic and says tonight will be one for the ages and no one will forget tonight’s show because he’s kicking the show off--
Enter Roman Reigns.
McMahon tells him he’s got the police right over there if Roman wants to lay hands on him again and who the hell does he think he is to be on Raw when he’s assigned to SmackDown? Reigns tells him to watch his tone and yes, he is on SmackDown, but he’s been on Raw for a long time and he always said he’d leave this place better than he found it, but when he was out he saw Vince and his spoiled kids tell the whole world the fans were in control now, but that was a lie.
His spoiled kids have been running around trying to run the show and it’s over now, because Roman doesn’t listen to McMahon or take his orders, he takes ‘em from the WWE Universe now. McMahon asks if he thinks he can show up anywhere and the fans will like it and Reigns says if they keep making this noise he’ll show up every Monday. Vince says that’s not gonna happen because it’d be like anarchy and he’d have no control--
Enter Daniel Bryan!
McMahon says this is a bad dream and asks Bryan what he’s doing. He says he’s spent the last month in meditation looking for answers and when he heard the Big Dog was showing up on Raw he figured that he could have an intellectual conversation with Vince.
Enter Kofi Kingston!
He says he knows the roster shakeup was a big deal but he has an issue with Dan and if he had a problem with WrestleMania he didn’t have to go to the McMahons, he could have filed his complaint directly with your WWE Champion. Bryan says okay, he’s got it-- Kofi is an undeserving champion who should have never gotten a title shot and his win was a fluke.
His eleven-year journey was so hard because a pancake-throwing novelty should have never gotten here in the first place. Kingston reasonably points out that he is here with the title around his waist and there ain’t a damn thing Bryan can do about it.
McMahon interrupts and asks what if we had a wildcard rule where three members of each roster could come to the other show. He says he’s a genius and Kofi asks if this was his idea the entire time before saying he can spin it how he likes but he saw Roman’s tweet and being as E and Woods are on the mend he figured why not show up to Raw also. Why should Roman have all the fun?
Bryan says nothing about Raw is fun and he’s not here for fun, he’s here to get his rematch for his title. They square up and--
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says if nobody in the back will do anything about this he guesses it’s up to him. This is not SmackDown presents Raw, he says, and Kofi and Bryan are lucky that he cares more about that egomaniac Roman Reigns than either of them. Roman thinks he can do what he wants, the rules don’t apply to him, well he’s going to Claymore his ass back down to earth right now!
Reigns says that didn’t work at WrestleMania but he can try again tonight, and Vince interrupts. He asks what if tonight had two WrestleMania rematches, one of which will be for the WWE Championship and again puts himself over as brilliant. McMahon leaves--
Enter AJ Styles as we go to break.
Back from commercial, AJ Styles and Vince McMahon are in the ring together.
Styles asks McMahon what he’s doing, he finally gets to Raw and the next thing he knows SmackDown’s superstars are here? Vince again reiterates his Wildcard Rule thing and AJ says that’s pretty convenient. He spent years on SmackDown making it the House That AJ Styles Built and once he sinks his teeth into Raw and gets a shot at the Universal Championship, McMahon brings Seth Rollins’ brother in crime Roman Reigns?
Is that how this wildcard thing works? Because if it is, maybe AJ goes over to SmackDown tomorrow to get a couple of his friends to come to Raw. McMahon tries to explain it again--
Enter Seth Rollins.
Rollins says he gives AJ the benefit of the doubt for one week and he sucker punches him? That’s the last time he’ll get one over on him, and he points out that SmackDown has been around a lot longer than AJ Styles has been part of WWE. It was fine before him and it’ll be fine now, and this is Monday Night Rollins. Styles says he knows where he is and what he did last week.
He tried to be a good sport and what did Seth do? He put the title in his face and kept running his mouth, and if he’s gonna treat Styles like he’s not a man, he needs to know that he’s a man that can kick his ass. And he didn’t just put him through a table, he gave him the Phenomenal Forearm through a table, and at Money in the Bank, nothing’s gonna change.
Well, maybe a little, because he’ll be Universal Champion. McMahon wants to make the match happen tonight and they get ready to get going but Vince says no, he actually wants Seth and AJ to team up against a tag team he’s got in the back. They protest but McMahon says he’s made the match, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of last week’s exchange between Rollins and Styles as they await their tag team opponents.
AJ Styles & Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley
A brief exchange between Rollins and Corbin, quick tag out from both, Styles with a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block but AJ only goes to one knee! Off the ropes, dropkick right on the button, back to the side headlock, Styles takes a knee to block the shoot off. Tag to Rollins, double team kick combo, clothesline sends Lashley to the floor, Corbin runs in and also gets clotheslined to the floor!
