WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 4, 2020) from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, with all the latest build to the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for this coming Sunday night.
Advertised for tonight: A Raw tag team title match, a Last Chance Gauntlet, Drew McIntyre vs. Murphy, 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 4
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The show opens with a recap of last week’s WWE Championship contract signing.
Thence to the intro theme.
Montel Vontavious Porter is in the ring for another edition of the VIP Lounge.
He welcomes us to the show and tells us he’s not sure how things are gonna work out tonight, because the last time his three guests were in the ring together, this happened, where “this” is footage of the brawl between Asuka, Nia Jax, and Shayna Baszler from last week.
Asuka is out first, and MVP greets her in Japanese, which makes sense given that he was the first-ever IWGP Intercontinental Champion. Shayna Baszler out second, and naturally, Nia Jax is out last, knocking over a bollard on her way through.
Montel asks Nia if she thinks she has the skills to win Money in the Bank, and she says she’s relentless and that’s the only skill she needs to dominante and destroy her opponents. Asuka shouts in Japanese, finishing in English with “very rude, big booty.” Baszler answers the question with “opera non verba”, which she explains means she does all her talking with her actions, and that’s the difference between her and every other competitor in the match.
This leads to more shouting in Japanese and a face-off, and both women boot Jax down when she looks to get up! Porter gets between them and thus ends the segment.
Bobby Lashley is shown shadowboxing backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
AJ Styles vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Angel Garza vs. Austin Theory vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Humberto Carrillo vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Titus O’Neil (Money in the Bank Qualifying Gauntlet Match)
Collar and elbow, two big men jockeying for position, shifting to trading strikes, whip across, Lashley ducks the lariat...
Bobby Lashley eliminates Titus O’Neil by pinfall with a spear.
Akira Tozawa is out third, rushing in with an enzuigiri! Off the top with a missile dropkick, off the ropes but Bob is a step faster...
Bobby Lashley eliminates Akira Tozawa by pinfall with a spear.
Shelton Benjamin is out fourth, Lashley meets him on the apron and attacks but Benjamin gets away and hits a blockbuster off the top! Bob with right hands, whip across, Shelton holds on the ropes and low bridges him to the floor! High knee on the apron, slingshot neck snap puts Lashley hard into the corner of the ring!
Bob recovers, putting Benjamin into the barricade a few times before putting him back in the ring and lying in wait... Shelton leapfrogs the spear and hits a spinning wheel kick! Lashley charges in...
Bobby Lashley eliminates Shelton Benjamin by pinfall with a spear.
Humberto Carrillo is out fifth to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley is in control, working Carrillo over in the corner. Hard whip, boot up, Humberto off the top into a side headlock but Bob slams him down! Off the ropes, shoulder block, Carrillo gets away and lands a kick from the apron. Off the top, missile dropkick connects, back roll into a moonsault... NOPE!
Slam out of the corner, lying in wait, corner lariat, putting boots to Humberto! Referee Shaun Bennett warns Lashley off and pulls him out of the corner before deciding to disqualify him due to castigo de excesivo!
Bobby Lashley is eliminated by disqualification.
He biels Carrillo across the ring and spears him before beating him down! Referees come to ringside to get Lashley out of the ring.
Angel Garza comes out sixth to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Garza is in control in the corner, working Carrillo over. Double leg drop into a basement dropkick for two, bow and arrow applied. We cut back to Lana trying to console Lashley over his loss and he storms off. Humberto to his feet, Angel lands a hard kick, inverted facelock sets up a slingshot inverted suplex and a superkick... NOT ENOUGH!
Frankensteiner connects as Carrillo puts a comeback together, but Garza gets on top of him for a Camel Clutch, shifting into a rocking horse to try and grind his cousin down. Headed to the second, quebrada connects... STILL NO! Trying to set up the Wing Clipper, Carrillo reverses...
Humberto Carrillo eliminates Angel Garza by pinfall with a sunset flip.
Austin Theory is out seventh and again we go to break.
