WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 3, 2021) from the ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania Backlash event scheduled for later this month at the same venue.
Advertised for tonight: AJ Styles & Omos return to television to defend the Raw tag team titles against The New Day in a rematch from WrestleMania 37, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler defend the women’s tag team titles against Naomi & Lana, Bobby Lashley takes on either Braun Strowman or Drew McIntyre, and update on Charlotte Flair’s situation, 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 3
You walk this earth without a heart, you tear the innocent’s souls apart. You shovel your conscience into the grave, you walk this earth without a heart. Your uniform couldn’t be taken off, a tattoo burned into your flesh. Your mind, your voice, these are your instruments of death, but me? I’m just here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for these folks.
The show opens with a recap of last week’s WWE Championship scene material.
We see footage from earlier of Montel Vontavious Porter meeting with five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville.
They’re gonna do a coin flip to decide whether Braun Strowman or Drew McIntyre wrestles Bobby Lashley tonight. Both of those men roll up, Braun calls tails and gets tonight’s match.
McIntyre threatens to send Strowman to Claymore country, MVP says Braun won’t make it to WrestleMania Backlash after he gets put in the Hurt Lock, and that’s the segment.
AJ Styles and Omos finally make their television debut as Raw Tag Team Champions, nearly a month after they won those titles.
AJ gets on the mic and talks up their victory over New Day before asking us all a question— did we miss them? Of course we did, they’re the tag team champions! They know we have questions, like “where did they go?”, and the answer is they were partying in the Caribbean, because they have better things to do than throw tomatoes like the New Day.
Styles points out that he’s officially a grand slam champion now, and they’re here for one reason and one reason only—
Enter the New Day.
They get on the mic and say the new champs made a hell of an impact and they weren’t even sure if they still worked here. They respect that, because that’s the work ethic that made them 11-time champions, vacations and a lack of respect for the tag division, that’s what champions are made of! Jokes aside, they’ve had some fun but they want to tell Omos’ tall ass something about them— there’s a reason they’re 11-time tag team champions.
Every time they get knocked down, they get back up, dust themselves off, and win their titles back, every single time like clockwork. You can take your shots and jabs, but when Kofi won the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, it was a very physically and emotionally draining match, but somehow, some way, he came to Raw the next night because that’s the kind of champion he is.
So you can brag, you can boast, talk about how you won one match and earned a month off, but that’s not the way they roll. Omos has had enough of these morons joking around and he doesn’t think he knocked enough sense into them at WrestleMania. Once he’s finished with them, neither of them are gonna be able to laugh or walk.
Woods points out that’s a felony, Omos tells him to come get this work, and Xavier says it’s time to come back to reality, and the reality is that New Day are about to become your 12-time tag team champions.
We go to break before the match can begin.
AJ Styles & Omos (c) vs. New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship)
Woods and Styles to start but AJ immediately tags out to Omos. Xavier with tentative leg kicks, they do nothing and Omos biels him across the ring! Omos asks for and receives Kingston, who tries the same basic strategy as Woods to the same effect. Whip across, Kofi ducks under, tag to Woods, double dropkicks knock the big man into the ropes but he fires up with a double clothesline that wipes New Day out!
A cocky Styles tags in and immediately finds himself overwhelmed by New Day and wiped out with a trust fall senton to the floor as we go to break.
Back from commercial, Woods is in control with a kneeling armbar locked on Styles in the middle of the ring. AJ fights to his feet, elbows, off the ropes, Xavier with a low kick into the Honor Roll, only two! Unicorn Stampede, working him over, Kofi with a top wristlock, wrenching it in but Styles gets off a desperation Pele Kick!
Woods tags in, back suplex, AJ lands on his feet and stumbles backwards into a tag to Omos! Iron Claw on Xavier, he swats Kofi down before slamming Woods down! Backbreaker on Kingston, one for Woods as well! Omos fired up, an elevated spinebuster on Kofi, boot to Xavier, Styles tags in and perches on Omos, leaping off of him...
AJ Styles & Omos win by pinfall with a Phenomenal Forearm from Styles off of Omos’ shoulders on Xavier Woods to retain the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce rolls up on Sonya Deville.
She says not to worry about what she’s up to, and says he appreciates her input but she’s getting out of line.
We get a hype reel for Strowman vs. Lashley and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get the long-awaited Eva Marie comeback vignette!
She’s laying on a car like she’s in a Whitesnake video and talks about how she wants to be somebody others look up to, so she’s back where her journey started, and this is the Eva-Lution. (Don’t worry, everybody, the General is okay.)
Montel Vontavious Porter and Bobby Lashley are interviewed backstage.
MVP says Braun Strowman could eat a salad of four-leaf clovers and eat rabbit’s foot stew and he still wouldn’t be lucky enough to beat Bobby Lashley. It doesn’t matter which of them fights Bob, neither can compare. Lashley says he’s not gonna let himself be beaten and lose the title.
Elias and Jaxson Ryker are backstage with a basket full of tomatoes ready to get New Day’s attention.
