WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 17, 2021) from the ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. This is the fallout episode for the WrestleMania Backlash event that happened last night at the same venue.
The only thing advertised for tonight as of post time: MVP’s promised Bobby Lashley he has some surprises for the WWE champ after his successful defense against Drew McIntyre & Braun Strowman last night. Presumably we’ll also find out if The Miz and John Morrison are undead, or if they somehow escaped the zombie horde which seemed to be eating them alive at WrestleMania Backlash.
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick 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 17
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The show opens with Bobby Lashley walking backstage with an attractive woman on each arm as several more women come out of a room to join them.
He pulls the title out from under his blazer and they cheer as they continue to walk.
Montel Vontavious Porter is in the ring and introduces his man Lashley, who naturally makes his entrance flanked by the women.
We get a recap of last night’s WWE Championship match.
Lashley and the women join MVP in the ring and Montel says it’s his pleasure to stand here with the All Mighty WWE Champion, and what Bob did last night was Herculean— he beat two of the toughest, strongest, meanest competitors on the roster, and now the Monster Among Men is nursing broken ribs and the Scottish Warrior was so broken by the match that he couldn’t even get out of bed this morning, but here’s Lashley after being put through LED boards and returning to win his title.
And what you didn’t know, he did all of that while injured, because his knuckles are jacked from punching dudes in the face over and over. They issue an open challenge to anyone in the locker room who wants to step up and face Lashley—
Enter Drew McIntyre.
He says he can’t think of any better way to impress these lovely ladies than to run Lashley vs. McIntyre for the title, tonight. He accepts! But MVP says he didn’t let him finish, and the open challenge is for anyone besides Drew and Braun, and he has to go to the back of the line!
They have a bit of a scuffle and we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary reminds everyone about Bobby Lashley’s open challenge.
AJ Styles vs. Elias
Styles hot out the gates with a dropkick, looking for a suplex, Elias reverses into a delayed vertical! Shoulder thrusts in the corner, referee Darrick Moore counts a warning, the Drifter slides AJ into the post and hammers him with a dropkick that sends him to the floor! Putting boots to Styles, the men square off on the floor with their seconds and go to break.
Back from commercial, Elias with the whip across into a spinebuster... NOPE! Pressing the attack, flexing over Styles, reverse chinlock applied, grinding the Phenomenal One down, AJ recovers, Styles Rush into the Pele Kick, fireman’s carry... USHIGOROSHI! Styles Clash reversed, upkick knocks Styles back, knee into a Final Cut... NOPE!
Electric Chair, AJ fights out with elbows, a back elbow sends him into the corner, drop toehold puts the Drifter face-first into the turnbuckles. Big chop out of the corner, Styles returns one of his own, up and over to the apron, forearm connects, Ryker trips him up and referee Darrick Moore calls for the bell...
AJ Styles wins by disqualification, presumably.
Post-match, Omos chases Jaxson up the ramp whil Elias works AJ over, putting him into the steel steps before putting boots to him! Omos returns and runs Elias off, helping his pal to his feet.
Alexa Bliss and Lilly are swinging backstage.
Alexa says they’re lucky to have Natalya and Tamina on the show tonight, and Lilly is just dying to see them.
On that note, we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a hype reel for tomorrow night’s episode of NXT.
Matt Riddle is hanging out backstage when the New Day approach.
They got his message and they ask to see his snake. Not like that! Randy Orton rolls up and asks where five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce is and why New Day are here. They explain that Riddle promised them he saw a two-headed snake, and Matt admits he stretched the truth a little in the spirit of friendship. Last week they had such a great time teaming up and it gave him the idea to carry their alliance forward if only Randy will apologize to New Day.
He knows apologies are tough but Orton says he won’t. New Day call that ereptile dysfunction and say they won’t accept his apology anyway and Matt tries to mediate. Kofi challenges Randy to a match and Orton accepts to Riddle’s chagrin!
On her playground, Alexa Bliss is brushing Lilly’s hair.