Back from commercial, Theory is in control, hammering Carrillo with strikes. Snapmare into a stomp to the elbow, waistlock applied, back elbows but Austin stays on him with kicks and back into the waistlock. Dropkick connects, jawing at Humberto, and they move on to trading strikes. Back to the waistlock, Carrillo breaks with a back elbow but can’t get him up for the fireman’s carry.
Float over the suplex, kick to the midsection, springboard crossbody countered with an elbow strike for a tight two! In the turnbuckles, Theory with a superplex but Carrillo gets the better of him...
Humberto Carrillo eliminates Austin Theory by pinfall with a small package.
Out at eight... AJ STYLES IS BACK!
And we’re back to break.
Back from commercial, Carrillo with a dropkick, putting boots to Styles in the corner, but AJ explodes back out and takes charge again. Grounded cobra twist, Humberto gets the ropes and Styles sidesteps a charge. Uppercut to the leg, dragon screw, stepping in the pit of the knee and falling back into a toehold!
Corner forearms, Humberto ducks a dragon screw and hits a DDT! Inside cradle nearly takes AJ downs for the count, stereo lariats and both guys are staggered! Pumphandle gutbuster sets him up...
AJ Styles wins by submission, last eliminating Humberto Carrillo to qualify for the men’s Money in the Bank ladder match.
Post-match, he posts Carrillo’s knee repeatedly!
Styles gets on the mic and says he’s not a zombie, he’s not a ghost, he’s the Phenomenal AJ Styles. No Undertaker to steal his spotlight this time, and yeah he got buried, so what? That doesn’t mean he lost anything. There’s no rules in a Boneyard Match! That was then and this is now, and he’s seized an opportunity.
And he’ll do anything to get that Money in the Bank contract, even up to and including throwing Rey Mysterio off the top of WWE headquarters.
Commentary hypes up the rest of tonight’s show for us and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a top ten video package for Money in the Bank, or at least the first part of one.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and is interviewed in the ring.
He says whatever is meant to be will be, in regards to Drew McIntyre vs. Buddy Murphy tonight, but he has the utmost confidence in his disciple. He says again that while Drew is champion, he’s no leader, and he is personally willing to sacrifice himself for the greater good. He talks about the burden of being champion and how his destiny will become reality at Money in the Bank.
Backstage, MVP checks in on his boys Brendan Vink and Shane Thorne and gives them a final word of advice— great moments are born of great opportunities. He hypes them up and they say they’re gonna win, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for World Wish Day and a video package that goes with it.
Buddy Murphy is interviewed backstage and talks about how he’s learning and developing and hopes one day to be on the same level as his mentor Seth Rollins... and maybe even better. But he wants to focus on tonight.
Brendan Vink & Shane Thorne vs. Cedric Alexander & Ricochet
Alexander and Vink to start, heels with a quick advantage and quick tags but Ricochet tags in and turns the tables on Thorne. Tag to Cedric, right hands, Alexander quick on his feet and he avoids some interference but Shane blasts him off the apron and gets the tag. Throwing Cedric into the barricade, back inside, rear chinlock applied.
Off the ropes, Neuralyzer connects, tag to Thorne but he can’t stop Alexander from getting the tag! Ricky in hot, springboard crossbody, dropkick into an enzuigiri, passing Shane into the corner for an enzuigiri and setting him up top to snap a Frankensteiner off! Tag sets up a tornado DDT from Cedric, Vink breaks it up, Ricochet takes him to the floor and gets in place for the tag.
Alexander getting Thorne up, elbows for separation, tags made! Knee strike from Cedric, tag made, Brendan throws Cedric into the corner and blocks the double-team! Shane with a cannonball, superkick, Vink charges in...
Brendan Vink & Shane Thorne win by pinfall with a big boot from Vink on Ricochet.
Commentary hypes up Street Profits vs. Viking Raiders as up next.
We go to break on another top ten Money in the Bank package.
Street Profits make their entrance and get on the mic.
They talk about the history of the Performance Center and how the Street Profits were born here.
Viking Raiders make their entrance and we go to break before the match can begin.
Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) vs. Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar)
Erik and Ford to start, Montez using his speed and agility to stay a step ahead of the big man. Erik blasts Dawkins off the apron and Ford unloads on him until referee DA Brewer warns him off. Whip reversed, up and over, cartwheel and Montez is fired up but makes a mistake in taking a shot at Ivar that lets the vikings take control!
Working Ford over, he gets a jawbreaker and the tag and Dawkins lights Ivar up with a flurry of punches! Fend Erik off, big dropkick, tag back to Montez, whip into a spinning Stinger Splash but Warbeard drops Angelo with a lariat! Tag to Erik, shotgun knees, slam Ivar into Ford... NOPE! Working Montez over, quick tags, trying to wear him down with holds.
Profits fire up and make a comeback as we go to break!
Back from commercial, Dawkins is in control with a reverse chinlock on Erik. Viking to his feet and out with elbows but Angelo tags Ford in. Dropkick connects, only two, big lads brawling but Erik gets the tag. Ivar with a big boot, Banzai Drop, cartwheel into the lariat and Warbeard is fired up! Bronco Buster follows, only two, tag to Erik and Dawkins gets a Karelin lift off!
Tags made, Ford ducks a lariat, throwing every strike he’s got, off the ropes with lariats but the big man refuses to stumble! Cartwheel gets an enzuigiri, but Ivar won’t go up for the back suplex! Tag to Dawkins, double back suplex puts Warbeard down! Double-team splash... NOPE! Ivar with a double handspring back elbow, tag to Erik!
Hoisting Ford up, backbreakers connect in quick succession, Warbeard tags in but Montez gets away from Fallout and drops Ivar with an enzuigiri! Off the ropes, almost caught with Viking Experience but Angelo cuts it off! DDT on Warbeard, Ford tags Dawkins in, Curse of Greatness with a Sky High, Cash-Out... ERIK BREAKS IT UP WITH A KNEE!
Erik and Angelo legal, Ford down and out on the floor, Viking pops him up...
Viking Raiders win by pinfall with the Viking Experience on Angelo Dawkins.
Backstage, Drew McIntyre is interviewed.
He says he must have Claymore’d Buddy Murphy harder than he thought because he’s a very confused young man.
We get a video package for a Triple H documentary and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get another of those Money in the Bank top ten packages.
Viking Raiders are interviewed backstage.
They say this isn’t success, this isn’t dominance, and they have a ton of respect for the Street Profits. They’d even say they like them! But the truth is, they’re the better team, and the raid is on, and they’ve extinguished the smoke.
A replay of AJ Styles’ promo from earlier follows, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Aleister Black cuts a promo from the smoky room, asking AJ how it felt to be buried alive and telling him that if he somehow manages to throw him off the building, he should pray that he doesn’t get back up, because he’ll climb that ladder and take that contract, and when that happens, AJ’ll wish he was buried deeper.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Rey Mysterio cuts a promo backstage.
He says he’s been around long enough to know what to expect before any match, but this year’s Money in the Bank is an exception. He outlines the scenario of the match and says one bad decision will be the end of him, it’s the riskiest match of his career by far. He doesn’t know how it’s going to go, but the risk is worth the reward.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance.
She gets on the mic and talks about how she’s the hardest-working woman in any industry and she’s been pulling double duty since winning the title. This Wednesday she’ll be wrestling Io Shirai and she puts over her bonafides but says she’s gonna bow down before the queen.
Enter Liv Morgan.
She asks Flair if she remembers her and Charlotte says she thinks she wants her attention and to take her serious. Liv says she doesn’t need her to take her seriously and says not all of us are born with silver spoons shoved up our a— in our mouths, and she didn’t need her daddy to push her to the front of the line, because sooner or later she’s gonna be a champion.
And if she has to knock down a couple backstabbers or a self-entitled queen, well, blessed be.
Flair says she knows who she is, she’s Ric Flair’s daughter and was born with a silver spoon and she’s damn proud of it. She draws a comparison between Morgan and Shirai and Liv wants a referee down here to see what happens!
