WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 2, 2022) from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view (PPV) set for this coming Sunday night in Providence, Rhode Island.
Advertised for tonight: now that the RK-Bro vs. The Usos tag team title unification match has been turned into a six man tag, adding Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns, respectively, The Bloodline are coming to the red brand. Meanwhile, Asuka just returned and she’s got her sights set on former Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch. Speaking of, Bianca Belair needs something to do. All that, and more!
Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog will kick off once the show starts on USA Network. It will be below this line here.
WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAY 2
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The show opens with a recap of the ending to SmackDown on Friday.
The Bloodline make their entrance.
Paul Heyman gets on the mic and tells everyone watching to put down their children and stand on their feet because now, now, at this moment, we get a chance to revel in the greatness of our Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns.
Outta nowhere, RK-BRO attack and take the Usos out with stereo RKOs!
Enter Drew McIntyre, wielding his sword.
He hits the ring and trades punches with Reigns, getting turned around for lariats in the corner! Drew gets the upper hand again, the Usos attack, RK-BRO have to even the odds and chaos reigns!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, commentary recaps our opening brawl, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
We get footage from earlier of Street Profits sharing a drink with Ezekiel when Alpha Academy roll up to berate them for drinking on the job, joined by Kevin Owens, who of course is still upset that Ezekiel is clearly Elias.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) & Kevin Owens vs. Ezekiel & Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford)
Dawkins and Gable to start, mat grappling gives way to lucha libre, big corkscrew shoulder from Angelo sets up a tag to Ford! Montez grinding Chad down with a kneeling armbar, Gable reverses into one of his own, really wrenching it in hard! Ford powers up and sends him to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Gable has a top wristlock in on Ford and the heels are rolling. Owens tags in and keeps it rolling, moonsault into a rear chinlock on Montez! Ford gets away, hot tag to Ezekiel! Running hot with lariats and elbows, whip across, spinning spinebuster, big knee, running wild!
Mule kick, Stinger Splash, delayed vertical sheerdrop brainbuster, Gable kicks out and Otis runs in to break things up! Back elbow from Zeke, KO trips him up, Chad thinks on his feet...
Alpha Academy & Kevin Owens win by pinfall with a Oklahoma roll from Chad Gable on Ezekiel.
We see AJ Styles preparing for an interview backstage to send us to break.
Back from commercial, AJ Styles is interviewed backstage.
He complains that he had Edge beat at WrestleMania and got distracted, and Edge doesn’t like that, so he figured he’d up the ante— if he beats Damian Priest tonight, he’ll be barred from ringside on Sunday.
We get a recap of Sonya Deville vs. Bianca Belair from last week.
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville are backstage chatting.
Pearce says upper management want Sonya to compete without her management power, so Adam has put together a trios match for tonight.
Veer Mahaan makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Byron Saxton is in the ring to interview Veer Mahaan’s next victim, who says he signed up for this match because he’s always wanted to compete on Monday Night Raw in his home town and tonight he wants to make his dream come true.
Veer Mahaan vs. ???
It’s a squash, of course...
Veer Mahaan wins by submission with the cervical clutch.
Post-match, Mahaan attacks some more!
Damian Priest makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Edge gets on the mic.
He introduces himself and Priest as Judgment Day and berates the crowd for being dummies at some length before AJ Styles finally interrupts him.
AJ Styles vs. Damian Priest
Styles right in with punches, Priest throws him in the corner but AJ just keeps coming at him! Off the ropes, big boot, smashing Styles into the turnbuckles and putting boots to him! Half nelson chinlock, AJ fights out of it, leg kicks, sending Damian to the floor to recover!
Plancha elbow smash follows and AJ and Edge stare each other down. Smashing Priest’s face into the turnbuckles, back to the floor, charging in, Damian scoops him up and lawn darts him into the ringpost to send us to break!
Back from commercial, Priest is in control, jockeying for position in the turnbuckles, Styles gets under him for the spin-out Argentine Powerbomb! Damian goes for the Razor’s Edge, AJ gets away and knocks him out! Looking for South of Heaven, ripcord leg lariat!
Edge hits the ring and helps Priest beat AJ down with chairs...
AJ Styles wins by disqualification, barring Damian Priest from ringside at WrestleMania Backlash.
Post-match, Finn Balor runs in and makes the save! AJ throws up the Too Sweet and Finn Too Sweets him!
Backstage, Omos and MVP are chatting when Cedric Alexander rolls up.
He tries to sweet talk MVP, blaming Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin for the Hurt Business falling apart, and Montel says he appreciates why he wants to renew an association, but he’s moved on to bigger and better things. Alexander says it’s just him and he wants to show what he can do in a match against Bobby Lashley.
Porter gives him his word that he and the colossus will be watching.
The Miz makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, the Miz gets on the mic and welcomes us to MizTV.
He says he likes to be the bigger man so he wants his guest Mustafa Ali to come out and explain himself.
Enter Mustafa Ali, to no music.
Miz welcomes him and calls him Must, but his mic isn’t working so he can’t rebut the Miz. Miz runs him down and tells him not to go to Twitter and complain and finally Ali yanks the mic out of his hand says the only thing he has to complain about is that Miz still works here.