Natalya and Tamina join her in the playground and she congratulates them. The champs want to go but Bliss complains she hasn’t gotten to ask the tough questions yet, and asks their favorite color. Neidhart hesitates before saying pink, and Tamina says black and blue, which will look great on Alexa’s face if she tries anything weird.
Bliss says that isn’t nice and they’re lucky Lilly likes them, especially how Tamina beat Reginald up last week. Snuka says she’ll swat him again if he tries to get involved tonight, Alexa goes off on a tangent about bugs and the champs leave while Bliss keeps rambling. When she realizes they’ve left, she wishes them luck and promises they’ll be watching, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Asuka gets a bumper for USA’s AAPI United campaign for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Angel Garza vs. Drew Gulak
Gulak right in with a dropkick, right hands, overhead exploder suplex, rear chinlock into a Cobra Twist, picking the leg, Garza breaks free and hammers him with a headbutt before hip tossing him away! Charging in with a lariat, a slap, another lariat, inverted slingshot suplex into a hesitation dropkick! Underhook backbreaker follows it up, off the ropes, facewash!
Angel Garza wins by pinfall with Wing Clipper.
Post-match, Garza gets a rose from his corner and jams it in Gulak’s mouth.
R-Truth is interviewed backstage while Akira Tozawa lurks in the background. He has to stay on a low profile since there’s an open challenge for his baby tonight. Tozawa crawls down the steps and attacks from behind...
Akira Tozawa wins the 24/7 Championship.
He shouts about the tables having turned and runs off, leaving Truth to shout about being tired.
Randy Orton, flanked by Matt Riddle, makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get the second Eva Marie vignette again.
Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
Action spills to the floor almost immediately with Orton in control, back inside, drawing him up, whip reversed, leapfrog, arm drags from Kingston into a cover for two! Hammerlock applied, grinding the Viper down, arm wringer, Randy pushes him into the corner and rakes his eyes to force the break! Choking him over the bottom rope, following it up with a reverse chinlock to grind him down.
Kofi breaks away and lays in a few cross chops, a dropkick, off the ropes, snap scoop powerslam takes him out! Xavier Woods with the trombone-based distraction, Kingston takes advantage...
Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with a schoolboy pin.
Post-match, a furious Riddle shoves Woods to the mat and storms out with Orton.
Backstage, the women’s tag division is complaining to five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and his assistant Sonya Deville and bickering about who gets to challenge the champs next.
Charlotte Flair rolls up and Sonya sends the tags packing, claiming they have a sensitive matter to discuss with Flair. She demands a one-on-one match against Rhea Ripley because technically she did not lose last night. Deville says the decision isn’t solely hers and she has to beat Asuka tonight and they’ll consider it. Charlotte says that won’t be a problem.
Rhea Ripley rolls up and says she couldn’t care less about that match and she wants a new challenger because Flair is yesterday’s news. Charlotte says she’s gonna beat Asuka and win the title, and Rhea says she’s gonna watch her match because the Queen might fall.
Natalya and Tamina make their entrance to send us to break.
Natalya & Tamina (c) vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (WWE Women’s Championship)
Jax freight trains Natalya to start, hip attack and a quick tag, Baszler with a knee strike for two! Wrenching at her arm and the heat segment rolls on. Neidhart recovers, discus lariat, no cover, tag to Tamina! Right hands, overhead elbows and a body slam and Baszler tags in. Superkick sends Nia off the turnbuckles, she blocks a kick from Shayna but gets in the Kirifuda Clutch as Alexa Bliss appears on-stage!
A gout of flame shoots out of the ringpost and knocks Reginald off the apron, the champs take advantage...
Natalya & Tamina win by pinfall with a Hart Attack on Shayna Baszler to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Weird ominous giggling plays over the PA.
Commentary hypes up Ricochet vs. Sheamus and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Sheamus makes his entrance and gets on the mic, ranting about Ricochet putting his dirty filthy paws on his hat and coat.