They turn the corner and start throwing... and then stop when they realize Randy Orton got in the way and took the brunt of their tomato onslaught. Matt Riddle scoots by as a furious Viper stares on.
Charlotte Flair makes her entrance to send us to break.
Charlotte Flair vs. Dana Brooke
Brooke looking for a handspring earlier, turning it into a satellite tijeras when Flair catches her. Dropkick, Charlotte catches, STO backbreaker / STO into the ropes, putting boots to her, cover for two. Jockeying for position, Dana with a handspring back elbow, another one, up top, senton atomico doesn’t get all of it and Flair kicks out!
Charlotte gets the figure four leglock and bridges back...
Charlotte Flair wins by submission with the Figure Eight.
Post-match, Mandy Rose attacks!
Sonya Deville makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, an exclusive interview with Drew McIntyre is hyped for later.
Sonya Deville is in the ring with Charlotte Flair.
Flair complains about being again left out of a title shot and makes her case, saying being added to the match would make WrestleMania Backlash a bigger deal. Deville agrees to add her to the match.
Enter Rhea Ripley.
She tells Charlotte that nobody likes her and scoffs at how unfair a triple threat is.
She’s game for a triple threat and says she’s ready to become champion again.
A brawl breaks out, Asuka stands tall in the ring, fired up.
Humberto Carrillo is interviewed backstage, but doesn’t get to say much because Sheamus attacks him and beats him down.
The Miz makes his entrance, flanked by John Morrison, and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of the women’s segment just now.
Five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce rolls up on Sonya Deville and berates her for booking the women’s division on her own.
She begs off and claims she sent a text but admits they should be making decisions together.
Miz and Morrison get on the mic and talk about how they’ve been given no choice but to beat the respect into Damian Priest.
Priest gets an inset promo where he talks about how great Miz’s career is and how he wouldn’t last ten seconds in New York City.
Damian Priest vs. John Morrison
Side headlock, shot off, pop-up Manhattan Drop sets up a legsweep, cover for one, into an armbar. a lariat sends Morrison to the floor and we go to break.
Short knee from Priest, Morrison trips him up into falling forearms and stomps. Trading strikes, big back elbow from Damian, Broken Arrow, John slips out but Priest hits a big lariat for two! Back and forth, Morrison gets a Spanish Fly off the second but can’t keep Priest down! Miz running interference but it backfires and referee Rod Zapata is late to the count when Morrison gets a small package!
Damian Priest wins by pinfall with Hit the Lights.
We see Mansoor backstage signing a Raw contract with five-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce when Sheamus rolls up.
He says Humberto Carrillo won’t be accepting his open challenge tonight because accidents happen, and then he mistakes Mansoor for an intern. Mansoor corrects him and Sheamus says he’d love it if he were to accept the open challenge tonight— it won’t be for the United States Championship, of course, but there’s no way for the WWE Universe to get to know him better than taking a Brogue Kick in the side of the head.
Backstage, Montel Vontavious Porter is interviewed.
He hypes up tonight’s main event before suggesting that maybe Drew McIntyre might team up with Bobby Lashley to take Braun Strowman out of the picture tonight.
And so we go to break.
Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin vs. Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado)
The match is joined in progress, which is weird and annoying but I digress.
Metalik and Alexander, Cedric hits the Michinoku Driver and the Hurt Business takes control after a tag. Heat segment rolls on, Dorado reverses a powerbomb attempt into a tornado DDT that gets blocked and Shelton boots him down for a nearfall! Lince runs interference...
Lucha House Party win by pinfall with the ropewalk elbow drop from Gran Metalik on Shelton Benjamin.
Post-match, Cedric gets on the mic and shouts at Shelton, telling him they went from tag champs with the Hurt Business to this? No wonder they got kicked out. Or rather, they kicked Benjamin out, and he should have turned his back on him, too. He asks Shelton how many years he has left, and says he refuses to waste another second of his prime keeping Benjamin alive, and their team is done.
Angel Garza is walking backstage with a rose when Drew Gulak flags him down and asks if the rose is for him.
Garza asks if he’s being funny, and Gulak says the only thing that’s funny is that he’s a ladies’ man but he doesn’t seem to ever get a lady, and challenges him to a match. Angel threatens to shove the rose up his ass(?) and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Shelton Benjamin runs into an interview backstage.
He says he’s survived so long in this business because he can take the hit, and he’s seen so many bright young superstars like Cedric Alexander come and go over the years. The only reason Cedric was in the Hurt Business was because he saw something in him nobody else did, and if he doesn’t want to be in a team any more, fine, he’s a grown man and he can do what he wants, but if he keeps down this road he’s gonna be another star just fizzling out.
Angel Garza vs. Drew Gulak
Garza hot out the gates with strikes, mounted punches, and then a butterfly backbreaker! Gulak fires back with a headbutt to the neck into a reverse chinlock, taking him over a few times and keeping the pressure up on the choke! Angel manages to sling him off and drop him with a lariat, dropkick into the corner, right hands, off the ropes, facewash!
Angel Garza wins by pinfall with Wing Clipper.