The A-Lister tries to counter but his mic isn’t working—
Enter Austin Theory.
He says he actually has something to say and calls Ali a schmuck that’s trying to make a name off the Miz and get a title match handed to him on a silver platter, but he doesn’t deserve it. Mustafa says they talk too much and he wants an opportunity to fight for it.
Theory says he talked to Mr. McMahon and Ali gets a match against him tonight to win a chance at a title match. But he’s not gonna win, because Austin is the youngest United States Champion in history and he doesn’t thing Mustafa can handle the heat.
Ali says if anybody around here can handle heat it’s him, Miz and Theory inform him that it’s actually a handicap match and we go to break.
Austin Theory & the Miz vs. Mustafa Ali (Handicap Match)
Ali overwhelmed early, Theory working him over, grinding him down with a reverse chinlock, tag to Miz, chest kicks in the corner, Mustafa slips away and lands a couple chops in. Rolling thunder neckbreaker, Theory sends him to the floor after, and when he comes back in, Miz catches him...
Austin Theory & the Miz win by pinfall with Skull-Crushing Finale from Miz.
Post-match, Tommaso Ciampa attacks Ali and leaves him lying!
We see footage of Dana Brooke and Reggie bickering backstage from earlier today when they run into R-Truth, Akira Tozawa, and Tamina. Brooke demands an apology from Truth but he plays it off like trying to win the title was a test before apologizing.
Nikki ASH attacks...
Nikki ASH wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Post-match, Dana wails at Reggie about how he was supposed to protect her and demands that he get her a rematch tonight.
Dana Brooke makes her entrance and we go to break.
Dana Brooke vs. Nikki ASH (c) (WWE 24/7 Championship)
Brooke in control early, whip reversed, back body drop to the apron and an elbow sends ASH crashing to the floor! Baseball slide, Nikki traps her in the ring skirt and smashes her into the apron a few times before taking her back inside for a nearfall!
Dana catches her...
Dana Brooke wins the 24/7 Championship by pinfall.
Post-match, Brooke shrugs off a few attacks, kicks out of a pin from her husband, slugs him, and runs away! She gets on the announce table and tells him she wants a divorce.
Backstage, Becky Lynch is interviewed.
She asks if anyone knows the bravery it took to admit that she hit rock bottom only to have Asuka, the woman she literally handed her title to, come out and disrespect her at her lowest point. She accuses Asuka of failing to hold up her end of the bargain and attacking when she’s down on her luck.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of our opening segment.
Seth Rollins gets on the mic under the spotlight and laughs about his joy at being in the spotlight.
He says that at WrestleMania Backlash he’ll show the world why you can’t steal his spotlight, because he IS the spotlight. Some of us have forgotten just how good he is but he’ll remind us.
Enter the American Nightmare Cody Rhodes.
Rollins tells Cody he doesn’t belong, this is HIS appreciation night. They bicker back and forth, Seth insults Dusty Rhodes and calls Cody delusional. Eventually Rollins decks him and they brawl! Rhodes hits the Cody Cutter and sends Seth packing!
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance and we go to break.
Bobby Lashley vs. Cedric Alexander
Lashley charges in, Alexander sidesteps and dropkicks his leg out from under him! Action to the floor, Bob catches him on the return to the ring...
Bobby Lashley wins by submission with the Hurt Lock.
Backstage, Liv Morgan is hanging backstage getting ready for an interview and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Liv Morgan is interviewed.
She says she doesn’t think Rhea Ripley is really disappointed in her but she’s gonna prove her wrong regardless.
Reggie and R-Truth are walking backstage.
Reginald is bummed that he blew it with Dana Brooke and Truth says he knows how he feels because he lost the love of his life, the 24/7 Championship, and says 90% of divorces end in separation. Reggie reveals that he didn’t have a prenup, and Truth offers his services as a divorce lawyer.
We get entrances for our main event and go to break.
Asuka, Bianca Belair, & Liv Morgan vs. Becky Lynch, Rhea Ripley, & Sonya Deville
Asuka and Lynch to start, duck a lariat, duck the uraken, another one lands and Becky collapses into the corner! Tags made, Belair on Ripley, waistlock takedowns from the Raw champ, Deville in, she gets trapped in the corner and worked over by the babyface team.
Becky in, quick covers on Liv, back and forth, Morgan ends up on the floor beating Rhea down when Lynch takes her out with a baseball slide! Up top, diving leg drop... NOPE! And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ripley in control on Morgan, smashing her face into the mat a few times! Some tags, Bianca comes in hot, delayed vertical suplex on Rhea for two! Hot and heavy, Asuka ends up on Deville, hip attacks and kicks, Liv takes Sonya out on the floor, she’s legal somehow, cover but Lynch breaks it up!
The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, trading nearfalls, Liv kicks out of a low boot from Sonya! Deville cheats on a followup with her feet on the ropes, Bianca knocks them down, Liv is ready...
Asuka, Bianca Belair, & Liv Morgan win by pinfall with Oblivion from Morgan on Sonya Deville.
That’s the show, folks.