WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 25, 2020) from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, with all the latest build to the upcoming Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for next month.
Advertised for tonight: Charlotte Flair vs. Nia Jax vs. Natalya in a number one contender match, Apollo Crews challenges Andrade for the U.S. championship, 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 25
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The show opens with the obligatory Memorial Day video package.
Thence to the intro video.
As we found out earlier, there is indeed a “crowd” tonight made up of developmental type folk.
Kevin Owens is in the ring for the Kevin Owens show.
He talks up his match against Angel Garza later tonight before informing us he’s here to talk about the #1 contender’s match for the Raw Women’s Championship, held by his guest, Asuka.
She makes her entrance and gets in the ring chanting for Becky Lynch, which leads KO to plug one of her new t-shirts. He congratulates Asuka on her title win and she thanks him. We get some footage of her interactions with Nia Jax from last week and she has a few things to say in Japanese—
Enter Charlotte Flair.
She says she wants to be honest with Asuka— the title should have been handed to her, and does she need to remind Asuka of all the times she’s beaten her? So she needs to manage her expectations—
Enter Natalya, while Kevin Owens clears the ring of chairs.
She wants to apologize for the temper tantrum she had last week, she was just so frustrated, and Flair cuts her off to tell her that sucking up to KO isn’t gonna win her the match tonight.
Enter Nia Jax.
She tells Asuka to remember what she did to Kairi Sane, because that’s what she’s gonna do at Backlash. Owens asks her not hit Nia in the face... URAKEN! We got a brawl! Flair and Neidhart end up fighting on the floor and Asuka is alone in the ring, jawing at Jax.
Apollo Crews is interviewed about his United States Championship match backstage.
He says tonight is the greatest night of his career, because he’s going to win.
Speaking of that match, Andrade “Cien” Almas makes his entrance, accompanied by Zelina Vega, and we go to break.
Andrade “Cien” Almas (c) vs. Apollo Crews (WWE United States Championship)
Crews gets him right in the corner but referee Danilo Anfibio backs him off. Second try, waistlock takedown, in the corner, again backing him off early to avoid another castigo de excesivo disqualification. Boots in the corner, warned again, whip across, hard right hand for a cover. Delayed vertical suplex, release drop, only one!
Float over the slam attempt, Almas hits a hard back elbow... SO CLOSE! Hammerlock DDT blocked, Crews with a military press but Vega gets on the apron for the distraction! Sidestep the shot, enzuigiri knocks Andrade into Zelina and he goes to the floor to check on her while we go to break.
Back from commercial, a medic and referees are checking on Vega at ringside and Almas takes Crews out at the legs on the apron! Taking it to him, throwing him into the barricade, back inside, boots into a kneeling armbar. Trading shots, Apollo with a whip across into a Stinger splash, jockeying for position in the corner, Andrade up top and Crews climbs to join him.
Almas with the Tree of Woe double stomp... SO CLOSE! Angel Garza is interviewed backstage while this championship match is happening and I hate it, not just because he’s using wrestling as a thinly veiled metaphor for sex to chat up the interview lady. Almas with a Frankensteiner that sets Crews up for the charging knees... NOPE!
Miltary press into the standing moonsault... UHAA COMBINATION! It’s over!
Apollo Crews wins by pinfall with the Uhaa Combination, winning the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, Crews is interviewed about how it feels to win his first title.
Everybody doubted him and laughed in his face, but he never gave up, and after eleven years of hard work and discipline he’s won his first title in WWE. He never quit on himself, and now he can stand in this ring and say to the whole world that he’s the new United States Champion!
Backstage, we see Andrade throwing a fit and destroying equipment and whatnot.
Commentary hypes up a game of... sigh... golf between Street Profits and Viking Raiders for later.
Seth Rollins is contemplating one of Rey Mysterio’s masks to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins cuts a promo.
He talks about how tonight is for celebration and he’s better than ever, thanks to Rey Mysterio.
We get a recap of him trying to blind Mysterio on the steel steps two weeks ago, and Seth continues, talking about how Rey was chosen to be sacrificed for the greater good. He keeps on yammering for a good minute before introducing Buddy Murphy and his newest disciple, Austin Theory. Murphy gives him a testimonial and Theory thanks him.
Seth says they’re gonna show Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo what happens when you stand in the way of the Monday Night Messiah, and commentary translates that into a match between those two babyfaces and Seth’s goons later tonight.
Charlotte Flair is interviewed backstage.
She talks about how consistent she is and how she raises the bar for every female in the division and no one else compares.
Asuka comes dancing up and tells her red isn’t her color, before dancing off again.
The Iconic Duo make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Peyton Royce apologizes to Billie Kay, but Kay wants to apologize to her.
