WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (May 30, 2022) from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, featuring all the latest build to the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) coming up on June 5, 2022.
Advertised for tonight: Shinsuke Nakamura & Riddle team up for the first time to take on The Usos in a “championship contender’s match”, Bianca Belair squares up with Asuka in a singles match ahead of their triple threat (that also includes Becky Lynch) at the PPV, Bobby Lashley, Omos, and MVP have a contract signing for their handicap match, Cody Rhodes responds to Seth Rollins’ latest attack on him, 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 30
He who is bitten by a wolf and lives, possession soon follows, no use to resist. Oh no, this can’t be, cursed by the moonlight, a doomed changeling. The madness a turmoil that swells up inside, but for me? I’m just here to liveblog this pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with Becky Lynch making her entrance and getting on the mic.
She says she’s gonna keep collecting enemies as she keeps rising and she’s gonna recollect her title at Hell in a Cell. Yeah the odds are stacked against her but that’s nothing new and she defies both odds and convention. She talks about Asuka winning Money in the Bank and 2020 and how when she went off to create life like the god she is.
It was supposed to be like she would come back and win the title and nobody could ever touch her, and she created a monster when she gave Asuka a title and she became accustomed to being handed things—
She calls Becky a baby, Lynch sputters at her and she cuts her off by yelling in Japanese and reminding us that nobody is ready for Asuka. At Hell in a Cell she’s ready to be the new Raw Women’s Champion! Becky sputters to tell her while she’s wrong but—
Enter Bianca Belair.
She says they’re talking too much and she’s not complaining about having to defend her title in a three-way. It is what it is and she likes to do her talking in the ring. She respects Asuka but tonight she’s gonna have a lot to say and she can’t wait to give Becky a piece of her mind on Sunday.
She doesn’t care what the odds are and the only percentage she cares about is that the title is 100% not going anywhere and she’ll drop Lynch just like she did at WrestleMania. Lynch cheapshots her, Asuka gets involved and we go brawling! Belair backbreaker racks Lynch over the ropes and Asuka blasts her to the floor with a hip attack!
And so we go to break.
Asuka vs. Bianca Belair
Collar and elbow, turning the heat up, shoulder block, drop down, leapfrog, back roll, stalemate. Off the ropes, leapfrog, handstand and Asuka kicks her down to the mat! Looking for Three Amigos, Asuka blocks, ankle lock applied, Belair hosses her way out of it but the Empress stays on her with a guillotine choke!
Bianca flagging to her knees, fights out, handspring for a nearfall! Asuka with a cross armbar, action spills to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Belair with a kick and a fallaway slam! Rolling solebutt, uraken, German suplex strung together while Asuka makes a comeback, big running hip attack, no deal! Jockeying for position in the corner, Asuka with a missile dropkick for two!
Looking for the Asuka Lock, Bianca fighting, struggling, getting to her feet and backing her into the corner to force the break! Glam Slam connects, off the ropes, handspring moonsault, nobody home! La Casita reversed...
Bianca Belair wins by pinfall with a side press.
Post-match, Becky Lynch immediately attacks and slams Asuka and Bianca both!
Rey and Dominik Mysterio make their entrance and we go to break.
Alpha Academy (Chad Gable & Otis Dozovic) & Kevin Owens vs. Ezekiel & the Mysterios (Dominik & Rey Mysterio)
Rey and Gable to start, side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, monkey flip into an arm drag, off the ropes, tijeras sends Chad flying! Tag to Dominik, elbows flying, off the ropes, belly-to-belly suplexes get Gable a nearfall! Owens in, low bridge sends him to the floor, Mysterios with tandem dropkicks and Zeke joins them to put Otis on the floor!
Dom gets dropped and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Owens puts Dominik into a Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring! Otis tags in and freight trains Mysterio, headed up top, Vader Bomb... NOBODY’S HOME! Ezekiel with the hot tag, knees and Stinger Splashes for everybody, electric chair on Gable, spinning him around into a powerbomb... DOZER BREAKS IT UP!
Dom off the top, Otis catches him but Rey hits the seated senton to counter! The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, malfunction at the junction and KO takes Gable out with a superkick! Stereo 619s, Zeke with a delayed vertical...
Ezekiel & the Mysterios win by pinfall with a spinning delayed vertical suplex from Ezekiel on Chad Gable.
We get a recap of Cody Rhodes leaving the ring under his own power last week.
Cody makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Cody Rhodes gets on the mic.