Seth with a plancha on Bob and AJ hits the plancha forearm on Baron as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rollins and Lashley slugging it out when Bob whips him into the corner hard and puts boots to him. Drawing him up, reverse STO connects... NOPE! Dumping Seth to the floor, Lashley goes over to Styles as Corbin puts boots to the Architect. Tag made, Baron drops down to tend to Rollins and takes him back inside for the half nelson chinlock.
Seth out of it with a jawbreaker, sidestep the charge, out and back in and Corbin drops him with the lariat for a nearfall! Lone Wolf with strikes in the corner, setting him up top and climbing to meet him, but Rollins knocks him down and hits the blockbuster! The path is clear... TAGS MADE! Styles in hot, duck a lariat, Styles Rush, off the ropes, sliding forearm into a kip-up and he’s ready to rock!
Leaping lariat in the corner, calling for the Styles Clash but Bob rams him into the corner and breaks away. Charging in, boots up, AJ has him in position but has to elbow Corbin... LASHLEY SPEARS HIM THROUGH THE ROPES! Bob picks him up and rams him hard into the barricade, back in the ring but the cover gets no nearfall. Scoop, Styles floats out, dropkick connects, Pele kick to follow!
Corbin in, Bob pulls Seth off the apron, enzuigiri takes Baron out momentarily but he dumps AJ to the floor to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley has a neck crank in on Styles but he gets away, off the ropes, huge back body drop... NOPE! Tag to Corbin, he punches AJ in the ropes and clobbers him with a right hand when he tries to springboard in! Arguing with referee John Cone, mocking Rollins’ tuning up of the band, and he walks into a Styles Rush, float over a back suplex, tag to Rollins!
In hot, off the ropes, duck a lariat, suicide dive on Lashley! Gamengiri, Sling Blade, clothesline puts Baron on the floor, fired up... SUICIDE DIVE TAKES OUT BOTH GUYS! Back inside, headed up top, diving lariat... LASHLEY BREAKS IT UP! AJ with a leaping forearm to Bob, dropkick through the ropes, Seth back to his feet, Baron with a schoolboy for two!
Punch gets an enzuigiri, Avada Kedavra connects, Rollins tunes up the band, another superkick but AJ is on the apron and accidentally bumps Corbin into Seth, Phenomenal Forearm... ROLLINS EATS IT SQUARE ON THE DOME WHEN BARON MOVES AWAY! Styles decides to hoof it as Seth slowly gets to his feet, Corbin from behind...
Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley win by pinfall with End of Days from Corbin on Seth Rollins.
Commentary hypes up our two WrestleMania rematches before turning their attention to Miz’s feud with Shane McMahon, recapping their segment last week.
We cut to see Miz taking a seat in front of Shane McMahon’s locker room.
Sami Zayn makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Sami Zayn gets on the mic.
He recaps some of the things that have happened tonight and asks the crowd what they’ve got? He watched the whole thing go down and we seem to have liked it, but the difference is when our excitement wears off we’re still us, which means we’re still stuck after the fact being that miserable person we see in the mirror. He berates us for taking the easy way out and being cowards.
He can already hear the critics weighing in tomorrow--
Enter Braun Strowman.
Zayn tosses his microphone aside, takes his jacket and cap off... and legs it when Strowman starts to charge! Over the barricade and into the crowd, discretion the better part of valor but Braun triangulates and heads around to cut him off! Sami books it in the opposite direction, back over the barricade, the monster gives chase, up on the stage and to the back!
Lucha House Party make their entrance.
We go backstage with Braun still chasing Sami as the Canadian finds himself in a dead end with a corrugated metal garage door. He begs off and throws bins at Strowman before trying to crawl under the opening door but Braun grabs him by the ankle! Sami protests, saying this has nothing to do with him, but he gets scooped up... POWERSLAM INTO A DUMPSTER!
A garbage truck backs up and picks the dumpster up but Strowman shrugs it off and
Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, & Lince Dorado) vs. ???, ???, & ???
Lucha House Party running double teams, Metalik in the ropes, dropkick connects, tag to Kalisto. Step-up Salida Del Sol, tag to Metalik, off the top with an elbow, actually Lince is legal...
Lucha House Party win by pinfall with a shooting star press from Lince Dorado.
Commentary recaps Reigns/McIntyre from WrestleMania.
Ricochet makes his entrance to send us to break, he’ll put his Money in the Bank spot on the line against Robert Roode after the break.
Back from commercial we get a spotlight on WWE’s partnership with Make-A-Wish.