She doesn’t want any animosity between the two of them and Peyton agrees, and they talk about how they’ve come through the company together and they’ve seen their opportunities thrown in the trash in favor of the office’s favorite blonde.
Enter Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross.
Alexa is skeptical, saying they’ve had every opportunity and blown it, and when Nikki starts talking the Iconics tell her to shut up, stand there, and look grateful. Cross tells them she’s been with Bliss every step of the way and she left Glasgow, Scotland with nothing in her pocket and she had nothing and nobody in WWE, she had to scratch and claw for everything until Lexi came along.
She gave her time and respect and there for her when she was an outcast. Anyway, sooner or later the Iconics attack and we get a brawl. Nikki eats a reverse roundhouse kick from Royce and Bliss gets posted shoulder-first! They hit a double-team facebuster on Cross and stand tall with the women’s tag titles in their hands!
Commentary hypes up Drew McIntyre’s appearance on the VIP Lounge tonight.
We see Montel Vontavious Porter backstage futzing with his phone when Lana rolls up. He asks if he can help her with something and she lets the question hang in the air before saying that they need to talk. He disagrees, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, MVP makes his entrance and welcomes us to the VIP Lounge.
He introduces his guest, the soon-to-be-former WWE Champion, Drew McIntyre.
McIntyre immediately destroys the set and asks where Bobby Lashley is. MVP says he doesn’t have to worry about an ambush, because no contract, no contact, and he’s saving the full nelson for Backlash. He asks Drew to remember the last time he was on the VIP Lounge and MVP offered to take him under his wing and he got a Claymore to the face.
When he was flat on his back, he had two thoughts— Drew McIntyre is definitely going to be WWE Champion, and he is personally gonna play a part in Drew losing that title. It took Lashley thirteen years to get a WWE Championship title match, to which McIntyre says it took him nineteen years and he was in the main event of WrestleMania and beat Brock Lesnar in five minutes.
He doesn’t think Lashley is gonna be so lucky, and he turns around what MVP said on that VIP Lounge to be about him and Bobby instead. One thing Lashley said last week caught his attention— the only way he’s taking the title is out of his cold, dead hands. MVP says that can be arranged.
Enter Bobby Lashley.
CLAYMORE TO MVP! Bob pulls his pal out of the ring to safety and stares Drew down as the champ begs him to get in the ring. MVP backs his client up the entry and they head off together.
Natalya is interviewed backstage, but she has to take a call from her husband, TJ “Tyson Kidd” Wilson. She tells him she has a match to focus on and returns to the interview only to be informed that they’re out of time.
Kevin Owens makes his entrance and Angel Garza chop blocks him to send us to break!
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Garza attacking Owens’ knee, but the match is on!
Angel Garza vs. Kevin Owens
Dropkick to the knee, stomps, wrenching the bad leg over the bottom rope and grabbing a toehold. Owens with upkicks to break free but Garza stays on him, kicking the back of his knee and wrenching his foot! Wing Clipper denied, KO gets a DDT off and finally gets some breathing room! Unsteady on his feet, duck a lariat, double chop, lariat, double chop, senton connects!
His leg gives out on the charge, Angel with a superkick... SO CLOSE! Back suplex lift sets Owens up top, Garza climbs to join him, jockeying for position, KO perched... SENTON ATOMICO! Slow to capitalize from the injured knee, Angel gets to his knees and Owens draws him up for a heavy chop! Off the ropes, pop-up powerbomb blocked, Garza with underhooks...
Angel Garza wins by pinfall with the Wing Clipper.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of the Street Profits / Viking Raiders rivalry.
Cut to the golf course, where the Raiders have brought a cooler full of meat only to be informed that there’s no meat on the golf course. Ivar packs his golf bag full of meat anyway.
Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) (Golf Game)
Erik misunderstands the game and nearly throws his club into the hole. Generally speaking the Profits have some luck and the Vikings are tearing the course up and having a bad time. At one point Ivar hits a guy but the weight of the Raiders breaks a course and they get thrown out.
The match goes to a... no-contest?
Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) (Mini Golf Game)
Again, the Raiders kinda suck and the Profits get the ball in its home. And again, Ivar is told he’s cute.
Street Profits win, 28-144.
Vikings celebrate like they won only for the profits to explain that the lowest score wins.
Ivar digs in the hole and comes up with a wallet, Ford’s red cup, and a turkey leg. He wants to wrestle a gator but gets held back.
Bobby Lashley and MVP run into Lana, and she’s got a bag of ice for MVP’s face. She’s making nice and Montel asks if she thinks this is a joke like she thinks her husband’s career is a joke. He says McIntyre was sending a message to Lashley and they need to send a message back right now. They leave to figure out that out and she throws a fit.