Ricochet is interviewed in Gorilla and we see footage of the aftermath of their match yesterday where he did indeed put his dirty filthy paws on Sheamus’ hat and coat. He admits to stealing the hat and coat from the locker room earlier and says wearing them makes him feel like Ernest “the Cat” Miller and does a bad Irish accent to top it off.
Sheamus charges Ricochet during his entrance but the One and Only sidesteps him!
Ricochet vs. Sheamus
Duck a lariat, big forearm, punches in the corner, schoolboy, Sheamus cuts him off and starts laying big right hands in. Scoop and a slam, Ricky floats over another and grabs a sleeper hold! Ramming him back first into the turnbuckles to break it, the Celtic Warrior stalks after him and grabs a grounded armbar, wrenching it in to maximum torque.
Whip across, Ricochet gets a single-knee facebreaker and an enzuigiri to send Sheamus to the floor, plancha caught and the Celtic Warrior rams him into the post before tossing him into the timekeeper’s area like a sack of potatoes to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Sheamus is in control but Ricochet throws some forearms to the dome. Shoved off, Celtic Warrior with a knee before getting him on the apron for the Beats of the Bodhran, fishhook attempt but Ricky pries his hands open and throws desperate forearms. Off the ropes, caught by the Irish Curse, only two! Up in the turnbuckles, jockeying for position... SPANISH FLY CAN’T KEEP SHEAMUS DOWN!
Laying chops in, charging forearm, back body drop to the apron, springboard lariat and Ricochet is fired up! Running shooting star press... NOPE! Knees up on the moonsault, cover for two! Jumping neckbreaker, up top but Sheamus rolls to the floor! Ricochet reconsiders... diving crossbody to the floor! Back inside, springboard 450 splash... STILL NO!
Fireman’s carry, Sheamus slips out, back elbow on the charge, springboard crossbody countered with a knee... RICOCHET KICKS OUT AT THE ABSOLUTE LAST FRACTION OF A SECOND! Sheamus yells at him to stay down, Ricky slaps him across the face, Sheamus charges...
Sheamus wins by pinfall with the Brogue Kick.
Post-match, Sheamus gets on the mic and talks about how good that victory feels and how he loves his gold. He warns Bobby Lashley to keep an eye over his shoulder because he might just accept that open challenge later tonight.
Backstage, Mace and T-BAR cut a promo.
Bobby Lashley’s title reign has an expiration date, and tonight he pays his debt. Everything that lives is designed to end, and which one of them ends Lashley’s legacy. They flip a coin and say it’s a terrible night to be Bobby Lashley.
Asuka makes her entrance and we go to break.
Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair
Flair looking to stomp a hole in Asuka early, but she dodges, dropkick, hip attack, Charlotte staggered but she blocks the whip. Forearms in the ropes, whip reversed, back elbow lays the Empress out! Legsweep takes Flair out on the apron, Asuka spins her around for a hip attack to the dome, back inside, cover for two! Charlotte bails on the other side, blocks a kick and takes Asuka’s leg out from under her!
Enter Rhea Ripley, as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Flair in control with a reverse chinlock, choking her in the ropes, slugging her with forearms and chops, roll-through boot, only two! Asuka floats out of a slam, lands a few forearms, whip reversed, back elbow blocks the charge, big boot, neckbreaker drop! Trading strikes, Charlotte with the STO backbreaker / reverse STO combo, running neckbreaker, cover for two!
Figure four headscissors applied, smashing Asuka’s face into the mat, following it up with a cover for two. Asuka with a backslide for two, buzzsaw roundhouse lays the Queen out, Alarm Clock follows and into a German suplex! Running hip attack, bulldog, sliding knee... STILL NO! Flair with a back elbow, she runs into a boot before dropping Asuka with a boot of her own... NOT ENOUGH!
Elbow into a cover, still not enough, setting Asuka up top, she knocks the Queen down, missile dropkick connects for two! Chest kicks, jockeying over a German, Charlotte off the ropes, Asuka rolls her into a kneebar in the middle of the ring! Flair counters into a German suplex attempt but Asuka takes her right down into a triangle choke!