He says from the first time he saw Seth Rollins he knew he had the potential for great things, and one of his teachers down in NXT saw that same potential, and he doesn’t need to say the name because it’s the man who raised him. He told him all about the special ingredients that Seth had that’d make him a generational talent.
We all know Rollins lives up to the hype, so imagine being Cody when you get the call that your second chance is gonna be against Seth at WrestleMania. He was nervous! Everything he’d done, everywhere he’d gone, he could not return to WWE with a loss, and he didn’t.
He had to be at the top of his game and he was, and they ran it back and he won again, the better man both nights, and that’s driven Seth Rollins mad. Envy is the act of counting other mens’ blessings while ignoring your own, and Seth is an egomaniac who wants everything for himself, but that’s part of what makes him so dangerous.
So at Hell in a Cell he’s walking into the biggest challenge in his entire career and he needs Seth to feel what he’s going to say next— all the respect and reverence he has and every ounce of self-control will be locked outside of Hell in a Cell. He’s going to be locked inside with a man who wants to hurt him—
Enter Seth Rollins.
He gets on the mic from the crowd and says he’s going to make it simple— he doesn’t like Cody. He doesn’t like him and he doesn’t want him here, and he tried to accept this new version of Rhodes but every week. Cody left and tried to tear down what he built here every week with his new little friends and then he came running back, the prodigal son trying to fulfill his family legacy.
Not on Seth’s watch, pal! You don’t get to be the conquering hero, to take a sledgehammer to the throne and then try and come back and take that throne from him. He doesn’t like Cody, he doesn’t want him here, and in six days inside of Hell in a Cell he’s going to prey on his insecurities and end him, and then we can finally wake up from this American Nightmare.
Cody wants to settle it right now and takes his jacket and tie off, leading Rollins to stumble down to the ring.
They brawl at some length until referees and road agents (incl. Petey Williams!) pull them apart! They keep breaking loose and fighting, Seth screams that Cody’s going to hell and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of what we just saw, because it was pretty cool and Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)
Alexa Bliss vs. Doudrop
Doudrop smashes her into the turnbuckles, corner body avalanche, stalking after her, Cobra Clutch applied in the middle of the ring. Breaking loose, Bliss with a tijeras into the corner, kick combo puts her down on the mat, chest kicks, off the ropes, crossbody gets caught and Doudrop slams her!
Senton misses, shoulder block on the recovery, nobody home on the Vader Bomb! Alexa goes up top and perches but Nikki ASH runs interference! Bliss off the top...
Alexa Bliss wins by pinfall with Twisted Bliss.
We get a recap of Bobby Lashley vs. Omos and Montel Vontavious Porter picking a handicap match as the stipulation for their next match.
The Miz makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of Lacey Evans at a race over the weekend.
Miz gets on the mic and hypes up the season three premiere of Miz and Mrs.
His guests on MizTV tonight, the Street Profits, make their entrance.
They tell Miz he should be talking about Hell in a Cell and not his show, and discuss the matches they’re excited about seeing. They bicker at some length, Dana Brooke sneaks through the crowd, Akira Tozawa gives chase and steals the 24/7 Championship belt!
She clocks him in the face, he gets an O’Connor roll but T-BAR breaks up the pin and chokeslams him! Tamina attacks Brooke, Ford attacks T-BAR with a superkick, R-Truth and Apollo Crews slide in and fight, Snuka catches Dana with a Samoan drop...
Tamina wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
Post-victory she drags Tozawa to his feet and kisses him! Akira with a backslide...
Akira Tozawa wins the WWE 24/7 Championship.
We get a recap of Austin Theory taking a selfie with Veer Mahaan and he makes his entrance to be ringside for our next match, after the break.
Mustafa Ali vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Collar and elbow, Ciampa with a little advantage, back suplex, Ali lands on his feet but gets back elbowed into the corner. Enzuigiri, rolling thunder countered with a knee, only two! Back and forth, big lariat from Mustafa, a boot knocks Tom to the floor and he follows it up with a dive!
Back inside, Theory interferes and referee Danilo Anfibio has no choice...
Mustafa Ali wins by disqualification, presumably earning a WWE United States Championship match.
Post-match, Austin gets in Ali’s face and says a win’s a win and why wait, he wants to give him the title match now!
And so we go to break.
Back from commercial, Danilo checks Ali and makes sure he wants to start the match.
Austin Theory (c) vs. Mustafa Ali (WWE United States Championship)
Theory charging in, throwing hands, whip across, back body drop! Ali gets a tornado DDT to stem the tide and goes up top, but Austin cuts him off...
Austin Theory wins by pinfall with A-Town Down to retain the WWE United States Championship.