Cut to Seth Rollins giving his boys a pep talk to send us to break.
Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo vs. Austin Theory & Buddy Murphy
Theory and Carrillo to start, trading shots, Austin with the tag and the heels take control. Humberto manages to clear the ring in short order, tag to Black, off the ropes, quebrada into the crossleg taunt! Carrillo with a double jump plancha to take the heels out! Black on Theory, leg trip into a lariat, sliding kick, into a standing armbar and the quick tag.
Babyface control segment gives way back to the heels again as Humberto finds himself isolated and being worked over. Tags made, Aleister in hot on Austin, Murphy runs in and he lights him up with kicks before taking Theory down! Kip-up, off the ropes, quebrada takes both heels out! Theory with a schoolboy and a handful of trunks for two, strike rush, tag to Carrillo!
Black goes to take out Buddy, gets dropped to the floor, Humberto does instead, and Theory takes advantage of the distraction...
Austin Theory & Buddy Murphy win by pinfall with ATL on Humberto Carrillo.
Post-match, Rollins directs traffic and his goons put Black over the barricade and into the timekeeper’s area! They take Carrillo to the steel steps with the premise that he needs to learn. Rollins tells Aleister (in the ring with a chair), that if he takes another step, Humberto’s gonna lose an eye.
If they continue to stand in Seth’s way, everything Rey Mysterio sacrificed will be in vain and they need to back off. He tells Black to put the chair down or Carrillo loses an eye, and Aleister does do. Rollins tells him to get out of the ring lest he sacrifice them as he did Rey, and they let Carrillo go and walk off.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Edge cuts a promo in a closet somewhere.
He talks about how Orton laid the bait and he took it, and now he finds himself doubting his ability. Can he hang? He was retired for 3,212 days and in that time, Orton had 1,126 matches. He did the research. And now, he’s looking at proving himself to himself. He watched the first episode of The Last Ride and saw his talk about when to retire, and now here he is, so he gets it.
He’s gone toe-to-toe with legends and he was a five-tool workhorse, but he’s been talking about himself in the past tense because he doesn’t know if he can do any of that anymore.
Asuka makes her entrance and joins the commentary booth to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Viking Raiders and Street Profits are chatting backstage and the Vikings are suggesting that they let the Profits win at golf.
Profits want the Vikings to pick the next challenge and just bring it, but when Ivar brings up gator wrestling, Dawkins vetos it. Erik suggests bowling and they walk off.
Bobby Lashley and MVP walk up to the Street Profits and MVP berates them for wasting their talents. Profits ask if they have a problem, and MVP says they don’t have a problem, because they don’t respect clowns. This all leads to MVP and Lashley challenging the Street Profits to a match tonight.
Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya vs. Nia Jax (WWE Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match)
Flair with an elbow for Natalya, Jax rams the Queen into the corner for shoulder thrusts but gets booted aside after Neidhart comes back in. Scoops and slams, Nia taking the momentum but Nattie and Charlotte join forces to put her into the post and to the floor! Front kick from Flair, side headlock, Natalya gets out and grabs one of her own.
Shot off, shoulder block, schoolboy, only two. Neidhart sends Flair to the floor and Nia puts her into the apron! Dismantling the announce table, Charlotte smashes her face into it but Jax sidesteps a baseball slide from Nattie and turns her attention to her only to get rammed by the table cover by the Queen! Tug of war, Nia and Charlotte trading strikes on the apron.
Chops get the advantage, but Jax catches a boot, fireman’s carry, Neidhart with the save! They get under Nia... DOUBLE POWERBOMB THROUGH THE ANNOUNCE TABLE! WE GOTTA GO TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Flair has a waistlock on Natalya, standing switch, back elbow breaks the hold. Off the ropes, double crossbody, Nia Jax still down and out in the rubble of the announce table. Asuka throws her back in, Nattie with a tilt-a-whirl into grounded punches, cross armbar applied but Jax posts to her feet... COUNTER POWERBOMB!
Flair comes in with a boot, cover on Neidhart... NOT ENOUGH! Tossing Nattie to the floor, Charlotte drops a knee across the back of Nia’s neck, drags her into position, and heads up top... DIVING MOONSAULT ONLY GETS TWO! Natalya up top, she takes Flair out with a crossbody but can’t put her away! Jax runs her over with a lariat, one for Charlotte as well!
Whipping Neidhart into Flair, corner lariat, trying to get both women up for a fireman’s carry but it’s too much. Charlotte with a mat slam that takes Nattie out, forearms on Nia in the corner, knee drop to the pit of her knee! Leg pick, hamstring kick, spinning toehold into the figure four leglock! Bridging back... she’s got the Figure Eight but Neidhart breaks it up with a dropkick!