Posting on her feet into a pin, only two, Asuka refusing to break, Charlotte reverses her into a Boston Crab! Asuka counters into a rana pin, only two, flying armbar into the Asuka Lock but Flair makes the ropes! To the floor, putting Asuka face-first into the announce desk, jawing with Rhea Ripley, throwing Asuka back inside, catch the kick, figure four blocked, she boots Ripley off the apron, spinning toehold, reversed...
Asuka wins by pinfall with a small package.
A distinctly human-looking John Morrison is interviewed backstage.
He says it feels like someone is picking at his brain, like he’s dead and rotting inside. Miz might never be the same, which is why he’s dedicating tonight’s match to his memory, wherever he is.
Damian Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
Damian Priest vs. John Morrison (Lumberjack Match)
The lumberjacks are living humans tonight, so you know.
Circling, Morrison keeping his distance, off the ropes, Priest nails him with an elbow, drop down, arm drag, John with body blows to back him into the corner. Dumping Damian out to the floor, the lumberjacks beat on him, Morrison goes to the floor and just gets thrown back inside. Priest putting boots to him, Morrison on the apron, enzuigiri, cartwheel kick blocked, he falls to the floor and throws Akira Tozawa inside before making a break for it!
Springboard over the barricade and back inside, Damian hits a chokeslam to greet him and we go to break.
Back from commercial, trading strikes, Morrison with a cross armbar, Priest with a triangle choke, John gets away and hits the springboard roundhouse, sending him briefly to the floor! Following it up with the sliding knee... NOPE! Boot sets up a pop-up drop, Priest follows it with a Dominator... STILL NO! Morrison puts him to the floor where the lumberjacks beat on him briefly before throwing him back inside!
Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander get to brawling, Priest boxes Morrison’s ears, they jockey for position in the turnbuckles... SUPERPLEX TO THE FLOOR TAKES OUT THE LUMBERJACKS! Back inside, up top again, Damian hits a Frankensteiner, inverted facelock follows...
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with Hit the Lights.
Post-match, Priest is interviewed on the stage.
He says it feels great and speaks in Spanish briefly before saying he wants his name to live forever and maybe he’s gonna accept Bobby Lashley’s open challenge tonight.
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a new Eva Marie vignette where she puts over her support crew and the people who have guided her down her path.
Backstage, Shelton Benjamin is interviewed.
He’s not gonna waste precious time talking about Cedric Alexander, he’s here to talk about challenging Bobby Lashley for the title tonight.
Cedric rolls up slow-clapping him and says he’s not here to fight, he’s here to give him a round of applause for finally having the guts to challenge Bobby Lashley. He tells Shelton he’ll always be worthless and Benjamin knocks him down with a single punch!
We get a recap of our opening segment.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance for his open challenge and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk.
Montel Vontavious Porter gets on the mic and calls for somebody to step up.
New Day make their entrance! Kofi Kingston is answering the call!
MVP has an announcement before the bell rings— this match isn’t for the title.
Bobby Lashley vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston lights Lashley up with strikes before the bell, referee Shawn Bennett calls for the bell, thrust spinebuster from Bob... NOPE! Delayed vertical suplex, Kofi fights out with knees and gets away, duck the lariat, jump kick, sidestep the charge, superkick sends Lashley to the apron and he knocks him clean off! Off the ropes, baseball slide, off the ropes... TRUST FALL SENTON!
Xavier Woods gets into it with MVP on the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley is in control and grinding Kofi down with a waistlock, Kingston gets out, Boom Drop, he doesn’t get all of it, Bob with a lifting reverse STO... no good! Into the turnbuckles, jockeying for position, Lashley in control and he knocks Kofi out of the ring before ramming him into the post head-first!
Another fireman’s carry, Woods makes the save and gets ejected! Back inside, Lashley chokes Kofi, MVP goes to club him but Drew McIntyre runs in and takes the cane before headbutting Bob! Kofi capitalizes...
Kofi Kingston wins by pinfall with a lateral press.
The babyfaces celebrate together.
That’s the show, folks.