Post-match, Garza bends down and lets Drew smell his rose before shoving it, as promised, in his tights and punting it up his butt.
Matt Riddle runs into the Viking Raiders with them and chats for a moment before excitedly rolling up on Randy Orton to talk about plans for their team. Randy cuts him off and says they won one match... but they’re gonna go out there and win another one. Orton then demands Matt zip his lips and hand him the key, which he does.
And so we go to break.
Elias & Jaxson Ryker vs. RKBro (Matt Riddle & Randy Orton)
Orton and Elias to start, Randy punching him in the corner but the Drifter turns the tide with a kick to the midsection and tags out to Ryker. Working the Viper over, but Randy pokes the eye and tags out. Riddle right in with a double wristlock, Jaxson reverses into a slam but Matt stays right on him and goes for a sleeper!
Tag to Elias, Hart Attack knee... SO CLOSE! Back elbow, cover for two, working Riddle over at length but eventually Orton tags in and the match breaks down as he gains control on the floor! Hanging DDT and a tag to Matt, RKO on Ryker, Riddle off the top...
RKBro win by pinfall with the corkscrew senton from Matt Riddle on Elias.
Drew McIntyre is interviewed backstage.
He says he doesn’t care who wins tonight as long as they beat the hell out of each other, and as far as Mace and T-BAR go, he has many questions about them, but there’s an old Scottish expression— what’s meant to be will be, and what’s meant to be is him caving Lashley and Strowman’s heads in.
Braun Strowman rolls up and tells Drew he’s leaving WrestleMania Backlash as WWE Champion.
Sheamus makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial we get a video package promoting COVID vaccination— I’m fully vaccinated and I urge y’all to go out there and get your shots, too.
Mansoor vs. Sheamus
Mansoor trying to come in hot, shoves and slaps in the corner, big dropkick, another one, standing armbar gets a knee lift from Sheamus. Setting him up top, the Celtic Warrior clubs him off the ropes and to the floor! Back inside, fishhooks, action to the floor, fireman’s carry drop across the barricade... MANSOOR MAKES IT IN AT NINE!
Back elbows, float over the back suplex, basement dropkick puts Sheamus into the turnbuckles! Enzuigiri, tornado DDT... NOPE! Celtic Warrior hangs him up in the turnbuckles, bleeding from the forehead— HUMBERTO CARRILLO HITS THE RING AND ATTACKS SHEAMUS!
Sheamus wins by disqualification, presumably, although no finish is announced.
Sheamus manages to shrug the attack off, Brogue Kick both guys, and stand tall.
Alexa Bliss is in her playground with Lilly to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Alexa Bliss is in the playground with Lilly.
She says Lilly loves to play hide and seek, but she always seems to find her in peculiar positions, and she’s gotten her hands dirty. She says someone has caught Lilly’s eyes, but who is their little secret, and she can’t be blamed for what happens next. She sings a version of Daisy Bell rewritten to be about Lilly.
Lana and Naomi make their entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, we get some hype for tonight’s episode of Raw Talk.
Lana & Naomi vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler (c) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship)
Jax and Naomi to start, Naomi’s barely able to get away, tags made, Lana off the top with a crossbody for two on Baszler! Shoot off, tilt-a-whirl Russian legsweep, only two! Shayna into the corner, hook kick, blind tag, knees in the ropes, Naomi with a la casadora bulldog into a victory roll... NOPE! Dropkick sends Nia to the floor, quick tag, Baszler rams her into the corner, elbow to Lana but the challengers recover, double X-Factor, Jax pulls Naomi out of the ring!
Lana lands a kick, Reginald runs interference and referee Eddie Orengo is late to the pin! Baszler with the Kirifuda Clutch, Lana rolls through, wheelbarrow gets caught into the choke again...
Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler win by submission with the Kirifuda Clutch from Baszler on Lana to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance to send us to break.
Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman
Collar and elbow, big lads struggling around the ring, Lashley gets Strowman in the corner and breaks dirty with a shoulder thrust! Waistlock, Braun rams him into the corner, back elbows get clubbing blows, Bob off the ropes but Strowman shrugs him off! Charging in, Braun shoves him down, draws him up, scoop, float over, Strowman clotheslines him to the floor!
Back inside, freight training him in the corner, Lashley with the boots up and this time a lariat drops him for two! Reverse chinlock applied, Strowman reverses and clubs him down—
Enter Drew McIntyre.
Bob tries to start an alliance with him, holding his fist out, and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre is on commentary as Lashley leapfrogs the monster and hits the reverse STO! Clubbing strikes in the ropes, grinding him down with a neck crank, charging forearm cracks him in the dome! Braun comes back, release slam! Lashley takes a breather, sidesteps Strowman into McIntyre and they brawl briefly!
Referee Chad Patton lets it go on the floor but Bob capitalizes...
Bobby Lashley wins by pinfall with a spear.
Post-match, McIntyre hits the Claymore on Lashley! One on Braun for good measure!
Commentary reminds us that Drew McIntyre will also have a singles match against the champ next week.
That’s the show, folks.