Backstage, Naomi and Natalya get invitations from Lacey Evans to be ringside at her match, formal attire required.
Naomi wonders who she is to tell them what to wear and Nattie mentions how arrogant she’s become. Dana Brooke rolls up to ask if they got invitations too and Neidhart says they’re ready for her nonsense. Naomi discovers the invitations are scented like peach cobbler and they all agree Lacey has got to go.
Miz is still seated outside of Shane McMahon’s office.
Ricochet vs. Robert Roode (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match)
Roode hammering away at him in the corner from the bell, backing off at referee Chad Patton and his beard’s command. More shots, chop in the corner, whip across, up and over, off the ropes, backflip over, headscissors takeover sets up a dropkick and Ricochet’s running hot! Charging in, back body drop to the apron, shoulder thrust, springboard countered with a shove that puts the One and Only on the floor!
Robert rolls out after him, smashing him into the apron, drawing him up and throwing him to the apron, smash his face into the apron, clubbing away, drawing him in for the cover, only two! Reverse chinlock applied, Ricochet out of it, moonsault off the second for some separation! Off the ropes, big forearm, another one, the One and Only rolling, fireman’s carry but Roode slips away.
Back elbow connects, uppercut, off the ropes, spinning spinebuster turns the tide... NOPE! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position but Ricochet knocks him down...
Ricochet wins by pinfall with the 630 senton to retain his spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Commentary hypes up tonight’s rematches before recapping last week’s match between Rey Mysterio and Samoa Joe and announcing that Mysterio will get another shot at the United States Championship next week at Money in the Bank.
Rey and his son Dominic are walking backstage when they run into Heath Slater in front of Mysterio’s locker room. They have a nice moment and then Rey asks Dominic to let him get ready for his match. Dominic walks off and is immediately pursued by Samoa Joe as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Samoa Joe is chatting with Dominic.
He’s glad they finally met in person and says that Dominic has been here plenty of times, with his dad, with his uncle Eddie, and he noticed last week that he couldn’t wait to run out there and hoist his father up on his shoulders. That makes Joe think he wanted to embarrass and humiliate him, and is that because he did the same to his father? Dominic tries to answer but Samoa yells at him and tells him to take a message to Rey-- he’s looking forward to his title defense.
Enter Lacey Evans.
Naomi, Dana Brooke, and Natalya follow as invited, before being joined by Alexa Bliss
Allie Katrina vs. Lacey Evans
Evans shoves her into the corner, repeated hammering into the turnbuckles, a knee strike, senton de la muerte sets it up...
Lacey Evans wins by pinfall with the Woman’s Right.
Lacey gets on the mic and thanks everyone for attending her event before saying you just saw what a real woman is capable of and it’ll be just like that at Money in the Bank when Becky Lynch loses her title courtesy of a Woman’s Right. Now one of the women here might win the briefcase, but if any of them have the audacity to cash in on her they’ll quickly regret losing whatever opportunity they had to become a champion.
They’ll come up short just like The Man will come up short--
Enter Becky Lynch!
She jumps Evans and beats her down with grounded punches! To the floor, smashing her face into the apron, back inside, clubbing blows, stepover for Dis-Arm-Her but Lacey bails!
We go backstage where Daniel Bryan is stroking his beard deep in thought before addressing the camera.
He says Kofi Kingston’s constant shilling of pancakes, merchandise, and consumerism is a threat to our very existence and that’s why he has no choice but to eliminate him as a role model for the future of humanity. He’s not a role model nor a champion, and Bryan is here to correct course and regain the WWE Championship and become what he was born to be-- the Planet’s Champion.
Viking Raiders make their entrance, they’ll be in action after the break.
Back from commercial the Usos are engaged in some stealth action backstage.
They sneak out of a dressing room and mosey their way along backstage.
Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Vikings charging in, dodged, dodge some dropkicks but the tag champs get them into a corner and Ryder tags in. Shoulder thrusts, quick tags, Ivar isolated as they work him over. Zack ducks a lariat, blind tag, dropkick, Russian legsweep / STO combination for two. Hesitation dropkick sets up the Broski Boot for a one count! Tag to Curt, he runs into a big seated senton from Warbeard.
Tag made, Erik with a whip into a knee, a knee strike of his own, another one count. Armbar applied, Hawkins stands up but gets cut back off, back suplex, land on his feet, tag to Ryder. Duck a lariat, knees up in the corner, missile dropkick connects. Charging, forearms in the corner, shoved aside, low bridge puts Ivar on the floor and Curt decks him with a lariat.