Post-match, Adam Pearce comes down to tell Theory that he needs to check his text messages, because Vince McMahon has decided he wants to see him and Ali in a fair fight at Hell in a Cell.
Matt Riddle is walking backstage when he introduces Shinsuke Nakamura and says they’re gonna take the tag titles and there’s nothing Roman Reigns can do about it.
And so we go to break.
Matt Riddle & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. the Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso)
Riddle and Jimmy to start, up and over, chest kick, Karelin lift and a tag to Nakamura. Shinsuke in with a kick, assisted corkscrew senton for a nearfall. Usos catch him in the corner, tag to Jey, big knees keep Nakamura in the fight. Tags made, Samoan drop, Riddle kicks out!
Stomp to the back, keeping Matt off-balance, choking him in the ropes, hard whips, and so on. Tag to Nakamura, sliding knee, axe kick, fighting both Usos at once, kicks back Jimmy into the corner, Good Vibrations! Up top, diving Kinshasa... JIMMY KICKS OUT! The Usos take control and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Nakamura lands a kick, tag to Riddle! Matt in hot and keeping Jey off-balance, hanging DDT denied, back body drop to the floor, Shinsuke tags in blind! Uso off the ropes, Nakamura drops him with a Kinshasa... JIMMY BREAKS IT UP!
Riddle legal, hits the hanging DDT on Jey, going to that special place, RKO blocked and Uso hits a superkick! Choking Matt in the ropes, Jey blasts him with the scooter...
Matt Riddle & Shinsuke Nakamura win by disqualification.
Post-match the babyfaces come back and Riddle hits an avalanche RKO on Jey!
We get a recap of Judgment Day business.
Liv Morgan makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get a recap of our United States Championship business from earlier.
Mustafa Ali is interviewed backstage.
He admits he’s hurting but he’s gonna make sure this pain is worth it because he’s been to hell and back to earn this opportunity. He doesn’t stay down, he gets back up, and he knows the odds are against him but he’s walking out of his home town as the United States Cha—
Austin Theory blindsides him and takes a selfie over him with the title!
Commentary hypes up the card for Hell in a Cell.
Rhea Ripley makes her entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial we get some hype for the relocated Money in the Bank.
This segues into our obligatory Memorial Day segment— and don’t you worry, Corey, I’m celebrating and enjoying how I live my life currently, indeed.
Liv Morgan vs. Rhea Ripley
Morgan trying to choke Rhea, Ripley actually choking her in the ropes, Liv low bridges her to the floor, off the ropes, cut off into an electric chair on the floor! Morgan manages to land on the apron and we go to break!
Back from commercial, Morgan with a victory roll, Ripley fires back a slam and we see that Damian Priest and AJ Styles are now at ringside. Bodyscissors, punches to the back of the head, grinding Liv down, counter with a pin but Rhea lets go and immediately drops her with a lariat!
Liv throws Ripley into the post and she crashes to the floor, Morgan up top and perching, plancha to the floor! Styles blasts Priest with a forearm, Rhea gets distracted, pumphandle, Morgan reverses, lungblower connects, folding press...
Liv Morgan wins by pinfall with a folding press.
Post-match, Damian attacks AJ throws him into the barricade! Stalking after Liv but Finn Balor shows up and lays Priest out with Sling Blade! Rhea isolated, Morgan goes up top and lays her out with a missile dropkick! Phenomenal Forearm sets Priest up and Finn hits the Coup de Grace!
We get a recap of the Rhodes/Rollins brawl from earlier today.
Bobby Lashley makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Montel Vontavious Porter and Omos make their entrance.
Adam Pearce is in the ring to preside over their contract signing for their handicap match.
MVP says it should have never come to this and he did everything for Lashley, but now here we are. No rules to protect him, no silly cage rules, just the beating he and the Nigerian Giant are going to put on Bob. Porter signs the contract and passes it to Omos, who signs while Lashley starts talking.
Bob says Montel has it all wrong, he never needed him, and MVP yells at him for talking too much. Lashley says the sad part is he considered Porter a friend, and MVP tells him he considers him a brother. Bob says he sees the handicap match as a chance to send both their asses straight to hell and signs the contract!
Pearce says it’s official but MVP says it’s not done until he says it’s done and nobody wants to wait for Hell in a Cell. They all stand up, Adam tries to defuse the situation but of course Lashley throws the table! Security swarms to keep them apart, Cedric Alexander shows up to help MVP and Omos!
Omos goes under the ring for a table, leaning it in the corner, but Lashley spears the giant through the table!
That’s the show, folks.