But of course, we go to break before the match can happen.
Back from commercial we get a video package for Jinder Mahal.
Charlotte Flair vs. Liv Morgan
Collar and elbow, Flair backing her into the corner and drawing a proverbial line in the sand. Morgan immediately crosses it, back to the lockup, Charlotte takes her down and slings her away before kipping up. Liv stalking after her, duck the lariat, side headlock, roll through, holding onto the hold, shot off, shoulder block knocks her down.
Clubbing blows, Flair in control, putting her into the corner, Morgan blocks a second attempt but Charlotte hammers her with a forearm! Corner body avalanche dodged, Liv with strikes into a shotgun dropkick, off the ropes, headscissors takeover puts the champ in the corner! Backsplash gets a lariat, sidestep the charge, missile dropkick sends the Queen sprawling!
Morgan charges in, hip toss puts her into the turnbuckles and Charlotte puts boots to her as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Flair well in control with the figure four headscissors, smashing Morgan’s face into the mat. Forearms in the corner, Liv fires up and throws hands of her own, boots up, charging in, lands on her feet off a back suplex, off the ropes with a lariat! Another one, spin-out facebuster sets up an enzuigiri!
Springboard stomp to the elbow... NOPE! Charlotte with a back elbow, putting Morgan on the apron and drawing her up but Liv snaps her neck over the ropes! Sunset flip denied, stomps to the chest from the Queen! Disdainful strikes, Morgan with a jawbreaker, and then into a springboard Codebreaker! Going for a headscissors, Flair hosses her up... TENRYU POWERBOMB CAN’T PUT HER AWAY!
Chops in the corner, Liv fires off a missile dropkick but it gets countered into a Boston Crab! Morgan crawls... AND GETS THE ROPES! Drop toehold puts Charlotte into the ropes, Liv charges in but eats the STO backbreaker / reverse STO into the turnbuckles combo! Up top, Morgan climbs to meet her... CODEBREAKER OFF THE TOP ISN’T ENOUGH!
Flair catches her into the figure four leglock, bridging back...
Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight.
We get one last Money in the Bank countdown video to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get a video breakdown of how Money in the Bank at WWE headquarters will work.
Buddy Murphy vs. Drew McIntyre
Collar and elbow, McIntyre with a shove and Murphy bails to the floor. Back inside, elbow sets up a side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Buddy fires a slap back and Drew runs the ropes to send him to the floor again with a huge shoulder block. Following out after, behind him on the ramp, McIntyre decks him with a big boot!
Picking Murphy up, ramming him between turnbuckles and barricade, Seth Rollins looking on from the top of the ramp this entire time, by the way. Dumping Murphy over the barricade and to the floor, happy to take the count-out at first. Drew heads out after him after a beat, heavy chops, headlock punch, back inside but Buddy takes advantage of a distraction from Rollins and turns the tables.
Putting McIntyre head-first into the post, up top... METEORA FOR ONE! Kicks to the back, Seth getting closer, Drew gets to his feet and drops Buddy with a single chop! Murphy ducking strikes, strike rush of his own but the headbutt takes him off his feet! Boot up, enzuigiri from the apron, Buddy fighting back into it and headed up top... BUT DREW KNOCKS HIM TO THE FLOOR!
Back inside, fireman’s carry, McIntyre climbs up top, Murphy slips out... CHEEKY NANDO’S! Liger Bomb connects... NOT ENOUGH! Buddy counting down but Drew is recovered...
Drew McIntyre wins by pinfall with the Claymore.
Post-match, Seth Rollins is on the apron and Drew gets on his knees, begging for a fight right now.
Rollins bails... AND SLIPS BACK IN FOR A SUPERKICK!
He shouts about how this is bigger than either of them before grabbing the title and admiring it for a minute. He sets it down, runs the ropes... AND DREW STANDS UP FOR A HEADBUTT OUTTA NOWHERE!
He lies in wait for the Claymore but Seth runs away.
That’s the show, folks.