Rowe around on the floor, knee strike, cut off by Zack, back in, Rough Ryder blocked! Shotgun knees, tag to Warbeard, horns up...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with the Viking Experience on Zack Ryder.
Commentary hypes up our rematches once more to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a new episode of Firefly Fun House.
Mr. Wyatt waves to us and welcomes us to the show. Today is going to be a fun day, he says, before asking Mercy the Buzzard what’s going on. Mercy’s got a mouthful of fluff and says it’s nothing, but Bray wants his hermano to tell him what’s in the box. Abby the Witch asks what Mercy’s trying to hide, but he tells her to go to sleep and calls her a hag.
Wyatt reaches in and Mercy snaps at him but he manages to pull out Rambling Rabbit’s decapitated corpse. Mercy says he despises the Rabbit for trying to make him adhere to his Bohemian worldview and ideologies. Bray says it’s okay to express yourself however you like, whether that’s painting or flying a kite or ripping Rambling Rabbit to shreds. You can be forgiven, and you can even be rewarded.
It’s picnic time! A number of children are seated on the floor dressed for fun and they’re absolutely stonefaced. Wyatt reminds us that he’ll light the way as long as we let him in and he waves goodbye.
Commentary recaps the Styles/Rollins tag from earlier.
Seth Rollins cuts a promo backstage. He says it doesn’t matter whether the forearm was an accident or on purpose, AJ Styles made his point perfectly clear when he walked away. But the next time he walks away, it’ll be with two black eyes and a broken face.
Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre make their entrance, but the match itself will wait until after the break.
Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns
Circling, McIntyre with a front kick, clubbing blow, smashing his face into the turnbuckles and following it with a big chop. Right hand, whip across, Reigns returns the front kick and clobbers Drew with a lariat. Up in the turnbuckles, mounted punches, corner lariats but McIntyre grabs his hand and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex in return!
Mounted punches, rising to his full height and stomping, Roman blocks a right hand and fires his own, off the ropes into a back elbow for two. Drew with a front chancery, straight suplex, again just a two count and this time he shifts to an armbar with his palm across the Big Dog’s snout. Chainsawing the forearm across Reigns’ face, sinking the hold in deep.
To his feet, off the ropes, Roman goes for the Samoan drop but Drew slips out! Off the ropes, jockeying for position, now the Big Dog brings the lariats, whip reversed, leaping lariat ducked and McIntyre arm drags him to the floor! Smashing his face into the ringpost, back inside for repeated stomps to the face before Drew jaws at him. Drawing him back up, going for the suplex again but Reigns blocks.
Roman with the straight suplex, a lariat knocks McIntyre to the floor and referee Dan Engler checks on him while Reigns heads out, around the ring... CUT OFF BY A BIG BOOT! Hoisting him up... INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM INTO THE APRON AND WE GOTTA GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Reigns calls for it... DREW COUNTERS THE SUPERMAN PUNCH INTO A SPINEBUSTER FOR TWO! Lying in wait but Roman has his wits about him and they go strike for strike in the middle of the ring until McIntyre hits the headbutt... NOPE! Underhooks, Roman slips out of Future Shock but Drew gets a backslide for two! Reigns with a wicked DDT that spikes him on his head... NOT ENOUGH!
To the floor, Roman heads around... SUPERMAN PUNCH COUNTERED WITH A KICK TO THE GUT! McIntyre throws him into the steps and back inside, short-arm into a Bossman Slam... STILL NO! Headed up top, Drew wants it bad... HE DIVES INTO THE SUPERMAN PUNCH AND BARELY GETS A SHOULDER UP! The Big Dog howls but the spear is scouted with a front kick! Slicing right for a headbutt, off the ropes, Reigns gets it... SHANE MCMAHON HITS THE RING TO BEAT HIM DOWN!
Roman Reigns wins by disqualification, presumably.
McMahon and Elias put boots to Roman and beat him down! MIZ MAKES THE SAVE AND CHASES SHANE OFF INTO THE CROWD!
Elias holds the Big Dog in place... CLAYMORE!
Backstage we see Shane booking it and hiding around a corner as Miz runs past. McMahon steps out , breathing hard, when and interview rolls up.
He refuses to hanswer but the interview team follows him into a stairwell and bless Charly Caruso she’s still trying to get something out of him as he exits and cautiously checks his car... AND MIZ IS THERE BEHIND HIM WITH THE CHAIR, WAILING AWAY! They brawl around the limousine, Shane manages to chuck him into the wall just hard enough to make his getaway.
We get a video package for Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston and go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Braun Strowman putting Sami Zayn into a dumpster because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
The Club and the Revival are in the ring for a match, but before the match can begin, the Usos come out on the stage.