Double leg on Flair, Sharpshooter applied! In the middle of the ring, nowhere to go, Nattie drags her back to center but Jax breaks it up and runs her over like a freight train! Drawing her up, but Charlotte drops her with a boot! Natalya breaks the cover up, Flair dumps her to the floor and turns back to Nia. Putting boots to her, fending Neidhart off, headed up top but Jax cuts her off!
Jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Natalya underneath... TOWER OF DOOM! Neidhart with covers but she can’t win it! Dumping Flair to the floor, picking Nia’s legs for the Sharpshooter but Charlotte returns, schoolboy for two! Spinning toehold, figure four leglock, Jax off the ropes and she drops the leg to break the pin up!
Nia gets Nattie up in a fireman’s carry...
Nia Jax wins by pinfall with a Samoan drop to become #1 contender to the WWE Raw Women’s Championship.
Post-match, Asuka holds the title up and stares Nia down.
Drew McIntyre runs into an interview backstage and has an official statement— he didn’t plan on Claymore-ing MVP, but he deserved it.
Asked about the tag match against the Street Profits, he says he forgot something in the locker room and he thinks he’s not gonna find it until Lashley’s match is over.
This sends us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a WWE 24/7 Championship update consisting of R-Truth warning all the football men that he’s coming for them and a reply promo from Rob Gronkowski where he welcomes the challenge and says he’ll see Truth coming because he’s capable of wearing his sunglasses backwards.
We get an interview with MVP and Bobby Lashley.
MVP says Lashley is why he’s willing to wrestle a tag match after eating a Claymore.
Ric Flair will be up after the break.
Back from commercial, Ric Flair calls in to chime in on Edge vs. Randy Orton, since he’s been in so many great matches and all.
He thinks Randy Orton is gonna win, which is unsurprising given Evolution and all.
We get a hype reel for the new episode of The Last Ride.
Liv Morgan cuts a promo about how her biggest stumbling block has been her own self-worth. She never felt good enough growing up, and she didn’t know if she was gonna hit the sun or crash and burn, but she found what she was missing when she found WWE and got her first piece of gear with her name on it.
She doesn’t have the answers because life keeps changing the question, but she’s gonna fulfill who she’s always been destined to be.
Street Profits make their entrance and we get some picture-in-picture of them getting ready for their match and pledging to bring the smoke to send us to break.
Back from commercial, commentary announces Aleister Black vs. Seth Rollins for next week, as well as a retirement ceremony for Rey Mysterio.
Bobby Lashley & Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Ford and Lashley to start, the tag champ using his speed to stay a step ahead, side headlock, shot off, and Bob drops him with a shoulder block before flexing. Off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, leapfrog, dropdown countered and Montez grabs a front chancery only to be rammed into the corner! Reverse STO to follow, cover for two.
Taking Ford into the corner, tagging Porter in to work him over before taking control again. Delayed vertical attempt, Montez gets away and tags Dawkins in, leading to Bob getting dropped to the floor! Ford tags back in, goes for a dive, Lashley sidesteps, ducking and dodging but Bob blasts him off the apron and into the barricade!
Fireman’s carry puts Montez into the post and we go to break!
Back from commercial, MVP in control on Ford with an armbar, strikes in the corner, tag to Lashley. Clear the apron, big back suplex for two, action spills to the floor as they keep working the champ over. MVP legal, Montez sidesteps the boot, big right hand clears the path, tag to Dawkins!
Angelo lighting Montel up with lariats, big corkscrew uppercut, leg-pick flapjack, whip to the corner, spinning Stinger splash sets up the one-handed bulldog! Clear the apron in return, Ford rams Lashley into the corner, tag made, Sky High sets up the frog splash but Bob takes Angelo out on the floor and returns to the ring, pulling Montez off the cover!
Full nelson applied, swinging him around as referee John Cone counts...
Street Profits win by disqualification when Bobby Lashley refuses to break the hold.
Enter Drew McIntyre!
He slides in the ring, headbutt gets a takedown, he and Lashley brawl and he dumps Bob to the floor! Ramming him into the barricade and the apron, clubbing blows but Lashley turns the tables! McIntyre rams him into the post and returns him to the ring for more mounted punches as Cone calls for help. Nobody’s coming so he asks some NXT folks for help but Drew shrugs them off with headbutts!
Bob hits the spear and attacks the champ as Cone calls for more help. They pull McIntyre and Lashley apart but the Raw superstars press the attack!
Yet more NXT folks, finally they’re separated.
That’s the show, folks.