They say the Revival call themselves the hottest tag team in WWE and chuckle to themselves and say they’ve got something to help them out, make them a little hotter-- it’s a tub of Ucey Hot, which is like IcyHot, but... Ucey. And it should be activated right about... now.
The Revival start awkwardly wiggling in the gentlemans’ areas, clearly in discomfort. Scott Dawson scoots on the mat like a dog with an itchy blutt and the Usos offer them water. They come get the water and pour it all over their genitals, but the Usos point out that makes it worse and the Revival start shaking and screaming.
Kofi Kingston gets a backstage promo.
He says a lot of folks have said the same things about him that Daniel Bryan did, they thought him winning the WWE Championship was impossible, but he had to show the world that the impossible is possible. Dan wants to correct the course of history? Oh no, that’s what Kofi’s about to do when he not only retains the title but sends Bryan’s whining complaining behind back where he came from. (...Ring of Honor?)
No Way Jose makes his entrance with his conga line and gets interrupted by Lars Sullivan who, if you’re keeping track, is our fifth of three Wild Cards from SmackDown tonight.
He destroys a bunch of the conga kids, press slamming one into the ringpost before throwing another into the ring but Jose tries to make the save with palm strikes! Lars drops him with one punch and throws the other guy out of the ring! Attention focused on No Way, he hits the Liger Bomb!
We get a video package on Naomi getting inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Alumni Hall of Fame, the first such woman from WWE to be honored.
Commentary tells us that Bryan vs. Kingston is up next, after the break.
Backstage, Vince McMahon is on his phone explaining that neither Elias nor Shane McMahon count and if anybody past three otherwise comes over as a Wild Card they’ll get suspended.
There’s a banging on the door and he puts his conversation on hold as Lars Sullivan comes in. He says it’s four now and Sullivan leaves.
Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston (c) (WWE Championship)
Collar and elbow, Bryan backs Kingston into the corner for the chest kicks. Charging in, running dropkicks, wasting no time, one, two, Kofi counters number three with a lariat and knocks Dan to the floor after! Off the ropes... TRUST FALL SENTON! He celebrates with the crowd and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Bryan lays an uppercut in and follows it with kicks to the midsection. Arm wringer, shot off, drop down, leapfrog, leapfrog, huge corkscrew elbow from Kingston gets two! Snapmare, off the ropes for a Penalty Kick, off the ropes again, slingshot Vader Bomb... NOPE! Into the corner, Kofi lays a chop in, follows it with an uppercut, whip reversed and Dan hits the monkey flip but Kingston lands on his feet!
Kofi charges in and gets back body dropped hard to the floor! Into the post twice, back inside the American Dragon hits a Penalty Kick to the injured arm! Knuckle lock, Kingston with right hands and kicks, windmill punches in the corner until referee Chad Patton backs him off. Boot up in the corner, whip hard, gamengiri from Kofi, springboard, nobody home, underhooks... DANIELSON SPECIAL!
Shifting to the omoplata from the armbar but he can’t get the whole LeBell Lock and Kingston kicks him in the face to escape! Off the ropes, double crossbody, both men are down and out and we go to break.
Back from commercial, both men slowly rise to their feet and get to slugging it out. Whip revered, Kingston with a front kick but Bryan back body drops him to the floor when he charges back in! Referee Chad Patton checks on Kofi but Dan rushes in and whips him hard into the barricade! Whip into the steps attempted but Kingston jumps off the steps and into a springboard dive that lays the American Dragon out!
Back inside, Kofi with the Shadows Over Hell... NOPE! Jockeying for position, Bryan gets an arm wringer and turns it into a takedown... THE LEBELL LOCK IS ON! Kingston fighting, Dan turns it into a reverse chinlock briefly to try and pull him away from the ropes... KOFI GETS A FOOT ON THE ROPES! Repeated kicks to the injured arm, Kingston holding it limp at his side but he rises to his feet and fires back with rights!
Putting boots to Bryan in the corner, a Stinger splash is sidestepped, back suplex, land on his feet, off the ropes for the Superman lariat and the champion is running hot! Boom Drop connects and he calls for it with a single clap before his arm gives out... TROUBLE IN PARADISE COUNTERED WITH THE BUSAIKU KNEE! BRIDGING GERMAN SUPLEX CAN’T PUT THE WWE CHAMPION AWAY!
”Yes!” fingers, a second knee sidestepped, Trouble in Paradise ducked, LeBell Lock blocked, overrotated back suplex puts Bryan on his feet and Kofi connects...
Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with Trouble in Paradise to retain the WWE Championship.
Kofi celebrates with the title.
That’s the show, folks.